Can ride a unicycle, but not a bicycle?

Just curious if there’s anyone who can ride a unicycle, but not a bicycle.

I can’t do a no hander on a bike

I used to be able to ride my bikes no-handed, I did it all the time. Can’t anymore as a direct result of unicycling.

Same here, last time i tried i nearly …uhm… crashed? (what’s the term for falling of a bike, i got so used to UPD).



That’s pretty much the complete opposite of my experience. Before unicycling I used to ride no handed on my bike a little. A little while ago I went on a 30 mile bike ride and found I rarely use my hands on a bike at all now.

Does the quality of the bike matter in terms of being able to ride with no hands?
I thought it did.

I’m tempted to try with my bike. I have an old one I bought at the fleamarket, don’t have to worry about it getting stolen much :stuck_out_tongue:

Don’t know exactly. Once i had learned it on my bike it was pretty easy on every other bike i had used afterwards, though some bikes are more twitchy than others.



I’ve found to no-hand bikes, the seat has to be the right height… Anything lower and I can’t hold my legs straight enough :smiley:

As for the answer to the thread… I’m not sure this counts, but bear with me. I used to ride a bike a fair bit, I wasn’t the best but I would do it near enough every day (on top of my cycle to school with a bass on my back everyday). I took a forced break after college (my bike got stolen and I never bothered to replace it!) And then last year got a uni, pretty much resuming my daily cycling as soon as I was good enough on the uni to do so.

Last week, I jumped on a borrowed bike for the first time in… 6? years… And I found it really difficult. I mean, I could do it, but I was wobbly and struggled to get any power down (I think this is because my legs aren’t used to the resistance of gearing). After a 10-mile ride, I was completely shattered!

I’m a bit worried to give it another 5 years to ride a bike again, I might lose it completely :smiley:

Who says that’s a bad thing? UNI FOR LIFE!

Anyone who can ride a unicycle and claims they cannot ride a bike is either lying, or just isn’t trying. How hard can two wheels be if you’ve mastered one? :stuck_out_tongue:

That’s referring to “normal” bikes. I suppose a really odd design or a bike that really doesn’t fit you could be a problem. After high school, a friend of mine had built a lay-down recumbent, and was worried it was impossible to ride. They called me to see if it was doable. I asked him, “does it have two wheels?” He said yes and I arranged to go see it. It was a cool bike, with a frame that went up and over the rider. The handlebar was up there. It was completely rideable of course, but a pretty laid-back position, so they wanted to see it work before they tried it.

Not so much quality as geometry. I think this is mostly about having a relaxed fork/steerer tube angle. The more upright it is, the harder it is to easily ride no-handed. Artistic bikes are very steep (for other reasons), as are racing bikes. Very twitchy. Touring bikes are probably the category that’s most friendly to no-handed riding.

Pretty much any bike can be ridden with no hands. Some bikes are less stable then others when riding no handed, in general the more expensive the more stable. I’ve found that mtn bikes with rear shock absorbers are a real pain for riding no handed. But I’ve never had an expensive one…

Rigid bikes that the front wheel tracks really well always worked for me. I also used to drop it into a high gear to reduce wobbling and give more speed for easier balance no handed.

I can barely ride my unicycle no handed, let alone my bike.

It’s weird, I learned to ride without holding the grab handle, but thanks to Muni and riding with a Shadow handle, riding no handed on anything is just weird to me.

Now that I think about it, I’m not really that comfortable riding my uni with no hands… Only time it ever happens is when I need that extra mobility and counterweight to make a BIG correction. Or when my arms/legs are really tired.

Bikes rely on the castor effect to steer and to produce stability. So, riding no hands should be easy enough on all bicycles; however, this is not always true. If the frame or fork is bent the bike will pull to one side and make it difficult to ride without hands. IF the headset is tight it prevents the castor effect, and makes the bike fall over when ridden no hands. Twitchy geometry is harder no hands than slack geometry as stated before.

I don’t know how it correlates to riding a uni. My guess is not at all. I have no problem riding a bike no hands, and I have no problem riding a uni. I will say that my unplanned dismounts from my bike are far more spectacular.

I can ride my bmx bike no handed with no problems after a few minutes of practice. Seat hight for me affects the ride the most. My bmx bike seat is an integrated seat so its awkward riding no handed but its managable and I can still turn pretty well for the situation I have. I’ve ridden my friend’s bike no handed and I find the $30 walmart bike ride (when everything is in order) just as well as my dad’s Olympic designed bike (his friend was an alternate for the Olympics and sold the bike to my dad). So maybe its just me but I dont find price to be a factor in rideablility (yea I just made that up or spelled it so bad). Im with shmolagin if I didnt have to stand to pedal I would barely touch my handlebars, one bonus of having a super low seat though is learning to pedal with your hands, now thats interesting :wink:

I wish I had friends like that. An Olympic bike would be da bomb.

Did anyone learn how to ride a unicycle before learning how to ride a bike?

My daily rider is a Brompton bike. They’re notoriously impossible to ride with no hand. Small wheel plus the angle of the fork make them very maneuverable, but not very stable.
I’ve tried for a long time, and can’t do more than a few meters with no hand. Which I can, no pb, on any other bike.

I’m sure there are little kids that have.