>Can you describe what your center of balance feels like on a unicycle?
This may vary from person to person… my center of gravity “feels” as if it is
where ever my greatest weight is–usually on the seat, sometimes on the pedals.
People who are first learning typically put too much weight on one or the other
pedal–which twists them one way or the other, or traps them in a dead spot. The
most frequent reminder I give new learners is “put your weight on the seat”.
Some terminology: I move my mass around a balance envelope. The edges of the
envelope are defined by whether I can recover from that extreme edge.
I like to try unicycling with my eyes closed or in the dark. Then I can focus on
what balance feels like.
David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA
RE: Center of balance?
> I like to try unicycling with my eyes closed or in the dark. Then I can
focus on what balance feels like.
Luke Skywalker is among us
RE: Center of balance?
> >Can you describe what your center of balance feels like on a
Your center of balance doesn’t feel any different when on a unicycle; the
challenge is in keeping it where you want it. Because it is your center of mass,
it is generally in the vicinity of your stomach. Rather than use your feet to
feel where your balance is, you should be sitting on the seat and feeling where
that seat is in relation to the wheel. By “wheel” I’m referring to the center of
the wheel, which is generally between wherever your two feet are as they rotate.
The only way to control where your center is above the wheel is with lots of
practice. Your body has to learn what works and what doesn’t, and the more you
do it the more you will intuitively know how to react to off-balance situations.
The basic “balanced” feeling should be one of the first things you experience
when you get onto a unicycle, assuming you are holding onto a wall or something.
Enjoy practicing, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com
“China put the ‘K’ in quality.” - Woody Hooten, USA Team member, commenting on
his experiences in China for UNICON X
Re: Center of balance?
I think the most important part when learning is to keep your center of balance
CONSTANT. When I started learning, my friend told me to think of my spine as an
extension of the seat post. If you lean forward, lean the post with you, that
way your center of balance stays the same.
> Can you describe what your center of balance feels like on a unicycle?
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