Pedal angle doesn’t really matter. Pushing on the seat doesn’t really matter. Both of those should just boil down to what’s comfortable for you. What matters is jumping up relatively straight, so you end up with your center of mass above the wheel, rather than to the left or right.
If you tend to always go to the left, your goal should be to jump up more to the right, and even overdo it a few times to make sure you get past the central point you’re aiming for.
Once you get up there, you have to be fairly well balanced because a big thing like a Coker is sluggish until you get it going. But you can scoop your arms to the left or right to make some immediate adjustment as you start to move, to keep you on top of it.
Originally posted by rhysling
stearing the big wheel has been much easyer since Lewis pointed out that I was doing pedal-down weight shift turns and recommended that I focus on smooth, continueous pedaling throught the turn. I can now make controlled turns in a much smaller space.
Yes. The kind of turns beginners usually do on regular unicycles are much harder to deal with on big, heavy wheels. You want to keep a smooth rotation in the wheel (unless you’re trying to stop). Any jerky motions will be much harder to control than on a smaller, lighter wheel.
Your weight should be on the seat, and you should practice leaning-type turns. In those turns, you make slight hip-twist motions to countersteer, or initiate the lean, then you pedal through the turn and try to aim the bottom of the wheel up to the center beneath your center of mass where you want to come out of the turn. If you’re leaning over pretty hard, you sometimes have to turn past the point of balance to make a smooth and easy recovery.
Practicing spinning would help with this technique, but I don’t think it’s a good idea on the Coker due to the tire wear you’re going to get along with that. Unless you have a smooth floor, or nice sealed asphalt surface to play on…
Definitely. There is no substitute for the instruction and motivation of seeing skills done in person. Video can help a lot, but you can’t ask questions of a video. Try to get together with other riders if you can.