I’ve been a secret indoor unicyclist for a while and made a sudden leap in ability after moving from my no-name 24" starter to a 19" trials uni. What a difference - I can scoot around the house and hall only using the walls at each end of the journey to turn.
Emboldened by this small success I tried myself out on a quiet country lane and discovered I could pedal along until I chose to dismount (most of the time). Yay! Time to try some very tame offroading.
I popped the uni into the van and stopped off on Cannock Chase to make the attempt.
Wow! This is WAY harder than I thought. I did manage to complete the circuit I intended - but more as an extended series of (often failed) freemounts rather than any sort of ride, though I did manage a few hundred yards here and there.
I eventually made it back to the van, exhausted and dripping with sweat. I’m going to need a LOT more practice before I try that again - though my freemounts are now significantly improved!
Pic of the uni at Cannock Chase today, and loaded on my dog-transporting cargo bike from the other day’s country lane attempt:
Yes its a Yuba, the 6 speed early version. Its very useful and extremely heavy with the dog onboard. I’ve stuck a 250 watt hub motor on the front which helps, though there is one hill on my circuit that is a walk-up even with the motor!
Yes, but its so embarrassing when MTBers stop to watch with bemusement as I mount, flail wildly for a few revolutions, UPD and repeat I’ll do a bit more quiet roadwork before I go public XC again. I’d rather flail less and get a little further next time!
Keep it up and it’ll come eventually and also i agree with the guys above. When i have a bad UPD (hands and knees) and get a few people laughing at me i always give them a chance to show me how it’s done, not had a taker yet!
Keep us posted on your progress anyway. Oh and keep on posting pics…I like pics
After my rather discouraging offroading I took the uni (and dog) for a mile or so down a very minor road this evening. MUCH better! I was able to go for long distances (for me) and dismount to rest rather than riding til failure. I feel considerably more positive
I got the uni because my normal ride is a cargo bike - and I do up to 50 miles a day getting about. I enjoy cycling and wanted to get a basic runabout for short local stuff and dog walking. It struck me that you can’t get much more basic than a uni, so I bought a cheapie and got hooked.
Going from an extremely heavy bike to a light uni I find that I actually miss the resistance - as if having nothing to pedal against results in me spinning faster and faster - I keep having to slow myself down. Going uphill is MUCH easier, and such a joy to go buzzing up a slope that would have me straining on the big bike. Downhill is a very different proposition.
One thing I notice going from riding indoors to outdoors is that I have always been riding TO something (wall, doorway etc), and I initially found the act of riding to infinity very unsettling.
Oh well, early days. I’m glad I went ack out with it and regained some of my self esteem though! Thanks everyone for your encouragement.
I went back a year or two ago with a group and we followed a trail called something like “Follow the Dog.” I went back a week or two after on my own and rode all the bits that had defeated me the first time.
I used to busk playing harmonica and fire eating - although not at the same time.
I have a modern Marcus G/D Anglo and a Jeffries B flat/F.
Funny how obsessive unicycling becomes, or is it really that only obsessive personalities persist in trying to learn to unicycle?
I went out for another session on the minor road this afternoon. A morning spent repeatedly attempting freemounts on my very uneven lawn paid off and I nailed nearly every one on the road.
However, now that I could get on and ride so much better, I became aware of the next niggle: a tendency to veer constantly left. I played with seat angle, buttock placement, shoulder position (I tend to lead with my left shoulder), riding on different sides of the road to see if the camber was doing it, and holding the seat handle with either hand.
I can see this will drive me nuts for a while It seems lots of us have this trouble initially.
I’m also still struggling with how easy it is to pedal the thing without having to fight the resistance of my big bike. I find myself spinning madly and constantly have to slow myself down. Maybe a bigger wheel wouldn’t feel like being stuck in the ultimate granny gear!
Busking with harmonicas: I once lost my breakfast through one when busking the morning after a heavy night. I was flat broke - the only option was to tap the sludge out and play on