First Unicycle

Greetings!

I just lost my job and decided I wanted to do something fun while I am not
working, so I have been telling people that I plan to take up the unicycle. In
the midst of my research about equipment, my wife surprised me and bought me a
24" Schwinn.

Are these good quality? Appropriate for someone just learning? Any other advice,
tips, etc… would be greatly appreciated…

–Brian


Brian Crawford crawford@mcs.com Chicago

Re: First Unicycle

In article <3.0.1.16.19971010102033.328f3b40@popmail.mcs.net>, Brian Crawford
<crawford@mcs.com> wrote:
>
>I just lost my job and decided I wanted to do something fun while I am not
>working, so I have been telling people that I plan to take up the unicycle. In
>the midst of my research about equipment, my wife surprised me and bought me a
>24" Schwinn.

I think Schwinn makes a truely fantastic unicycle. A 20" may be easier to learn
on, but I don’t think the 24" should cause you any problems when learning. I
would advise caution however, as you may find unicycling so fun that you never
go back to work. :slight_smile:


J Dana Eckart, PhD, PP-RH, KA4EVL | It’s so nice to be insane, dana@runet.edu |
no one asks you to explain. http://www.cs.runet.edu/~dana | – Helen Reddy

Re: First Unicycle

> Any other advice, tips, etc… would be greatly appreciated…
>
> --Brian

Hold onto something. Get on. Start pedalling, let go, and keep going. Fall off.
Gracefully, it’s called a dismount. Repeat. I was able to go about 100 feet at
the end of an hour. Think about the destination, not the pedalling and you will
do better. The balancing on the uni has to use the automatic nervous system,
like walking does. To do this you have to teach it, which is where repeating
comes in. This is where NOT holding on to anything makes a BIG difference.

Ssfety: It is important to be able to dismount safely. Perhaps some else can
give tips about dismounting safely i.e. in an emergency. or which foot where? I
don’t know if many people wear gloves, but at first it is a good idea. Kneepads?
Wear good shoes too. Sandals are out!

Since you got a 24 inch uni, you can use it to replace short walking and biking
trips. It’s as fast as a runner. And you can take it in stores with you.

Good Luck, personally I’ve never had so much fun just going from point a to
point b as on a unicycle, and I’ve tried a lot of things!

d williams montreal

Re: First Unicycle

Brian Crawford wrote:
>
> Greetings!
>
> I just lost my job and decided I wanted to do something fun while I am not
> working, so I have been telling people that I plan to take up the unicycle. In
> the midst of my research about equipment, my wife surprised me and bought me a
> 24" Schwinn.
>
> Are these good quality? Appropriate for someone just learning? Any other
> advice, tips, etc… would be greatly appreciated…
>
> --Brian
> __________________________________
> Brian Crawford crawford@mcs.com Chicago

My first uni-cycle was a 20" Schwinn and I now have a 24 Schwinn. If you full
grown (or close) then a 24" is the only way to go. I have tried other brands and
have had nothing but problems with them. I have loved every Schwinn I ever had
(about 5 or so).

joe joe.francis@mindspring.com wpb, fl