I am asked a lot online for advice on the real basics of unicycling. Probably you get much of the same. How to go straight, how to steer, how to stop and how to hop on. Not being face to face I put long passages of detail on how to do the most fundamental things.
It seems odd to have to describe in detail to someone how to steer a straight line. You won’t see a thread anywhere on a bike forum helping people to steer the damned thing! I mean, discussing how to turn? How to stay upright? How to go straight? How to look over your shoulder? How to look left without changing direction? DUUUUUUUUUMB.
Well, if you are a budding unicyclist and you are finding it hard, it’s not that you are a klutz.
The truth of the matter is that we all have a hard time with it. The only people who do not are those who have not tried it. (And after we have mastered it we forget how tough it was.)
Riding a uni is a little like floating in weightless space. The most basic actions and reactions simply do not happen in the way you would expect. In the normal world subtle movements that we make have little consequence and we just progressively correct those little errors and idiosyncrasies with time. Certainly without need for any instruction or coaching.
But on a unicycle those little idiosyncrasies can actually stop you in your tracks. Or delay progress significantly. Or leave you with hard to correct problems. Almost without exception I see perceptible differences in symmetry in ALL unicyclists. NEVER in a bicyclist or a walker or a jogger or a driver or a swimmer.
So that is why you have a hard time. I have a hard time. I still consciously address my tendency to drop the right shoulder down and back. I still have a REALLY hard time looking somewhat normal on a giraffe.
Hmmm. Is it even possible to look normal on a giraffe?