My 11 Yr old son (Drew) got a Unicycle for Christmas.
He has been holding onto the neighbor’s fence to steady himself.
Suddenly a thought occurred to me - he can’t ride in a straight
line anways, so why not hold the end of the gate and use the swing
of the gate to follow him. The gate is fairly long & only about 3-1/2 or
4 ft tall. Maybe this is already common knowledge? Of course, you have
to have the right situation for the idea to be of any use to you.
It worked really well. Here are a couple of pictures:
That’s great that he’s learning to ride. When I did at one point use a swinging gate like that, though it was difficult for me to get it just right where it was effective. I tended to opt for a tennis court fence and even used crutches (like the kind you would use if you broke your foot) when I wasn’t able to use anything else. Whatever works.
It is very important that the learning aid will not be 100% stable, because otherwise the learner tends to “listen” less to his body and learn from his mistakes. holding on to a rail for example can really help, but it can also get you to use it too much and lean on it, you’ll unicycle in the end, but it will take a longer time to get the mind to learn the skill.
The fence seems to me quite a nice solution, since it has some stability, but you can’t really just lean on it and get your balance from it.
very nice idea!
Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking too.
The biggest thing keeping him from learning fast is the constant rain.
I sent him out there as soon as there was a break in the rain, but
that method only gets him a practice session every other day.