Frustrated

Hi everyone,
It’s me agian. Hope everyone has had a great winter season. I haven’t been on in a while because my swim coach threatened me with my life if I got injured mid-season as a cause to my unicycle. Thus I had to give up practicing for a few months.

Thankfully swim season is over, and the weather is nice out again, so I have started practicing. The only problem is that I am gettign really frustrated with myself. No matter what I do I just can’t seem to figure this unicycling thing out. I was hoping maybe if I posted with a few questions/problems I could get a bit of “expert” advice. Here goes…

  1. Shoes: what is your perferred type (flat sole, runners, barefeet, etc)?
  2. My centre of balance is very much on my left, how can I correct/compensate for this (or do I need to)?
  3. Did anyone else take a long time to learn, or was it pretty fast?
  4. Any other advice for someone who is starting out is greatly appreciated.

Krissy
(Thanks in advance!)

  1. Shoes: what is your perferred type (flat sole, runners, barefeet, etc)?

  2. My centre of balance is very much on my left, how can I correct/compensate for this (or do I need to)?

  3. Did anyone else take a long time to learn, or was it pretty fast?

  4. Any other advice for someone who is starting out is greatly appreciated.

  5. I use runners shoes because I am a runner. Barefoot can be painfull and is no way to learn. The only other things I have tried are hiking boots and sandals. Runners shoes are by far the best shoes for unicycling that I have tried.

  6. This may be partially due to the slope of the road if you are riding on the right side of the road then you will lean to the left and visa versa. Try riding in a parking lot and see if that helps. No matter what, if you ride alot, this will work itself out.

  7. It took me 3 days to learn. This may sound quick at first, but I probably averaged 9 hours a day of trying for these three days. I have also been an avid bicyclist for many years and ride a couple thousand miles every year. I have a friend who is also a cyclist that I am trying to teach. After about 20 minutes he was able to push off of something and ride for 10 feet. Some people take months to learn, so don’t worry about it.

  8. The best way to get better is to ride more. Use your uni to commute. All this time on the uni will help you to have a better feel for it and will also help your balance. Your riding will be cleaner and new skills will come faster.

Good luck

                                                                -Forrest

I would expect about 10 hours of practice time to learn… that seems about average.

There are plenty of threads for beginners on this board… but in general the tips are as follows:

-Keep looking up and ahead instead of down at your feet.
-Weight on the seat not the pedals.
-If you get frustrated, spend less time over more days: say an hour a day for a week instead of 5 hours a day for two days.

Keep working on it and it won’t be long before your up and rolling.

Good luck

no worries, it took me me an hour or two a night for an entire month for me to learn. but it has been WELL worth it, so dont give up.

-Grant

I’m very new too. I’ve been at it about a month now anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour a day, almost every day. I’m only able to ride about 25 - 30 meters AT BEST. So far I’ve still got a positive attitude and try to fight it off when I feel frustration creep in.

I’ve been wearing running shoes, tightly laced and my feet feel very secure this way.

I too tend to turn in rather large and uncontrolled left had circles. I’m not worried about it. I’m just trying to get some distance and feel bettter about my balance.

I had a significant breakthrough in distance when I started keeping my head up and my focus well ahead.

Good Luck and keep with it. You’ll be awsome one day SOON.

shoes and seat

I ride in slick shoes. I learned in runners, but I think that the slick bottom makes moving our foot around on the pedals easier, and I am very picky about my foot pedal position. I found it is also nice to have a somewhat flexible shoe for one-footing and other things so I can really feel the fork through my shoe. I bought red converse specifically so people would watch my feet while I ride. In retrospect I would have gotten hightops, or something that protects my ankle a bit more from the crank, which would have been nice learning spins and turning backwards.

As others have mentioned you want to keep your weight in the seat when you ride, one of the keys to learning then becomes having a comfortable seat. I got really sore when I was learning and it slowed me down alot, so I would recommend getting a nice seat in the long term. If you are looking for a quick fix, you can partially inflate a bike tire tube, smaller the better, and tape it on in some way that protects it from crashes. It is definately worth the effort.

Two years ago I was clanking around campus using two hockey sticks for balance (for the better part of a month!) and now I am making some progress one-footed wheel walking and hopping on the wheel. So yeah, you will be doing awesome stuff in no time.

Make sure your seat’s on straight and practice!

Zia

I had I guess normal plastic pedals, and my shoes have decent tread on the bottom. This was ok till they got wet. I have another pair of shoes that I guess are basketball shoes, they’re not smooth flat, but theres hardly any tread on them, they slips off the plastic pedals. So I got pedals with pins, now they stay better, although i’m getting shin guards sometime.

When I first started, I rode next to a fence that was sturdy and at a good height to hold on to. The video said sit up straight, look ahead of you, and weight on seat. I tried to resist the urge to just take off, which leaves you falling more than your on the unicycle. Maybe practice these basics before you practice riding without assistance for awhile. When you do go for it, try not to always bail when your falling, one of the important things to learn is to adjust and kind of catch yourself.

Andrew

Re: Frustrated

On Sat, 17 Apr 2004 09:31:07 -0500, “K.r.i.s.s.y” wrote:

>1. Shoes: what is your perferred type (flat sole, runners, barefeet,
>etc)?
I wouldn’t recommend barefeet, it seems to be an Australian
unicyclists thing though. You should obviously have some grip on the
pedal. Otherwise in my opinion it doesn’t really matter much.

>2. My centre of balance is very much on my left, how can I
>correct/compensate for this (or do I need to)?
Your seat should be aligned.
Does your tyre have a centre ridge? That’s not good.

>3. Did anyone else take a long time to learn, or was it pretty fast?
Shameless plug number 1:
<http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/agelearn_short.htm>.

>4. Any other advice for someone who is starting out is greatly
>appreciated.
Shameless plug number 2:
<http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/uni_beginners.htm>. Check out the Word
document.

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