I just got a new 20" wheel, 5’ giraffe for Christmas. I have been riding a normal 24" unicycle. Does anybody have any tips to help me learn? I miraculously rode around my driveway 2 1/2 times, but every time I fall, or dismount I land on my hands and knees, instead of my feet. Thanks for you help!
Also, if you have no tips on transition and learning, could somebody please tell me how to get on the thing? (without using a truck tailgate)
a sujestion to help your landings.
let the unicycle fall out from under you as you start to fall. try to not land on the uni.
keep in mind that your feet* are only 3 feet** off the ground.
use protection. like roach pads, and rist guards.
dont freak out, my main problem.
good luck and MERRRRRYY CRISMASS HO HO HO
ps. there is a post right now on mounting giraffe
**oh man, foot feet doesnt help at all. ok what ever, you get it.
Practice falling off it, first just fall foward, then once you have that mastered, landing comfortably (give heaps with your knees and remember your 5ft weighs heaps more than a 24inch) and making sure that you catch your uni with your hand (not 100% nes. but a really bad fall put my central shaft slightly out of straightness). There was a post recently that talked about mounting giraffes, i use the ‘climbing quickly up ot onto the seat’ method, in which you place your preferred foot on the lower pedal, (i gather you are tall enough to reach the bottom pedal from the ground) then push up on it, locking the wheel momentarily while you climb up and swing your of foot onto the top pedal, sitting on the seat and slam the top pedal backwards to begin idling. It is easier if you see someone else do it, there is also a rolling mount but i’ve never seen and wish to. I think Jeff Lutkus? as a video clip of it somewhere (anyone know where?)
Hope this helps and doesn’t confuse you, happy cycling.
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> I just got a new 20" wheel, 5’ giraffe for Christmas. I have been riding
> a normal 24" unicycle. Does anybody have any tips to help me learn? I
> miraculously rode around my driveway 2 1/2 times, but every time I fall,
> or dismount I land on my hands and knees, instead of my feet. Thanks for
> you help!
> Capuchin67 Posted via the Unicyclist Community -
> ps. there is a post right now on mounting giraffe
Also, in my web site (which I hope to organize some day)
video clips of a freemount: http://lutkus.com/photos/unsorted/video/
Also, a few jpegs of the sequence:
Description (assumes you’re right-foot dominant): Left foot on the tire.
Keep the frame almost perfectly upright – I keep it angled forward in
the slightest amount, so your left foot can apply pressure to the tire,
and frame. Then, transfering all your weight to your left foot, lift
your right foot, and place it on the pedal. Put your weight on your
right foot. The unicycle will not move (much) so long as your weight
remains on that right foot. Pick up your left foot from the wheel, as
you’re moving it towards the pedal, sit on the seat, then place your
left foot on the pedal.
Hope that’s useful. Good luck, JEff Lutkus
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