I spent some time a little while ago learning how to 1foot WW, but gave up
partly in frustration and partly because of a lack of practise time.
Previously I was just trying to do a few pushes with my right foot, with
the left foot waving around wildly. Then, after about 2-4 pushes I’d lose
control and use my left foot to stabilise myself.
On the weekend I started practising again and decided to just commit to
1footed WW. This meant I would WW for a little way and then stick my left
foot straight onto the frame and see how far I could get just using my
right foot. This was around 3-5 pushes. So I guess what I want to know is:
is the best way to learn 1FWW simply to commit and stick the spare foot
straight onto the frame?
On Thu, 2 Aug 2001, David Stone wrote:
> Re: Glide/Coast/1’ww: Kris is absolutely right about the approach:
> concentrate on 1’ww and then glide more and more as you improve. I can
> vouch for this method as I am in the middle of learning all of this
> right now. Regular ww took me a long time to learn, and I am still not
> that good, but going from that to 1’ww took little practice; less than a
> week and I can already manage about 20’ on average and have gone 50’ on
> several occasions. When I am really ‘on,’ I can glide decent distances,
> esp when I am going down a mildly steep grade, and the feeling is SO
> COOL! It also really helped at the outset to have a big stick (like a
> ski-pole) to help with balance while working on the coordination.
> email@example.com writes:
> >I think that it’s probably best just to keep working on going from one
> >foot wheel-walking into gliding. Try to scuff a little bit after each
> >push down the hill. Hill angle makes a big difference. Too steep and
> >you will fall on your butt as you start to scuff. Too gentle and you
> >have to be almost coasting (only gentle scuffing pressure on the tire)
> >to avoid just stopping.
> >Do you have a unicycle with a square fork crown? It makes a HUGE
> >difference if you can place your non-scuffing foot on a secure spot on
> >the frame.
> >If you get going at all and then find you can’t control whether you
> >turn one way or the other, don’t worry about it. I had big problems in
> >the beginning because I always seemed to turn to the right, but it
> >sorted itself out automatically after lots of practice.
> >-Kris — Bethan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> I’ve just finished digging all the bits of nettle and fence out of my
> >arm. I
> >> think I might be doing something wrong. I can’t start gliding, and I
> >> stop coasting. I’ve tried a number of ways to get going gliding, and
> >will soon
> >> be out of elbows if I keep trying to work out how to stop coasting.
> >> I’ve got quite a nice smooth slope to play on, and my tyre and shoes
> >are both
> >> quite smooth (read bald), so I probably just need a lot more
> >> practice,
> >and some
> >> elbow pads. Still, if anyone could give me any advice, or tell me if
> >> anything I’m doing wrong, I’d be very grateful.
> >> With gliding, which I assume is a lot easier once you’ve started, I’m
> >just not
> >> sure how to get into the right position, if I wheel walk one footed I
> >go too
> >> fast and if I start with my foot resting on the tyre and release
> >> slowly I just fall off backwards (trying to correct this by leaning
> >> before I start just means I fall off forwards), the only way I’ve got
> >> at all is by approaching the slope in a normal wheel-walk and then
> >> just stopping wheel-walking when the unicycle seems to have enough
> >> momentum,
> >> then I have no control of where my feet are on the tyre and it
> >> doesn’t
> >> like proper gliding anyway, and I still fall off.
> >> Coasting seems somewhat easier to start doing. On flat ground or a
> >slope with a
> >> little speed I can lift my feet off the pedals and keep gong
> >> usually a
> >> metres with a decent amount of control. Which would be nice, except
> >that I
> >> can’t dismount very gracefully at all. You know normally when
> >> you fall
> >off you
> >> can control where you land, generally end up on your feet and often
> >even catch
> >> the seat. If my feet aren’t touching anything though I can’t seem to
> >get off
> >> the seat, I lean backwards (or forwards, or whatever) and the
> >> unicycle
> >> too, but my feet don’t touch the ground, and it all gets rather
> >painful. I
> >> suppose I could leave this 'til I’ve got more control through gliding
> >and the
> >> like, but it does seem frustrating that the only reason I can’t do it
> >is coz it
> >> hurts at the end, especially coz it’s so much fun that I don’t
> >> know if
> >I have
> >> the will power to just not do it until I can, and so will probably
> >> keep injuring myself. Unless anyone has any useful suggestions. ? .
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