Gliding??

I was just wondering what the take on Gliding is here. I’ve seen it done in movies, but I can’t really figure out what the technique is. I just started on a uni about a month ago, I can ride around the street comfortably, but I am having trouble going down steep hills. Is gliding really hard and how do you recover if you don’t have a hand brake?? Thanks for all responses :stuck_out_tongue:

topside

I agree. Gliding looks very cool. It will be a while before you should worry about it though. It is extremely difficult. I think of it as one of the things motivating me to keep pushing foward. You mentioned that you are new to unicycling. Although it sounds counterintuitive, the next step you should be looking to take is to learn to idle. It is a very versatile skill that opens the door to more difficult and elaborate tricks. Also, use the search engine on this forum. Many “how to” issues have been addressed a few times each. There is some very good advice on idling, gliding and everything in between. Congratulations on learning to ride! Keep us all posted on your progress and good luck!
-gauss

Re: Gliding??

I’m learning gliding now. My take (and I think others) is that there are other skills which, if mastered first, will refine your balance and control and make gliding easier to learn, e.g., one foot, wheel walking, and one foot wheel walking (ofww). OFWW
leads to gliding so you at least need to learn wheel walking and OFWW. It’s possible to learn wheel walking at any point, but it’s normally a big challenge for most and takes real determination for a level 4 or 5 rider.

I prefer not to use the word hard - it always sounds kind of defeatist, but yes, it takes a LOT of practice. On the plus side, it’s really fun, cool, and a great way to go downhill, and wear out your shoes really fast.

If you are having trouble going down steep hills, keep practicing. Try less steep hills :slight_smile: Gliding won’t really help you here. When you start trying gliding, you will be practicing on shallow to medium hills at best.

You get out of a glide, usually by dismounting off the back and catching the uni in front of you.

Hope that helps.

Joe

On Mon, 17 Jun 2002 09:45:31 -0500 topside <topside.6ecty@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

I was just wondering what the take on Gliding is here. I’ve seen it
done in movies, but I can’t really figure out what the technique is. I
just started on a uni about a month ago, I can ride around the street
comfortably, but I am having trouble going down steep hills. Is gliding
really hard and how do you recover if you don’t have a hand brake??
Thanks for all responses :stuck_out_tongue:

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yes gliding is very hard. i have been riding for 2 years and after 6 months of practice and giving up i finally learned to glide well. i just cant ride into it yet. learning will take a while and knowing how to 1footed ww will help alot also. if i had video that i could put on the internet of gliding i would but i am too poor for that oh well good luck riding
Kyle Grasso

how do i not fall

i been trying to glide for at least 4 hours!! and i still cant get farther than 4 feet!!! how do i start? i start by riding one footed, then put my other foot on the frame. But i always seem to have my foot touch the time just alittle and i go falling forward. Ive heard people say i think that goin from one footed is harder, but i cant see how i would go from just riding, ive seen kris glide, but not start!! is there a movie somower that shows the WHOLE gliding process? like goin forward, goinginto the glide, and coming out of it? can somone help me?

Re: Gliding??

> would go from just riding, ive seen kris glide, but not start!! is there
> a movie somower that shows the WHOLE gliding process? like goin forward,
> goinginto the glide, and coming out of it? can somone help me?

Try looking at http://lutkus.com/video/jeff/

The ones with “glide” in the filenames are the ones to look at.

I’ve been working on wheel walking for years. Four hours seems like a
pretty short time to expect to be proficient at gliding. Of course, for
some skills, I’m clearly a slow learner.

-mg

thanks, ill look at them over and over again, but what i dont get is how he can take both feet off the pedals at the same time? 4 hours is quite a long time, most everthing on my unicycle has taken me not long at all to learn. This is diferent and discouraging, and not normal. :thinking:

Re: Gliding??

brokenframe.6ioum@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes:
>
>i been trying to glide for at least 4 hours!! and i still cant get
>farther than 4 feet!!! how do i start? i start by riding one footed,
>then put my other foot on the frame. But i always seem to have my foot
>touch the time just alittle and i go falling forward. Ive heard people
>say i think that goin from one footed is harder, but i cant see how i
>would go from just riding, ive seen kris glide, but not start!! is there
>a movie somower that shows the WHOLE gliding process? like goin forward,
>goinginto the glide, and coming out of it? can somone help me?
>

  1. Go from 2’ww to 1’ww – just get some momentum going.
  2. Hills are your friends – just not too steep!
  3. You might try using a strong stick (or ski pole type thing)

David

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RE: Gliding??

> i been trying to glide for at least 4 hours!! and i still cant get
> farther than 4 feet!!!

One foot per hour? I don’t think that’s too bad. I learned gliding a long
time ago, before it was called gliding, so there wasn’t anyone to watch. I
have no idea how long it took, but it was a lot more than 4 hours. You have
the advantage though, of knowing lots of people can already do it, so you
should be able to pick it up much faster.

> how do i start?

Your starting method is what I use, and I consider it easier than going from
too-foot riding. I think the two-foot method comes after the one-foot one.
But now you must walk the wheel. Can you walk the wheel? Practice with one
foot. If you don’t care about wheel walking, just use one foot from the
start, going down driveways or other shallow slopes. Push-push-drag.
Push-push-drag.

> is there a movie somower that shows the WHOLE gliding process?

The Lutkus videos are good, but he’s getting into gliding in what I consider
the harder way. Obviously he can already do it, so you’re not seeing the
learning process.

Now look at his ww1foot_ext.avi, which is at the bottom of the page:
http://lutkus.com/video/jeff/

That’s the start of gliding (but keep your other foot on the frame; he’s
doing it the harder way!) Technically it’s not ww 1 foot extended either.
The non-pushing foot has to be straight, with the toe pointed. Major loss of
points in a Standard Skill competition. But it’s still quite a hard trick
he’s showing. Thanks to Jeff for posting those moves for us all to see.

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com <http://www.unicycling.com>

“This unicycle is made all from lightweight materials. But it uses a lot of
them.” – Cliff Cordy, describing the very heavy new prototype unicycle he
brought on the Downieville Downhill

*Can you walk the wheel? * No, well sorta, my seat is old, and when i wheel walk it moves downward at an weird angle, no matter how hard i tighten the bolt, so i usualy dont do it.

  1. You might try using a strong stick (or ski pole type thing)*
    ok ill try that, that may help thanks.