Yeah, at my training session today I decided to do so, but soon after starting to ride I’ve come to the conclusion that stepping of back of the uni is not even outside of my comfort zone, but right in the there’s-no-way-I’m-doing-that zone. I will have to learn it supported first and then transition into unsupported attempts. I think I’m gonna combine it with learning how to idle, it seems sort of a logical combination. I think with my current rate of progress, I’ll get to learning it within a month or so.
In any case, I’m very comfortable with dismounting off front, even downhill. I just sort of brake, topple over the top of the uni (or backpedal a bit to put it behind me, in case of downhill dismount) and gracefully land on either of my feet (sometimes even on both of them at once), catching the back of the seat with my right hand.
What’s outside of my comfort zone, but perfectly doable is the downhill practice. The hill is very intimidating - map data show it’s about 16% gradient, but it’s smooth and paved. By the end of the practice, I managed to go about 3/4 of the way on my best attempt, so I think, in few more days I’ll be doing it more often than not. My legs are strong enough to handle it, so it’s just a matter of teaching my brain to activate the proper muscles in a proper intensity with proper timing. The biggest problem now is that I tend to go down sort of jerkily - in a step by step motion, which induces a lot of wobble that is hard to handle.
But I haven’t fallen a single time - just couple of times I got an uncontrolled UPD when I landed on my feet, but didn’t manage to catch my uni. There are not many paved hills around that have a gradient as steep as this, so I believe that after learning to go up and down this one, I’ll be pretty much freely unicycling around all the paved paths in the neighborhood.
The ride home after this was more or less a breeze, with my longest distance without an UPD being like 350 m. Could have been more, but the road ended there with a pretty high curb, so I PDed there. I think tomorrow I will pressurize the tire to it’s maximum pressure allowed, to get a bit smoother ride. I also think I’ll need to get a bit longer seat post, as I’m using the maximum height allowed, but feel I could have it couple of centimeters higher for smoother ride and less tired quads.