Hi im new here and new to unicycling. I have a few questions. The first is about seat height. Should i have the seat about how i would have it on a bike with my knees a little bit bent or do i need it a bit lower on a uni? My second Question is when im just going straight i curve a little to the left. I was just wondering if that would be from my inexperience?

Hello and welcome!

Firstly, your seatpost should be just about long enough so your legs do not bend when you are learning. It will make it steadier to ride.

and as for curving, you can curve that by practice

just keep going, when you start just try to ride, dont worry about actually aiming anywhere and then all of a sudden you will nearly run in to something like a curb, small rodent, nanna and turn yourself. lean into the turn and guide with your hips.

Goodluck!

Tom

Its funny you mention the curving to the left problem. I too am a beginner and I am curving but for me its to the right. I think its just our lack of experience.

Yeah… keep at it… you will eventually just go as straight as you want…

Small chance its the uni… I had my starter uni, and I always tended to go to one side… and my right leg got a much bigger workout than my left… then I upgraded, and now I tend to go the other way and my other leg is getting the workout… (maybe I am just catching my weak leg up to my strong one… /shrug)

I’ve ridden a few days on the new one tho and its evening out…

Keld

PS. Welcome!

Thanks for the advise. I got back out there tonight for about an hour. I found that if i look a little farther ahead i go a little straighter. I experimented with different seat heights and im find i do the best with my knees more bent than on a bike.

This seems to be a BIG key when first learning to ride. Look to where you are headed and focus on that spot way out in the distance.

Look only two feet in front of you and that is about how far you will get when you are first learning.

I had this curving isue too. I cured it by practicing a lot of circles in the opposite direction.

i Made some imporvment in the last two days. first i discovered that the seat was croked so i fixed that problem. I also raised the seat up about an inch. Those two things helped me go a lot straighter. I also learned how to freemount. I also experimented with going off the pavement and in to my yard. I found it not that much harder just more bouncy. I also experimented with going down some steep hills in my yard and did ok. so my plan tommorrw is to take the uni into some easy bike trails at the end of my street just to try out a bit of municycling.

also ive seen people say that they are a sertain level unicycler. So what are these different levels?

Wow that is a lot in just a few days! Congratulations.

What are you riding?

Welcome indeed to the forums. I remember when first learning and riding any distance I would curve as you say a bit and tended to hold an arm up in front of me and twist my body slightly to force the unicycle straight.

I still do this now if its windy or my balance is effected for any reason.

I think its just something that comes naturally without even realising, its a good idea to play around with your set up too. My seat height now is pretty low I can more or less stand directly over the uni, if i’d have tried to ride like that a year ago i’d have thought it impossible, though I still find going backwards difficult with a low seat.

Anyway keep at it and have fun.

unibugg: thanks, I’m riding a schwin that my dad cought about 6 years ago.

bungalistic: I kinda had my curve under control if i leaned alittle more to the left… until… Today my peddal fell off. When it came off it stripped some of the threads so now the pedal is croked and so is my straight riding. im going to try and see what i can do to straighten the peddal tommorrow.

ps. i learned to ride about 100ft back when we first got the uni but i didn’t start riding again till tuesday. So i think that that explains so of my quick learning.

haha and heres me thinking you were totally amazing… lol

nah, good on ya man!

Naomi xxx

I’ve been off the unicycle for about a week b/c i was sick. But i got back on tonight and was better than ever. one problem i had was that i would have coughing fits and have to stop. also with my pedal being slatned i find that i am powering the other pedal more but im going to try and fix that tommorrow.

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LEVEL 1

mount unicycle unassisted

ride 50 meters

dismount gracefully with unicycle in front

LEVEL 2

mount with left foot

mount with right foot

ride 10 meters between two parallel lines 30 cm apart

ride a figure eight with circle diameters smaller than 3 meters

ride down a 15 cm vertical drop

make a 90 degree turn to the left inside a 1 meter circle

make a 90 degree turn to the right inside a 1 meter circle

LEVEL 3

demonstrate 3 types of mounts

ride a figure eight with circle diameters smaller than 1.5 meters

come to a stop, pedal half a revolution backward and continue forward

ride with the stomach on the seat for 10 meters

make a 180 degree turn to the left within a 1 meter circle

make a 180 degree turn to the right within a 1 meter circle

hop 5 times

ride or hop over a 10 x 10 cm. obstacle

LEVEL 4

demonstrate 4 types of mounts

ride backward for 10 meters

ride one footed for 10 meters

idle with left foot down 25 times

idle with right foot down 25 times

ride with seat out in front for 10 meters

ride with the seat out in back for 10 meters

make a 360 degree turn to the left inside a 1 meter circle

make a 360 degree turn to the right inside a 1 meter circle

LEVEL 5

demonstrate 5 types of mounts

ride backward in a circle

ride one footed in a figure eight

idle one footed with the left foot 25 times

idle one footed with the right foot 25 times

ride with seat out in front in a circle

ride with the seat out in back in a circle

ride with the seat on the side in a circle

hop-twist 90 degrees to the left

hop-twist 90 degrees to the right

walk the wheel for 10 meters

LEVEL 6

demonstrate 6 types of mounts

ride backward in a figure eight

ride with the seat out in front in a figure eight

ride with the seat out in back in a figure eight

ride backward with the seat out in front for 10 meters

hop standing on wheel 5 times

ride with the seat on the side in a circle to the left

ride with the seat on the side in a circle to the right

ride one footed with the left foot for 10 meters

ride one footed with the right foot for 10 meters

backspin

frontspin

spin

LEVEL 7

demonstrate 7 types of mounts

ride backward with the seat out in front in a circle

ride one footed with the left foot in a circle

ride one footed with the right foot in a circle

walk the wheel in a circle

walk the wheel one footed for 10 meters

hop-twist 180 degrees to the left

hop-twist 180 degrees to the right

ride backward with the seat out in back for 10 meters

spin to the left

spin to the right

LEVEL 8

demonstrate 8 types of mounts

ride one footed with the left foot in a figure eight

ride one footed with the right foot in a figure eight

walk the wheel in a figure eight

walk the wheel one footed in a circle

ride backward one footed for 10 meters

glide for 10 meters

hand wheel walk for 10 meters

pirouette

backward spin

LEVEL 9

demonstrate 9 types of mounts

walk the wheel one footed in a figure eight

ride backward one footed in a circle

ride backward with the seat out in front in a figure eight

ride backward with the seat out in back in a circle

walk the wheel one footed with the left foot for 10 meters

walk the wheel one footed with the right foot for 10 meters

walk the wheel backward for 10 meters

drag seat in front for 10 meters

drag seat in back for 10 meters

ride backward one footed with the left foot for 10 meters

ride backward one footed with the right foot for 10 meters

one footed with the seat out in front for 10 meters

backward pirouette

LEVEL 10

demonstrate 10 types of mounts

ride backward with the seat out in back in a figure eight

ride backward one footed in a figure eight

walk the wheel one footed with the left foot in a circle

walk the wheel one footed with the right foot in a circle

walk the wheel backward in a circle

180° uni spin

sideways wheel walk for 10 meters

coast for 10 meters

side ride for 10 meters

walk the wheel one footed backward for 10 meters

(the different levels are used to represent your skill level-to show where you stand among other unicyclist)

LEVEL 1

mount unicycle unassisted

ride 50 meters

dismount gracefully with unicycle in front

LEVEL 2

mount with left foot

mount with right foot

ride 10 meters between two parallel lines 30 cm apart

ride a figure eight with circle diameters smaller than 3 meters

ride down a 15 cm vertical drop

make a 90 degree turn to the left inside a 1 meter circle

make a 90 degree turn to the right inside a 1 meter circle

LEVEL 3

demonstrate 3 types of mounts

ride a figure eight with circle diameters smaller than 1.5 meters

come to a stop, pedal half a revolution backward and continue forward

ride with the stomach on the seat for 10 meters

make a 180 degree turn to the left within a 1 meter circle

make a 180 degree turn to the right within a 1 meter circle

hop 5 times

ride or hop over a 10 x 10 cm. obstacle

LEVEL 4

demonstrate 4 types of mounts

ride backward for 10 meters

ride one footed for 10 meters

idle with left foot down 25 times

idle with right foot down 25 times

ride with seat out in front for 10 meters

ride with the seat out in back for 10 meters

make a 360 degree turn to the left inside a 1 meter circle

make a 360 degree turn to the right inside a 1 meter circle

LEVEL 5

demonstrate 5 types of mounts

ride backward in a circle

ride one footed in a figure eight

idle one footed with the left foot 25 times

idle one footed with the right foot 25 times

ride with seat out in front in a circle

ride with the seat out in back in a circle

ride with the seat on the side in a circle

hop-twist 90 degrees to the left

hop-twist 90 degrees to the right

walk the wheel for 10 meters

LEVEL 6

demonstrate 6 types of mounts

ride backward in a figure eight

ride with the seat out in front in a figure eight

ride with the seat out in back in a figure eight

ride backward with the seat out in front for 10 meters

hop standing on wheel 5 times

ride with the seat on the side in a circle to the left

ride with the seat on the side in a circle to the right

ride one footed with the left foot for 10 meters

ride one footed with the right foot for 10 meters

backspin

frontspin

spin

LEVEL 7

demonstrate 7 types of mounts

ride backward with the seat out in front in a circle

ride one footed with the left foot in a circle

ride one footed with the right foot in a circle

walk the wheel in a circle

walk the wheel one footed for 10 meters

hop-twist 180 degrees to the left

hop-twist 180 degrees to the right

ride backward with the seat out in back for 10 meters

spin to the left

spin to the right

LEVEL 8

demonstrate 8 types of mounts

ride one footed with the left foot in a figure eight

ride one footed with the right foot in a figure eight

walk the wheel in a figure eight

walk the wheel one footed in a circle

ride backward one footed for 10 meters

glide for 10 meters

hand wheel walk for 10 meters

pirouette

backward spin

LEVEL 9

demonstrate 9 types of mounts

walk the wheel one footed in a figure eight

ride backward one footed in a circle

ride backward with the seat out in front in a figure eight

ride backward with the seat out in back in a circle

walk the wheel one footed with the left foot for 10 meters

walk the wheel one footed with the right foot for 10 meters

walk the wheel backward for 10 meters

drag seat in front for 10 meters

drag seat in back for 10 meters

ride backward one footed with the left foot for 10 meters

ride backward one footed with the right foot for 10 meters

one footed with the seat out in front for 10 meters

backward pirouette

LEVEL 10

demonstrate 10 types of mounts

ride backward with the seat out in back in a figure eight

ride backward one footed in a figure eight

walk the wheel one footed with the left foot in a circle

walk the wheel one footed with the right foot in a circle

walk the wheel backward in a circle

180° uni spin

sideways wheel walk for 10 meters

coast for 10 meters

side ride for 10 meters

walk the wheel one footed backward for 10 meters

(basically these levels are used to show where you stand among other riders)

ok thanks

i did some muni riding today for the first time. It was a blast. I really need to get a better tire right now i just have a crumy street tire that clogs up with mud instantly. Also i learned the hard way you should ware gloves. I actually learned it a few times. Im thinking when i get my next uni i might step up to a 26 inch wheel. either that or just stick with a 24.

Take it to your LBS and see if they can streighten it, this will keep it from being damaged more and keep you from developing bad riding habits.

Edit: while you are there try to talk them into becoming a unicycle.com dealer so you can easily get good quality parts and new unis.

Here’s the link w/ fuller explanation of some of the skills.

If you get into riding street (freestyle and trials combined) there is now an unofficial skills list of that.

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