help please

i just got my first unicycle yesterday…i love it despite the fact that i cant ride it worth s**t. which brings me to my first question. does anyone have any tips on getting started and keeping ballance for the first little while. i’m 5’3" and about 180 lbs so my body wasnt exactly built for ballance.

and my second question is can some one or some ones give me a bit of a run down on some of the uni terms…one i c alot is “coker” is that a brand or a wheel size or am i totally off the mark. anyways any help would be fantastic cuz i really want to be come a one man circus seing as how i can juggle and make balloon animals lol.

thanks in advance

There tons of websites out there on getting started. You could try using the search key at the bottom of the forum too. Here are some websites that might help you get started. Coker is a 36" tire.

Basic tips and getting started:
http://www.unicycle.com/faq1.asp

Picture of a coker
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=1&subcat=7&cat=Commuter

Unicycle Tips and tutorials

Tips on learning to ride and other skills
http://home.comcast.net/~carol.mclean/Home/handbook.htm

The first five feet when your first learning, is always the hardest, since you don’t have any momentum yet. There are two ways to start before you know how to free mount, first from a curb, just place the tire against the curb, and place your foot on the back pedal, succesfully holding the unicycle against the curb, then hop on and ride forward, the other method, is to mount using a wall, pole, person, ect. But when you use this method I don’t recomend holding onto the object then trying to ride forward, I recomend you lean twards the object a little, then ‘pop’ yourself up, before you start to ride, because if you try to ride from holding the object, 9 times out of ten you will fall in the direction the object was.

As for ridding tips, pretend that seatpost goes straight through the seat, up your arse, and out your mouth. Yes that is how straight your back should be, also make sure you seat is up pretty high, and your knees don’t have alot of bend, Look at an object in the distance, don’t look down, when your chin slaps against that concrete I want the last thing you see before you black out, is the mailbox you were ridding for. Also lean forward, and pedal quickly, its just like ridding a bike, your not going to learn going 10ft/hr If your going to fall you should fall forward, that means your leaning forward correctly, if the unicycle falls infront of you, LEAN FORWARD!

Also remember unicycling is 30% balance, and 70% foot cordination, even when your not ridding, mick the foot gestures in your head, feel yourself pedaling smoother then you’ve ever pedaled in your life.

As for Cokers, Coker was a brand, but now it just means a 36" tire, or really big unicycle, kinda like how tissue paper is called kleenex, infact if they made a 38" tire we’d probably call them cokers too, so if its a REALLY big tire, its probably safe to call it a coker.

lol, wow that was funny!!!

Re: help please

On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 20:10:40 -0500, “one_man_one_wheel” wrote:

>i just got my first unicycle yesterday…i love it despite the fact
>that i cant ride it worth s**t. which brings me to my first question.
>does anyone have any tips on getting started and keeping ballance for
>the first little while.

My page with tips for beginners is at
<http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/uni_beginners.htm>.

It includes a tutorial in Word format, and a link to a spreadsheet to
estimate how long it will take you to learn.

Have fun!

Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict

I ride like a princess. - john_childs

PMSL :smiley:

If you’re going to ride in the kitchen, I suggest you move the refrigerator…

PMSL?

Laughed so hard I momentarily lost control of my bladder. :wink:

ta
i’d figured (from context) that the ‘L’ had to be ‘laugh’ related
i’ve just never seen ‘PMS’ and ‘L’ that closely linked