Hi! I started unicycling almost a year ago and it took me quite a while to learn. Now I have a United Muni, because I couldn’t afford the Semcycle XLW (the one I wanted). Anyway, I’m learning to hop. Right now I can hop straight in the air right after I mount and then start idling but then I fall off. Sometimes I keep going but I can’t seem to hop twice in a row. I also am having trouble hopping to the left or right. I’m sure people have posted on this before but when I typed hopping in the search a bunch of stuff came up because people say “hopping” a lot. Well, anyway, to get to the point, I was hoping some people could give me some advice on hopping better and actually hopping up onto stuff. Thanks!
Think Pogo stick
Almost exactly the same.
Basically… Practice a ton.
It took me probably five hours of practice to be able to go up curbs sometimes. To do it every time… mabye 10 or 12 hours.
What really helped me was watching some videos. Somebody posted some videos of Kris Holm doing some workshops at some convention. I don’t know who posted it, but if this rings any bells with anybody, maybe they can re-post the link. It was a home video and the workshops were outside on a trials playground - pallettes and giant spools and stuff.
For me, I think it comes down to seeing somebody do it a few times.
Also, lower your tire pressure. You want it squishy, but don’t let it bottom out…
You will find those clips on lutkus.com
http://lutkus.com/video/Kris_Holm_workshop/ is the exact address.
What I think Kris was saying on that video was that it’s often best to only hop when you need to. Instead of just bouncing like you’re on a pogo stick, he said you should try to balance on the spot and think where you need to hop in order to keep your balance, then hop to that spot and try balancing on the spot again (I think it’s called still standing). Watching other people like Kris doing these things really does help when you’re learning them.
Good hopping tips on www.muniac.com under the tips section.
I starting unicycling only this summer and hopping about a month ago,
so I am certainly not an expert. I was able to get the basics of hopping
without too much trouble though. I started in my garage using the wall
for support while I stood up on the pedals and started hopping.
Initially I had to determine what hand I would use to grab the saddle
and what hand I would flail for balance, also what foot I would have
forward and backward. This was a simple trial and error effort and was
determined solely by my comfort.
Next, I would start using the wall, hop and then ride out of it. Later I
would ride, stop with my feet in my desired hopping position (after
riding out of a wall assisted hop) and hop some more and ride out of
Finally, I started side hopping. This takes the most effort for me. I
started by simply hopping to the side as if I were standing on the
ground and hopping. I wasn’t trying for any great height, I was simply
trying to go in the desired direction (left or right). I found that if I
concentrated and analyzed my technique too much I couldn’t execute my
hop very well. Also, I quickly discovered that I have a dominant hopping
side (left in my case), so I’ve worked on both my left and right side
hopping- not trying to jump over the moon, just attempting to go in the
Now after some practice, I would like to jump over the moon!
Unfortunately, I have not yet developed that skill. In order to
develop my ‘high jump’ skill I lowered the saddle, started flexing my
knees, and attempting to do a ‘still stand’ before the big hop. These
techniques really help (no matter what direction you’re hopping). I’ve
been watching the Kris Holm Workshop videos and any other videos I can
find that show proper technique. I have found that there’s no substitute
for seeing how a skill is done. You should checkout the Lutkus videos,
there are many videos at his site and they’re quite helpful.
Specifically, you can find the Kris Holm workshop videos there.
As previously posted, these are good sites to go to for examples and
You should read that page which is a good start:
http://wobbling.unicyclist.com/HowTo/Hopping.html (Page does not seem to
work with Netscape though…)
The whole site also contains a bunch of useful resources.
Don’t know if it is a good practice but, when I started hopping, I lowered
my tire pressure so I could get a little more rebound from the tire. I also
started by the wall so I could do a couple of hops in a row to get the
Remember the following :
- use you ankles to give that vertical momentum (see website);
- your tire acts as a spring so, combined with ankle and body momentum will
make you hop higher
- keep practicing and coordination will get better and you’ll hop better.
- most important : be patient and don’t give up !
Good luck !
> Hi! I started unicycling almost a year ago and it took me quite a while
> to learn. Now I have a United Muni, because I couldn’t afford the
> Semcycle XLW (the one I wanted). Anyway, I’m learning to hop. Right
> now I can hop straight in the air right after I mount and then start
> idling but then I fall off. Sometimes I keep going but I can’t seem to
> hop twice in a row. I also am having trouble hopping to the left or
> right. I’m sure people have posted on this before but when I typed
> hopping in the search a bunch of stuff came up because people say
> “hopping” a lot. Well, anyway, to get to the point, I was hoping
> some people could give me some advice on hopping better and actually
> hopping up onto stuff. Thanks!
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