How do you go Backwards?

Need help understanding how to go backwards… I tried running backwards a couple of times, then trying it on the unicycle, but I just can’t get the feel of it. HELP!! Thanks.


In message “How do you go Backwards?”, stickinsect9 wrote…
>Need help understanding how to go backwards… I tried running backwards
>a couple of times, then trying it on the unicycle, but I just can’t get
>the feel of it. HELP!! Thanks.

Here is a quote form my booklet ANYONE CAN RIDE A UNICYCLE, followed by
information on how to obtain it.


To become an outstanding unicyclist you must master riding backwards.
Riding only forward all the time may result in your picking up bad
balancing habits that may be hard to correct.

There are several ways of learning how to ride backwards, three of which
are introduced here. If you have mastered the main skills up to now,
particularly double idling, riding backwards will not present any
special problems.

To ensure safety, you should change to forward riding before dismounting.
To prevent falls, always strive to maintain complete control. A common
mistake is to ride too fast.

Posture is extremely important. The upper body should be kept more or less
straight, but bending slightly forward at the waist increases stability,
especially at faster speeds. Try to pedal smoothly and maintain control at
all times. Considerable practice may be required before pedalling
backwards feels natural, but if you follow the methods introduced here you
will find it is not as nearly as difficult as you anticipated.

Method 1

One way of learning to ride backwards is to ride side by side holding
hands with another unicyclist. Both riders stop and without dismounting
pedal half a revolution backward then resume riding forward. After several
times, try a full revolution backward before resuming forward riding. You
will soon find that you can both pedal backwards for considerable
distances. Try to let go of each other’s hands briefly for longer and
longer periods until you are confident you can ride by yourself. The side
by side support given each other in this method enables both riders to
concentrate on the forward-back balance and hastens learning by
eliminating a lot of unnecessary falls. Both riders should remind each
other to maintain proper posture.


          by Jack Halpern

Recently I have been getting a number of inquiries about my book, ANYONE
CA RIDE A UNICYCLE. Here is some infrmation for those interested in
acquiring it.

Miyata and I are considering publishing a new edition if I ever have time
to deal with it, but this might take quite a while. In the meantime, to
get a photocopy, please do the following.

  1. Send me US$15 or equivalent in cash (cashing a check costs more than
    that in Japan!).
  2. Let me know your snailmail address.

I will airmail you a copy as soon as I know your address and you inform me
that the payment hs been sent.

Some of the pictures in that book have been place on the unicycling
home page.

Here is a quote from the unciyling FAQ describing the book.

    o Anyone Can Ride a Unicycle by Jack Halpern

      For the material it covers this is the best book on unicycling.
      In particular, book tells how to learn to ride, as well as a
      variety of beginning and intermediate skills. It also covers
      practical issues like unicycling attire, adjusting the unicycle,
      and theory.

      The book is based on what are considered the most effective ways
      of learning. John Foss helped a lot with reviewing the
      manuscript and by providing excellent photographs. Much credit
      is also due to Bill Jenack,the founder of modern unicycling, who
      has developed most of the techniques introduced in the book.

      The book comes with Miyata unicycles, and you can also get it
      from Jack Halpern while supplies last. Miyata is out of stock at
      the moment, and has no definite plans at this time to reprint
      it. In the meantime, he will be glad to send you photocopies for
      $15, including airmail.

      The amount you send need not be $15 exactly if you send it in
      another currency. You should send this in cash form, not a
      check, since it is very difficult to cash a check in dollars in
      Japan. Supplies are short, so you may want to send e-mail to
      Jack before sending cash to verify availability. His address is:

    Jack Halpern, CEO & President The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc.
    (CJKI) Komine Building (3rd & 4th Floor) 34-14, 2-chome, Tohoku,
    Niiza-shi Saitama 352-0001 JAPAN Office Phone .: +81-48-473-3508
    FAX : +81-48-486-5032 Home Phone .: +81-42-587-3318 FAX :
    +81-42-587-2802 E-mail : WWW : <a href=""></a>

Regards, Jack Halpern President, The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. Phone: +81-48-473-3508