I think I'm now level 1

Today my daughter and I went to the running track again and I logged 1.5 miles- whew, it’s work! Also, I free mounted, rode 50+ meters and (finally) performed a rear dismount. So… am I in the Level-One club, or do I have to do it consistantly 4 or 5 times to be welcomed into the fold?

[Daughter update]

My daughter rode 3/4 of the way around the quarter mile track- solo cruising!!:smiley: She said that she could have kept going, but she was just too pooped to roll. I guess that 20" wheel requires a lot of pedaling (sigh). I know I get winded going around just one time on my 24" wheel.

[The running track is quite a challenge]

Yesterday I cruised several times around the block in my neighborhood and it was really fantastic. I was doing a descent job of travelling a long distance and free mounted all along the way.

Today we went to the running track and it was work! I’ve decided that a running track is a great place to develop skills. There are quite a few bumps and humps which I now refer to as ‘gravity wells’ and it’s quite curvy and narrow (only two lanes). The street is definitely an easier ride.

I managed to increase my distance quite a bit from a tip I found:

The tip said to try and keep a rhythm. So that’s what I did and it really worked quite well.

The other thing I did to minimize the effects of the ‘gravity wells’, was to pick up the pace a bit. It seems easier to get through dips and bumps when you increase your speed.

We have a lot more learning and a lot more fun ahead!

Cheers!

in the beginning, i found myself getting furiously tired after some sustained riding
a suggestion from this forum that i take weight off my feet and put more on the saddle really helped
i guess as a ratio u want about 60% of your weight on the seat and the other 40% spread between the two pedals
anybody want to comment on the maths or the ratio?

Great progress! To pass a level test, you basically have to do the deed on demand the first time, with minor exceptions. So start working on level 2 skills; when you are halfway through that you’ll be about ready to test for level 1. All that level 2 practice will steady out your level 1 skills.

60/40 sounds fine to start with, at least to me. The ratio depends on how far you’re going, what kind of surface you are riding on, what slope you’re on, etc. In general, for a given situation, more weight on the seat means less fatigue, less power, and higher probability of UPD. But the continual striving to put more weight on the seat in most situations has been quite beneficial to me.

Jason-

You may find the skill levels and rules for examining here:

http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/skills/skills.html

RE: I think I’m now level 1

> i guess as a ratio u want about 60% of your weight on the seat and the
> other 40% spread between the two pedals
> anybody want to comment on the maths or the ratio?

I would shoot more for 100% on the seat, and only what you need on the
pedals to make them do what you want. This should be the goal, especially
for beginner riders who are struggling with too much leg tension. Later you
won’t even have to think about it.

When you ride for long distances or long amounts of time, then you want to
take some of that weight off again. But not onto your legs! This is where a
good handle comes in, where you can press down with your hand or hands, and
take some of the weight off your crotch.

On a road bike, it’s supposed to be something like 40% of your weight on the
handlebars. No wonder you can ride one of them so much longer than a
unicycle before you get sore!

JF

Re: I think I’m now level 1

Jason I have really enjoyed reading your posts about the progress you
and your daughter have been making on your new uni’s. And I hope I am
learning vicariously because next week at the Seattle Juggling
Festival I will pick up my first unicycle that I ordered from Serious
Juggling. It is a Semcycle XL with a 24 inch wheel
whaaaaaaahoooooo!!!

Last night at our Juggling club here in Vancouver Canada two guys
brought their uni’s and for only the second time in my life I had a
bit of a go on a uni. It felt so great, even just sitting on it
holding onto a post and trying some simple rocking motions. Then I
held onto a railing a did a few laps of some single revoltution at a
time riding. There were some good moments when I caught a glimmer of
how it might feel to actually be riding unsupported. This is going to
be a lot of fun.

I have the summer off as I work in the school system so I hope to
practice every day and by the end of the summer I aspire to be able to
ride the uni to work on the first day back to school!

I’ll keep you posted and look forward to your future posts as you
surge ahead on your uni - but then you had a few weeks head start on
me…LOL!

Cheers,
Erin

Re: I think I’m now level 1

rif raf wrote:
>
> Jason I have really enjoyed reading your posts about the progress you
> and your daughter have been making on your new uni’s. And I hope I am
> learning vicariously because next week at the Seattle Juggling
> Festival I will pick up my first unicycle that I ordered from Serious
> Juggling. It is a Semcycle XL with a 24 inch wheel
> whaaaaaaahoooooo!!!

Raf or is it Rif?,

I was hoping that someone might be inspired and hopefully helped by my
posts. Congratulations on the soon to come UNI! I hope you find it as
rewarding as me and my daughter have. I am having the time of my life-
even though I find it extremely frustrating at times. Also, I find it
both mentally and physically challenging.

>
> Last night at our Juggling club here in Vancouver Canada two guys
> brought their uni’s and for only the second time in my life I had a
> bit of a go on a uni. It felt so great, even just sitting on it
> holding onto a post and trying some simple rocking motions. Then I
> held onto a railing a did a few laps of some single revoltution at a
> time riding. There were some good moments when I caught a glimmer of
> how it might feel to actually be riding unsupported. This is going to
> be a lot of fun.

I spent my first six or seven hours on my deck doing half and single
revolutions along a 10 foot strip of railing (which is very short). It
will seem a bit monotonous, but it is the price we have to pay to join
the club. When I went around the block unaided for the first time, I was
elated. It really is great fun.

> I have the summer off as I work in the school system so I hope to
> practice every day and by the end of the summer I aspire to be able to
> ride the uni to work on the first day back to school!

That’s a really good goal. What distance is it from your home to the
school?

> I’ll keep you posted and look forward to your future posts as you
> surge ahead on your uni - but then you had a few weeks head start on
> me…LOL!

I have now had my Uni for 13 days. I don’t know how long it takes the
average person to ride, but I was able to travel some distance after 8-9
hours practice and I am not a sports person or terribly athletic. I’m
35, 5 foot 10 and 160 lbs, so I am a little thin and need to get a bit
stronger in my legs. The only exercises I do are 15 push ups and 30 to
60 sit-ups a day (I’m a beer drinker). Although I have to confess, I
haven’t done them since I started on the Uni because my body has been
too sore and tired. My quads starting aching on about day 3 (requiring
heat ointment) and my stomach muscles started aching after I started to
solo around the running track. That seems to have passed now and I will
start doing my sit-up and push-up regiment again tonight- maybe. :wink:

Before I bought a Uni, I asked the list if I might be to old to learn.
The response I got from everyone was the same, “Go for it!”. Normally I
like to see the RifRaf off the streets, but in your case… GO FOR IT!

Re: I think I’m now level 1

I think I might just scrape a passed level 1, I would have failed because I
could not dismount gracefully! I just flop off! :slight_smile:


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Re: I think I’m now level 1

On Wed, 19 Jun 2002 03:49:46 -0500, GILD
<GILD.6hlqb@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>i guess as a ratio u want about 60% of your weight on the seat and the
>other 40% spread between the two pedals
>anybody want to comment on the maths or the ratio?

The math is nearly impeccable. But 60% on the seat seems a low figure
to strive for. Put as much weight on the seat as you can.

Klaas Bil

Re: I think I’m now level 1

On Wed, 19 Jun 2002 03:49:46 -0500, GILD
<GILD.6hlqb@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>i guess as a ratio u want about 60% of your weight on the seat and the
>other 40% spread between the two pedals
>anybody want to comment on the maths or the ratio?

The math is nearly impeccable. But 60% on the seat seems a low figure
to strive for. Put as much weight on the seat as you can.

Klaas Bil

Re: I think I’m now level 1

In a message dated 6/19/02 3:29:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
U-Turn.6hvgb@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes:

> higher probability of UPD

what exactly is UPD? I’m guessing its something to do with falling, but I
cant work out what it stands for, or why you dont just say, falls.
__
Trevor andersen

Re: I think I’m now level 1

> > higher probability of UPD
>
> what exactly is UPD? I’m guessing its something to do with falling, but I
> cant work out what it stands for, or why you don’t just say, falls.

Unplanned dismount.

Falling is, of course, different. If you dismount, even unintentionally,
and land in perfect balance on your feet holding your unicycle, you can
hardly be said to have fallen.

Re: I think I’m now level 1

In a message dated 6/19/02 10:19:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
nospam@nospam.no.no.no writes:

> I spent my first six or seven hours on my deck doing half and single
> revolutions along a 10 foot strip of railing (which is very short). It
> will seem a bit monotonous, but it is the price we have to pay to join
> the club. When I went around the block unaided for the first time, I was
> elated. It really is great fun.

I am learning weel walking right now. And, oh man I know what you mean. So
far I have gotten a max of 6 feet unsupported. And it feels remarkably
similar to when I first learned to ride…only harder. But, like with
learning to ride, its extreamly rewarding, and I can’t wate to get out there
and try it again the next day. I can tell you, once you learn to ride, dont
be dissapointed, the learning prosses is far from over, theres plenty more to
do.
__
Trevor andersen

Re: I think I’m now level 1

Roger Davies can’t pass level 1??

Klaas Bil

On Wed, 19 Jun 2002 23:21:14 +0100, “Roger Davies”
<Roger.Davies@octacon.co.uk> wrote:

>I think I might just scrape a passed level 1, I would have failed because I
>could not dismount gracefully! I just flop off! :slight_smile: