Learning Journal

Oh, I see. The pages linked from the “levels” list aren’t working for me either. Oddly I can open the HTML source of the pages and play the videos manually.

Most/all of those skills seem to be in this list as well:

There’s a lot more on that site if you hunt around.

Hey kr :slight_smile:

I have had a great week ( last week) riding around in the sand and practicing circles. :slight_smile: there were some guys on surfy boards and I was just showing off:p
I’ll post some pics next week when I get home.
I also had a go today at seeing how fast I could go before falling off. I get a lot more reckless and daring when I know I’m going to land in soft sand :slight_smile:
It’s interesting looking at the difference made by fast lines and slow lines. Much less wobble :sunglasses:
Pics next week…

DaUniGuy, hopping? One day Sam, one day…

Starting to get the hang of my uni

I’m finally getting the hang of my uni. I now know what position my body needs to be in to ride successfully ( leaning forward, not sitting straight :slight_smile: ),
I can ride backwards for 3 revs, get the uni to stand still (not idling) for 3 seconds and can get up to 10 revs. I’m getting plenty of attention at the park where I practice as well !

You’re all helping me to stretch my skills. Thanks :slight_smile:

Beach riding sounds fun Alucard. Look forward to seeing pictures. I might have a chance to try beach riding out next month. Do you have fat tires?

Great progress Batou. Keep it up.

LargeEddie I’m getting there.

Practice has moved to a basement garage with a somewhat slick concrete floor. I mount with assistance but immediately let go. I can wriggle my hips to the right and stay on for a few idles. Wriggling to the left is more difficult. My left side is weak no matter the skill. I would practice idling on my left foot but that would take forever.

I’m making slow progress and feel I should improve with more practice. No matter what, working on this skill has improved my overall balance.

Well, after spending a week reading all 141 pages of this thread, it’s probably time to say hello. I’ve just started unicycling about a month ago, and while I’m nowhere near as fast a learner as lots on this thread, I think I’m doing okay, certainly better than I expected. I’ve only practised on grass areas so far, with my best ride today. It was only 70 metres, but I was pretty happy. So I came home from the park and started trying free mounting, which I only started trying a couple of days ago. After a lot of watching youtube mounts, and no success before today, I made great strides forward today. I managed about 5 successful mounts, but all the attempts were closer than before, so that looks hopeful. I am currently on a cheap unicycle and I think the seat is a little too low, but is as high as I can get it. I’m expecting a new stem and seat to arrive tomorrow, so that will hopefully improve things. The current seat is certainly uncomfortable, and after todays free mount practise, all I can say is it’s lucky I’m not planning on having more children :slight_smile:

You are doing really well. Grass is harder to learn on than a hard smooth surface… though it is softer to fall on.:wink:

Unimyra’s free mount video is about as good as you would find anywhere for a static mount.

Yes OTM, grass might be softer to fall on, but I still managed to bruise or crack a couple of ribs last week. Fortunately doesn’t hurt when I’m riding. Tomorrow I’m going to a carpark, so hope I don’t crash too hard.

Thanks for the introduction, Unik. Great to have you aboard!

When I read through the 120 or so pages of this topic that existed two years ago, I had to remember to keep looking at the datestamps of the replies. It was very easy to read through a few pages and not notice that several months went by from when someone started to learn a skill until they had finally mastered it.

I’m sure you’ve seen us repeat this over and over, but it all gets better if you give it time and keep doing it. Stay safe and have fun.

Yes LargeEddie, I had that problem, thought some people were much faster learners than they really are. But now knowing just how hard it is, everyone here is amazing! I think reading this thread has helped me so much, not just with advise on how to, but with general motivation to keep going out every day and trying. Thanks to all of you.
Hopefully if the rain stops today, I’ll get to try it all on a cark park sealed surface for the first time.

Roll back mount + idling

Today I did a few roll back mounts! I’m finding it’s easier to do them when I don’t put too much weight on the lower pedal … kind of like the static mount. I balance the seat between my legs and jump up a bit when I start.

Next step is to connect the roll back mount with several idles. Lately I’m consistently doing a few idles after a brief assisted mount. Getting a tiny bit closer each day.

Oh and Unik welcome. Keep up the hard work and keep safe. I like wearing knee pads and a helmet to give me confidence.

Beginner’s question

It has been my 5th hour learning my 24’ uni. Now I can ride around 100 meters then drop off, I can’t turn reliably, and I can’t free mount.

I have a couple of questions regarding to how to improve:

  1. What should I do now, just keep riding, and I will be able to ride 200 meters, 500 meters, 1km …? When learning bicycle I remember it clicked at some moment then I started to keep riding. Is it different for unicycle?

  2. Now I always fall to the front of the unicycle and land on my right foot. My right knee starts to hurt now because of too much impact. What could I do?


I would suggest you try riding on some slightly uneven surfaces and up and down gentle slopes as your next goals.

Are you sure the impact is causing the knee problem? Does sitting in a chair with your legs bent for extended periods cause you more pain than when you are riding? If so, the problem is probably muscular.

Unicycling builds up leg muscles very quickly. Landing on your right leg repeatedly will also build it up so it may be more affected.

It is important to stretch these muscles to even out the build up or they can cause problems including severe knee pain from them bulging and causing pressure in the knee capsule.

I suggest you start practicing free mounting. Each time you practice a free mount, start with a different foot on the pedal. That way, you will be more likely to dismount on your left foot.

One way to start practicing free mounting is to curb the back of the wheel, place your right foot on the back pedal, then swing your left foot up and over the left pedal, and onto the pavement. You don’t really get on the unicycle, you just step over it. This silly exercise might get you used to dismounting with your left foot.

100 Meters is great…you are on your way!

Welcome lars9! It sounds like you are doing really well. The more you ride, the more comfortable you will get. As for comparing bicycling to unicycling: I find that I still have to concentrate on what I am doing on a unicycle. On a bicycle, I can completely space out and the bike keeps rolling along. On a unicycle, as soon as my mind wanders I go down (appropriately called a UPD). One thing you might try to practice is a controlled dismount off the back. I managed to learn it quite quickly, but some of my friends had a harder time. It is much easier on the legs. Although I can’t plan for a UPD, I can sometimes direct my dismount so I don’t land so hard.

Neighbors: gotta love 'em!

Last night I rode my 29" road unicycle with the touring handle…around my neighborhood. I’m trying to get used to the setup before taking it into traffic. A few neighbors were talking in the street, so I stopped, to be social. One neighbor said I looked much more smooth when I was riding. Here’s where the story starts going badly…

I responded, trying to be humble and self-effacing, that the large size of the wheel made the unicycle I was riding more smooth, less jerky (my neighbors mostly see me on my 20" working on skills/jumping/etc.), and that this smoothness was not a reflection of my skill. While explaining this to the neighbors, I used the word ‘gyroscopic’. At that point, they stopped listening, they made funny faces at one another, and they made snide side-remarks regarding what was the next big word that might come out of my mouth.

I am used to getting kidded about the unicycle, so I struggled through our conversation. I told the neighbors I wanted to ride the 29" to the school, three miles away, where I work. Then the neighbor, who’d recently graduated high school, said that was a bad idea, because the kids would think a unicycle was ‘uncool’. I reminded her that my school only went through sixth grade. When I asked the neighbors to clarify they knew what a gyroscope was, they nodded that, of course, they knew about gyroscopes. Apparently, it’s all right to know about gyroscopes, so long as you don’t say ‘gyroscopic’. It’s an affront to plebeian sensibilities.

The conversation ended with one neighbor asking if I had any more long words to say. I responded “‘Unicycle’, that has four syllables.” I rode away, reflecting on the fact that nothing I say is going to change my neighbors’ opinion that I am a clown, and that there is no point in trying to discuss the laws of physics with them. Time to get out the juggling balls. [cue: circus music]

Jesus said we should love our neighbors. He didn’t say anything about having to ‘like’ them.

Same thing happened to me when I first started riding, except for me it was my left knee. Some days it would hurt so bad after riding that I’d limp around the rest of the day. Time helped work out how to “fall better” and I also began stretching my knees before every ride. I do the three advanced stretches in the following link before every ride. Takes just a minute or two and no more knee pain. http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8108850/knee-stretches-knee-flexibility-exercises-phys.htm

Welcome Unik it is always good to have another senior citizen on one wheel. :slight_smile:

I want to second Vertigo’s comment on safety gear. I always wear a helmet Chris Holm gloves and leg armor when I ride. It really helps my confidence. I recently bought some hillbilly shorts for my new ventures into muni.

As the years add up the ground gets farther away, gravity gets stronger and the old bones heal a lot slower now. :angry:

You are doing AWESOME! Keep at and most important have fun!

Still really early days but you’re doing great, lars9! Unicycling never exactly clicked for me. Leg endurance, recovering balance from upsets from bumps in the road or of my own making, and relaxing and getting my weight on the saddle so my legs could work efficiently were separate but related things that came along each at its own pace. But they all really came from riding more.

You got there more quickly than I did, but it sounds like you’re at the point that was most frustrating for me–where I could imagine just getting on the thing and riding it but couldn’t do it yet. Have faith and try to enjoy the process.

Not saying this to be flip, but how about trying to land on your left foot? There are UPDs and then there are UPDs. Some of them happen so fast that it’s all we can do to land on our feet if we even do that, but most of the time you get at least a fraction of a second to plan ahead a little bit. See if you can either get off a half-crank sooner or stay on a half-crank longer if you aren’t about to go down “right now.” If nothing else, it’s a way to stay busy until you’re ready to do longer rides. :slight_smile:

Wow. You know them better than we do but it sounds to me like your neighbors are just garden variety jerks. I’ve stopped and talked to lots of people of all ages and every walk of life in my short riding career and not run into any like that. Maybe best to smile and wave and ride by them without slowing next time?

But I sure hope you didn’t say “plebeian” in front of them. :wink:

Oh, forgot to say that I second OneTrackMind’s suggestion to lars9 to start trying to ride up and down some gentle slopes and over uneven surfaces. You’ll learn a lot about balance and controlling your weight that way, and those are skills you’ll never stop using.

I started yesterday’s session planning to work on one footed riding… wow, didn’t expect that level of difficulty. Even practicing with what I thought was barely any weight at all on my left foot, as soon as I lifted it off the pedal I could never bring the right pedal past halfway up. Definitely going to take some practice on that.

I worked on my idling some, and while I can’t always stay facing the same direction I have got to where I can go back and forth 10 times or more…

I also picked up two new mounts…the jump mount and the rolling mount. I think both of these will come in handy on the bike trails.