Learning Journal

Spent 3 hrs. in the garage today on the 20" with the following results:

  • Two foot wheelwalk consistantly to 6 feet with one wild ride of 12 (that was one freaky display). No injuries. Two fresh scratches on scooter.
  • Riding 20 feet while holding seat out front. Next time remember to look up when approaching garage door. No injuries. Two fresh scratches on garage door.
  • Riding backwards 20 feet inconsistantly. No injuries. No scratches.
  • A new appreciation for knee and elbow pads.

Do these have the ISIS hub? Is the rim a 19"? I couldn’t find any specifics on the sites. If they do, that’s a great price.


I find wheel walking vastly harder than idling, riding backwards, or riding SIF. It may be because I learned the latter skills a while ago, but I am still unstable while wheel walking.

Congratulations on your progress!


i am getting better hopping sif and one foot idling and one foot riding. i am getting really mad at not beeing able to git 4 pallets and i need some new trick ideas!

Yes, that’s the hazard of ordering from a non-specialized site. I believe all the models but Free Tricks have ISIS, 19" rim, and 20x2.5" Try-All Sticky tire but don’t quote me on that. You can get an idea of the components from:


But they may not be configured exactly the same way. People in other threads have confirmed the rim colors match the photos on the sites selling them (and not the colors you see at http://www.koxx-one.com/). I ordered an Alien Backflip specifically to get the street cranks and can discern them from the photos on the site I ordered from. I’ve already purchased 3 Nimbus unicycles and wanted to try something else for a change.

I find one footed wheel walking vastly harder than regular wheel walking!

First real MUni ride

Nice job TS - very inspiring! Love the comment on the safety gear:) I told Iris that she needs to wear hers so she can try hard without fear of injury.

So, I headed out for my first real trail ride today. It was just on a gravel/dirt road that runs along a canal. Total ride was 5 miles with 4 of it on the dirt. surface was very soft with lots of of mud and water puddles.

Key Learnings:

  1. I only thought I was in good shape - this kind of riding redifines things a bit! If I keep this up I will really get strong :stuck_out_tongue:
  2. It is necessary to lean forward significantly more than when riding on a hard surface.
  3. More forward lean turned out to help with the torso twist
  4. When you get really tired go ahead and jump off and talk a walk break - you deserve it! (had to do this many times)

I had numerous UPD’s but only one worthy of mention. I decided to ride through what appeared to be a particularly deep puddle. I was not wrong. It had an abrupt ramp up on the far edge so I went flying. Gotta love wrist guards and gloves :smiley:

First real Snow ride

After a three successful attempts across the 4" deep snow on our lawn for about 45 feet I decided to go try to ride on the snow covered dirt running track at the Junior High. On the way there the well trodden sidewalk proved to be too much after about 100 yards - too bumpy and slick for me!

At the track there was no easy way onto it from the pavement so I found a place where I could put the tire against a concrete curb to get started. After 5-6 tries I was finally rolling and was able to keep it up for about 200 yards before fatigue and an unseen bump conspired to bring me off the front. But I was way pumped! The snow was only about 2" deep, but it was wet and heavy with a slight crust on the surface. My squiggly line was straighter than I thought it would be :D. My squiggly yesterday in the mud was pretty severe at times, looking like a bunch of w’s strung together :). But the snow was overall more difficult than the gravel/muddy road.

Free mounting on the sidewalk in fresh, untrodden snow was challenging but I had a couple that were successful. It is critical to get a clean mount that requires little to no twisting, just a nice smooth forward ride out of the mount. Which of course is what you want every time anyway ;). Free mounting on the heavily trodden sidewalk was just plain impossible. Far too slippery and bumpy.

Had one bad upd, like yesterday on the trail, where I came off the front pretty hard and the first thing to contact the ground was my right hand. Both times I had my elbow too straight and got a slight hyper extension. It is a little sore having done it two days in a row. Wonder how I can keep my arm bent a little? (rhetorical question) Wish you could control everything better in a crash!! :stuck_out_tongue:

Snow riding pushed my courage up a notch - as with most other challenging ‘firsts’ on a unicycle. I have never been particularly daring or a risk-taker. Strange how determined I am with this whole uni-thing…

I’ve been having trouble riding off road on the 26" with the lighter tire. I figured that the single-ply tire needed higher pressure to avoid pinch-flats. Then I realized I was sacrificing ride for weight. So I switched back to the Duro at 18lbs pressure and man, what a difference! It really smoothed out the bumps that were throwing me off.
The park I ride in has a pit about half the size of a basketball court, full of broken dirt, edged by a double stack of 6" timbers. Today I finally nailed hopping out of the pit! I also have fun hopping up one side of a pile of dirt (about 2 feet high on the down side) and back down the other side, trying to land my tire on the peaks and flat areas. Hitting the edge at speed and jumping down into the pit is also exhilerating. I’m getting better at holding onto the seat to keep from bouncing around too much and losing control.
On the way back into my driveway, I decided for shits-and-giggles to try hopping off the wall (about 16") and landed it on the second attempt. Today is what I call an “Epic” day.
I would suggest mastering hopping for anyone not doing so now. It has saved me from numerous UPDs and when you can stop and hop with control, it gives you time to rest and to plan your next move. Also, I was surprised how much control I developed in a short time as far as where I land my tire.

New to the boards

Habeeb here. I am Jamberry’s sweetie. I am a “retread” to unis at 42 y.o. I first tried unis when Jamberry and I were dating ~17 years ago. The extent of my “riding” was getting up holding on to the mailbox and going about 30 feet. Once Jambery and I got married, unis sort of fell by the wayside (marriage, kids, job, moving, etc.) When she started back recently to help get back into shape, I started up again also. Shortly after purchasing her Nimbus 24" Muni (which I tried and could get up on), we bought a Nimbus II 20" for me. :sunglasses:
Well, with a little bit of practice, I am well past where I left off 17 years ago and I’m picking up speed (so to speak). I started off the session today with just mounting holding onto the car in the driveway and riding out to the cul-de-sac. I made it all the way to the middle of the street. Having gotten that far (and not wanting to go all the way back to the car) I decided it was time to try free mount. After MANY unsuccessful attempts, I finally got up and rode about 50 yards out to the main road (and then LOST it). Again, not wanting to WALK all the way back, I EVENTUALLY free mounted again and rode all the way back to the driveway. :astonished: Luckily, Jamberry was looking out the window at that time to witness the miracle and did not have to take my word for it. :smiley:
I guess old dogs can learn new tricks.


Welcome Habeeb, to the Old Dog group :sunglasses: (though young dogs are also welcome, and frequently stop in to add some help). Sounds like you are making fast progress - much faster than I did. But I am up and rolling, and that is all that matters. ‘Old’ only gets in the way if you let it :smiley: and most of us are pretty stubborn about not letting it.

Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays to all the learners and to the Old Dog Group from one of the old dogs.

Hi all!

I am a beginner to (and yes, I am still 50 yo :slight_smile: ) But I adore reading this thread which I am following since several weeks (month).
Thank you all for your encouraging stories and tips. They are helping me a lot.

So merry Xmas from me too !
Here in the southern of germany, we have a lot of snow for the moment and it is still snowing “like hell”

And if I was a good guy, I will get a new 26" Muni for this Xmas :slight_smile:

Best whishes to you all and keep on cycling


Serious hopping practice

Hello everyone. It has been a few days, so I have a couple interesting (to me at least ;)) stories. First, a welcome to our newest friend from Germany, muck22. Sounds like you will fit right in the rest of us old dogs trying to learn this crazy sport :roll_eyes: . I just noticed something funny. You said “50 yo” but the “yo” could be interpreted as “young one” instead of “years old”. So, you ARE a 50 young one! Cool.

For Christmas I gave my 20" Torker learner to my nephew. By the time our first hour of training together was done he had ridden 25 feet unsupported. Crazy fast learning. No fair either!! Later that day he kept riding at home and I just heard from him today that he actually went a long way down the street that afternoon, like past 5-6 houses. At this rate it won’t take him long to surpass me. Ah, to be so young again. But I am really excited because soon I will have a riding partner that will give me some great challenges and I think we will be able to really progress together, pushing each other.

Today at work Scot and I spent quite a while working on hopping. I have only tried to hop a few times and this was the most serious, and long, training session I have done. It was really fun to catch the feel for it today. I was on my 24" Avenir cruiser, but I think I was doing about as well as I would have on the 20". We took a small folding table, folded up, and put it on the floor. It was 2.5" high. I had several nice hops up, both from the side and straight on, then rode off. I took a little plastic cup and laid it on its side and cleared it twice. The mouth of the cup measure just over 3.5 inches. These do not sound very high to anyone who can “really” hop, but for me it was pretty cool. The best was a particular hop up onto the table straight-on that covered quite a bit of distance horizontally. Scot was talking about it for quite a while, so I guess it looked pretty cool.

Tomorrow I am taking the day off to go skiing. I am tempted to take the Muni up and ride it around in the parking lot at Snowbird resort. If I do I will let you know how it went.

Happy pedaling, skiing, or whatever else ya’ll are doing this week :smiley:

Are they hiring at your company? :smiley:

Just want to report a tiny bit of progress. I got a Torker 24" last week. I don’t have any large indoor space to practice, and there’s LOTS of snow everywhere.

I tried riding on the snow outside, and it’s very difficult. I put 2 old doors in a row on the ground, and got to the point of being able to ride, occasionally, the length of the 2 doors.

I also found some youtube videos that talk about the value of practicing idling, so I’ve been doing that inside. Seems to help a bit.

Anyway, total beginner, but optimistic.


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Happy holidays to all new, not-so-new(nsn), nsy, nso…:slight_smile:

I had family visiting for 9 days and so only rode every 2-3 days since my last ‘powder paradise’ session. After that session I had some challenging packed/icy dirt and paved trail riding, then as it warmed slightly some great but muddy trail sessions.

Today was my first ‘real’ Muni session: 8 miles of dirt/mud/gravel/hills. 4 miles of that was challenging to ridiculous single-track; fun humps and dips, roots, mud, rocks, banked turns- lots of fun. But lots of frustration in the more technical sections, UPDing every 30 feet, with some ‘walks of shame’. At least I found a couple new trails, within my ability, to go back to. The others will have to wait for quite a while.

I was surprised how rough a trail I could ride by grabbing the seat and pulling up hard; this was also key to keeping my feet on the pedals during the power spikes. The free arm was flailing madly correcting for all the perturbations.

At one point the mud was just the perfect consistency to clog my XC tire, resulting in a good 'ol spin-out. Time to think a bout a 26" dedicated Muni?

NSYO: sounds like you’re becoming a trials/street rider! My single attempt to hop at all was laughable, I’m keeping an eye out for a dirt-cheap 20" that may help me to learn idling, hopping, etc. I recall TS suggesting that learning to hop is a good idea for Muni riding as well. The trouble with the 29" is that I just want to go forward, fast.

Anyway, beautiful sunny day, epic ride, life is good.

short, but sweet

Gregg - that ride sounds incredible. I did half that distance last week on smooth but very muddy dirt and was pretty spent at the end. I think you are right about the 29er - it sounds like it just wants to go forward and fast. What length cranks do you have on it?

Dogmotor, nice to hear from you again. The snow can put a damper on things! I am lucky to work where I do, and that Scot is able to ride. Things are slow, and very few people are at work this week, so we had an extra long session. On the idling - I have been working up to it by first focusing on stalls, very slow riding, very tight turns/stall turns, and a single “hitch” idle then continuing to ride. I don’t know if this all makes sense or is helpful, but thought I would tell you what I have been trying.

After skiing today (I took the muni up there with me) I still had a little energy so I rode around the parking lot for about 20 minutes. I just posted on the “comment by non rider’s” thread so I won’t duplicate it here. But the cool thing was that I was finally able to mount the muni on the first try every time! Yeah baby, it felt great to not be fighting it :smiley: I also did a little hopping with it. It is just a little heavier than my 24" cruiser :roll_eyes:

Gregg, you are a great motivator - thanks for posting your Epic Rides.


have taken a break from learning to wheel walk and have finally started to be able to juggle clubs while idling with some reliability. That was REALLY hard, but I had motivation. Going to Sydney Juggling Convention 2011 in January and theres no way I could show up with a unicycle and not be able to juggle on it.

Will return soon with update on wheel walking, have been practising it for three weeks now and can go about two oe three metres

Solo or passing? An exercise which helped me is to practice idling with my arms behind my back. Have you ridden a giraffe yet? You should look for one at the convention and give it a try. I find it a little easier to juggle on one (although I find it physically harder for some reason). Congrats on the wheel walking and have a blast at the convention!

Hey NSYO I’ve started working on hopping as well. Right now I’m trying to get to the point where it doesn’t feel completely foreign. My vertical leap is pretty bad, but if I bend my legs to pull the wheel up a little, I can make it up a curb. I might try hopping with my 36er as a training exercise.

I got my new 20" a few days before Christmas. Now that I’m starting to get used to it, I like it. It feels much different than my Sun. It has a huge knobby tire. I can feel every knob. I had worn all the tread off my old tire, so the bumps on the new one are strange. It also comes with metal pedals that have ferocious grip. They’re a little much. I keep getting my shoes caught. I think I’d better order some plastic ones before I hurt myself. I’ve regressed on all my tricks, but I’m catching up fast. Now that I’ve been riding it a week, I really like it.

I got the jump mount under control. As advised, I just did it and it worked. Simple as that. It’s still a little dicy with my left hand holding the seat, but that’ll straighten out with practice.

Hi Waaalrus. Solo at the moment, the only person I know who can also juggle on a unicycle is frequently out in the desert. About isling with your hands behind your back, I saw that tip on here a while back and whenever riding I just made sure I was balancing with my body not arm flailing. Instead of practising by trying to juggle I just did the idling with my body exercise and just tried to give juggling a go every so often. A couple of days ago it felt right so I got stuck into juggling rpactise on the uni and its starting to work.

I have tried a girrafe once. I LOVED it, have to get my own