I learned when I was 45 (I’m now 50). I’m definitely still
improving too. At this year’s NAUCC & Unicon, I did the best I’ve ever
done (measured against myself). Even rode the 10K, albeit very slowly (70
>From: “Ken Grunstra” <firstname.lastname@example.org (at)>
>I’m 50 years old and I just learned to ride this year. I’m curious to know
>if there are any other old geezers out there who were foolhardy enough to
>take up unicycling at such an advanced age. I know there must be a few
>riders in my age bracket, but what about new riders? Can I get in the
>Guinness Book of World Records? Can I at least drink a Guinness?
>-Ken Grunstra (desperately trying to learn to idle)
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Scott, Jody, Vjera, Luke, Hope, Thad, and Simon Arnold:
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I guess not! I am 50 and trying to learn. I have done about 50 yards, and then took a good spill. After that I am back to the beginning. It’s not the same when you are 50. What do you suggest, so that I can overcome that big spill. It did not hurt so much it was more psychological.
Although I first rode a uni in 1964 I didn’t buy one until about seven years ago.
Falls will occur but they shouldn’t dissuade you. From painful experience I urge you to wear wrist guards. It’s human nature to put out your hand to stop sudden falls and I proved the need for the protection just before my 58th birthday. I hit the pavement and immediately felt a numbing sensation in my hand. The little finger was sitting at a strange angle and it earned me a trip to the emergency room. The base of the hand was fractured and required the insertion of three lateral pins the width of my hand. When I returned to riding the uni, I experienced the exact same fall. This time the wrist guard did its job. I haven’t had a a fall like that since then but I wouldn’t think of riding without the guards and a helmet. At my age I have to recognize that bones are more brittle and recovery time is a bit longer. I haven’t ridden yet this season because I just recovered from a couple broken ribs incurred in a ski racing accident. I do plan on commuting to work on my 28" Sun starting next week. Incidentally, “work” is a bike shop that stocks unis. If anyone is in the market for entry level models check out our online store.
Thanks for the inspiration. I was starting to wonder if someone else had experienced something similar to this. I have been real busy but I will start again tomorrow. This time I will take things easy and slowly get back to riding again. Thanks a lot for your bit of inspiration!!!
I took your advice and went to a tennis court. Actually it was two side by side with no fence in the middle. I started holding on to the fence and slowly started getting back that feeling of balance. Soon I was letting go of the fence and riding a bit. After about an hour of this I got the courage to try riding again. I tried it and to my surprise was able to ride the whole length of the tennis court. I then continued trying and then was able to ride the length of both tennis courts. What a relief it was, to overcome that big spill!!!
I have to really thank you for your advice, because I felt I was alone out there. It really helps knowing someone else had your same experience. Thanks, now I can ride again and have left that fear behind.
Glad to hear that worked for you. I find myself returning to the tennis court when I start working on new skills such has wheel-walking and one-foot riding. However, with these 2 skills I need to spend a LOT more time on the court. Having the fence to hold onto helps build confidence.
I am nearly 46 and first learnt to ride about 15 months ago, although I have had some quite active hobbies in the past, rugby, rockclimbing and mountain b**ing.
I now have 3 unis, my original learner, a 26" muni and a 29" road uni and I’m currently training hard for the SSMM, a 24 hour off-road team race.
I now love unicycling, I have chosen the endurance route rather than tricks and trials, but I am seing constant improvments and I am still getting a buzz from it.
At this stage in life I only focus on distance riding. I’d like to learn to hop or idle to make it easier waiting for traffic lights to change but I don’t know if I have the commitment to spend the time learning. I’ve tried idling on my 20" in the garage but a half dozen forward/back cycles seems to be my limit. Simply riding the uni half a dozen or a dozen miles is a good workout, builds up my quads for snowboard racing and amuses the neighbors…
Just to give you an update I can ride for miles now on my 26" unicycle. The seat is really terrible, since I have an entry level sun unicyle. I now built the courage to buy a nimbus 36" deluxe with brakes which I ordered today from unicycle.com. I should get it in 2 to 3 weeks. I am very excited!
My ultimate goal is to ride a 56 mile fun bike ride on october 2008. I think I can get enough experience to do it on the new unicycle, that’s why I rushed to get it sooner than later.
I can’t thank you enough for your help. Believe it or not, your words were the ones that gave me confidence to continue with something I really like, which is riding a unicycle long distance. I almost gave up… Thanks!!!