Re: Learning to ride
email@example.com (Steven Wolfe) wrote:
> Also, here’s my tip to those who, like me, are only learning to ride a
> unicycle: buy an expensive unicycle. The more money you spend on it, the
> less likely you are to give up.
I would agree, though you shouldn’t base your decision on price alone. The
important things are that it has a seat you can live with, and it will hold up
to use. A good unicycle will hold up to abuse, and a cheap unicycle may need
help just to hold up to regular use.
Saddle choice is a very personal thing, but I can offer at least this safe
advice: If the front is a wide as the back and it has metal bumpers, stay
away! Those seats are terrible, and are too wide up front so your legs
constantly chafe on them.
> Seriously, I’m just learning how to ride (all by myself), and I’m at the
> point where I can go a few revolutions, then fall off due to lack of
> balance. I’m practicing practically day and night, and I am seeing gradual
> improvement, but I can’t shake the feeling that I’m missing something
> important. I’ve found that if I lean forward, I stay on longer, but I can’t
> really go more than a few revolutions without falling off. I guess what I’m
> trying to say is, any pointers?
You are probably making the mistake most adult learners make; you are trying to
think. I believe that kids learn faster than adults because, rather than trying
to analyze the process, they just get on, go, get back on, and go some more.
There are two problems with analyzing. First, the process by which a unicycle
can be ridden and controlled is hard to understand (it’s a lot easier after
you can do it, but very hard to put into concrete terms!). Because of this,
doubt is built upon doubt in the rider’s mind because he or she is not
convinced of how all of this works. That brings us to the second problem: you
don’t believe you can.
You must believe you can. Let nothing stand in your way, tell yourself that if
thousands of snotty nosed kids can do it, of course you can too. It’s true
anyway, of course. I had to do this to myself while learning to ride (on a solid
tire Sears special), and much later while learning to rock (on a real unicycle).
I would have given up had I not seen a “mere mortal” neighborhood kid do it many
Get out there and ride. The only thing you may want to think about is which
way you are falling off. Are you consistently falling off to the front? The
rear? The side? If you usually fall in the same manner, try overcompensating
so that you fall the other way. The place you are looking for is somewhere in
between. Knowing this, try to keep your falls “equally balanced”, if you know
what I mean.
Good luck! Stay on Top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone firstname.lastname@example.org