Levels

i am LEVEL 8 NOW!!! actually i can do everything in level 8 and some otherthings in level 9, 10… and some super hard tricks that arnt even in the levels… what level are you guys?? and any tips on standing wheel walks???

What kind of hand ww are you trying to learn? Stomach on seat or sitting on seat?

I’m level seven, but I can do everything on level ten, sort of. I just haven’t gotten around to learning the backward spin.

“Learning this skill can be rather problematic, since you can’t mount into it, getting into it from idling is somewhat tricky at first, and you can’t use a wall, since you have no way to hold onto it. The best methods are to have a spotter steer you along until you can practice it from idling, or to do it from a pole or the end of a wall. I used a book cabinet in my basement. You also have to have the right kind of saddle. Something like the Torker CX or the Savage saddle is too small and will be very painful. I really like the standard Kris Holm saddle for this trick, as it is fairly big and offers lots of support. When you try it the first time, get into a steady position and hold onto something with your one hand. Then transfer your feet and other hand to wheel one at time, and lean down and forward. The farther forward you lean, the easier it will be to balance. Put as much weight on the fork through your legs as possible to decrease the discomfort. Now push the wheel a couple times with the hand on the wheel until you are clear of your support, then bring the other hand down and get started. You should make the pushes a ways down the wheel, not right near the fork. You make the balance corrections by changing the speed and direction of your pushes, and by leaning your upper body from one side to another. Side to side balance is the tricky part. If you are falling off to one side slowly, and turning slighlty, try to swing your whole upper body to the other side. If you realize that you are falling off soon enough, you can right yourself this way.
As soon as you can get ten or fifteen steps fairly often, you should try learning to go into hand wheel walk from idling or riding. Mount sitting a lot farther back than normal and idle smoothly, then come to a stop at the end of a large forward stroke and begin transferring your limbs. First move the high idling foot, then put one hand on the wheel. Then transfer the other foot, give the wheel a push with your first hand and get the other hand in place behind it. Getting out of this skill can be a little tricky. I have done it two ways. One way is to quickly raise your body and put your feet on the wheel, do a short wheel walk, then drop to the pedals. The other is to wait until a pedal is coming down, then quickly move your foot from the fork to the pedal. Raise your body quickly and go into one-footed idling, then get your other foot down.”
-from the hand wheel walk section I wrote for the Unicyclopedia.

I do want to learn the backward spin eventually, but it’s just not nearly as much fun to practice as the other stuff I’m working on. I’ve practiced the regular pirouette a lot, but I don’t have access to a gym, and I can’t find any other place where I could hope to pirouette threee full revolutions.

im lvl 0 w00t w00t

Three more thoughts on hand wheel walk to add to jsm’s great reply:

  1. Keep your knees as far apart as you comfortably are able (flexibility can be an issue here). Your knees/legs do your balancing. If you have your knees close together, it is similar to telling a beginning unicyclist to learn to unicycle by holding their arms close to their body.
  2. Adding to jsm’s notes on a spotter: When teaching this skill at TCUC, we often have a taller/stronger person lightly hold the hips of the person learning. This allows the person learning to understand the positioning of their body and really helps in the initial stages of learning the skill.
  3. It is possible to put some weight on the seat (even for guys) - most of our guys who do hand wheel walk scoot back in the seat before the initial leaning down. Then most of the weight is on their lower abdomen, with other body parts up out of the way. Naturally, this last part I only know through conversation… we females have a much easier time with this skill! Putting weight on the seat is important if you ever want to learn hand wheel walk-feet out.

Connie

Im level 7, I gave up on learning to pirroutte…or to hand wheel walk…I just cant do either of them…But Yet I can 360 unispin and no handed hop over 20inches…that doesnt make to much sense to me…

I’m only level 3. But I can do a seat in front jump mount perfectly.

I’m almost level 1! :smiley:

Congo-rats on your level eight-ness! ^^

I don’t know. In the other thread with the same title “Levels” that you started, Tom Daniels answered your question about levels 1 through 4. That doesn’t include level 0. So, how did you test that you are level 0? :slight_smile:

for stand-up wheel walks, its good to have a solid wheel walk and a fairly good 1 footed wheel walk. when starting, go up to a wall, and stand straight up on the frame. leave your less dominant foot on the frame, and your more dominant foot on the tire. slowly push on the wheel with your dominant foot and you will feel a sort of gliding motion. make your kicks on the tyre small- you want to be in control-stay on the ‘top’ of the tyre without your foot sliding further down… when you have this down after a little practice, start slowly moving away from the wall. thats about as detailed as it gets- thats the pm i sent you that im not sure if you read. are you sure youre level 8?

I’m level 7.

When I do stand-up wheelealk, I stand into a wall in the start. I have my left foot on the frame and my right one on the tire, on the side of the frame.

I’m level 0.

But here are some vidz.

I have promised myself to never learn hand wheel walk, it just looks too ridiculous and un-comfortable for me :smiley:

So I havent looked at the levels for a while cuz I know the point will come that I have to learn hand wheel walk if I keep practising the levels stuff.

If you flip the seat around backwards its much more comfortable; plus to most people unicycling already looks ridiculous.

For some reason, backwards hand ww is much easier for me than forwards. It may just be I’m afraid to fall on my face leaning forwards too much. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

What kind of hand wheel walk are you referring to? For regular sitting on the seat handww, and for stomach on seat handww, I think it’s easier with the seat in the normal position, but for feet out handww, I turn the unicycle around.

My best ever backward handww was about ten steps. I’ve found it to be extremely difficult, far harder than forward handww. I’d really like to see someone do a nice long solo backward handww run. :astonished:

I really don’t find handww to be very uncomfortable, especially not the regular sitting on the seat version. It just takes practice. It’s one of my favorite tricks, and I’ve always felt it looks cool, but then I have wierd tastes.