Hey, guys! My 51 year old dad is finally starting to uni on my old 20" Torker. I think he got inspired when he saw me ride off on my 5-footer this morning for the first time. Anyway, do you have any tips I can give him? I plan on impressing him with a huge list of helpful hints from you guys! Thanks!
Don’t give up, practice hardcore, and don’t wear jeans. Give him the ol’ speech about “if your falling forward, speed up, if your falling backwards, slow down. Twist left or right if your falling left of right”. Give em, time, and let him find out his own way of learning. I think I’m gonna go convince my dad to learn, so good luck and Merry Christmas
Just tell him to ballance next to a pole and tell him the less force he has on the pole the more ballance he has and that once there is almost no force on the pole RIDE! Ride like the wind, and dont run into any cars. I dont think you would want to deal with roadkill.
My dad has been unicycling since he was my age. That’s why my sister and I both have uni’s (I ride, she says she does). He hasn’t ridden in a really long time, and I keep nagging him to ride with me. My grandmother has pictures of him doing Kris Holm style MUni back in the 70’s. I’ll see if I can get my hands on some to scan and post them. And finally, if anyone is trying to pull that sterillity shit, he had my mom had us accidentally with protection. Have any of you seen the kind of saddles they had back then??? Take that rock hard saddle and look at those pictures… Yeah, I just shot down all arguments against uni.
My dad has unicycled since he was my age. My grandmother has pictures of him doing Kris Holm style MUni in the 1970’s. He is also doing this all on a rock hard saddle. Ouch. Well, he hasn’t ridden in a long time. The last time he rode was when he whiped the dust of his and rode it around when I was learning. I keep nagging him to ride with me, but no luck yet.
As for your dad, I say sink or swim works best. Have him ride along a wall or fence until he gets the rythem, then force him to push off. If he falls on his ass, laugh, then tell him to get back on.
When I was learning, I did it in the alley behind our house with a Deep Rock Watter building. I’d get the feeling, then set goals for how far I would ride (usually dumpsters) and when I reached them… well I learned to turn fast.
I think the most helpful thing I can add is that my dad was older than that
when he first got on a unicycle: He can ride it now, is not an expert yet
but with more practice will get better, although I suspect he will never try
any of the wilder stuff… He rode a short 4 foot giraffe for the first
time a couple of weeks ago.
so the helpful hint is HE CAN DO IT.
Just the fact that your dad is even willing to try learning is a blessing. My father barely supports me in doing this and it take much nagging just to have him drive me to an event, let alone fly to one or order a part.
One of these days though we will all be dads(providing not too many UPD’s:p ) and then our kids will ride. We can breed out all of the two wheelers by the year 3000!!!