I’ve been trying to walk the wheel for almost a year now. Stuck on 10-13 kicks then I start veering off to the left. Yes I know lean back…toe, heel, toe etc.
Someone told me that I’d be better off on a freestyle uni. I am learning wheel walking on a kh20 long neck. Do you think my slow going is due to the trials wheel, or do I just suck? I do have an old 24 inch sem. Would that be easier?
I learned wheel walking on a trials unicycle. As long as you can raise the seat high enough you should be fine. In some ways it’s easier and in some ways maybe not and it probably evens out. Kenny’s advice in the other thread is great and you probably just need to keep practicing. A video would definitely help as a substitute for feedback in person.
OK, here’s the video. There’s a part where you can see I am veering off to the left, which seems to happen a lot. Looking at the video I see that maybe my feet aren’t straight on the wheel. Maybe they are on the sides and pushing me left, but I don’t know…
First of all I think you’re very close to land it. I would say that you have to lean back more, in all your tries (5/5) you fall forward - that’s means that you have to go back. Not leaning back, force you going faster and faster, finally falling to one side.
I would suggest you to do "“Restart” with the trick: don’t think about the number of moves or revs, and focus only on leaning back and finding the sweet balance spot, even if it seem like a kind of regression. Mastering the leaning back position will enable you now to do the proper corrections as needed with your hands and feet.
Another thing, don’t try to go in straight line at that stage, just go whenever you can (and for that, I think you have to find an nice and open space like tennis course). With no time you will be able to go whenever you like.
Keep practicing and posting vids. Don’t give up - you’ll do it!
This is great advice. Leaning back is usually an issue at first but sometimes you need to ease into it. I agree about not worrying about going in a straight line. If this is your usual practice space, you might find one that’s a bit more open. An outside basketball course is great because you can use the pole if you need assistance to start and you’re not apt to crash into things. You should also work on getting your whole foot on the wheel, toe to heel and then the other one behind it and not beside it. Work on putting more pressure on the wheel, too, being able to hold it with either foot without it going anywhere. You’re doing really well and mainly just need more practice! Wheel walking is really fun and to me is the gateway to feeling comfortable with tricks where your feet aren’t on the pedals.
The video is great for us to diagnose! But you still have to go to Nationals. There’s a good chance you will come away with long wheel-walks.
The first thing I noticed was your feet crowding each other. Try not to let your feet be next to each other while in contact with the tire. Don’t underestimate the power of your heel’s traction on the tire. Your heel gives you good control all the way down until your leg is straightened out. So your feet never need to be next to each other, even on a little 20" wheel. If they are, they will tend to collide and knock each other off.
Dismounts are all to the front, with a slight veer to the left. With consistencies like those, seek the “middle” by deliberately falling off to the rear, and trying to veer right. First you may notice the left veer may be because you are always doing it with the rail to your right. You can only go left so it’s kind of natural. Try going the other way and veering right. When wheel-walk dismounting to the rear, it’s a little scary if you aren’t used to it. Your feet have to kind of go outward and around your frame and pedals, to meet the ground behind the wheel as it goes out from under you. Practice this, and you will feel more comfortable doing rearward dismounts (which you will do as your skills improve).
Lastly, you might need to start giving yourself more room. It looks like you might be running out of space, which can inhibit you psychologically. Anyway, I and/or others hope to meet you at Nationals and give you some more pointers in person!
Ok it’s my 40th bay and I’m going to come to pa. I live in dc so it’s not too far. I have 2 kids age 5 and 7. The older one has a 16 inch and has started learning but not consistently. Besides getting my 7 yr old riding what else can the family do there? Anybody know the area?
Made great progress today. Raised the seat so I can barely pedal. Was on vacation so took it to a basketball court and practiced for a while. Concentrated on keeping only one foot on at a time. Got 20+ kicks in.
Keep in mind the site is about 1/2 hour from Pittsburgh too. The Carnegie Science Center exhibits will be about bicycles. There’s the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium too. The Aviary is highly recommended too.
If you like outlet malls, there’s one in Grove City which is 20min- 1/2 hour North.
Moraine State Park has beaches too.
This region is big on tourism. It should be a fun trip!
Making great progress. Getting consistent runs of 20+ kicks. I moved to the street, using my car as a start off point. Raised the seat super high. Also concentrating on one foot on the tire at a time, lighter touch on the tire, and leaning back more. I’ll post a new video when I get a chance.
Yaay! I finally really am getting the hang of it. Got 25 feet today several times.
What a great feeling nailing unicycle skills gives you. I’ve never found anything like the satisfaction of working so hard on something, not giving up and finally getting it. Again, will post a video when I get a chance.
I am finding a lighter touch on the tire than what I was doing previously really is helping.
Oh, and raising the seat really high also seems to help a lot.