ok I know there is probably a ton of these threads but none of them are similar to my problem. I’ve been riding for about 4months and I ride a no name china made unicycle 20". i cannot even hop up 1 pallet! when I hop si I get about 10 cm max and when SIF It feels really unstable and I can’t lift my legs up fast enough. I really need help please.
I was thinking that maybe it’s because I have weak arms and can’t loft the unicycle up prperly. has that even been a prblem?
No. Crank length only affects speed and torque; shorter cranks mean more speed (more accurately, less effort to make a full revolution), longer cranks mean more torque (leverage, like when going up hills).
Practice hopping around on the same surface for a while. You should get used to your unicycle’s feel and weight before trying anything bigger.
This is something that takes moderation. While putting your feet on the crank arms will give you stability, putting them on the crank arms too far will make it hard to stop and get back to pedaling. Find a certain amount of your foot that can comfortably fit on the crank arm while still allowing you to pedal when you finish your hops.
Or just put your feet on the pedals. When you find what works for you, stick with it.
ihave another question which isn’t really about hopping but I don’t want to start a new thread.
when I see people doing rolling wraps and stuff they move their feet off the pedals and onto the axle really smoothly and fast. how do they do this? is it because their pedals don’t have grip or do the kind of jump off the pedals to the cranks?
Some people do a little jump to get onto the cranks. I usually just put my weight onto one foot so I can easily slide the other onto the crank. It’ll become natural after a while, just keep working on those tricks and you’ll figure it out.
Hey, I just actually started practicing hops and found something. I started hopping with my left foot back and right foot forward because I thought it would be a lot easier to stop moving and get into a hopping position on my left foot (the one that would press back a little to stop the forward motion) since I learned to get up on my left foot. After many unsuccessful attempts to jump onto the 3" curb on my street, I switched feet - right foot back, left foot forward. I was suddenly so much more stable while hopping, and could hop right up onto the curb. Try switching your feet, see if that helps. You don’t have to put your feet on the crank arms, I found that actually makes it harder to do. Maybe once you nail some 6" or higher hops you can start trying the crank arms if you have to, but get normal hops down first.
I hop with my right foot forward and on some occaisons have tried to switch but it just feels so weird. it’s feels really unatural for my legs to be like that i dontknow why. also maybe it’s that I’m short (150cm) and I have longer cranks that my legs are split further than most other unicyclists.
Well I am right handed and right footed, I snowboard, skateboard, surf, wakeboard, etc with my left foot forward because the right foot is the one that controls the balance and steering. I can only assume it is similar in unicycling, since that is the position I am comfortable in to hop.