one wheel, one foot

O -
- Well, I might as well put out a unicycling question
- since I joined. I’ve been thinking of learning to ///// -
unicycle with one foot - a friend told me to try
| * \ - it by learning to rock with one foot while keeping
O | -| - a hand on a wall. I’ve tried that a couple times --/ - and it seems
to work, but I have a lack of usable /-±\ O - walls, and have only done this
at a couple juggling
==---- |----== - meetings that I’ve been to. Is this a good approach,
| | - are there other ideas? - -
|—\ - p.s. Sorry if this ‘stationary’ is a little over-gaudy,
==== \ - but since I put the effort into making it, I thought
| | - I’d use it at least once.
| / -
/–/ / /\ _^
| ^= | /* |__| Bert Neff v | * | bneff@melpar.esys.com
\ / U ||----|| Leesburg, Virginia, USA _
/ || ||

Re: one wheel, one foot

Well, I can’t help you with rocking the unicycle with one foot (I’m not
there yet), but I’d take this opportunity to thank you for sending that neat
ascii art about unicycling. As an ascii art enthusiast myself, I loved it.
Also, the unicycling smileys John Foss sent sometime back were great. I
especially like )-o

Anu

Re: one wheel, one foot

On Wed, 2 Nov 1994, Bert Neff wrote:

>
> O -
> - Well, I might as well put out a unicycling question
> - since I joined. I’ve been thinking of learning to ///// -
> unicycle with one foot - a friend told me to try
> | * \ - it by learning to rock with one foot while keeping
> O | -| - a hand on a wall. I’ve tried that a couple times --/ - and it seems
> to work, but I have a lack of usable /-±\ O - walls, and have only done this
> at a couple juggling
> ==---- |----== - meetings that I’ve been to. Is this a good approach,
> | | - are there other ideas? - -
> |—\ - p.s. Sorry if this ‘stationary’ is a little over-gaudy,
> ==== \ - but since I put the effort into making it, I thought
> | | - I’d use it at least once.
> | / -
> /–/ / /\ ^ [/i]
> | ^= | _/* |__| Bert Neff v | * | bneff@melpar.esys.com
[i]> \ / U ||----|| Leesburg, Virginia, USA _
/ || ||

>
Learning to one-foot idle and then trying to ride is how I did it, too. I
don’t think it takes very long to learn to idle w/o a wall, as long as you’re
good enough with two feet… after I learned how to idle with one foot, I
started trying to give myself one BIG push forward (from a one-footed idle),
big enough to rotate the wheel and get myself going. At first I’d rotate once
and fall, then I’d rotate once, go back into an idle, and do it again, and
finally I could just go. It helped at first to be on a slight downward
incline, as I didn’t have to push as hard. Once I could ride reasonably well
starting like that, I found I could take a foot off while riding forward and
put it back on again. It actually seems much easier to do one foot with a
little momentum, but there was no way I wouldive tried to learn by casually
removing a foot from the pedals while riding (it’s scary to think about even
now). good luck…

-sara

Re: one wheel, one foot

I probably learned the stupid way. I just rode normally trying to use less and
less pressure on my right peddle until I could take my right foot off the peddle
briefly. Eventually, after a number of minor crashes, I could ride left footed,
but I haven’t gone through the pain to learn to ride right footed.

         Dan

From: bneff@melpar.esys.com (Bert Neff) X-Mailer: ScoMail 1.0 Date: Wed, 2
Nov 1994 14:52:37 -0500 (EST)

       O -
                 - Well, I might as well put out a unicycling question
                 - since I joined. I've been thinking of learning to ///// -
                   unicycle with one foot - a friend told me to try
      | * \ - it by learning to rock with one foot while keeping
O | -| - a hand on a wall. I've tried that a couple times \--/ - and it
seems to work, but I have a lack of usable /-+-\ O - walls, and have only
done this at a couple juggling
==---- |----== - meetings that I've been to. Is this a good approach,
|   |       - are there other ideas? - -
|---\ - p.s. Sorry if this 'stationary' is a little over-gaudy,
==== \ - but since I put the effort into making it, I thought
|   |      -  I'd use it at least once.
|   / -
     /--\/ / /\ _^ \
    |  ^= | _/* |_____| Bert Neff v | *___ | bneff@melpar.esys.com
    \ / U ||----|| Leesburg, Virginia, USA \__/ || ||

Re: one wheel, one foot

>Well, riding one footed with the seat in front happens to be in IUF Achievement
>Skill Level 9. It could be said that anyone attempting that level is "truly
>mad". 8-} Has anyone officially completed level 9 yet?

    But, as we all know, and have often discussed, certain skills in the
    "higher levels" are much more easily learned than other skills in those
    levels. I believe that skill rankings are subjective in the absence of a
    significant statistical analysis.

    In my distant youth, I achieved some combinations of riding 1)
    one-footed, 2) forward or backward, 3) while lying on the seat or
    holding the seat in front of or behind my body. I cannot perform these
    combinations today. Wheel walking I didn't achieve then, but am still
    hoping to acquire. Coasting, gliding, and hopping I didn't even know
    about then!

>Want a really, really mad unicycling skill? Trying coasting backwards, standing
>on the seat in a figure 8! Is it even theoretically possible?

    I'll assume you mean "coasting backwards in a figure 8" rather than
    "standing on the seat in a figure 8" (sounds painful!). After seeing the
    artistic bicycling demonstration last summer, I'm not prepared to deny
    the theoretical possibility of almost any stance. :-)

                                    Craig Milo Rogers