Order of skills

This thread has probally been done already, but anyways…

In what order did you learn the following skills…

Forward riding
Backwards riding
Hopping seat in
Riding seat out
Hopping seat out
Idling
Wheel walking
One footed WW
seat drag

If anyone wants to add more go right ahead, as for me…

Forward Riding
Hopping seat in
idling

And i cant do anymore, except a bit of backwards riding

Opps, and also freemounts

forward riding
seat drag
freemount (giraffe)
stairs (down)
jump roping
riding with umbrella (harder than it looks, actually)
freemount (standard)
hopping
idling
riding seat in front
riding backwards

My learning order to date

Forward riding
Idling
Backwards riding
Idling 1 foot
Hopping seat in
Riding seat out

  1. Riding
  2. Free mounting (I’ve learned some cooler mounts since first learning to free mount.)
  3. Hopping (usually seat-in)
  4. Crank grabbing
  5. 180’s and some 360’s
  6. One-footed riding

I don’t think there should be any magical “this order is the best to learn” or anything like that. I just learned how to ride and learned new skills as I became limited from my then-current set of skills or when I just wanted to learn to do something cooler. (Such as one-footed riding.)

Yes, this thread has been done before, but it’s still interesting.

It depends on what you want to achieve in unicycling. Any skill that you learn will make you a better rider, and the improvement will affect your riding to some extent. however, some skills are more relevant than others.

Any unicyclist intending to take the sport further than riding down the garden path to impress the neighbours NEEDS the following core skills:
Freemount
Ride forwards
Turn right and left
Dismount under control.

Learned more or less in that order.

Then if you want to go that bit further, learn:
To idle
To reverse short distances
Slow riding

Then you can add hopping, seat in.

After that, most skills are either ‘for show’ or ‘a feeling of achievement’, but have little or no direct practical benefit.

Exceptions are hopping/jumping with the seat out, and riding seat out in front, because these open up possibilities in MUni and trials.

But things like wheel walking etc, and ‘trick mounts’, are freestyle moves. If you want to develop your freestyle, I guess the easy answer is to work through the Skill Levels, which are more or less graded in order of difficulty. Individual riders will vary in how quickly they learn certain skills, though.

Re: Order of skills

glopal <glopal.vb8kz@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>In what order did you learn the following skills…

I’d reordered them in the order I recall learning the skill.
(Warning: The order is skewed due to many of these skills not being even
conceived by more than a few people or even considered possible such as
coasting.) I’ve also added what I personally considered important
skills with the understanding that other unicyclists may not agree.
(Warning: The last two skills should be done in a lotus position.)

>Forward riding
Mount
>Backward riding
>Idling
Touch the floor
Forward one foot
Forward spin
Backspin
Front spin
Backward one foot
Rolling mount [the standard mount for a 40" or larger big wheel]
>Hopping seat in (Hopping)
Side mount
Jump mount
Free jump mount
>Riding seat out (Forward riding seat in front)
Forward riding seat in back
>Wheel walking (Forward wheel walking)
>One footed WW (Forward wheel walking one foot)
Backward wheel walking
Backward wheel walking one foot
Wheel walk hopping
Stillstand
Twisting
Side mount reverse
Side jump mount
Kick up mount
Forward gliding
Forward side ride
Idling seat in front
Backward riding seat in front
Idling seat in back
Backward riding seat in back
Hoptwisting
Hoptwist 180
Forward spin seat in front
Forward spin seat in back
Hopping on wheel
Hoptwist on wheel
Forward seat in front one foot
Backward spin
Forward pirouette
Forward wheel walk frame between feet
Backward wheel walk frame between feet
Backward wheel walk feet behind frame
Backward spoke walk
Koosh koosh
Forward hand wheel walk
Forward hand wheel walk one hand
Forward seat at side
Idling seat at side
Backward seat at side
Crank idle
>Hopping seat out (Hopping seat in front)
Sideways wheel walk
>seat drag (Drag seat in front)
Drag seat in back
Forward coasting leg extended
Forward coasting feet on frame
Backward coasting leg extended
Backward coasting feet on frame
Forward coasting feet on seat
Backward coasting feet on seat

Sincerely,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com>

riding forward
turning left/right
freemount standard
ride off curb

(29 yrs passes, Join Memphis Unicycle Club)

Hop
Hop up curb (var.: hop up steps 1 @ time, until exhausted–7 +/- )
freemount 5’ Giraffe
idle dominant foot down
idle other foot down
backwards
180 jump/spin (actually nearer 245 max)
gap leaping (level distance approx 2 feet)
one foot idle dominant foot down
crappily ride stomach on seat
drop (highest successful now @ 30")
drop 25 pounds:D

Re: Order of skills

On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 22:49:47 -0500, Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com>
wrote:

>I’d reordered them in the order I recall learning the skill.
>…
>Forward riding
>…
>Backward coasting feet on seat

Ken, was that your answer glopal’s original question or did you try
and rephrase it? If the former, I should now go out and buy a hat, don
it, and then take it off while bowing deeply in utter respect to you!

Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict

Grizzly bear droppings have bells in them and smell like pepper spray. - UniBrier

Re: Order of skills

>On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 22:49:47 -0500, Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com>
>wrote:
>
>>I’d reordered them in the order I recall learning the skill.
>>…
>>Forward riding
>>…
>>Backward coasting feet on seat

klaasbil_remove_the_spamkiller_@xs4all.nl (Klaas Bil) wrote:

>Ken, was that your answer glopal’s original question or did you try
>and rephrase it? If the former, I should now go out and buy a hat, don
>it, and then take it off while bowing deeply in utter respect to you!

I started out answering a question and ended up dreaming. I shouldn’t
try to answer questions like glopal’s. It takes too much brain power,
but it was fun.

Sincerely,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com>

forwards
mount
one foot
hop
idle
backwards
idle (other foot)
seat out hop
suicide mount and other mounts
touch ground
one foot idle

There is no practical benefit in me opening my mouth, so I’ll just keep it shut.