Well, I have the potential to be the sucess story of this forum. Two months ago, I learned how to ride a bike at age 16 with the help of these forum members. Two days ago, my first unicycle arrived.
Now, I’ve only had maybe a grand total of an hour and a half of solid practice since I first laid my grubby paws on this thing. But I’ve noticed something about my posture that has been troubling me.
It seems to me that, whenever I watch other newbies riding their unis, or read tips on starting, everyone’s arms are flailing around. I, however, continue to keep a deathgrip on my saddle’s handle. It’s not really for balance–I’ve experimented with not holding on and had similar results–It’s mostly just so I don’t drop the damned thing every five seconds. It’s loud and it looks painful and it’s too much effort to pick it up every time I drop it.
Is it better to just let the thing fly, even if it doesn’t seem to be impeding my learning? Or can I continue to save my uni’s appearance, my eardrums, and my back?
((PS–I’ve also discovered a problem with my “runway”. It’s just long enough [about the length of a truck] to get a good start while touching the fence, but once I get going good, it’s time to either bail out or kiss the siding on my house. Could this set me back on the learning curve?))
Thanks for everything, I owe a lot to your opinions and responses.