question from a beginner

Dear fellow Unicyclists,

I am a newbie, having unicycled for the past 4 and a half months only. I did my
second ‘longish’ trip this morning, a 13 km stretch (partially in the rain,
unfortunately) into the suburbs of Rio. I had a big problem, though, which has
been continually upsetting my riding: my body twists to one side (always the
same side) and I would like to find out whether other people on this list have
experienced similar difficulties. I don’t know, whether the cause of my twisting
my body to the side has to do with my position when sitting on the seat, or
whether it has got to do with the position I put my feet on the pedals.

If anyone has experienced similar difficulties and has been able to overcome
them, please send me a word of advice.

Thank you.

Mauricio.

Re: question from a beginner

>I had a big problem, though, which has been continually upsetting my riding: my
>body twists to one side (always the same side) and I would like to find out
>whether other people on this list have experienced similar difficulties.

I’d suggest that you check to make sure that your seat is properly aligned with
your tire. Sight down over the seat and see if it is parallel with the wheel. I
was having trouble with constant drifting to the left and after I noticed the
misalignment my problem pretty much went away.

-Rick

RE: question from a beginner

Mauricio B. de Carvalho wrote:
> though, which has been continually upsetting my riding: my body twists to one
> side (always the same side) and I would like to find out whether other people
> on this list have experienced similar difficulties.

Aside from checking seat alignment, other mechanical reasons for this
problem could be:

  • Wheel dishing (rim not centered around axle)
  • Frame/wheel alignment (easy to get wrong with a Schwinn)
  • Tire shape or seating is not centered or symmetrical
  • Road camber

If you always ride on the same side of the road, the camber in the road may
cause you to twist your shoulders in the direction of the center of the road.
Tire shape can increase or decrease this problem. Try riding on the other side
of the road.

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/

“Insert clever quote here”

Re: question from a beginner

One additional possible cause of your leaning could be the shape of your tire.
Check if your tire has a ridge in the center of the tread. Ridges are bad on
unicycle tires. You usually end up riding on one side or the other of the ridge
and never right on the ridge. If you are riding on one side of the ridge you
will end up turning in that direction.

John Childs john_childs@hotmail.com

>I am a newbie, having unicycled for the past 4 and a half months only.
I
>did my second ‘longish’ trip this morning, a 13 km stretch (partially
in
>the rain, unfortunately) into the suburbs of Rio. I had a big problem, though,
>which has been continually upsetting my riding: my body twists to one side
>(always the same side) and I would like to find out whether other people on
>this list have experienced similar difficulties. I
don’t
>know, whether the cause of my twisting my body to the side has to do with my
>position when sitting on the seat, or whether it has got to do with the
>position I put my feet on the pedals.
>
>If anyone has experienced similar difficulties and has been able to overcome
>them, please send me a word of advice.
>
>Thank you.
>
>Mauricio.
>


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