As I said before, I got my first MUni ever and started to ride it a
couple of weeks ago. I have so much fun with it riding over roots, going
downhills, etc. but I found that I had to modify my riding style a
So here’s my question. When I was in the process of learning to ride a
unicycle, people kept telling me to put as much weight as possible on
the saddle. That helped me keep my balance and stability. Now that I
ride a MUni, I’ve found that, on uneven terrain, it is sometimes helpful
to stand up just a little bit on the pedals. It seems to help me pass
over obstacles because, that way, I can put more power on the pedals and
can react more quickly to sudden changes.
Is this a bad habit or just a good Muni technique ? I analysed the
question and thought that it was the reason why many Muniers hold the
front bumper of the saddle while going down or riding uneven trails.
Works for me- if I didn’t adopt the posture you describe, I’d constantly be pitched off. It’s also easyer to unweight the cycle from this position- a critical concept for rolling over larger obsticles that you don’t want to, or can’t, hop over. When you unwieght, the cycle is more easly displaced by the obstruction; naturaly, you’ll be higher out of the sadle, and be able to draw the cycle up slightly. When done on a regular basis, you’ll do it with out thinking about it-
Christopher, my name is spelled Kaplan. Although I am flattered by you quoting me, I think that getting my name wrong kind of negates some of the flattery. I think some of the amazing Jagur’s spelling ability is rubbing off.