ive recently decided that i want to learn to ride backward. is there a trick to it or is it more or less like learning to ride all over again. the way ive been going about it is the same way i learned to ride. rind a railing and lean back and pedal backwards and let go of the rail and try to go for it on my own.
if anyone has anytips that woudl make this easier criticism is quite welcome.
I think it’s pretty much like learning how to ride again. I learned while I was teaching a friend to ride. We alternated. I freemounted and just started to go backwards. Same as learning. I would go a pedal rev and fall. Then two. Then five.
You know the drill. All the basics still apply. Weight on the seat. Look forward. Weight on the seat. Don’t look at the tire. Weight on the seat. Smooth pedal strokes. Weight on the seat. Ride until you fall, don’t chicken out. Weight on the seat. Did I say weight on the seat.?
Just like to say good luck. I’ve been trying (VERY half-heartedly, it has to be admitted) to ride backwards, and it certainly FEELS like learning to ride all over again. It’s that dead point just like I remember!
If I can learn how to do it at BUC I’ll be well chuffed!
BTW - glad to see you’re unicycling for a good reason.
i think it helps to ride forwards and spin off of something (once you get where you can ride 5 or so pedals backwards). and go backwards as far as you can then just ride forwards… or if you can hop-180 then do that and go backwards until you fall off
Yeah, if you are strong at idling(or at least pretty good), it helps. It’s very much like learning to ride all over again, it just takes some time and practice. It is an extremely valuable skill, so make sure you learn it well.
When riding backwards don’t be afraid to twist to correct yourself…
I remember when I was learning I would ride all snakey but this just helps you go further without falling… the straightness will come later.