Re: So what are these 10 tricks demonstrated in this tape?
> So what are these 10 tricks demonstrated in this tape?
It’s not 10 tricks, it’s 10 skill levels. The unicycle society of America (USA)
and International Unicycle Federation got together a list of all the things
people could do on unicycles, and sorted them by difficulty, and then broke the
list into 10 levels. Each level has several different skills, and the idea is
that you probably should learn all the skills in one level before trying to
learn any on the next level, just because the next level is harder. To me,
“tricks” are things that you seem to be doing but aren’t really doing, like
magic tricks – you’ve tricked the audience into thinking you’ve violated the
laws of physics. Unicycling and juggling involve REALLY DOING things.
The skill levels involve things like (I don’t have a list handy)
mount in the open, ride 10 meters, dismount gracefully
mount with either foot first, ride in a circle of specified radius, go off a
curb, dismount with the unicycle in front of you, ride 10 meters between two
straight lines about a foot apart
ride over a 2x4, demonstrate 3 different mounts, ride in circles in both
directions, ride half a revolution backwards and then go forwards again
idle (stay in one place, going half a revolution forward and half a revolution
pirouette (spin in place)
walk the wheel (ride with feet on the tire, not the pedals)
ride off the seat, holding the seat in front of you
ride off the seat, holding the seat in back of you
drop the seat to the ground, ride a specified distance, pick up the seat again
and they build on each other – for instance, if level n has “walk the wheel”,
level n+1 will have “walk the wheel backwards” and “walk the wheel in a circle”,
and level n+2 may have “walk the wheel backwards in a circle”.
> Are there other things besides tricks which a unicycle can be used for?
Well, some people use them for transportation. But what’s wrong with just
enjoying developing your skills?
> What organizations are there that provide information about unicycling?
The above-mentioned Unicycle Society of America & IUF. If nobody beats me to it,
I’ll post the address.
Dean Bandes email@example.com