Sometimes when I read the “I can hop 6ft and I’ve only been riding for three days” type of posts it feels like I don’t make any progress at all. But the other day I was riding down one of my usual routes (slightly ‘off road’) on the coker and I was holding the handle with both hands, just cruising. When I remembered the last time I had made the same journey on my 29er, about 6 months ago. I remembered being slightly ashamed because my arms were waving all over the place trying to keep my balance on the uneaven track. Now I was cruising no handed. I guess I must be making progress after all.
I’m glad I wrote this before going out to practice freemounting the coker. 3 freemounts in 20 mins. Sigh. Still some way to go yet then
PS underdog - I certainly didn’t do the whole 6 miles with both hands on the handle. Some of the uphill stuff I even do with both hands kind of reaching in front of me. I just happened to remeber when I was riding down a particular stretch of path that I couldn’t do it 6 months ago without flailing.
And I’m too chicken to do curbs higher than 5cm on the coker.
Congrats on the progress Cathy, it’s a really great feeling when balance becomes instinctive and automatic. I find that once the balance is automatic, part of the challenge is just to believe you can do things, so as to commit to them - otherwise you end up bailing prematurely.
Btw, offtopic, I built up that Nimbus 29er with a Kenda Klaw and 150mm cranks - it looks great and it absolutely rocks! It’s quite fast (less so than the coker, obviously) seems to ride OK on tarmac and off so far (although took a while to get used to steering). I did some fun offroad, including some steep / narrow slopes, and it feels tremendously controllable and grippy. Having the 29er in this configuration differentiates it better from the 36er.
Well, congrats on the progress! I thought I was the only one who couldn’t do the 1’ drop(it’s actually 6" in the skill levels, but the one I have is 1’) except on my 20"! Apparently I’m an extreme unicyclist, and I wanna get into unicycle dancing or at least hockey but the only club in here is the Puerto Rico B-ball club…I can’t idle…rats! And it’s about 2 hrs. away…
nice one cathy. That’s what I like about unicycling, you come back to try what was a dismal skill a while back is suddenly really easy!
one cheat for the freemount (although not technically cheating I suppose) is to grab hold of the wheel in front and pull yourself up that way… I think it worked second time for me - not nice if the tyre’s mucky though!
Probably one of the things I love so much about unicycling is that there are so many aspects of riding that you can use to measure your improvement. Like all of a sudden realizing that you’re nailing your freemounts or that you’ve just ridden a couple of miles without flailing. Then you think back to the time that you couldn’t have dreamed of doing that. I’m always concentrating on two or three skills that I really wish I could do and I get really frustrated at times. Then I think back to when I couldn’t even freemount or ride around the neighborhood without a UPD or…
There’s always a challange and always a feeling of accomplishment with unicycling. Wonderful sport, eh?