I’ll throw some info at you.
So hello there!
First of all I’m new to this site.
Welcome, You will find everything you need here, from tips, to information about parts as well as plenty of videos and pictures to keep you interested.
Secondly I have several beginer questions about learning.
I have been doing this for about 6 months on and off and just wanted some pointers.
Spend more time on than off.
What are the best ways to master the self start or starting without leaning on a wall?
This is called are “free mount”. The best way is practice. Sorta throw your weight UP AND FORWARD like you are getting ready to roll forward. Think about using your back foot (mounting foot) as only being there to keep the uni from rolling forward.
Simply, you should be turning your weight into forward movement as you mount, your back foot will keep the uni in place, giving you time to get your front foot to the pedal so you can roll away.
Just remember you are lifting your weight up onto the uni, not down on the pedal.
How do you start hopping?
Dont lock your knees up. You still want some bend in your knees, but the idea is to keep the wheel locked from rolling. So you will need to keep your weight even between both pedals. Start small and quick(lots of little hops), as you practice spend some time making less bigger hops.
What are the best ways to begin stalling?
I believe you are talking about a “still stand”? For this you will want to use your arms like you are an airplane… your upper body will play a huge roll in keeping you balanced for these. Set yourself a goal, like one second… then two seconds, then 3 seconds… having something obtainable to work for helps with progression.
How do you go down curbs?
Another one that will come with practice. If you dont already have shin guards, this is where they might come in handy, as you may not always land with even pressure on the pedals. I would start with doing a side hop down the curb. Hop to the opposite side of your holding hand. If you hold the handle with the right hand, side hop to the left. Also work on just rolling down the curb. For this, make sure you are pulling up on the handle and are fully confident in riding away once you land(note your pedals may be in a weird position when you land so you need to keep your forward momentum going, but this does not mean “go crazy fast”).
And finaly any tips for ridding long distances on your unicycle?
Like I said before about the setting obtainable goals, that should help. As a new rider you will only be able to go so far, before you wear out… 'specially your inner thighs. This will get easier and easier with less and less pain. Just work up to where you want to be. An upgrade in the seat department will also help for distances.
Thank you for your time.
No problem. Good luck.