Hi. I am new to unicycles, and I am 6’1 and 240 lbs, pretty muscular,
maybe 15-20 pounds overweight, and I’m 34 years old. I cannot yet ride a
unicycle, but I intend to try. I got a unicycle as a graduation present in
highschool, but I never learned more than to get up on it, ride awkwardly
a wee bit, and then fall off. Basically, I had no attention span for it,
and I doubt I did anything on that uni for more than 3 or 4 days. However,
now, I have the attention span to do it, and the desire to do it thanks to
a local friend, Chris Lefay. Chris mentioned that I should always refer to
the object of desire as a “Bike” whenever possible on this forum, but I
think he is trying to trick me. Anyway, I know I dont retain any primal
memories of that time, just a faint vision of me dorking around on one
when I was 18.
So, with that in mind, I went to unicycle.com and I got the United
Unicycle Trainer for Large Adults, and I got the 400 mm post, and I
upgraded the seat to the Miyata seat, and I got the full leg, wrist, and
head protection recommended by the owner (who kindly chatted with me and
helped me with what I needed). It all arrives friday.
Also, my mom thought she gave my original Schwinn 24" unicycle (new in
1985) away to her friend who runs a thrift shop, but it turned out she
gave away an old bike wheel, or possibly a whole bike, but the
unicycle was still in the attic. It apparently has no damage, its
not rusted, the seat is fine, and it only has a flat, so it turns
out I may have 2 to work with. Hurrah!
So, Chris is going to help me learn as best I can this weekend, once the
armor arrives (I’m not dumb enough to try without the protection and/or
without somebody around in case I take a bad fall).
I am wondering at what kind of time frames might be involved, and how
somebody of my height (6’1) and weight (240) and age (34) might fare.
Obviously, it could be anything, nobody can really be sure, it might take
6 months at 5 hours a day just to mount it, or maybe i’ll be hesitantly
riding in a month.
I’m just wondering if, over and above the normal level of challenge that
learning to ride would be for anybody, if my age and weight will
significantly impede the learning process.
What has been your experience when learning or teaching others who are
learning at this age, or at this weight, or both?
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