Still waiting for my first Unicycle to arrive.

Today I spent an hour (combined) clinging to the walls of the hallway
to the bathrooms in the Gymnasium of the church where my kids’
basketball games are. I had time before/between games because of
team pictures today.

Now I am chafed and sore and feeling like I’m not much better
at attempting to ride a unicycle.

I did get almost a full revolution w/o touching the walls once.

I have no concept of how anyone could possibly ever get up
onto a Unicycle w/o two walls in a narrow passageway for support.

This is going to take time and determination.

If it were easy it would be called BIcycling. Keep at it. With time you will get it. Just takes practice and muscle memory and alot of trial and error (why did I fall forward??? why did I fall backward) and try and offset it on the next try.

‘Keep at it’ is the secret.

I was at the same stage as you last year (and the same age) and now I’ve just returned from an 12 mile Muni ride with some great ascents and decents all on singletrack mountain bike trails.

It is the best thing I’ve learnt for years so keep going (I was what I think is a slow learner, ie 20+ hours before I was confident to start going out for proper rides).

I’ll keep at it.

The insides of my thighs are chafed and bruised from yesterday.
I think it’s from spinning around to go back each time I reached
the end of the short hallway (to avoid having to get off and
mount again).

One thing I realize is that with a 24" the seat is 2" higher from the
ground when the same adjustment between seat and pedals is
made as on a 20" wheel (same distance from the axle to the seat).

But I’m committed to the 24" now, and may be glad later.

Here’s me riding(?) while holding onto my neighbor’s gate.
Not graceful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJQhRiImCqY

Here is me riding down the hall of our house.
I’ve almost knocked the thermostat off of the wall more than once.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xyRayYtirg

That’s pretty decent progress, having just gotten the uni. I learned how to ride using a narrow hallway. It took me about 2 weeks when I was 18.

A few suggestions:

I think your seat is a little too low for practice. When your leg is fully extended, it should be bent at the knee slightly. Relax your legs more.

Riding on carpet is hard! It’s definitely easier on a smoother surface. Will your wife let you practice on the kitchen linoleum? :smiley:

nice name of the file, hall of terror, i think you are ok, i took 3 weeks to learn to ride at least 50 meters without falling, cant freemount or anything, just ride, you’re on a good way

or try on a skate rink as i do, so much easy

Thanks for the encouragement!

I raised the seat an inch since I did the first still pics.
I can go another inch, but with the 24" wheel I’m finding that the
seat is way up in the air and it’s a long way up from the ground
when I mount (I use the clinging mount method).

I can see why so many people recommend the 20" for beginners.
But my 24" really should be about the same proportions as my
son’s 20" is for his body.

I did put the max (65lbs) air pressure in the tire.
The neighbor’s fence is on pretty good ground.
Maybe I’ll try ski poles, but I doubt that will work for me.

Hanging on seems like a good idea, but in the end you are leaning off center to try and stay upright. You just need to “go for it” and let go and try to go.

The hall of terror looked pretty good.
Good progress but kalamazuni is right, you gotta try to just go… The less you use something to lean on the better off you will be in the long run.

There is an empty building at my work…
Slightly wider halls (actually, several widths in different areas)
and tile floors.

What I like about the halls is I can let go for a while and then
use the walls for support when I need to. Otherwise, I will
spend all of my time falling and getting back on instead of
getting a feel for the movement and balance.

I try to use as light of a touch as possible, and go as
far as I can between contacts with the walls.

I just want to get comfortable sitting on the unicycle and
pedaling and keeping my balance in shorter bursts w/o
a lot of downtime.

The moving gate technique was neat. Not one that I had thought of before.

As others have mentioned, having a bit more room to manouver would be an asset so using a slightly wider hallway might be a better plan.

Ski poles or sticks are also a method that I employed while learning but be carefull not to impale yourself.

My son uses a jogging stroller for support - that works really well.
I’ll have to get some video next weekend.

I just got back from a great lunchtime session.

There’s an empty building across from ours, connected by an overpass
bridge tunnel.

It’s like an abandoned office building.
I found a perfect hallway. It’s wide enough that I can just barely touch
both walls at once. Then one side of the wall ends and it goes to an open
area. I found that I was just touching one wall most of the time, and
even letting go of both walls in short bits of time. Then when I reach
the end of the wall I go along with only one side for support until I
start to drift away from the wall, and I let go and try to ride free as
far as I can (so far, maybe one revolution on my best run, if I remember
right).

I did decide I’ll start wearing my hockey or snowboarding helmet.
I started to fall and my foot slipped off of the pedal. My leg was
stuck, and I was falling backwards unable to get off of the seat.
Luckily I got free from the unicycle before I got so far back that
I couldn’t recover. If I hadn’t got free I could have whacked the
back of my head on the tile floor. It would be a freak accident
(be nice now), but that’s what kills people sometimes.

Yeah helmets are a good idea… You can tend to fall a lot when you unicycle. Sometimes there can be benches or what not around. Better safe than sorry.

Good work on your progress. Sounds like you might be off the wall soon :slight_smile:

i’ve only fallen on my head once. I was very glad to be wearing a helmet. It would have been nasty if I hadn’t. So, even though hitting my head is a rare occurrence, it’s worth it. I always use wrist guards. They have been valuable many times.

Just got back from today’s lunchtime session.

I raised my seat again, as suggested.

I went up & down the hallway a couple of times, then started
making a point of going past the end of the hall. I measured
the hallway as 34 ft. long, BTW.

Took some drywall and used it to mark every 1/2 revolution of
my wheel from the end of the hall. (It’s an abandoned building).

Worked on mounting while holding only one wall instead of two
so that I support less of my wieght with my hands & arms.

I have no idea how you get that second foot up on the pedal.

By the end of the session I was starting at the end of the hall
and trying to go directly out to the open floor from a standstill.

I got one revolution free riding for sure - maybe even 1-1/2 revolution.

I feel like I progressed. Not amazing progress, but noticeable to me.:smiley:

The problem is I worked up a sweat, so now I have to hide from my
coworkers the rest of the day. :astonished:

Your doing everything right. Just keep at it and before you know it you will exit the hallway and ride straight out onto the open floor.

Don’t forget to stop prior to hitting the wall on the far side of the open room :smiley:

Getting the second foot up is tricky. Hold onto the wall with the hand that is opposite of the foot that is on the back pedal. Hold onto the seat with the same hand as the back foot to steady the uni and try to carefully push yourself up on the uni. not so hard that you go over the front.

Once you get a rhythm going the second foot will automatically come up and reach for the pedal. It might not find the pedal each time but keep rocking up and eventually it will find it’s place.

Try to practice for as long a period of time as you can without hurting or fatiguing yourself. The longer you can stay in the saddle the quicker the mind / muscle cooridination will develop.

I’m shooting for one hour per day, including short breaks to catch my breath.

I need my son to get his work done at skool so he can practice too…
I’m going to get ahead of him if he doesn’t practice more.