Tried Unicycling for 15 minutes a few days ago, after a 6 month hiatus
in winter. Thighs are hurting a lot, even after three days. In
particular both sides of the leg, just above the knees, are sore. Is
this common? I am 46 years old.
It seems the aching part is either tendons or the ends of muscles. Any
thoughts? The part just above the knee, and between the front and the
inside of the leg is still hurting after 5 day! I feel good that I am
not letting muscles waste away. However, can Unicycling cause
tendonitis or something similar?
Re: Thighs aching Unicycling after a 6 month break
The way you describe the location and duration of the pain, it sounds
uncommon and unlike the muscle pain I had when I learned at age 47. If
you just had sore thighs in general, I’d play the well-known tune of
“keep at it, and put more weight on the seat”.
I have no medical background at all, so don’t take my word for it. But
if this doesn’t go away soon, or re-occurs after riding again, I’d see
a doctor if I were you.
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I think a too low seat, especially if you are still learning, is a tougher ride.
Try old “Schwinn” seat height calculation: Adjust the seat height so when you sit on the uni with the pedal at its lowest (six o’clock) position and with your HEEL on the pedal, your leg should be straight. Then slide you foot back so the ball or arch is over the pedal, this will give a slight bend to the knee for a comfortable riding position.
After your muscles strengthen and you become more comfortable on the uni you can adjust the seat height to your personal preference. But for learning I prefer the higher seat position.
Normal to be sore if you’re new. But it’s usually mostly a sign you are not putting enough weight on the seat. Should be ~ 90% on the seat, virtually nothing on the pedals for basic riding.
You’re seat should be fairly high but still a slight bend in the knee at 6:00. This will help.
A poorly shaped seat can make it uncomfortable and/or harder to ride relatively straight. If you R new it will prob be a while before you can ride relatively straight.
-OP (I know it’s old) for only 15 min I’d be highly suspicious he rode w/ really sloppy technique putting stress on his knees and I might stay off the uni until a doctor confirmed nothing was wrong w/ his knees.
I’ve not been riding enough these last few weeks and my legs are killin me!!
I’ll be laid in bed at night trying to get to sleep and my ‘pins’ are jolting and jerking all over the place.
I know a uni ride is the cure but unfortunately other stuff has got in the way.
I was just givin’ em grief, my legs hurt all the time, esp when I first start a ride. Riding a unicycle is really hard work, we don’t have any gearing advantage or ability to rest or coast, so we’re working hard all the time unless we stop to rest.
What really gets to me is the high heat combined with high humidity, which is all we get this time of the year in Tennessee. I rode yesterday it just about made me puke, heart racing, dripping sweat like I just got out of the lake, disgusting
The next place we live will be cooler and will have some flatter trails so I can go for more cruiser rides.
Nurse bean: my brothers just moved back from ten.
I’m sorry for bringing up old stuff, but I joined for the info I knw I have a habbiy of doing this “so get used to it” Lol I haven’t found any body who unit’s where I live yet. So other than u-tube and old books this is my only soruce of info.
And I’m used to getting crap I’ll b 30 in Jan. And I look like like I’m 20-22 so again I apologize for digging up old threads
If the old thread is relevant then why not refer to it. Maybe just let us know that you’ve dredged up an oldie . I didn’t realise it was such an old thread either. lol. I’m sure Nurse (bean) will forgive you…lol
Kinda funny. Look thru these and somebodys always muttering cuz someone should have used the search function. In this case the search function was used and somebodys still muttering. Kind of danged if you do and danged if you don’t for a new person.