Some days ago, the sister (40yrs old, no sporting history) of my wife’s friend wanted to try out unicycling. I had thought about possible didactics of unicycling before and got the chance to try it out.
- I showed her a unicycle wouldn’t be harmed if it fell down, so she was to concentrate at all times on hitting the ground with her feet and not to concentrate on catching the uni.
- I let her mount with a railing at the side, the outside pedal at 6-o-clock. Then she was to move alongside the railing holding it with both hands until she felt comfortable with the movements involved.
- I told her to move into a position with horizontal cranks and find a balance point so she could let go of the railing for a fraction of a second. It took some tries until she could do 1.5 seconds.
- my wife and I walked around with her in between the two of us until she felt comfy with pedaling at a steady pace.
- I told her to hold onto the end of the railing with one hand, pedals horizontal, lean a bit forward, put pressure on the front pedal and step off the uni when the pedal is down. Let the uni drop and get a feeling for the freely moving unicycle.
- when the movement was smooth, I told her to try to pedal further and step off later.
After a total of 30 minutes she had done 1.5 revolutions three times. In all this time she only fell off once uncontrolledly.
1.5 revs is something I achieved myself after about 5 training sessions of 30-45 minutes, but without anyone teaching me.
I would like to know how you (teaching experienced forum members) teach a first unicycle contact to non-unicyclists. After her marathon in 2020 my wife wants to try it out, too. Until then, she won’t try it, because she does not want to threaten her long term marathon goal. She has seen me do too many UPDs.
I’ll be a lone rider for a long time.