Unicycling plateau

Hello r.s.u,

I am a fairly novice rider. I got my first unicycle just shy of a year
ago and I’ve gotten to the point where I can ride comfortably for as
long as want, turn some figure eights, and juggle three clubs while
I’m riding around.

The only thing is, I’ve been at about this level for several months
now, and I don’t really know what to do next. I felt like I’d made a
good breakthrough when I realized I could ride with most of my weight
on the pedals instead of the seat, and after I’ve been rolling around
like that for awhile I can sometimes make a short hop or two, but
that’s it.

What do you think is a good thing to focus on in future riding
sessions? I’ve tried half-heartedly to learn how to ride backwards,
and have given about as much effort into figuring out idling, but I
didn’t have much success with either of those–mostly because I was
uncommitted. Any advice would be much appreciated!

I’m in the same boat. I’ve been riding for a little over a year. I can hop up on curbs on a good day. From what I gather from the good folks here, riding backwards, idling, wheel walking, one foot stuff, and coasting is next in progression.

Learning to ride backwards will help with idling. You trick yourself to start to ride backwards, then forwards again, rinse and repeat till you are idling. I know i need to learn for when tourists walk out in front of me, i can go into an idle till they get out of the way.

You should definitely learn how to ride backwards. You may also want to look at super-idling, which is where you go a few revolutions forwards and then a few backwards.

Some small hops might be useful too. As far as i know, most of your weight should be on the seat whilst riding. It means your legs won’t tire as quickly.

Find some others to ride with, if possible. You’ll progress a lot faster with some healthy competition.

-Aaron

If you want to do those things, become committed and do them.

Otherwise find something that you want to do.

You can find videos of every different style of riding on the forums. Take your pick. What grabs you?

I would say just ride as far as you can and then buy progressively bigger wheels. But that’s just me. Other people will tell you to do what they like to do.

I guess you need to decide what you want to do.

Good luck with it though.

Check out the USA skill levels. They are a great guide to what skills are related to each other and what you might want to try next.
http://www.unicyclingusa.org/levels/

You will find the actual levels near the bottom of the page. They are generally meant for freestyle but mastering any of these skills will help you ride any style better.

BTW: some riders scoff at the concept of levels. In my opinion if they help you learn they are a good thing.:slight_smile:

Re: Unicycling plateau

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> You should definitely learn how to ride backwards. You may also want to
> look at super-idling, which is where you go a few revolutions forwards
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> Some small hops might be useful too. As far as i know, most of your
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> tire as quickly.
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I typically ride with most of my weight on the seat, but I’ve found
that when I shift the bulk over to the pedals I have a bit more
control for making tighter turns and whatnot.

Re: Unicycling plateau

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> Find some others to ride with, if possible. You’ll progress a lot faster
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I live in the damn sticks. There is no one else to ride with around.

yeah I know how u feel dude, I’m the only one where I am that rides so I’m on my own too. all I can say is practice as much as u can and if u need ideas, the internet is your best friend

This idea only helps if you have $

I am not a wealthy guy, yet fortunately for me, this is a lot cheaper sport then some of the others I wanted to pretend I could afford.:slight_smile:

Buy more unicycles ! I rode my KH 20 today, in a shady part of a local park. I wasn’t able to ride backwards in a circle, but I came closer.:slight_smile:

After riding the 20 for a week, switching to the 24 muni is cool. Or riding the 36. In honor of the RTL, I rode the 36 for a couple days. LOL ! those riders are 1/3 faster then me, I am very impressed ! I do not want to race the RTL unless I get a lot better LOL !

I think I have had a lot more fun, with my selection of uni’s, then I would have had if I only owned one.

Riding the 36 was something I could do at month 2 or 3 of riding. It’s not hard at all. Having a bunch of uni’s is more fun IMHO.:slight_smile:

Working thru the levels is definately a good idea.

Right now, I would recommend idling as your #1 priority.
Mainly because it’s an incredibly handy basic skill to have and will increase your control and your sense of control of the uni by quite a margin.
(and secondly because I love the thought of the 14year olds about to argue with me.)

Juggling while idling is another challenge that will open up to you once you can idle.

Not coasting :wink: That is way too hard for a beginner, but I wont rule it out because some people learn to do things hardest first :stuck_out_tongue: :roll_eyes: .

Well, once you learn WW and one foot stuff, doesn’t coasting come after that? Or is it gliding i’m thinking about? Either way, you are gonna ‘coast’ for a bit on either one.

Yeh, gliding.