Welcome to the forums Todd, my name is Harry a.k.a Hazmat. Pleasure to meet you.
1) Well at least you’re getting some exercise from one of the best sports ever. 2) Sweeeeet!! 3) Have you looked up unicycle clubs and stuff like that? There could be some in your area todd 4) What kind of help are you acquiring??
I have never been to Fredricton but one of my best friends lived there for 4 months and she said it was beautifull. I plan on going there someday, probably next year after I move out east (havent decided where but probably either NS or NB)
I have the same problem as you, I have nobody to ride with and am having troubles with riding backwards and idleing but hopping came naturally.
What kind of unicycle do you have? I am finding I can go much farther trying to ride my 26" Muni backwards than my trials
I find hopping much easyer when you have lots of mechanical advantage over the wheels rotation (long cranks, small wheel). Just keep the cranks horizontal, your dominant foot forward hold onto the seat and try hopping remembering to move the wheel in the direction you are trying not to fall in.
Thats what worked for me, Oh and having the tire fairly soft but not squishy seemed to help too.
If you want a single wheel to do everything I would say that a 29er might be your best option
I have a 26X3 Muni which I really like, I had a second wheel I built up out of a second hub and the front wheel off an old junker road bike.
With the skinny tire and short (102mm) cranks I was able to go really quite fast but did not have much control, this eventualy resulted in my crashing at high speeds wripping all the ligaments in my shoulder, surgery, and 2 months of dooing nothing… I guess that 102mm was just to short for my level of experience at the time.
the setup with the 3" wide tire is realy not ideal for on the road but is excelent on the trails.
I use a 36er for my longer distnce rides and it can handle easyer singletrack and munibut is definately harder to control.
I love my 26 but not for on the road, I would say the ultimate do everything unicycle would be the KH 29 with double holed cranks, but that is a lot of $$$.
Either one would doo, they are both quite similar band the big difrence is in the tire, you can get all sorts of 26" tires suitable for a wide range of riding conditions and styles but tyre selection for 29ers is still a bit limited when it comes to a more agressive tread.
For some reason 26" unicycles do not seem to be that common so it might be easyer to find a 29.
You would probably be happy with either but if you are looking for speed you will be looking at a 36" before long…