I set myself a goal to learn the WW trick!
Never tried before, but I’m gonna start it tonight. My 10 yo son promised me that I’ll do it, becuase he believe in me…
I’ve search the forum and one post seems to contain some good tips (thanks raybot):
Also I found nice YouTube tutorial (thanks Howtorideaunicycle):
I’ll post here every several days to share with you my progress…
Any of you that also want to learn / in the process of learning / know the WW, is welcome to share and bring his insight and comments.
Hi, just finished my first WW session - Two and a half hours, on my 26" Qu-ax series Muni (is it harder?).
At start it feels very intimidating even just to mount or dismount, but after about 20 tries it’s getting better.
For now I’m practicing indoor, but I think in few days I’ll have to find more appropriate place outside
Hey, great job so far! Keep after it. It is a rewarding trick once you get it. Everbody loves it. In fact my neighbors just the other day said, “So first no handlebars now no feet!”
Keeping your seat higher will definetly help on that big tire. If you have access to a 20" it will be a bit easier to learn.
Thank you MP Uni for the tips, I also think that it is a rewarding trick. actually I have access to 20" (my son’s Muni…) I’ll try that
Today is my second day, and it feels much better!!! I feel more relaxed on the saddle, focus on balance and take it slow (although I have tendency to get faster when I have no “wall support” anymore… ).
Here is my vid for today. I don’t know if you’ll notice any improvement (few last seconds), unless you run it in slow motion ;):
Today I met a good friend of mine, so I took day off, and left the WWC (WheelWalk Challenge… :)) hanging from my Ceiling
Anyway I need more place, I have to go out with my regular protective gear (helmet, shin guards, 5/10, gloves), to some kind of open space and start practicing with minimum support. Weekend is almost here, and I’m sure that I could find few suitable places for that, at my favorite park (Hayarkon, Tel-aviv)
Till then, tomorrow will be probably still indoor, and I’ll post my last corridor vid
I’m also trying to learn wheel walking. After about 5 sessions along several days I can stay up for like 3 seconds without holding on to something. I may post a video soon. It’s cool to see your progress through the videos, keep posting.
Making some of my own edits to Blueharmony’s great pointers:
It's all about controling the wheel, slower is better at first. Check!
Once you are off the wall forget straight lines for now. Go where you need to go to maintain balance. Yup!
The wheel should be farther forward than usual... Instead of thinking of it that way, think of sitting up straight. You may feel like your weight is too far back.
If you are always falling off forward the wheel is too far behind you. True. Same if you're always coming off to the back. If it's a little of both, you're on the right track.
Soft, flat shoes are very important? I much, much prefer a shoe with tread on it. Much better grip on the tire! We used to have "turf shoes" where the little knobbies ran up the toe and heel; like they were made for wheel walking.
It's easier to learn on a high seat. Definitely!
Foot placement will be toe, heel, toe, heel. Don't rush, don't crowd your feet, and always leave space between them on the tire! Otherwise you will always end up kicking a foot off when you get out into the open.
Don't underestimate the traction you have with your heels. You have much more control with your toe and heel than you do with the middle of your foot. Get used to this idea and you'll have much more room for your feet on the tire!
The 5.10 shoes have excellent, grippy rubber, so that’s a good choice. In your last video clip, your foot movement was similar to most WW beginners; feet crowding each other. Leave a good 3" or more between heel and toe. Learn the power of your heels to control the wheel way down the front.
No need; those skills are pretty unrelated. Both are useful core skills though.
NOTE* The following has absolutely nothing to do with wheel walking:
Everything in www.unicyclist.com suddenly changed to what looks like german, I can’t understand the text in the buttons or menus. Anyone knows how I can fix this? THANKS.
What I actually do is grab something with one hand and then let go, I mean, I’m not really starting from a wall, it may seem that way in the video though.
I think it’s a bit harder, actually, I’ve also been trying to let go and advance without support, but next to a wall, so if I’m losing control I just touch it to regain balance and let go again. I think that’s helpful, tell me how it goes, I’ll try to go longer tomorrow.