Haven’t seen you around lately. Just wondered how you are doing with learning to ride?
Re: where is oldfatboy?
I am here
Things had to slow down temporarily
I have had to stay close to home, so haven’t been able to go to the tennis court to practice. I am getting a lot more comfortable on the seat and wheel though. I am having more trouble with balancing side to side than front and back.
I am pretty much trying to learn (right now) on our sidewalk area. There is a 30’ stretch between our steps and awning that is about 3 feet wide and that is where I practice for now.
Other times I just have to stay inside so don’t get to practice at all.
Otherwise, I am here and still striving to conqueror the wheel
btw- I have told my children (almost 30 yrs old) about my unicycle and my son has been looking at them (at the b*ke shop). Maybe!!???
Glad to hear you are still with us. Are you getting to where you can ride any distance without support?
Not really and that is because of where I am trying to learn.
I try to hold my arms out above the handrail and posts, but can’t go to far forward because of a lightpost right in my way and it has a 1inch horizontal bar sticking out from it (the whole shape is like a cross). I don’t really want to fall off going into that mess, so I grab a post and turn around on the wheel and go back. Back and forth…
When I do get out, it is quality time in the saddle. I probably get 2 or 3 hours a day (overall) practicing. When it gets over 90 degrees F., I go inside till evening when it cools off a little.
But, I am still loving it and looking forward to the next day to head back out. No quitting here!
Something i forgot to mention is that we have a handicap ramp up to our home, so I have been going up and down it too. Maybe I am trying to do too much, but I am just trying to take advantage of what I do have in the space that is available. Going up and down a ramp for a newbie is pretty interesting I do hold on to the handrails though.
Glad to hear it! It’s always great to read about more mature individuals learning to unicycle. Keep practicing and please keep us posted on your progress.
Re: where is oldfatboy?
Hey! I’m not old and fat!!!
Anywhere you can ride will help. Handrails on both sides are great. Keep turning that wheel.
Re: Re: where is oldfatboy?
If you live long enough you will be.
Stick with it OFB!
Do any of the forum members live near OFB? An on-site critique would be a big help in getting up and rolling.
I was self-taught and my “instructor” left a lot to be desired.
Shifting gears (I know, bad analogy on a uni), an acquaintance said he was going to have a 72 year old friend call me. The fellow is interested in learning to ride. Does anyone have thoughts on taking up the sport at that age?
I was in my late fifties before I took it up but I have a gymnastics background. (Here’s my last standing back flip on my 50th birthday)
I was on a "gymnastics team* back in grade school
I can’t do a back flip, but I might be able to complete a somersault (backwards) if I’m real lucky and haven’t ate for a couple of hours
My wife saw me through the window while I was practicing and said I was looking much better on the wheel
Talked to my son last night and he again mentioned about the uni’s at the bke shop close to where he lives. I asked him to get me the name brands before he does anything. I am sending him a cd of videos from the gallery in the hopes of increasing his appetite. Thanks to all of you that upload the videos. Perhaps I shall get another one riding a uni. He has a 250 cc Yamaha dirtbke right now.