I learned to ride on a 20" Torker LX, starting in December, 2010. Three months after I started, I bought a 24" (Torker LX again), because I wanted to ride further down the street without passing out from exhaustion. After conquering freemounting on the 20" I decided I really want to concentrate on the 24" for riding around the neighborhood, which I know will eventually be a fun way to exercise. I have not yet ridden continuously for more than 800 feet.
Right now I’m working on idling the 24", and I still have not totally conquered freemounting on the 24", but I can do the 24" freemount enough to get me around the block, in several spurts, without having to find something to hold on to.
I’ve been surprised at how long it is taking me to get the distance down.
I am a 57 year old “girl” who, at one time, was in great shape.
I’ve been hanging out more on Just Conversation than here on Rec.Sports.Unicycling.
Those of you who visit with me there may be rolling your eyes at me thinking about getting yet another unicycle.
However… I’m just asking the question here…
[B]–Would a unicycle other than the 24" Torker LX make it any easier to learn idling,
or control in general for things such as turns or figure eights?
–Would any other uni make distance any easier?[/B]
I’ve played with crank length also, and have tried shortening the cranks on the 24 from 6" to 5" thinking my knees would be more comfortable with the 5" cranks, but I lost too much control, so I switched back to the 6" cranks.
I still think I would be more comfortable with 5" cranks, but I got too frustrated not having the control.
I was quite surprised at how much difference the 1" shorter cranks made!
They felt good doing straight riding, but I lost too much control with turns and freemounting.
–If the main things I want to do are…
Riding around the neighborhood,
idling, and turning,
with not much elevation other than flat ground…
–What unicycle should I be working with for the best likelihood of good progress?
I know persistence, determination, and practice, practice, practice are most important.
I’m just wondering if a different unicycle would help.
Thanks for your opinions!