Why unicycling is great (like you need a reason)

So today I was having one of the worst days of my whole life. EVERYTHING that I considered a quality that made myself a worthwhile human being and all my accomplishments in life were undone. Then a friend of mine who was learning to unicycle wanted to go ride. A month ago I could only ride down trails and very unsteadily idle like 3 times if I was lucky. Today all the sudden, I managed to learn to consistently 1 foot idle, ride seat out in front, ride backwards and spent the majority of the evening working on wheel walking which is suddenly feeling very reasonable. It completely left me psyched up and I can’t wait to go ride tomorrow. Is it normal to have a huge break through like this? I never really even worked on these tricks until today. I am so psyched! I still can’t mount with my right foot?!
-gauss

I always have breakthroughs like that so I don’t think it’s too uncommon.
I’ll get to the point of total frustration and then have a huge breakthrough where everything will come together.
This happened recently with hopping. I had no control of my hops and I kept hopping backwards to keep my balance. Then something happened and I found my balance point and could hop in any direction I wished.
It totally made my day.
I only wished I had someone to ride with. It’s hard to share your excitement with someone about learning how to hop when they’ve never been on a unicycle.

Congrats on the new skills learned gauss, any tips you can give the rest of us?

Re: Why unicycling is great (like you need a reason)

In a message dated 6/8/02 7:30:44 AM, gauss.5wpvm@timelimit.unicyclist.com
writes:

<<
So today I was having one of the worst days of my whole life.
EVERYTHING that I considered a quality that made myself a worthwhile
human being and all my accomplishments in life were undone. Then a
friend of mine who was learning to unicycle wanted to go ride. A month
ago I could only ride down trails and very unsteadily idle like 3 times
if I was lucky. Today all the sudden, I managed to learn to
consistently 1 foot idle, ride seat out in front, ride backwards and
spent the majority of the evening working on wheel walking which is
suddenly feeling very reasonable. It completely left me psyched up and
I can’t wait to go ride tomorrow. Is it normal to have a huge break
through like this? I never really even worked on these tricks until
today. I am so psyched! I still can’t mount with my right foot?!
-gauss >>

yes, defenetly. i think thats one of my favorat parts about this sport. As
hard as it is, or is supposed to be, i always find i learn new skills at ten
times the rate i do with other sports. and it always comes in spirts. A big
part of it for me though, is that i get phyched enogh about it to actualy go
out and ride for 9 or 10 straight hrs.

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trevor andersen

Re: Why unicycling is great (like you need a reason)

In a message dated 6/8/02 11:51:15 AM, Aaronc.5x4gn@timelimit.unicyclist.com
writes:

<< Congrats on the new skills learned gauss, any tips you can give the rest
of us?

>>

weel walking tips would be especialy apprishiated. I’m about at the point you
are with the “weel walking is starting to make a lot of sence” but i’d like
to add, “im not there yet”

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trevor andersen

Re: Why unicycling is great (like you need a reason)

gauss <gauss.5wpvm@timelimit.unicyclist.com>
> Is it normal to have a huge break
> through like this?

The replies to date all say “yes”. For me, I’d say “no”. Of course I
accomplish progress, but more gradual, and never the “many major steps
in one day” thing you described. You must be very gifted, enjoy it
while it lasts…

Klaas Bil

Re: Re: Why unicycling is great (like you need a reason)

Aah… glad it’s not just me then!

I’m still working on bouncing and jumping. I can get up small steps and up kerbs if I stop and hop next to them; as much as I try to hop while going forwards I can’t get above about half an inch, and then usually skid and fall off on landing…

Phil, just me

I got inspired after reading this thread and decided to go out and learn to 1 foot idle. I found it way easier than I expected it to be. It was just a matter of getting over my fear of doing it and just doing it. I managed to get 4-5 idles but my foot keeps slipping off the fork. I think it would be a lot easier for a flat crown on the fork or maybe some grip tape or something.
Does anyone make an affordable trial’s uni w/ a flat crown?

Hey that’s awesome about one foot idling. I too was suprised when I finally just sucked it up and let go and tried it. Keeping your foot on the frame definately helps. I find out you can still steer quite a bit with your nonpedaling foot. I heard someone say a while ago that if you use one of those clamps they use for radiator hoses it helps give something to keep your foot on. (they have the little indexing screw that tightens them. (strap clamps?)) A few of you asked me about wheel walking. Naturally I’m the wrong guy to ask as I still can only “wheel w-crash”. There have been previous threads on the subject. I so far, at best make it a few “steps” before one of my feet sort of falters and I lose it or I freak out and lose it. I think the trick is to just practice A LOT so that the foot moves start to feel more natural and can be executed smoothly. I need to suck it up while I am still on this streak and try one foot riding, but I have a bad feeling about it.
-gauss

Re: Why unicycling is great (like you need a reason)

In a message dated 6/10/02 9:45:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Aaronc.61nfa@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes:

> I got inspired after reading this thread and decided to go out and learn
> to 1 foot idle. I found it way easier than I expected it to be. It was
> just a matter of getting over my fear of doing it and just doing it. I
> managed to get 4-5 idles but my foot keeps slipping off the fork. I
> think it would be a lot easier for a flat crown on the fork or maybe
> some grip tape or something.
>
2 good answers solutions: 1, hose clamp, this is what everybody says. 2) take
an old tube and some duct tape, cut a long section of the tube, not including
the valve, tape one end firmly at the bottom of the curve on the frame, and
wrap it as tightly as you possibly can up the side of the frame and up as
high as ittle go on the frame, and securly tape/tie the top. personaly, i
did both simultaniously. the advantage of the tube idea, is it makes you
look like you have a real ghetto-beastly unicycle, and you can look at your
piece of crap cheap unicycle and say, man, that things a beast. and the hose
clan really come out and bite you depending on what you use the uni for. i
have several cuts that will likely scar pretty bad if they ever heal.
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Trevor andersen

Re: Why unicycling is great (like you need a reason)

phil <phil.61gha@timelimit.unicyclist.com>

> Aah… glad it’s not just me then!

> Phil, just me

Hehe…

Klaas Bil

:slight_smile:

Umm, errr…

Phil, not just me?