Your skill levels...

Okay, I was wondering peoples skill levels. I’m not even level 1 yet. But I still love it… what about you guys and girls? What are your levels?

Reference from http://www.unicycling.org (These are the US skill levels):

Level 1
Mount Unicycle unassisted
Ride 50 meters
Dismount gracefully with unicycle in front

Level 2
Mount with left foot
Mount with right foot
Ride 10 m between two parallel lines 30 cm apart
Ride a figure 8 with circle diameters smaller then 3 m
Ride down a 15 cm vertical drop
Make a sharp 90 degree turn to the left
Make a sharp 90 degree turn to the right

Level 3
Demonstrate 3 types of mounts
Ride a figure 8 with circle diameters smaller than 1.5 m
Come to stop, pedal half a revolution backward and continue forward
Ride with the stomach on the seat for 10 m
Make a sharp 180 degree turn to the left
Make a sharp 180 degree turn to the right
Hop 5 times
Ride over a 10 X 10 cm obstacle

Level 4
Demonstrate 4 types of mounts
Ride backward for 10 m
Ride one footed for 10 m
Idle with left foot down 25 times
Idle with right foot down 25 times
Ride with the seat out in front for 10 m
Ride with the seat out in back for 10 m
Make a sharp 360 degree turn the left
Make a sharp 360 degree turn the right

Level 5
Demonstrate 5 types of mounts
Ride backward in a circle
Ride one footed in a figure eight
Idle one footed with left foot down 25 times
Idle one footed with right foot down 25 times
Ride with the seat out in front in a circle
Ride with the seat out in back in a circle
Ride with the seat on the side in a circle
Hop-twist 90 degrees to the left
Hop-twist 90 degrees to the right
Walk the wheel for 10 m

Level 6
Demonstrate 6 types of mounts
Ride backward in a figure 8
Ride with the seat out in front in a figure eight
Ride with the seat out in back in a figure eight
Ride backward with the seat out in front for 10 m
Ride with seat on the side in a circle to the left
Ride with seat on the side in a circle to the right
Ride one footed with the left foot for 10 m
Ride one footed with the right foot for 10 m
Backspin
Frontspin
Spin
Hop standing on wheel 5 times

Level 7
Demonstrate 7 types of mounts
Ride backward with seat out in front in a circle
Ride one footed with left foot in a circle
Ride one footed with right foot in a circle
Walk the wheel in a circle
Walk the wheel one footed for 10 m
Hop-twist 180 degrees to the left
Hop-twist 180 degrees to the right
Ride backward with the seat out in back for 10 m
Spin the left
Spin to the right

Level 8
Demonstrate 8 types of mounts
Ride one footed with the left foot in a figure 8
Ride one footed with the right foot in a figure 8
Walk the wheel in a figure eight
Walk the wheel one footed in a circle
Ride backward one footed for 10 m
Glide for 10 m (no feet on the pedals, you can use a foot on the surface of the tire as a brake.)
Hand wheel walk for 10 m
Pirouette
Backward spin

Level 9
Demonstrate 9 types of mounts
Walk the wheel one footed in a figure 8
Ride backward one footed in a circle
Ride backward with the seat out in front in figure 8
Ride backward with the seat out in back in a circle
Walk the wheel one footed with left foot for 10 m
Walk the wheel one footed with right foot for 10 m
Walk the wheel backward for 10 m
Drag seat in front 10 m
Drag seat in back for 10 m
Ride backward one footed with the left foot 10 m
Ride backward one footed with the right foot 10 m
Ride one footed with the seat out in front for 10 m
Backward pirouette

Level 10
Demonstrate 10 types of mounts
Ride backward with seat out in back in a figure 8
Ride backward one footed in a figure 8
Walk the wheel one footed with left foot in circle
Walk the wheel one footed with right foot in circle
Walk the wheel backward in a circle
180 uni spin
Sideways wheel walk for 10 m
Coast for 10 m
Side ride for 10 m
Walk the wheel one footed backward for 10 m

-SpYdeR

I can do all the skills up to level 3 I’m working on some of the level 4, but then again I’m also trying to learn how to do Unispins, Can crank grab every now and then, and hop over way bigger stuff than 4x4. Skill levels arnt really my cup o tea, I just like to go out and try to ride big. If you have fun your skill level doesnt matter.I also notice The skill levels seem to be jaded for freestyle riders, thats probably why I’m not into making a level 4 that much. When can I see a Trials or Muni skill level check list?

I’m with you. Skill levels are interesting, but as long as you’re having fun, you have enough skill. I haven’t seen a MUni one or a Trials one. I’m guessing that the trials one is hard.

       SpYdeR

Skill level 4 working on 5-B-4-Harper

same, i can do all up to level 2, most of level 3 and a few in 4&5, but i usually prefer riding

Level 4 with a few maneuvers not mentioned in the skills list.

Oh Oh look at the time …gotta go.

Level 5
>Demonstrate 5 types of mounts
>Ride backward in a circle
>Ride one footed in a figure eight
Idle one footed with left foot down 25 times
>Idle one footed with right foot down 25 times
>Ride with the seat out in front in a circle
Ride with the seat out in back in a circle
Ride with the seat on the side in a circle
>Hop-twist 90 degrees to the left
>Hop-twist 90 degrees to the right
Walk the wheel for 10 m

Level 6
>Demonstrate 6 types of mounts
Ride backward in a figure 8
Ride with the seat out in front in a figure eight
Ride with the seat out in back in a figure eight
Ride backward with the seat out in front for 10 m
Ride with seat on the side in a circle to the left
Ride with seat on the side in a circle to the right
>Ride one footed with the left foot for 10 m
>Ride one footed with the right foot for 10 m
Backspin
>Frontspin
>Spin
Hop standing on wheel 5 times

I am level four and I can do what is marked of five and six

Re: Your skill levels…

> Okay, I was wondering peoples skill levels. I’m not even level 1 yet.
> But I still love it…

Me neither and too.

> Level 1
> Mount Coker unassisted
> Ride 50 meters
> Dismount gracefully with Coker in front

I can do all those things, but not all together on the first or second try.
I was alternating between freemount practice and assisted (minivan luggage
rack hold) practice, but now that the assisted rides are semi-consistently a
block long (I’m too cowardly to cross Wilshire yet) I’ve been emphasizing
freemount practice more.

Also, dismounting gracefully with Coker in front took a lot of getting used
to - dismounting gracefully with Coker in back seemed easier and more
natural.

I can do everything in level 2 confidently, but maybe not every time. I have done all the things in level 3 before but with slim consistancy, except ride with Seat on Stomach. This I found strange because I CAN ride with seat out in front for a long ways and hop that way too. I learned to hop on a unicycle before I could freemount, but I do a ton of hopping and trials on my dualie mountain bike. I currently don’t have my unicycle and I don’t get it back for a few weeks, no good.

topside

Re: Your skill levels…

2, halfway on 3 (and a few skills of 4) but seldom working on it.

Klaas Bil

Alright, I’ll get more specific on myself…

If it isn’t marked I can’t do it. If it has a “<” I can do it pretty consistenly, and a “>” means sometimes.

Level 1
<Mount Unicycle unassisted
Ride 50 meters
>Dismount gracefully with unicycle in front

Level 2
<Mount with left foot
>Mount with right foot
>Ride 10 m between two parallel lines 30 cm apart
Ride a figure 8 with circle diameters smaller then 3 m
>Ride down a 15 cm vertical drop
Make a sharp 90 degree turn to the left
Make a sharp 90 degree turn to the right

Level 3
>Demonstrate 3 types of mounts
Ride a figure 8 with circle diameters smaller than 1.5 m
Come to stop, pedal half a revolution backward and continue forward
Ride with the stomach on the seat for 10 m
Make a sharp 180 degree turn to the left
Make a sharp 180 degree turn to the right
<Hop 5 times
>Ride over a 10 X 10 cm obstacle

Uni-Dad: Level three, need to learn one footed and seat out front and back to pass level four. Only level 5 skils is one foot idling 25x with either foot.

Uni-Daughter, age 11: Level two, only needs get over obstacle to pass level three. Level 4 skills ride backwards, one footed, idling 25x with either foot down and 360 turn. Level 5 one footed figure eights and one foot idle with right foot.

Uni-Daughter, age 6: Level one.

Uni-Dog: pulls real hard on the leash.

Re: Your skill levels…

>Okay, I was wondering peoples skill levels. I’m not even level 1 yet.
>But I still love it… what about you guys and girls? What are your
>levels?
>

I have tested through Level 2 (though my left-foot mount is always a bit
shaky). Level 3 will be difficult to get through, as I can do only one kind of
mount so far, can make it over the obstacle about one time out of four, and
can’t do the stomach thing at all. I do have some Level 4 skills; I can idle
pretty well with either foot and can ride backwards in a reasonably controlled
manner.

Idling’s being a Level 4 skill always surprised me a bit. I learned to idle as
I was learning to ride, but it took me weeks to learn to freemount. People have
told me that hopping is easier than idling, and I still can’t hop in any
practical way (I can do the five bounces but that’s about it). I haven’t had
much interest in learning the more performance-type skills, and have
concentrated on things that are of practical use in everyday neighborhood
riding. My next goal is to learn to hop well enough to get over curbs and
things.

I’ve thought from time to time that there should be another, parallel system of
skill ranking that would assign each skill a point value, and rank you by how
many points you have. You could mix-and-match skills in any order to add points
to your ranking. Someone with all of the points would be a full Level 10 rider
on the traditional scale. Thus if you were stuck at Level 4 because you
couldn’t, say, ride seat-out-back or something, you would still get credit for
riding one-footed and wheel-walking and gliding and doing eight different
mounts and so forth.

  • Joe in MN

Re: Your skill levels…

level 4.

I’m at level 4. I’m working at level 5 skill.
I have a question: is the second part (from pedal on the top of the obstacle to wheel on the top) of pedal grab so easy as I’ve seen on videos?
I think working on levels is important cause freestyle, muni, trial are all parts of the same “sport”.

many of the skills in the skill levels are a bit vague, what exactlyy do they mean by spin, frontspin and backspin for example?

perhaps it would benifit the comunity if there was a webpage that described all the skills, whether or not they seem obvious.

i also reccon that skills levels are a bit weird because eveybody learns skills that are "above"their suposed skill level. i for example can do a unispin but can’t ride one footed with my left foot.

properly used as a training program there probably quite good, but i’m not the kind of person to have organised training like that.

Re: Your skill levels…

evilewan wrote:

>
> many of the skills in the skill levels are a bit vague, what exactlyy do
> they mean by spin, frontspin and backspin for example?
>
> perhaps it would benifit the comunity if there was a webpage that
> described all the skills, whether or not they seem obvious.

There is one that describes the one you mentioned and most others on The
Unicycle Page at http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/skills/skills.html.
There are also requirements on the various skills on the USA page at
http://www.unicycling.org/usa/levels/

Beirne


Beirne “Bern” Konarski
beirne@neo.rr.com “Untouched by Scandal”

Joe:
The points system idea is absolutley brilliant! I think that is one of the best ideas I’ve heard about anything! You should bring that up to U>S>A and see if they’d consider it. I think they will.
-SpYdeR

I think level 4 is the skill level to be… at least for competent riding.

hey guys…and gals

i think im a level 2 but i can do a few things from level 3

in my opinion, hopping should be a level 2 abjective, cuz damn is it easy,…and a shitload a fun…but i have started to bend my wheel from to much hopping aon a crappy uni…so now i need to stop that…untill i get a better on…oh well…who care…

later