• All Purchases made this month instantly go into the draw to win a USD $ 100.00 credit to your HoP account.
 
Page: 12345...9
MrConfused
BRONZE Member since Jan 2002

MrConfused

addict
Location: I wish I knew, United Kingdom

Total posts: 529
Posted:I recently got my grubby little hands on a unicycle. Woo, except I'm rather rubbish. So far I have:



fallen off lots

fallen off lots more and worked out that if I grab the seat, the uni doesn't clatter to the ground

managed ride forward somewhat unsteadily, furthest being about 15 metres

managed twice to stop and ride backwards for a couple of revolutions before falling off

idle (more by luck than anything else) for a couple of seconds

bruised my shins lots trying to mount the damn thing

fallen off some more

learnt that a 2 x 1.5 metre patio isn't the ideal place to try to learn



Given the lack of space (meaning I can't really practice going forwards smoothly, as I run out of space before I get going), what is best to attempt to learn next? Idling or mounting?



J

EDITED_BY: MrConfused (1110309471)


If you're not confused, you're not thinking about things hard enough.

Delete Topic

Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

veteran
Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:Iv been going about a week now biggrin I only have a small room to practice in frown (about 1 and a half full revolutions till I run out of space) I live on a steep hill so outside is no good and I'm not confident enough to take it far from home to practice in the open redface.

I'm able to free mount about 4 in 10 biggrin but I have to role back as I balance best with my right foot forward rolleyes.

cos I did a lot of mountain biking when I was younger I actually find it easer to hop around holding the seat ubbloco I can idle for about 30 seconds without needing to hop sideways smile

my forward back balance is fine just struggling with the left right balance yet redface. I can just about cross the room without having to use the fire-place for balance still weaving from side to side with each pedal stroke yet redface

So just have to find a quiet flat space to try this straight line stuff smile smile.

Cheers for the inspiration of this thread hug


before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

Delete

pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:try tennis courts or astro turf pitches- very good for practicing, and have surrounding fencing to hold on to Usually they are pretty isolated too. I'm just a bout getting it now, can't belive how long its taken, rode for a good 4 or 5 metres without holding on the other day, was very happy!

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delete

MrConfused
BRONZE Member since Jan 2002

MrConfused

addict
Location: I wish I knew, United Kingdom

Total posts: 529
Posted:One week?? eek Blimey, you're a fast learner!
I found constantly reminding myself to put as much weight as possible on the saddle helped with the wobble when peddling.

Tennis courts/astroturf sounds like a great place to practice. When I finally got up the courage to ride around in public I was using a car park. The obvious disadvantage of this being the cars moving around. Still, taught me to turn pretty fast!

Feeling lazy now. Right, I'm going to go and nail idling tomorrow! Either that or practice for half an hour, realise I'm not getting very far and go watch the circus (moscow state is in town bounce).

Good luck with it all, it's such a good feeling when you can confidently ride without much danger of falling off!


J hug


If you're not confused, you're not thinking about things hard enough.

Delete

JauntyJames
SILVER Member since Dec 2004

JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA

Total posts: 3533
Posted:In the process of joining the club, ordering my uni next weekend. I can hardly wait! Bring on the bruises.

-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"

Delete

Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

veteran
Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:did my first bit outside yesterday am now very brused in unspeakabul places bet my best was about 100m or so. but mostly only about 20 to 50 m

before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

Delete

pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:OK, getting very fustrated now, why can't I do this?

I've been practicing for about 2 months about 3 times a week and don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. (apart from the floor). So far I can fide about 4/5metres at the very most unaided (only happened once or twice). and ride for a air distance with someone walking next to me, holding my hand. Thats it. frown I can pedal quite smoothly but just seem to fall off whenever I don't hold on to something. I seem to be falling fowards and a bit to my right most of the time. I need advice (and a bit of encouragement please!) wink


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delete

MrConfused
BRONZE Member since Jan 2002

MrConfused

addict
Location: I wish I knew, United Kingdom

Total posts: 529
Posted:It does take time. Looking back in this thread, it was a good two months before I managed anything more than a few metres. Keep at it!! And have a hug!

Some things I have found helpful (some of which are already in this thread, I'm sure):
Sit up as straight as possible, buttocks clenched, stomach in, chest out.
Look up! Try to focus somewhere on the horizon
Put as much weight as you can on your saddle rather than the peddles. This stops the side to side wobbles.
Avoid cycling with anyone helping you. The more used to having someone there you are, the harder it is when they're not there.
Listen to some music whilst practicing. Makes it harder to get frustrated, you'll keep at it for longer.

It does seem to have a very steep initial learning curve, but if you're managing a few metres unaided now, things should progress reasonbly quickly.

J


If you're not confused, you're not thinking about things hard enough.

Delete

JauntyJames
SILVER Member since Dec 2004

JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA

Total posts: 3533
Posted:Woo! My unicycle arrived yesterday, and it is an incredably large quantity of fun. I named her -... which is interesting to pronounce. I managed to get about three and a half meters at one point this morning. I'm going to have sooo much fun this summer.



My friend Thom got me all paranoid because he told me that the drummer from Green Day lost one of his family jewels in a tragic unicycling accident. Didn't help that I was listending to Dookie in my CD player at the time.

EDITED_BY: sparkey! (1118938549)


-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"

Delete

Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Total posts: 1530
Posted:i baught a trials unicycle and its beautiful, the only bad thing is i cant ride it, cuz i'm shite



as said in this thread before i am going to stick at it and try not to go running back to my sticks and socks, hopefully in about month i should be able to ride the damn thing



*runs off to order some aerotechs*


I like Languages.

Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug.gif" alt="" />

Delete

Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

veteran
Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:woot woot went all the way round the park this evening with both left and right turns am feeling quite controlled and relaxed at times now although for some bizarre reason iv lost my ability to idle seem to have traded going forward for staying still. free mounting is essential foe any serous progression as soon as I had got that down you can just set of from your last UPD without having to look for something solid to hold onto.

so now my plan is to start riding to work (only on the early shifts less people)


before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

Delete

Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Total posts: 1530
Posted:lucky b*stard

i'm getting worse, i tried again today and was mostly doing very sh** going like half a full pedal rotation most of the time

HEEEELLLLLLPP


I like Languages.

Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug.gif" alt="" />

Delete

Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

veteran
Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:humm I spent my first week in my room getting one only once or twice a day and standing their holding on to the fire place just getting the feeling of rocking back and forward on the bike with my feet in all sorts of different positions. this will give you a feel of balance my first time out side was so crap did lots of falling of but once you can do 10 m or so the rest comes on pretty quickly



read all of this thread mrConfused and pk gave some great tips that helped me lots


before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

Delete

HeadSwim
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

HeadSwim

...curiously lost
Location: at my PC....obviously!, United...

Total posts: 580
Posted:Hi all smile

Was wanting to get a unicycle (but not to spend too much) and was looking at them on eBay today.......however I found this thread and having seen the comments about crap uni's on here I thought I would ask for some advice before buying.

I was going to bid on the following :-

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2904&item=7165120276&rd=1
br>
Any advice on this would be appreciated smile

Laters,

Budgie devil


Nothing is easy.......until you can do it! biggrin

Delete

Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

veteran
Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:eeeeek eek no not that one I'm currently the high bidder biggrin I am jules931blue ubbrollsmile(or at least my mum is she has the e bay account redface)
but it is the same as the one I already have got it from the same company it has done me proud as a beginners one all I did was changed the pedals wink

I'm sure some of the more experienced riders will tell you its crap but I love mine has held together and is very comfy. hug

that shop puts a few up a week just hang round for a cheep one I paid 20 for the last one.

I put a bid on any under 10 in the hope it may slip under the net and I get it cheap they usually go for about 20 +10 postage so 30 in all some may say that is over the odds but I thought it was a good price


before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

Delete

HeadSwim
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

HeadSwim

...curiously lost
Location: at my PC....obviously!, United...

Total posts: 580
Posted:lol oops sorry Mint! Had my eye on that one as it finishes in the middle of the day = not many bidder!! Was thinking of maybe bidding on the 2 ending tonight but if ya think they are going a bit expensive I may have to get into a bidding war with ya! wink



So anyways what ya after another one for if ya already have one? smile Think ya should let me get it nice and cheep so I can get hooked biggrin


Nothing is easy.......until you can do it! biggrin

Delete

Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

veteran
Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:awww but I want 2 biggrin

ok ok tell you what dont bid on it unless I get out bid if I do go for it if I get it I will happily give them your address to post it to if you send me a check

I dont like withdrawing bids make you look bad on e bay

you have my word if I win it for under 11.50 my max bid its yours smile


before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

Delete

HeadSwim
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

HeadSwim

...curiously lost
Location: at my PC....obviously!, United...

Total posts: 580
Posted:Awww cheers m8 hug2

Its deal then, I'll keep my eye on it tom as I'm off work and if anyone gets in a higher bid than you I'll stick my own on. If you win the bidding u get the nice star and I'll send ya the cash (paypal, cheque etc) and you can get em to deliver it here. I'll PM you my addy if you win the item.

Laters dude hug


Nothing is easy.......until you can do it! biggrin

Delete

JauntyJames
SILVER Member since Dec 2004

JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA

Total posts: 3533
Posted:Ya know, there's a separate thread for ebay unicycles.

http://www.homeofpoi.com/ubbthreads/show...5/o/all/fpart/1
br>
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this one's just for advise on tricks and whatnot.


-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"

Delete

HeadSwim
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

HeadSwim

...curiously lost
Location: at my PC....obviously!, United...

Total posts: 580
Posted:Sorry, but ya know if ya read my first post I was asking for advice....and earlier than that PK said if anyone wants advice on an eBay Uni then post up the link....which is what I did.

Nothing is easy.......until you can do it! biggrin

Delete

Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

veteran
Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:iv been out bid dont go higher than 20

before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

Delete

[Nx?]
BRONZE Member since Nov 2001

[Nx?]

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both

Total posts: 3749
Posted:Hello!!!!

reviving this old thread because....

I need Heeeeelllp!

been riding a week, going forward, no probs, freemounting, not bad, works sometimes.

Idling is really getting me down!!!

any tips for side to side ballance, and to stop migrating across the floor?

been at idling for 3 days constantly and not got more than 4 rocks...

okokok, Ill go practice some more....

unicycling is freaking cool tho, big up the one wheeled posse!

T wave


This is a post by tom, all spelling is deleberate
-><- Kallisti

Delete

onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3252
Posted:Keep practicing; have patience.



Most find idling a difficult skill to acquire- it sounds like you're making good progress.



After months of haphazard intermittent practice at idling, based on using supports (walls etc), I progressed quickly when I forced myself to get away from supports, and freemounting, then just going for it.



For side to side balance- it's a matter of manouvering the wheel underneath you on the side you've over balanced on.


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

Delete

[Nx?]
BRONZE Member since Nov 2001

[Nx?]

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both

Total posts: 3749
Posted:yo,

thanks dave, I been getting a little further with it, bit of trouble deciding when to move the wheel under you when idling, but ive decided to try and correct on the 'backward' stroke, seems to be aworking a bit

cycled 8 miles over the last 2 days, and today I cycled about 2 miles without dismounting!

woot woot!!

T wave


This is a post by tom, all spelling is deleberate
-><- Kallisti

Delete

pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:Thats so unfair, tried to learn to unicycle for over 6 months, and still can't do it without support. I've given up for now.

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delete

onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3252
Posted:pricklyleaf- post some details, you may get some useful tips

1. what do you use for support?

2. what's going wrong when you try to ride without support?


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

Delete

[Nx?]
BRONZE Member since Nov 2001

[Nx?]

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both

Total posts: 3749
Posted:yo,

yeah, see if you can fnd a coridor to practice in, and just try getting a little distance without touching the walls...

im lucky cos i got a row of sheep pens that have railings at hand height, perfect for learning.

on the subject of Idling, I think im getting somewhere, I think (and I could be wrong) but it gets better if you make longer movements of the wheel.

I had a LOT of perseverance in order to learn even going forward prickle, so dont get too down. hug

T wave


This is a post by tom, all spelling is deleberate
-><- Kallisti

Delete

hexagonic


hexagonic

Clubbles Jugs
Location: Manchester

Total posts: 1687
Posted:Written by: [Nx?
] I had a LOT of perseverance in order to learn even going forward prickle, so dont get too down. hug







Yep, 6 weeks practising every day for me to go further than 3 foot. I found trying on dry grass helped a bit when i started, as did going up a vary slight hill - i was more inclined to lean forward than if i was going down a shallow hill. Then after that caught on fine.



Make sure seat is right height prickle. Unicycling impossible/100times harder if seat is wrong height hug


ah wah wah wah a wah wah

Delete

onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3252
Posted:Always worth mentioning what the correct height is with a tip like that smile

Correct height is similar to that on bikes, ie when the seat is in position, and the pedal as far from the seat as it can be, putting your foot on that pedal should leave your knee slightly bent.

It's very common for beginners to set the seat way too low (I know I did when learning).

After spending some weeks working with supports, try to get completely away from them- it's the only way.

I know that I spent ages learning th idle using walls for support and getting nowhere.

When I forced myself to abandon all support, it quickly progressed.


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

Delete

hexagonic


hexagonic

Clubbles Jugs
Location: Manchester

Total posts: 1687
Posted:Written by: onewheeldave

When I forced myself to abandon all support, it quickly progressed.


ditto wink smile

Also make sure shoelaces are tied away - i had a nasty accident once when one of my bows got caught on one of the pedals frown


ah wah wah wah a wah wah

Delete

pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:Yes, definately got the seat the right height, things out of the way etc, I know a lot of very experienced unicyclists. I'm fine if I have someone walking alongside me (just one person), holding their hand, but as soon as I try to launch myself off the wall, I can sometimes get a couple of pedals in before falling off. I even went through a period of practicing every day for an hour, and still made no progress. I think part of the problem is I'm too scared. I know I'm going to land on my feet and not hurt myself, but I still have that barrier. If I'm riding alongside a wall, I can do it perfectly smoothly (according to said experienced unicyclists), and sometimes can even let go for significant distances before reaching the end of the room, but I've been at this stage for a loooooong time. Like say I think its more of a physcological barrier, but i can't see myself overcoming it anytime soon, despite the fact I've really tried. Plus its very fustrating for newbies to come to the juggling club, get on the unicycle for the first time and by the end of the night, be able to ride it. It's got to the point of being embarrasing.

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delete

Page: 12345...9

Similar Topics

Using the keywords [unicycle progression] we found the following similar topics.
1. Forums > Unicycle progression [251 replies]
2. Learn > Unicycle > Beginner Steps > How to Unicycle *help/resource
3. Forums > Buying a unicycle [11 replies]
4. Forums > Freedom Revolution Unicycle Tour - For Charity
5. Forums > Big unicycle wheel... [5 replies]

     Show more..