How to ride a unicycle - 10 tips
Growing up, my sister had a unicycle. She didn't know how to ride it and neither did I. As far as we knew, it was completely impossible to ride. Fast forward about 20 years, and i now know how to ride a unicycle. I learned in about an hour. Maybe I’m more coordinated now, or maybe I have an easier time wrapping my head around the concept. Maybe I just have a longer attention span. Whatever the reason, I only learned to ride recently, so the learning process is still fresh in my mind. Here are the ten key things that I learned.
First of all, forget free mounting. That's when you try to start riding without holding on to something. This is for after you learn how to balance on a unicycle, so save it for later. Wasting your time on free mounting before you can ride will only hold you back.
Second, forget about idling. That's when you kinda rock back and forth to stand in place. I still haven't learned how to do this, but I couldn’t imagine it being the first thing I learned. Riding forwards and staying up will be your first goal.
Third, adjust the seat at a medium height, not all the way up like you would on a bike. This will allow you to move around a bit and keep your balance. It’ll also be a little easier on your—parts.
Fourth, keep the tires at a medium pressure. Of course you don't want them super mushy, but you also don't want them rock solid like a road bike. This delays the movements of the unicycle slightly and makes it easier to balance on.
Fifth, find a wide open area with something to hold on to. This hockey rink is where I learned to stay up, as there's plenty of space and a barrier for support. The space must be sufficiently large because you’re going to be going all over the place once you learn to stay up.
Sixth, scoot along a fence or wall, holding on. This helps you get comfortable sitting on the unicycle and pealing. As you scoot along, try to direct yourself away from the wall and attempt to stay up. This is something you’ll need to do repeatedly to finally learn.
Seventh, keep your eyes straight ahead. You'll have a natural tendency to look down, but that'll only make you fall down instantly. Imagine how disorienting it would be to run while looking straight down. Runners look straight ahead and so do unicyclists.
Number 8: Flail your arms around to keep your balance. Someone told me this in the comments of a video and I thought they were kidding. Your arms will be key in keeping your balance when you first start out, and as dumb as it looks, it works. As you get more comfortable you can ride along with your hands at your side, but this might take a little time.
Number 9: Lean forwards. The unicycle should be tilted in the direction you want to ride. By pedaling forwards you keep the unicycle from falling over. This takes some commitment at first, and maybe even some time to wrap your head around, but it’s the key to actually making some distance. If you throw your weight too far forwards you can always just step off on to the ground. It’s when you don’t lean forwards that you end up falling off the back and getting hurt.
Number 10: Hold your back straight. If you’re flopping around everywhere, you’re not going to be able to hold your balance. This is one of the reasons unicycling is such a good core workout. Your torso is your center of gravity, which your arms, legs, and unicycle will move around to stay balanced.
Now that you know these ten tips, you should be up and riding within an hour or two. If you practice for a while and get nowhere, put it down and try again the next day. Riding a unicycle is a matter of learning to stay up through trial and error, and then doing it enough times to burn it into your brain. Just like riding a bike, you’ll never forget how.
Beginner Unicycling - UNIQUEST - Level 1
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Extreme Mountain Unicycling
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Stephanie Dietze and Lutz Eichholz unicycling down a 3011m high mountain in the dolomites. Every meter off the descent challenged the athletes to there limits and mistakes where often not allowed to be sure not to fall down big cliffs or slopes.
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Downhill Unicycling Mount Damavand Iran
After three years of planning and over 10 years of extreme unicycling Lutz Eichholz succeeds in the unicycle descent of the 5671m high Damavand in iran. Despite enormous problems with the high attitude, injuries in the team and weather fluctuations between 40° and -7° celsius Lutz Eichholz succeded in the record breaking mountain descent. Never before has a unicyclist attempted to descend such a high mountain. „at some points I felt so bad that I thought I would have to give up. However, this project is so important to me that I managed to push my limits further than expected“.
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Can You Learn To Ride A Unicycle In A Day?
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Mountain Unicycling Spring 2020
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New Mountain Cycle day? - Learning To Unicycle EP1
If there's one thing I've learned about cycling in general, it's that practicing multiple disciplines makes you a better rider. Even road riding can teach you about energy management and cadence, skills that are very useful in mountain biking. Here on this channel, we've seen first hand how skills learned in BMX and trials can translate well to mountain biking.
I've been thinking a lot about this, and I figured it was time to learn something totally new. What could I try that would force me to learn something radically different?
Say hello to my new, Nimbus Oracle, a 27+ mountain unicycle with a hydraulic disc brake. Talk about overkill. This unicycle is badass.
Now most cyclists have tried a unicycle at some point. That experience usually only lasts a few minutes, during which time there's a lot of falling and no progression. That is an accurate summary of my unicycle experience up until now. I've never owned one, I've never spent considerable time with one, and I most certainly have not learned how to ride a unicycle.
A few weeks back I reached out to Unicycle.com and told them I wanted to learn how to ride. Lucky for me they were already fans of the channel, and were very excited about my idea. Without their help I may have ended up with the unicycle equivalent of a Walmart bike. I think it's more interesting and relevant that we do this on a mountain unicycle because eventually I can take it out on the trails. Even if you have no interest in unicycling, this series at its very core is about learning how to learn.
In this learning to unicycle series, we'll follow my progression from learning to ride, to getting out there in the dirt and mud. Eventually, I hope to do all sorts of sketchy stuff on this thing. I don't know how long this will take, but I'll be practicing every day for 30 minutes until I learn the basics.
I'm excited to learn something new, and experience the breakthrough moments that only a newbie gets to have. I can't wait to see if any of these skills apply to bicycling, or if unicycling is just too different for any shared skill sets to exist. Finally, I'm excited to find out if I'll enjoy unicycling for its own sake. I've heard that it feels really cool.
If you're not so stoked about this new series, you'll be happy to know that I have a lot of other two wheeled stuff in the works. Still, I urge you to stick with me on this, because I promise this is going to be a lot of fun. If you want to learn along with me, dust off that old unicycle in your basement, or head over to Unicycle.com to see what they have to offer. Besides manufacturing a lot of their own stuff, they're just really cool people in general.
As for me, I've got a whole lot of practicing to do.
Thanks for riding with me today, and I'll see you next time.
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