Imagine shredding down some of the world’s most dangerous peaks—all on one wheel. Lutz Eichholz is a professional mountain unicyclist taking the unicycle to places it’s never been. His passion for downhill riding has taken him around the world, taking on mountains across five continents. For Eichholz, there’s nothing quite as spectacular as seeing the world from the seat of a unicycle.
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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.
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Unicycle Top 10's - Easiest Tricks
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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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How to Ride a Unicycle: Basics
Unicycling in public & free mounting - Learning to Unicycle EP4
Making these unicycle videos was supposed to be simple. Set up a camera, practice for 30 minutes, and post it. But life has a nasty habit of getting in the way. Somehow, it’s been over a week since I posted a video.
At that time, I got the hang of riding around, and was determined to learn to mount the unicycle without support, known as free mounting.
So to get back on track, I set an ambitious but attainable goal for myself this evening: Ride to the park a half mile away, learn to free mount, and then ride home.
It’s raining, but no excuses. So, to the park.
Yeah, riding a unicycle with a selfie stick. For some reason I don’t feel embarrassed; if all of you guys are watching me then what’s another few hundred.
I’ve come a long way from the first time I got up on the unicycle. I don’t use nearly as much energy, and I more or less feel comfortable riding around and turning. Since I can’t free mount though, I need to find a pole or a fence every time I get back on. Which is annoying. So I decided to learn free mounting today no matter what. Track standing can come later.
I was going to practice up there, but this guy seems like he’s down on his luck. The least I could do it not unicycle next to him with a selfie stick while he sleeps.
Like everything, I’m doing this the hard way and figuring it out myself. My strategy is to push down with my dominant foot, hop myself into a stable position, and start pedaling.
For some reason, I get up and then crash instantly. This should just take some repetition. And success!
And to make sure that wasn’t a fluke, I set one more goal: Free mount, ride across this grassy clearing, and ride down this tiny staircase into the mulch.
Yeah, I’m offroading now!
I’d say today was pretty successful so far, so to finish up, I’ll try free mounting with the selfie stick in my hand.
Now to ride home and get something to drink.
Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.
Unicycle on huge chimney in Targu Jiu
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Chimney at CET Târgu Jiu, 256 meters (840 feet)
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GoPro: Unicycling Moab
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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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Uninam: Unicycling through Vietnam
A bunch of us did a unicycle tour through Vietnam in 2008
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Rockville Hills MUNI [CRZY Mountain Unicycling]
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Unicycle science - Why so many wheel sizes?
The unicycle is a pretty simple device: a seat, some pedals, a crank and a wheel. You wouldn't really think that the idea of gears plays a role in unicycles. In reality the combination of the wheel size and crank size creates a gear. In unicycling they call this concept the total gear ratio. We wanted to discuss this concept, and introduce you to how different wheel sizes actually change what you're able to do on a unicycle.
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Extreme Unicycling - Downhill In Bikepark Bad Wildbad
Some unicycle downhill riding on the IXS track in Bad Wildbad. Filmed in April 2010 to test a new camera.
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Extreme Unicycling - Street, Downhill & Flatland | The Pöham Brothers, Ep. 1
You're about to see something really special - three brothers with half a bike and twice the talent.
Watch them do everything from street trials to downhill unicycling and everything in between, with grace and ease.
Since we are three brothers we have always developed similar interests. In a small village named Oberhofen in Austria-Tirol we started unicycling in 2006 and soon it ran into an extreme direction: riding down a mountain, hitting handrails, and even balancing on a bridge parapet several meters high - this became everyday life.
Having two brothers on your side, who motivate you to do crazy things, contributes a lot to your level of riding.
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Athletes: Lorenz, Raphael, and Elias Pöham also known as THE PÖHAM BROTHERS.
Extreme Unicycling - Street, Downhill & Flatland | The Pöham Brothers, Ep. 1
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