She's only gone and bought me a.....

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by david k, 26 Dec 2017.

  1. david k

    david k Hi

    North West
    Unicycle! Yes Father Christmas brought me a unicycle

    Posted on the beginners section as I am a beginner at unicycling, any others post on here, any tips?

    I've tried a few times but it's tricky, really tricky. One wheel short of my usual cycling!
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  2. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

    Start off with some stabilisers ? ^_^
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  3. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Shin pads actually. I spent some time many years ago trying to ride one. The pedal used to whack me on the shin. I eventually gave it up as beyond me. Have fun!
  4. pawl

    pawl Veteran

    Check your life insurance.
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  5. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Sounds great fun!

    I wanted to try unicycling before my last big birthday and my colleagues sent me to a group in Rochdale that teach circus skills. I had one lesson and said I was going to go back but I didn't because it took me so long to get there.
    Anyway, I managed to get across the room by the end of the session but still stayed close to the handrail they had against the wall. I remember that I was told to forget everything I'd learnt about balancing on a bike with 2 wheels. Instead, look straight ahead and imagine that I was walking.
    So find a smooth bit of path somewhwere where there is a wall or fence that you can put one hand on. It might be a while before you can stay upright, let alone move forwards, but you will suddenly find yourself actually moving.
    Making me want another go!
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  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Make sure you carry a spare wheel
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  8. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    And of course, with unicycles being 'fixies' by the very nature of their design, makes control a whole new thinking level. ^_^
  9. OP
    david k

    david k Hi

    North West
    Thanks for all the replies

    Yes it sooo different, I keep wacking my ankle! I'm tall and I think the seat is too low, I may try to get some kind of extension, or take a few inches of my legs :smile:

    Being a fixie feels odd, my brain isn't sending the right signals yet, I did read it would take at least 15 hours of riding before you get anything like the hang of it, and you should do it in small chunks, that's my thoughts at the moment
    Last edited: 26 Dec 2017
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  10. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    I can fall of a two wheel bike... Good luck fella!
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  11. xzenonuk

    xzenonuk Senior Member

    congrats :biggrin: please please give us a video of your first attempt to ride it :biggrin:
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  12. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Has it got a front of fear brake?
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  13. OP
    david k

    david k Hi

    North West
    Still looking for the brakes, I'm currently using my shoulder and head along the floor to stop me :smile:
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  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    She probably already has ;)
  15. Last edited: 27 Dec 2017
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