How to Ride a Unicycle
If you want to learn how to ride a unicycle, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about ride a unicycle. A unicycle is a human-powered, single-track vehicle with one wheel. Unicycles resemble bicycles, but are less complex. Unicycling is a recreational sport that has many diverse disciplines. Traditional activities include freestyle, touring, racing, riding in parades, and team sports such as hockey and basketball. The modern disciplines, which are now the most popluar, are the extreme riding styles including mountain, street, and trials unicycling.
Easy Steps to Ride a Unicycle
Below are simple steps to learn how to ride a unicycle. Go step by step, and check your progress.
- Things you will need
Shin guards if you need them
Gloves ( If you are doing tricks )
- Unicycling is generally not dangerous, it has front and back orientation, like a horse or bicycle, but as with any physical activity, such as riding a bike, expect to fall every now and again, especially while learning. Use a Railing to put your hand on, so as to balance you while you put your foot on the higher pedal, much like when mounting a bike, and press down.
- Place to begin - Look for a space clear of objects that might obstruct you, flat and hard surface with a handrail or fence that you can grasp for quick suppor. It should be smooth and level as any pebble or dip can knock you off when you are learning. Baskekball and school yards are enough to begin. If you are lucky to have a juggling or unicycling club in your area they generally have appropriate space in a hall or gym and can also help you learn to ride.
- Keep your other foot on the ground, while you mount on the saddle. Hold on to the wall while you place the other foot on the pedal. Push down and balance yourself. You have to push forward not just down on the high pedal. If you push down and not forward, nothing will happen or you will go backward. The pedals should be marked “L” and”R” for the left and right foot, respectively. Your unicycle is at proper height if your leg is practically straight as its pedal reaches the lowest point in its trajectory.
- -Stand with both feet flat on the ground, legs apart. Now put the seat between your legs.
-Turn one pedal in the 4:00 position. Step onto this pedal. Unicyle is different from a bicycle, where you step on the forward pedal.
-Hold on to the fence or handrail or anything helpful.
-Step onto the forward pedal. As you step up the wheel will rotate 1/4-turn backwards. You should now be on the seat with the wheel underneath you.
-Pedal backwards 1/4 turn to get your feet horizontal (this gets you out of the "dead spot" when your cranks are vertical). You are now ready to go forwards.
-Reach forward and grab hold further along the rail. Lean forward slightly while pedaling slowly. Pause when your feet are horizontal again.
-Take it one "step" at a time: from horizontal feet with your left foot forward to horizontal feet with your right foot forward. Its just like learning to walk. Make sure you are sitting up straight.
-Build up from one step at a time to two steps, then three steps. Try to hold the rail less and less until it is only needed for occasional balance correction.
Soon you'll only need the rail to mount your unicycle and shortly after you'll be riding without using it at all.
- How to get on a Unicycle
The next stage of learning is to be able to get on the unicycle without holding on to anything or anyone else. This is called a free mount. There are two basic techniques for free mounting.
You stay still, the wheel moves.
-Place your first foot on the nearest pedal at about 4.00 o'clock (this varies slightly with size of wheel, bigger the wheel the lower the pedal) with the seat in position.
-Apply weight to the pedal, the unicycle will then move underneath you until the pedal is at the bottom (6.00 o'clock) and the frame is vertical.
-Place the second foot on the other pedal which will be at the top and apply a backwards motion. This makes the wheel move backwards about 1/4 turn. All of this should be done in a smooth action with the shoulders staying almost still.
-Fall / topple / lean slightly forward and start to pedal forwards to bring the unicycle back underneath you again.
-You move and the wheel stays still.
-Place your foot on the nearest pedal at about 3 o'clock with your seat in position.
Step up with your other foot as if stepping up on to a step... but placing as little weight on the rear pedal as possible.
-As you move forward it often helps to push the saddle forward slightly to keep the cranks horizontal where you want them. This can be done relatively slowly and does not need to executed rapidly. The pedals should stay horizontal during the whole of this exercise.
When you are on top of the unicycle and the pedals are horizontal you will be ready to ride off. Lean forward to get some forwards momentum. This tends to be better for the rider who is a "go for it" learner.
Tip: place the rear of the wheel against a curb so that it can not rotate backwards. This alleviates one part of the process as the curb will keep the wheel still. This is the better mount to learn because it allows you to get on in a variety of situations that may not allow for the slight backwards motion of the first type of mount (for example, on rough ground).
Practice makes perfect, don't hesistate to practice to achieve the desired goal. Try to combine the steps above with the video below in order to obtain the most information about how to ride a unicycle.
How to Ride a Unicycle Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Ride a Unicycle.
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