Should I bag it?

Should I bag it?

Post by Dr. Patricia C. Rya » Wed, 28 Jun 1995 04:00:00


I am 48 and have tried for 3 years to master the unicycle.  I have just
about killed myself.  Since I have two small children, should I just hang
it up or is there a printed resource I can use to learn.

   Patricia C. Ryan, Ph.D.
   Director, Grants and Sponsored Research
   Room G 22-A    Stevenson Library
   Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania  17745

 
 
 

Should I bag it?

Post by Phillip Burge » Wed, 28 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
> I am 48 and have tried for 3 years to master the unicycle.  I have just
> about killed myself.  Since I have two small children, should I just hang
> it up or is there a printed resource I can use to learn.

Wait 'til the kids are old enough, then use 'em for balance!  :-)

But seriously, maybe you can find some help among the articles at the
Unicycling Home Page ( http://nimitz.mcs.kent.edu/~bkonarsk/ ).
There's also a popular book on the subject called, I think, "The
Unicycling Book", that you should be able to find at any decent library.

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Should I bag it?

Post by Beirne Konars » Thu, 29 Jun 1995 04:00:00


: I am 48 and have tried for 3 years to master the unicycle.  I have just
: about killed myself.  Since I have two small children, should I just hang
: it up or is there a printed resource I can use to learn.

Here are the instructions from the FAQ.  Most published methods are variations
of this approach.

Beirne
------------------------------------------------------------

    4. How do you learn to ride?

       This comes from a posting by Robert

       I am a big proponent of the getting friends to help school. I do
       not like falling down!

       I learned by the MIT Unicycle Club method:

         1. Get two friends to stand on either side of you and get up on
            the unicycle with your arms around their shoulders.

         2. Sit up straight; look straight ahead; weight on seat, not on
            pedals. Rock the pedals to get a sense of balance. Get the
            pedals level; this is when you are in control.

         3. Pedal half turns then stop. Then full turns, two turns, etc.
            Doing multiples of half turns (from pedals level to pedals
            level again) is harder than continuously pedaling, but keeps
            you in control.

         4. Switch to holding on to your friends' wrists.

         5. Switch to holding on to one friend's wrist.

         6. Go off and use a wall instead of your one friend. (If you
            can't find a wall and a flat surface to ride on then continue
            with one friend, but let go as much as you can. Ed.)

   Steps 1-5 should not take more than an hour (perhaps in 10 minute
       sessions). The thing I liked about learning this way is that I
       never hurt myself in the process. I have used this technique to
       teach a couple of dozen people.

       For some people, the get on, fall off do-it-yourself cycle works
       best. It's a matter of personality!

    5. Is unicycling dangerous?

       As dangerous as you want it to be. The vast majority of falls
       leave the rider on their feet, as dismounting is a skill learned
       while learning to ride. Most falls occur for just a few reasons:
       excessive speed, exhaustion, lack of attention to the road, and
       learning new tricks. The rider can control all of these factors to
       their desired comfort and safety level.

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Should I bag it?

Post by Eric A. Gebha » Thu, 29 Jun 1995 04:00:00


|> I am 48 and have tried for 3 years to master the unicycle.  I have just
|> about killed myself.  Since I have two small children, should I just hang
|> it up or is there a printed resource I can use to learn.

Someone else already posted the FAQ location....
I'd just like to say hang in there.  It's so much fun when you get the hang
of it.

How did you hurt yourself?

Have you tried riding along a wall or fence?  How about getting a person on
each side for you to push against?

Or the 3 wheeled cart idea sounds great if it is tall enough.

Always try to keep your arms up and out no matter what you use for stability.

Faster is easier!  --- not too fast though - if you hit a bump you'll have to
pedal faster to get the wheel caught up to you.  or hit the ground running.

Keep trying,  It really is a safe sport.

Eric