: 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.
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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