Hi one and all - thought I would pop this on line as these few things I have discovered in my uni practice sessions have made a world of difference to my competence and move into enjoying the riding I do as opposed to a constant battle with the one wheeled beast.
To follow are just a couple of hints and tips that have helped me to become free from the dreaded wall and get out onto the open road.
I know you guys and girls don't want a load of bla bla and waffle but I do just want to say that nothing here is in any way meant to disrespect those great folks on Youtube and other resources that helped me so much when I decided to to take up unicycling - Megan Rouch and good ole Unigeezer to name just two (my hero's).
The thing is this - I have found that tutorials by really great riders can miss the subtle things that really slow ya progress - only because - when ya know how to do something - wellllll ya just kinda do it, not think so much - you know what I mean.
OK, off we go.
Oh yeah!!! - no laughing at what I am wearing and the dodgy duds, plus the look of an old Quasimodod - it was cold, I need a shave and I suffer from extreme spontaneity - meaning when I get an urge I just gotta do it or try it - - jeez I look like the fella off SAW - just before he dies - ho hum.
Step 1: OK - -
Most of this instructable centers around the picture you see and how much progress ya can make by buying/using an adjustable walking pole/stick.
Try the usual practice to get ya started against a wall,fence or many of the other tutorial methods, they all work great - but if you keep finding ya just cannot master free mounting or want to be riding and enjoying doing so without needing to be near a wall or curb this little fella will SET YOU FREE - no really - you'll see.
Practice mounting with the stick and soon you will be hopping up onto cycles large or small (36ers maybe not - dunno) - your just one step away from free mounting and your confidence will take such a boost.
Unicycling is a crazy sport - what other is easier to do (riding) but mounting sooo bloomin frustrating - the stick gives you a starting point no matter where you are - no curbs, no walls and once ya get the hang of it no one else needed for that helping hand - - off ya go - as far as you want - you can step on and off as many times as ya need, get right back on again and be on your way - once your doing this the distance you cover will grow really quickly - once your riding and starting to enjoy it ya wonder what all the fuss was about and anything else (mounting,going up and down curbs etc etc) is just other stuff to try out and practice - your riding - your doing it .
Following on from above - your probably thinking "riding while holding a cane is hard" - nope! and it has other benefits - you'll see.
Get sore nuts when practicing - mount up with the cane - be stable - arrange yourself - - ok lets go.
Put your pedals in a good starting position - mount up - take your time.
A truly brill thing about this aid that might mean ya decide to keep it no matter how good you become is - - your riding along, come to a point where ya want to stop (road junction,have a rest,look at something,talk to someone) - you can slow right down - put the stick back onto the road/floor and just stop! and stand - no need to idle, that will come, no need to put your feet down unless you want to - plus if you do want to dismount and your not really happy about that part yet, you are stopped,stable and in control.