Intro: Unicycling- Introduction and the Basics
Unicycling is fun and for everyone. While only a few people can ride it, it can intrigue many. As the word suggests Uni, one, Cycle, wheeled transport, a one wheeled means of transport. While people may think of clowns in a circus that is not the case. People don"t know if it is fun, weird, or cool. I think that some people may change their book cover judgments, after they "read" into the sport. To aid your discovery of unicycling, riding styles will be discussed along with some basics required to learn.
Step 1: Types of Riding
There are many different styles including Freestyle, Trials, Street, and Mountain. Freestyle, or flatland are essentially tricks. There are many such as Uni-spins, one footing, wheel walking, and riding backwards. The next kind is Trials which is jumping onto, and off things of great height. The next style is Street which combines elements of Freestyle, Trials, and then some. There are grinds, hops, and spins in this style. The final kind of Unicycling is Mountain, which is similar to trials, but with a different objective, getting down the mountain in one piece! Besides the riding styles there are many sports you can play on a unicycle. The main sports are basketball, jousting, hockey, and polo. These sports can be very interesting especially with skilled riders.
Step 2: Getting a Unicycle
To learn how to ride first one must acquire a unicycle. You can buy them online at http://www.unicycle.com. I would suggest this unicycle to a first timing unicyclist Sun 20". If you are willing to invest a bit more, The Nimbus ISIS is a very good unicycle, and will not break on you! It is better because It has an ISIS spline drive. This means the cranks are less likely to become loose or break the hub. I strongly recommend it if you A. Plan on jumping down stuff or B. weigh over 150 pounds. If you want a higher quality unicycle, but you cannot spend two hundred, go with a torker. Not ISIS, but the 48 spokes makes it strong as well. You can also get a unicycle through a local bike shop. I recommend checking the size and if it is right for you. When the pedals are vertical your leg should be slightly bent. Ask the Salesman to adjust the seat to your level, or if you buy it have them cut the seat post, this should be free. I also STRONGLY recommend a helmet when learning and riding. The best kind is the skate type, which although not as much venting as a bike helmet, its safer. While your there, check out the leg protection. This will save your legs from painful "pedal bites" (when a pedal slams into your shin or calf). you have some choices, but 661 or Kris Holms are the best. in my opinion. 661Kris holm
Step 3: Ride
First get the unicycle pedals in an 11 O"clock and 5 O"clock position. Place the unicycle between your legs. Put your hand on a fence, or rail for support. Place your foot on the 5 O"clock pedal, and slowly step up onto the unicycle. Congratulations! You"ve just mounted the unicycle! Now with your hand still on the wall pedal forward. Do this until you feel comfortable with riding along the wall. Try taking your hands off the wall, and putting them back. Now Just practice, practice, practice and you will learn how to ride.
Step 4: Enter the Extreme
For learning to the extreme first I recommend learning how to hop. Get the pedals horizontal and pretend the unicycle is a pogo stick with the front of the seat as your handle. After you get this, you can test different skills. An excellent website is http://www.unicyclist.com/ which has advice on products, skills, and unicycling in general. As a final note, I would like to welcome you into the exciting world of unicycling, and hope that after reading this instructible I have inspired you to go out and try a unicycle
Step 5: PRACTICE
decide what you want to do. Unicyclist is a great resource for tips, tricks, news, and advice. My name is Vanpaun on there and I will be glad to help you. This can also be a great mode of transport. A 36 inch unicycle can reach speeds in excess of 20mph, allowing a fun, cool way to your next destination,
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Step 6: Definitions
UPD= Unplanned dismount
SI= seat in
SIF= seat in front
Any other words, just ask!