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    I know there's a few parents out there who've got their kids riding so I have to ask them this question. How old, or should I say how young, were your kids when you taught them to ride?

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    Lori was the first one was in our family to unicycle. She was 9 when she started. It only took about 4 hours for her to learn. The second, Steven, was 5. We started to teach him earlier than that because he had been around unicyclists most of his life. He finally got it when he was 5. They are now 21 and 12 and it's me who rides the most lately.
    Grandchild count now at 2!

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    • #3
      Re: Age to start learning

      Originally posted by todd1814
      How old, or should I say how young, were your kids when you taught them to ride?
      Mine girls are 12, 9 and 5. They all learned last July. Then they were 11 and 8. Both are very good riders now. The 5 year old can ride, but just a straight line for 20 feet or so.

      Therefore, from my limited sample, I would say that 6 or 7 is a great time to learn to ride. BTW, I learned when I was 8 years old.

      Best advice, buy your kids a unicycle, then YOU ride alot. They will want to be like you and will then ask to learn. --chirokid--
      "Other than that, the best maintenance is to keep riding it as this helps to keep the eccentric nut on the saddle in optimal condition." quote by Mikefule

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      • #4
        Something that I'm curious about is, do you bother teaching them to ride a bike? Or do you just go straight to a unicycle?
        Or, if you know how to ride a unicycle, can you jsut ride a bike straight off?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by James_Potter
          do you bother teaching them to ride a bike? Or do you just go straight to a unicycle?
          Or, if you know how to ride a unicycle, can you jsut ride a bike straight off?
          James, my oldest two were already bike riders. My youngest, 5 years old, was not riding a bike.

          Out of my selfishness, I decided to not teach her to bike ride until she learned to unicycle ride. I feel sort of mean about that, but she practices her unicycles several times per/week.

          I wanted her to be able to say, "I could ride a unicycle before I learned to ride a bike!" Am I a bad Father for that? --chirokid--
          "Other than that, the best maintenance is to keep riding it as this helps to keep the eccentric nut on the saddle in optimal condition." quote by Mikefule

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          • #6
            My oldest started at 8 but really didn't become interested until whe was 9 when a neighbor became interested too. They practiced together and in no time were all over the neighborhood.

            My youngest started at a month or so before her sixth birthday. She launched into the abyss while still barely 5.

            They're 12 and 7 now. Levels 5 and 2 respectively.

            Some past threads about kids:

            Teaching the Kids

            Teaching Tips paid off

            First Unicycle for a Child to Learn On

            Teaching Kids how to ride.
            Steve

            Hop Drop & Roll

            “If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your
            shortwave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.” – Homer

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chirokid

              Out of my selfishness, I decided to not teach her to bike ride until she learned to unicycle ride. I feel sort of mean about that, but she practices her unicycles several times per/week.

              I wanted her to be able to say, "I could ride a unicycle before I learned to ride a bike!" Am I a bad Father for that? --chirokid--
              That's just heartless. The nerve. Hope child services doesn't get wind of this.
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              • #8
                So when you taught her to ride a bike, did she learn faster than your other kids did?
                I know some people who are (were) proficient mountain bikers, and it didn't take them long at all to learn to ride a unicycle.

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                • #9
                  My daughter is 6 and started this past Christmas (uni was a gift from me). She practiced a fair amount in January and February and got to the point of a couple rides that were 15 - 20 feet long. She could often ride 5 - 10 feet. Then she lost interest for a while even though I asked her if she wanted to ride often.

                  Just a couple of days ago I asked her to ride a little to show a friend what she could do on it. She loves to show off for people! She did as well if not better than what she could do a month ago even though she hadn't been practicing. The next night she did some more riding and often rode 15 - 20 feet and was turning, stopping and stepping off without dropping the uni. It was a major improvement for her! I would guess she could have rode farther if she had room, but we were in our basement and 20 feet was the max she could ride.

                  So 6 has been a good age for us. My advice is to not push them to ride. Have fun when you ride and gives tons of encouragement and laugh a lot when the little one is riding. Fun, fun, fun!

                  I have a railing that I set up along the wall of my basement and it has been great for her to get used to being on the uni. She has usually taken the initiative to try to ride away from the railing. but we have made a joke out of being a "rail hugger". That has allowed me to casually encourage her to let go more often.

                  Oh yeah, I like the rail for working on idling, one foot idling, still stands, wheel walking (tough!) etc. I am guilty or rail hugging sometimes too!

                  Bill

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                  • #10
                    Re: Age to start learning

                    On Wed, 24 Mar 2004 12:30:40 -0600, "todd1814" wrote:

                    >How old, or should I say how young,
                    >were your kids when you taught them to ride?


                    My daughters were 9 and 11 when they learned riding. The youngest
                    person known to have been riding a unicycle was 18 months old. You may
                    also want to take a look at
                    <www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/agelearn_short.htm>.

                    Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict
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                    • #11
                      I must admit that I haven't taught either of my kids to ride yet, but I plan on teaching my daughter (turned 4 in Feb) as soon as I can get a wheel small enough for her. She's seen me practicing on the coker and wants to have a go herself.

                      Naturally, she wants to ride the coker, even though she's shorter than the wheel. Goodness knows she couldn't do worse on it than I do.

                      Jayne
                      Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. -Caryn Leschen-

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                      • #12
                        Grandchildren?

                        Who has taught grandchildren? I wasn't riding when my kids were growing up, and I want to make up for it by teaching the grandkids. For the record, we learned last week that the first grandbaby is now in utero!
                        Last edited by grey; 2004-03-25, 02:31 PM.
                        Insert witty comment here.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Grandchildren?

                          Originally posted by grey
                          Who has taught grandchildren?
                          well for sure I would like to teach my grandchildren
                          but I decided on a strategy: I would only and if only they ask for!

                          (after all my daughter told me she was in charge of their education and I was in charge of extravagancies)

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                          One Wheel : bear necessity
                          (Abuello RodoMancat)

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                          • #14
                            i've heard the younger you learn the easier it is but i don't know if that's true...
                            Some unicycles can give nasty pedal bites.....i still have the scars to prove it

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chirokid
                              I wanted her to be able to say, "I could ride a unicycle before I learned to ride a bike!" Am I a bad Father for that? --chirokid--
                              Yes you're very evil.

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