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    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I have been trying to ride one footed. What have others done to learn[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>this skill?[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I can idle one footed (both feet) and have tried to start there but I always[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>lose control when the peddle comes over the top.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I have tried taking the pressure off of one peddle while going forward - don't[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>seem to be getting anywhere with that method either.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>Any tips? Maybe I just need encouragement that it can be done. This is the last[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>skill I need to finish level 4.[/color]

    I learned this from Idling. Idle a bit then idle backwards a bit more than usual
    (a run up) before pushing down to go for a full revolution. I think the trick is
    in how you use your weight. When I was learning I used to think that since I
    wanted to go forwards I had to lean forewards. Then I discovered that if I kept
    my weight almost straight up and down I could do
    it. Once you get one revolution go for two, etc.

    I almost always ride one footed with the other foot on the frame. It can be done
    with the other foot out the front but this is much harder.

    Once I learned to ride one footed I learned to go into it from riding foreward.
    I find this much more useful than going into it from idling. It's also quite
    easy once you get the hang of it.

    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>PS How do you ride with the seat on the side? (level 5)[/color]

    Start by riding holding the seat out the back. Then you have to bend at the
    knees as you bring the seat around to the side. You'll soon learn that it's not
    just a straight bend (if you know what I mean) that is required but a rather
    awkward skewed bend, to avoid the tyre. It is much easier to go around in
    circles (towards the side the seat is on) than to go in a straight line.

    Good luck

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  • #2
    Hello. When you ride on footed it says you must place one foot o n the fort of
    the uni. I have difficukty doing this. I have a Semcycle XL and rather larg
    feet. Is there an alternative? How about advice? Cool.

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    • #3
      RE: Riding one footed

      The alternative is to ride with your foot flapping in the breeze. While this is
      do-able it gives you less control. I too have a Sem XL and ride one footed
      without any problems. Big feet should not cause a problem. I sure that it could
      even be done wearing clown shoes.

      The other alternative is to place your foot on the seat post, above the fork.
      This can be done but it's not as stable a place for your foot as the fork.

      If you are flexible enough you could also place your foot behind your neck. I
      would not recommend this as an unintentional dismount may be painful.

      Dirk

      -----Original Message----- From: Kip Koski [mailto:ki@sopris.net] Sent:
      Thursday, January 13, 2000 11:41 AM To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject: Riding
      one footed

      Hello. When you ride on footed it says you must place one foot o n the fort of
      the uni. I have difficukty doing this. I have a Semcycle XL and rather larg
      feet. Is there an alternative? How about advice? Cool.

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      • #4
        RE: Riding one footed

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Hello. When you ride on footed it says you must place one foot o n the fort of[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> the uni. I have difficukty doing this. I have a Semcycle XL and rather larg[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> feet. Is there an alternative? How about advice? Cool.[/color]

        Here's a picture of feet on the fork:
        http://www.unicycling.com/winteruni/83snowcoast.htm

        Pretend the guy is pedaling with either one foot or the other. This is a 24"
        frame with a 20" wheel, which gives his foot more room to hang down. But on
        a Semcycle XL you have a bigger notch for your foot than on the frame in
        this picture.

        Most people learn to ride one foot comfortably before they put that other foot
        onto the fork. At first it's a little scary to have your free foot stuck
        somewhere when you might need it any split second. When I first learned one
        footing, I just lifted my other foot up and held it above the pedal. This is
        fine for a while, but can get tiring, and as Dirk mentioned, gives you less
        control on the uni. Hooking your foot on the fork (either on the crown or flat
        against the front of the seat post) locks your body onto the unicycle for a more
        stable ride.

        Don't worry about big feet. Brett Bymaster can do it fine
        http://shay.ecn.purdue.edu/~bymaster/muni/hsg_pics.html (again assume he's
        pedaling), and he wears size 14!

        Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
        http://www.unicycling.com

        "Oh my goodness!" - speed champion Yuichiro Kato, headed down the mountain at
        high speed in his first true MUni race, at NUC 99

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        • #5
          Re: Riding one footed

          Actually you can do whatever you want with the other foot. A Semcycle XL has a
          nice flat platform for your foot, and I think it's a great uni for working on 1
          foot skills. Did you try 1 foot idling first? Many people find that to be an
          easier skill.

          I learned 1 foot riding with the other foot on the fork. But my son learned it
          with the other foot dangling in the air. Since he's short and the seat on his
          unicycle is down just about all the way, he had to bend his leg quite a bit to
          fit it onto the fork. Now he does it either way. For going long distances, it's
          surely more stable and relaxing to have the foot on the fork.

          Also try 1 foot idling with the other foot in as many different positions as you
          can think of.

          Good luck,
          Nathan

          Kip Koski <ki@sopris.net> wrote in message
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          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Hello. When you ride on footed it says you must place one foot o n the[/color]
          fort
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> of the uni. I have difficukty doing this. I have a Semcycle XL and rather larg[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> feet. Is there an alternative? How about advice? Cool.[/color]

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          • #6
            Re: Riding one footed

            Kip Koski <ki@sopris.net> wrote:
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]: Hello. When you ride on footed it says you must place one foot o n the fort of[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]: the uni. I have difficukty doing this. I have a Semcycle XL and rather larg[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]: feet. Is there an alternative? How about advice? Cool.[/color]

            I often put my spare foot agaist the side of the frame, below the crown, I'm not
            too good at getting it to stay on the crown either kip. Its a sem XL as well so
            you are not alone. When I started to ride one footed I did not do this and my
            spare foot just floated around in he air somewhere so I could get it back on the
            pedel quick when it all went wrong. I still do this if one footing off road or
            somewhere bumpy. When I idel one footed I more often do get my foot to stay on
            the crown I think I'm more stable in a rock and so have more time to place my
            spare foot firmly on the crown.

            sarah

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