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    I was wondering if there is a figure available out there on just how many
    unicyclists there are in the whole world? Or how about just in the USA or
    England or Europe? What are their ages? How old and how young have ridden? I've
    heard the youngest was 18 months, and John Drummond sold one to a man, I think,
    81 years old. He didn't know if the guy ever rode it.

    I hear that there are several manufacturers of unicycles but I notice that there
    is just a few online dealers that I have heard of.

    I live in what would be called the greater St. Louis, Mo. area although I live
    about 80 miles from downtown St. Louis. When I got interested in buying one I
    started calling around the closest populated area to me, St. Charles, Mo. and
    could not find a bike dealer that carried unicycles. None of them seemed
    interested in getting into it either. But 3 of them did have one listed in a
    catalog that they could order from. Two of them wanted $119.95 for it and the
    other one wanted $99 for it. All were from the same catalog and were the same
    unicycle, a Cycle Design. I ordered from him. It has a poor seat, like on the
    Savage, but it has the main bearing cap type of bearing holders and overall it
    seems like a fairly good design. I wish I'd have known about Unicycle Source
    before then.

    After falling from mine 2 weeks ago and landing on my tail pretty hard I haven't
    been on it much, just waiting for it to heal. And now I find that I am nervous
    about it. I'm gradually getting back into it though. I'm not giving up yet. I
    just hope that my sense of balance hasn't deserted me, it seems I just can't get
    on to the sidewise balancing, but I guess it will come eventually. If I had a
    sliding tether attached to a taunt cable above to keep me from hitting the
    ground I'd have confidence and try more. It's the fear of falling that keeps me
    back. Old people don't heal very quick.

    Lowell yoda@socket.net

  • #2
    Re: How many unicyclists?

    Hi Lowell,

    Glad to hear you're on the mend and still going for it. Do you wear wrist
    guards? If you're concerned about coming off again I'd suggest wearing some of
    these as they give more to your sense of confidence than you might imagine - if
    you come off you know you've got your hands to save yourself with and they ain't
    going to get hurt.

    Also, I believe there are some shorts out there with a padded tail bone section.
    I don't know who makes or sells them though. Anyone else know?

    Cheers, Neil

    "yoda" <yoda@socket.net> wrote in message
    news:000501c02c0b$4ee70800$cc2f6ad8@...tech.mocty.com...
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I was wondering if there is a figure available out there on just how many[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> unicyclists there are in the whole world? Or how about just in the USA or[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> England or Europe? What are their ages? How old and how young have ridden?[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I've heard the youngest was 18 months, and John Drummond sold one to a man, I[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> think, 81 years old. He didn't know if the guy ever rode it.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I hear that there are several manufacturers of unicycles but I notice that[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> there is just a few online dealers that I have heard of.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I live in what would be called the greater St. Louis, Mo. area although I live[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> about 80 miles from downtown St. Louis. When I got interested in buying one I[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> started calling around the closest populated area to me, St. Charles, Mo. and[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> could not find a bike dealer that carried unicycles. None of them seemed[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> interested in getting into it either. But 3 of them did have one listed in a[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> catalog that they could order from. Two of them wanted $119.95 for it and the[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> other one wanted $99 for it. All were from the same catalog and were the same[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> unicycle, a Cycle Design. I ordered from him. It has a poor seat, like on the[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Savage, but it has the main bearing cap type of bearing holders and overall it[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> seems like a fairly good design. I wish I'd have known about Unicycle Source[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> before then.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> After falling from mine 2 weeks ago and landing on my tail pretty hard I[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> haven't been on it much, just waiting for it to heal. And now I find that I am[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> nervous about it. I'm gradually getting back into it though. I'm not giving up[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> yet. I just hope that my sense of balance hasn't deserted me, it seems I just[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> can't get on to the sidewise balancing, but I guess it will come eventually.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> If I had a sliding tether attached to a taunt cable above to keep me from[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> hitting the ground I'd have confidence and try more. It's the fear of falling[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> that keeps me back. Old people don't heal very quick.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Lowell yoda@socket.net[/color]

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    • #3
      Re: How many unicyclists?

      On Sun, 01 Oct 2000, yoda wrote:

      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I live in what would be called the greater St. Louis, Mo. area although I live[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>about 80 miles from downtown St. Louis.[/color]

      We don't live too far apart, I'm in Wichita, Kansas. There's at least one other
      online unicyclist, Mark Stephens, who lives in Tulsa, OK. Mark and I had talked
      last spring about taking a ride together, but my whacked out schedule has
      prevented it thus far. [Hope you don't think I'm just flaking out on ya, Mark! I
      have been a bit intimidated by your clearly superior ability though...<g>]

      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>When I got interested in buying one I started calling around the closest[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>populated area to me, St. Charles, Mo. and could not find a bike dealer that[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>carried unicycles.[/color]

      I lucked out when I went looking. The first and only bike shop I stopped at had
      unicycles, less then half a mile from my house. AND the guy at the shop also
      rides!! I've subsequently seen them at Schwinn dealers as well, but generally
      much more expensive. I bought an inexpensive unicycle when I started because I
      wasn't sure I'd stick with it. I've bought two since then, and I love it. I want
      at least one more at this point. My 40th birthday is coming up later this month
      and I'm kinda hoping for it then (but I'm probably dreaming, since the one I
      want is pretty expensive...)

      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I wish I'd have known about Unicycle Source before then.[/color]

      Yeah, me too! John and Amy have been wonderful to deal with. And I would have
      ended up with a unicycle I'd have wanted to keep instead of the one I got.
      BUT, I might still have made the same decision, since I wasn't sure I'd want
      to keep doing it after an initial interest, so I didn't want to invest much
      before I was sure.

      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>After falling from mine 2 weeks ago and landing on my tail pretty hard I[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>haven't been on it much, just waiting for it to heal. And now I find that I am[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>nervous about it. I'm gradually getting back into it though. I'm not giving up[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>yet. I just hope that my sense of balance hasn't deserted me, it seems I just[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>can't get on to the sidewise balancing, but I guess it will come eventually. If[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I had a sliding tether attached to a taunt cable above to keep me from hitting[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>the ground I'd have confidence and try more. It's the fear of falling that[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>keeps me back. Old people don't heal very quick.[/color]

      I fell off mine after about a week and sprained my ankle pretty good. Even
      though the injury healed quickly, the fear kept me from learning very fast after
      that and my progress took longer after that particular fall.

      One bit of advice I can offer you, Lowell, is to practice on a smooth, level,
      surface. The photos on your web page show you riding on grass, which I've found
      MUCH more difficult then riding on regular pavement, especially while learning.
      Go with the easy approach at first. Once you find that balance point, then get
      into the rougher terrain. That will probably speed your progress.

      Blessings, Greg

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      • #4
        RE: How many unicyclists?

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I was wondering if there is a figure available out there on just how many[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> unicyclists there are in the whole world?[/color]

        I'd say about a million. Go ahead and argue, I'm taking a stab. Of course to
        answer this question, first you have to define "unicyclist". This would include
        a definition of at what point you can officially "ride".

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> 18 months, and John Drummond sold one to a man, I think, 81 years old. He[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> didn't know if the guy ever rode it.[/color]

        The low end is 18 mo., and I think the high end was a guy in his low 90's that
        Bill Jenack corresponded with in the 1970's.

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> After falling from mine 2 weeks ago and landing on my tail pretty hard I[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> haven't been on it much, just waiting for it to heal. And now I find that I am[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> nervous about it.[/color]

        Stick with your support until you're more confident. Though a human spotter
        is best, if you have a fence or wall to ride along, keep it with you and stop
        frequently to re-center yourself. The time to ride into the open (for us
        older folk) is after you are bored enough with your support that you can't
        take it any more.

        At that point, as another writer said, stay on flat and level ground (floor or
        pavement), and be conservative. Practice lots of dismounts so you can get off to
        your feet when *you* want, not when the cycle decides it.

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I just hope that my sense of balance hasn't deserted me, it seems I just can't[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> get on to the sidewise balancing, but I guess it will come eventually.[/color]

        Just as you never forget how to ride a bike, your sideways balance will be the
        same. And it's more or less the same as riding that bike with no hands. You
        already know how to balance left & right on a bike, you just have to translate
        that into the slower speed and hip action of the unicycle. In your case it might
        help some to get on a bike and ride as slow as you can. This will help you work
        on sensing your side to side balance.

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> If I had a sliding tether attached to a taunt cable above to keep me from[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> hitting the ground I'd have confidence and try more.[/color]

        I think you would spend so much time trying to get the system to work that you'd
        never spend any time thinking about your balance. Too much spotting, and you're
        Steve McPeak on his 100 footer (being held up by a crane while he pedaled it).

        Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

        "In the walk of life sometimes you are a dog, and sometimes you are a hydrant."
        - Anonymous

        Comment


        • #5
          RE: How many unicyclists?

          --- John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com>
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> wrote:[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]>> I was wondering if there is a figure available out there on just how many[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]>> unicyclists there are in the whole world?[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I'd say about a million. Go ahead and argue, I'm taking a stab. Of course to[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]>answer this question, first you have to define "unicyclist". This would include[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]>a definition of at what point you can officially "ride".[/color]

          Out of this million how many are "active"? I don't know how to define this word
          either! -Mark

          _____________________________________________________________
          Free e-Mail and Webspace - http://Unicyclist.com

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          • #6
            Re: How many unicyclists?

            "Mark Stephens" <Cokerhead@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
            news:20001002181129.2A0C780DC@sitemail.everyone.net...
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> --- John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > wrote:[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >> I was wondering if there is a figure available out there on just how many[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >> unicyclists there are in the whole world?[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >I'd say about a million. Go ahead and argue, I'm taking a stab. Of course[/color]
            to
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >answer this question, first you have to define "unicyclist". This would[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >include a definition of at what point you can officially "ride".[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Out of this million how many are "active"? I don't know how to define this[/color]
            word either!

            As a newbie unicyclist I seem to be a lot more "active" than my son Dan. He just
            zips along beside me effortlessly while I find myself dripping with sweat in
            about 15 minutes. But that's probably not the way you meant active! The most
            active riders I've seen were those at the front edge of the cone of balance,
            going downhill.

            Blessings!

            Arthur Doerksen

            Comment


            • #7
              RE: How many unicyclists?

              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> On Sun, 01 Oct 2000, yoda wrote:[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >I live in what would be called the greater St. Louis, Mo. area although I[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >live about 80 miles from downtown St. Louis.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> We don't live too far apart, I'm in Wichita, Kansas. There's at least one[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> other online unicyclist, Mark Stephens, who lives in Tulsa, OK. Mark and I had[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> talked last spring about taking a ride together, but my whacked out schedule[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> has prevented it thus far. [Hope you don't think I'm just flaking out on ya,[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Mark! I have been a bit intimidated by your clearly superior ability[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> though...<g>][/color]

              Maybe about 200 miles or more. Mark wrote me also.

              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >When I got interested in buying one I started calling around the closest[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >populated area to me, St. Charles, Mo. and could not find a bike dealer that[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >carried unicycles.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I lucked out when I went looking. The first and only bike shop I stopped at[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> had unicycles, less then half a mile from my house. AND the guy at the shop[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> also rides!! I've subsequently seen them at Schwinn dealers as well, but[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> generally much more expensive. I bought an inexpensive unicycle when I started[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> because I wasn't sure I'd stick with it. I've bought two since then, and I[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> love it. I want at least one more at this point. My 40th birthday is coming up[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> later this month and I'm kinda hoping for it then (but I'm probably dreaming,[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> since the one I want is pretty expensive...)[/color]

              You did luck out on finding a shop. I hope you get what you want for your
              birthday. Maybe if you are a good boy till then. :-)

              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >I wish I'd have known about Unicycle Source before then.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Yeah, me too! John and Amy have been wonderful to deal with. And I would have[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> ended up with a unicycle I'd have wanted to keep instead of the one I got.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> BUT, I might still have made the same decision, since I wasn't sure I'd want[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> to keep doing it after an initial interest, so I didn't want to invest much[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> before I was sure.[/color]

              I probably would have too, but I think I'd have gotten a better uni for less. I
              did order a tape from them, the One Wheel No Limits. I had called them and got
              the answering machine, later John called back and we talked for a while. He is
              really nice.

              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >After falling from mine 2 weeks ago and landing on my tail pretty hard I[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >haven't been on it much, just waiting for it to heal. And now I find that I[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >am nervous about it. I'm gradually getting back into it though. I'm not[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >giving up yet. I just hope that my sense of balance hasn't deserted me, it[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >seems I just can't get on to the sidewise balancing, but I guess it will come[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >eventually. If I had a sliding tether attached to a taunt cable above to keep[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >me from hitting the ground I'd have confidence and try more. It's the fear of[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >falling that keeps me back. Old people don't heal very quick.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I fell off mine after about a week and sprained my ankle pretty good. Even[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> though the injury healed quickly, the fear kept me from learning very fast[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> after that and my progress took longer after that particular fall.[/color]

              I've been pretty good about landing on my feet, but this time it was so quick I
              didn't even know I was going down. One second I was up and the next second I was
              down. I was going to have her get a pic of me up on the uni, but she was a
              little too slow on the trigger.

              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> One bit of advice I can offer you, Lowell, is to practice on a smooth, level,[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> surface. The photos on your web page show you riding on grass, which I've[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> found MUCH more difficult then riding on regular pavement, especially while[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> learning. Go with the easy approach at first. Once you find that balance[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> point, then get into the rougher terrain. That will probably speed your[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> progress.[/color]

              I have to agree about the smooth surface, I thought the grass might be softer,
              but at this time of year it's getting rather thin and the ground is pretty hard.
              Might as well have stayed on the concrete.

              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Blessings, Greg[/color]
              Take care.

              Lowell yoda@socket.net

              Comment


              • #8
                RE: How many unicyclists?

                [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > I was wondering if there is a figure available out there on just how many[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > unicyclists there are in the whole world?[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I'd say about a million. Go ahead and argue, I'm taking a stab. Of course to[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> answer this question, first you have to define "unicyclist". This would[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> include a definition of at what point you can officially "ride".[/color]

                Ya think there is that many? But I'll take your word for it, I don't have a
                clue. On how to define a "unicyclist", I don't know. Maybe include wanna be's,
                maybe include only ones that can ride some distance without falling off.

                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > 18 months, and John Drummond sold one to a man, I think, 81 years old. He[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > didn't know if the guy ever rode it.[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> The low end is 18 mo., and I think the high end was a guy in his low 90's that[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Bill Jenack corresponded with in the 1970's.[/color]

                Right, I remember you saying that before. I just quoted John Drummond about what
                his experience was.

                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > After falling from mine 2 weeks ago and landing on my tail pretty hard I[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > haven't been on it much, just waiting for it to heal. And now I find that I[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > am nervous about it.[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Stick with your support until you're more confident. Though a human spotter is[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> best, if you have a fence or wall to ride along, keep it with you and stop[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> frequently to re-center yourself. The time to ride into the open (for us older[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> folk) is after you are bored enough with your support that you can't take it[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> any more.[/color]

                I have been using our hallway, still only one hole from a pedal in it so far.
                I'll stick with that for a while.

                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> At that point, as another writer said, stay on flat and level ground (floor or[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> pavement), and be conservative. Practice lots of dismounts so you can get off[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> to your feet when *you* want, not when the cycle decides it.[/color]

                Yes, I have got to the end of the hall and had to decide how to get off. I have
                started looking ahead and stopping with one foot on the down pedal and using the
                other foot to land on while grabbing the seat with one hand.

                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > I just hope that my sense of balance hasn't deserted me, it seems I just[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > can't get on to the sidewise balancing, but I guess it will come eventually.[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Just as you never forget how to ride a bike, your sideways balance will be the[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> same. And it's more or less the same as riding that bike with no hands. You[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> already know how to balance left & right on a bike, you just have to translate[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> that into the slower speed and hip action of the unicycle. In your case it[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> might help some to get on a bike and ride as slow as you can. This will help[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> you work on sensing your side to side balance.[/color]

                Good idea. It's been a long time. Back during the second world war as a kid I'd
                ride down the road with no hands on the handle bars while reading a book, with
                an occasional look up to see where I was going. Of course back then there was
                gas rationing and a car would come along about every half hour or so.

                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > If I had a sliding tether attached to a taunt cable above to keep me from[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > hitting the ground I'd have confidence and try more.[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I think you would spend so much time trying to get the system to work that[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> you'd never spend any time thinking about your balance. Too much spotting, and[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> you're Steve McPeak on his 100 footer (being held up by a crane while he[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> pedaled it).[/color]

                Probably so, it was just a thought. No place or way to install something like
                that anyway.

                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> "In the walk of life sometimes you are a dog, and sometimes you are a[/color]
                [color={usenetquotecolor}]> hydrant." - Anonymous[/color]

                Lowell yoda@socket.net

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: How many unicyclists?

                  Arthur Doerksen wrote:

                  [color={usenetquotecolor}]> As a newbie unicyclist I seem to be a lot more "active" than my son Dan.[/color]
                  He
                  [color={usenetquotecolor}]> just zips along beside me effortlessly while I find myself dripping with sweat[/color]
                  [color={usenetquotecolor}]> in about 15 minutes. But that's probably not the way you meant active! The[/color]
                  [color={usenetquotecolor}]> most active riders I've seen were those at the front edge of the cone of[/color]
                  [color={usenetquotecolor}]> balance, going downhill.[/color]

                  To help reduce the effort you are doing try relaxing and take your weight on the
                  seat and not the pedals. Your legs are probably doing some of the holding of you
                  up while you are pedalling. I would also bet that when you compare your riding
                  with that of your son's you tend to wiggle more, this is caused by the same
                  problem, it also adds to the wearing of you out! you have to correct the wobble
                  with your body. One exercise I use with "newbie unicyclists" is to tell to think
                  that their feet are going around in circles and not just "up and down", this
                  sometimes helps.

                  Good luck

                  Roger

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                  • #10
                    RE: How many unicyclists?

                    On Mon, 02 Oct 2000, yoda wrote:

                    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I probably would have too, but I think I'd have gotten a better uni for less. I[/color]
                    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>did order a tape from them, the One Wheel No Limits. I had called them and got[/color]
                    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>the answering machine, later John called back and we talked for a while. He is[/color]
                    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>really nice.[/color]

                    I totally agree. And I think you'll enjoy the One Wheel No Limits tape too. I
                    recently got that one myself and it's been very inspiring!

                    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I have to agree about the smooth surface, I thought the grass might be softer,[/color]
                    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>but at this time of year it's getting rather thin and the ground is pretty[/color]
                    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>hard. Might as well have stayed on the concrete.[/color]

                    I'd much rather land on my feet on a smooth surface then on my butt in the
                    grass. The problem with grass is that you can't really see what's under it. It
                    might be relatively smooth, or it migh have pretty large bumps hiding under the
                    folage. Even a little bump can unseat you as an inexperienced rider, so you're
                    much better off on something you know is smooth.

                    Greg

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                    • #11
                      RE: How many unicyclists?

                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> On Mon, 02 Oct 2000, yoda wrote:[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >I probably would have too, but I think I'd have gotten a better uni for less.[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >I did order a tape from them, the One Wheel No Limits. I had called them and[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >got the answering machine, later John called back and we talked for a while.[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >He is really nice.[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I totally agree. And I think you'll enjoy the One Wheel No Limits tape too. I[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> recently got that one myself and it's been very inspiring![/color]

                      I have already viewed it several times, maybe 5 or 6 times. I learn something
                      new each time I see it.

                      [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >I have to agree about the smooth surface, I thought the grass might be[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >softer, but at this time of year it's getting rather thin and the ground is[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >pretty hard. Might as well have stayed on the concrete.[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I'd much rather land on my feet on a smooth surface then on my butt in the[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> grass. The problem with grass is that you can't really see what's under it. It[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> might be relatively smooth, or it migh have pretty large bumps hiding under[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> the folage. Even a little bump can unseat you as an inexperienced rider, so[/color]
                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> you're much better off on something you know is smooth.[/color]

                      That little bump is what done me in. I will say I've never had a bad fall on the
                      floor inside. Outside we have a small patio and a slanting driveway, so it's got
                      to be inside for a while. We have paved street, just the service road at the end
                      of our gravel driveway. I don't trust all the speeding cars there.

                      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Greg[/color]

                      Lowell yoda@socket.net

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