View Full Version : Might as well introduce myself

2006-01-21, 04:20 AM
Well, to anyone who has kept up with Matt's (dudewithasock) journal, I'm the Alex that delayed all that progress. He's finally convinced me to join, and to post. Just so this post has some substance....
I've been learning with Matt for a while now, and I can qualify for level 1.
There's just one problem.
I can't turn right.
My right foot is my stronger foot, but I still have a lot of problems getting then turn, and recovering...mostly I just end up leaning and falling. I can turn left fine, and fairly well too, I guess, its just right turning that gives me a hard time. Any tips?
Also, what is the best way to keep the uni going completely straight, and not swerving...just practice?

2006-01-21, 04:47 AM
Well, welcome! I think I've heard him mention you....

Conradulations on learning. All I can say for turing is to just practice... over and over. You'll get it.

2006-01-21, 04:53 AM
to keep going in a straight line, concentrate on looking at a point way ahead of you, not the ground right in front of you. eventually it'll just be second nature, of course. just takes practice!

2006-01-21, 12:24 PM
I've been learning with Matt for a while now, and I can qualify for level 1.
That's one more of us and one less of them.

Turning right?
If you can turn left, turning right will come.
Try riding in a big circle to your right to help your body to understand how to do what it does to turn, but this time in the other direction.
While learning to turn, riding in a figure of 8 is excellent practise.
It's also diabolically difficult at first but it will come.

Riding straight?
If you ride thru a puddle of water, the resulting track will always be wavy.
Some of the 'skinny-riders' manage to reduce that 'waviness' to mere millimeters but I think there's proof on the forum somewhere that it's physically impossible to ride the unicycle 'perfectly' straight.
To help you reduce the amount of swerving, lean slightly (but I mean a baby little smidgen of a nothingness) more forward and focus on pedalling smoothly and not stomping down on the pedal when it rolls over the top.

2006-01-21, 02:39 PM
You finally posted. :rolleyes: