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Old 2017-01-31, 06:59 PM   #151
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The best advice I ever read on here when I was learning was, "Keep getting on until you stop falling off."
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Old 2017-01-31, 11:26 PM   #152
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A change is as good as a rest.

I thought I was finished with the 16" Club trials uni I used a few weeks ago for practice, but it has been well usedl today.
Tired legs and zero balance meant that the 20" wasn't working for me.
Instead of leaving it alone, I dragged out the "mini me" and started to get back into the groove aqain.

Roger told me that a few people use a 16" to practice on, because there is less chance of injury.
You literally step off the thing when it goes wrong, which means you can commit harder than normal to get the job done.
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Old 2017-02-01, 06:02 PM   #153
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I've got to a point where I'm consistently doing the 4 revolutions it takes to cross from one side of my living room to the other. It's too wet and dark to learn outside after work lately. I can't wait for the summer to come so I can get some proper time in.

You mention there about the 16incher, is there much use for them outside of learning, as in, if I got one, is it the kind of thing that I would continue to use once I've learned - are munis good on a 16er?
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Old 2017-02-01, 06:16 PM   #154
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I still ride my 16" just to make sure I still can, and indoors sometimes because you get more pedalstrokes before you reach the other wall. Because I'm quite short, it was useful at a certain stage in my learning, but I probably wouldn't buy one now if I didn't already have it.
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Old 2017-02-01, 06:17 PM   #155
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Once a 20" is mastered properly, I can't see a use for a 16" apart from easier to transport, and the novelty factor.
For Muni it will stick in the ruts, and trip over pebbles, stones, and small obstacles - so no good for rough Muni / but OK for smooth tracks and trails.
On a 16" you pedal like crazy and don't go anywhere, so no good for distance riding either.

Have a look at this YouTube video of tricks on a 16"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xoMUg5Up5U
They must be very small people on that 16
It looks like a normal sized 20" to me at first glance.

I bought mine for spare parts when I needed a hub.
But it was so funny and enjoyable to ride, I'm gonna keep it as long as I have a use for it.
If you can get one cheap, buy it (mine was £10 + £10 seat post)
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Old 2017-02-01, 06:24 PM   #156
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Good to know, thanks Reeny!
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Old 2017-02-02, 09:18 AM   #157
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PS - my 16" is the trials version - so the tyre grip helps me a lot.
A freestyle 16" uni with a narrow 2-inch tyre might not be as good for learning new tricks.

As mentioned on another thread, learners prefers soft squishy tyres to prevent the uni running away from them.
The soft sticky trials tyre helps to slow everything down, giving more time to balance and correct.

I also found that fat tyres need a wide rim for stability, otherwise you need to keep the pressure up, which defeats the object of the exercise.
So a 30-40psi fat tyre on a narrow rim, is not as good as a 20psi fat tyre on a wide rim (for contact patch grip, and sidewall stability).
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Old 2017-02-06, 04:48 PM   #158
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For those of you who were following my story, I'm gonna have to take a small break.

I went to a trampolining party (as you do) and I've aggravated an old motorbike injury by being too boisterous. I'm currently in a brace and doubt I'll be able to uni for a few weeks at the soonest. I'll continue then though, a blend hopefully a rest will make it all click (stay positive)
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Old 2017-02-06, 06:03 PM   #159
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Hi Rose, sorry to hear about the injury. Taking a break for a few weeks might be a good thing for the learning process. I found when I took some time off when I was learning, a lot of bad habits went away.

By the time the brace comes off it might be nice enough outside to go more than four revolutions.
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Old 2017-02-07, 10:53 AM   #160
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UniRosie,
Take your time to heal. Re-injury is the worse thing for the body. Listen to your body. It will know when it's ready. Then, take it slowly. Your living room walls and beyond await your return to the wheel.
Be well and keep on healing.
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Old 2017-02-07, 11:01 AM   #161
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May the force be with you.... Old biker accidents always get in the way of progress, I still have a numb finger tip from a real doozy back in 1969.....
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Old 2017-02-07, 11:55 AM   #162
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Hi Rosie.

Bit of a bummer about your injury. Take your time to heal properly, maybe watch some more 'youtube' vids to have your fix.

Okay who else is picturing try to eat ice cream and jelly on a trampoline ?

You are lucky to live in such a lovely part of the country for unicycling
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Old 2017-02-07, 05:35 PM   #163
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Sorry to hear you are broken Rosie. I was wondering if you would be at Durham tonight for your next lesson.

I had a few months unable to walk last year; it was fantastic when I was able to walk again and even better when I was able to ride again. Something to look forward to.

Get well soon.

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Old 2017-02-08, 07:46 PM   #164
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Thanks for your well wishes everyone

Roger, I have been trying to come back every week, but I was on holiday, then it was my mam's birthday so I took her out, and last week I got stuck working late! Fate doesn't want me out of these 4 walls!!
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