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Old 2018-06-13, 07:02 PM   #31
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Really nice! I can appreciate all the time and hard work that goes into that skill!!!

What's next? I suggest double club spins!
I started very basic skinny practice (step 1 is a 2x6 board) and my goal is to improve enough to be able to juggle on the wider ones (like curbs) and maybe try out unicycle paddleboarding.

I may have mentioned this before but I'm also working on a small, sideways figure-eight where my shoulders are squared to the front throughout. The idea is to be able to juggle in a small area without idling and without going back and forth. You could have two people facing each other passing clubs or an idler feeding two people weaving in and out of each other's path. Last night I realized I need to practice my frontspins and backspins so they're smoother in a straight line first, then I can go back to the sideways figure-eight.

I definitely want to work on more than basic juggling and passing on the unicycle. Double spins are a good start. I tried 5-ball for the first time and need to keep practicing.

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Can now juggle while idling either foot down almost equally well. I'd say my left foot is about 85% as good as my right(dominant) foot. It took a while for my left foot to catch up but I did learn faster than I did with my right foot. I think this is an example of 1 side teaching the other side.

I can sometimes do 2/3 of a backwards figure 8 while juggling, and getting better at transitioning to juggling backwards. The clockwise portion is usually easy, but it's going counterclockwise that I find very difficult(even without juggling I find counterclockwise slightly more difficult). Can't do it like the amazing Waaalrus, that's for sure. And I'm still using balls instead of clubs. I should master arms on my chest then work on juggling while doing the backwards figure 8s.

So glad I started this thread! Got to see some amazing things(especially from Waaalrus), and got some great advice. Once I figure out how to do this, will start working on some advanced skills.
Awesome! I'm glad you started this thread, too! It's good to have people to bounce ideas off and share experiences with. I consider it to be, "Tips for juggling while unicycling" and plan to keep posting here if that's OK. My latest thing is to practice with a metronome. I'm thinking it may be a good way to train people that a double spin is two beats:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj8i7NdjaaW/
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Old 2018-06-17, 10:42 PM   #32
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Awesome! I'm glad you started this thread, too! It's good to have people to bounce ideas off and share experiences with. I consider it to be, "Tips for juggling while unicycling" and plan to keep posting here if that's OK. My latest thing is to practice with a metronome. I'm thinking it may be a good way to train people that a double spin is two beats:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj8i7NdjaaW/
It's more than OK, I was hoping fellow uni-jugglers would post about skills interrelated with juggling backwards or advanced juggling while unicycling skills. There are very few good discussions concerning more advanced juggling while unicycling on this site, or anywhere else for that matter. Glad this thread turned into a place for uni-jugglers to bounce ideas off of. Your partner juggling while unicycling skills are very impressive, I'm hoping to do this soon with the local juggling group. Thanks for your inspiration!

Update: Today for the first time ever I juggled 3 balls while unicycling backwards in a figure 8 on my 24 inch unicycle. It took a lot of work to get there but it was worth it. One thing that I think helped was practicing backwards on my 29 inch unicycle, which I've been doing for only about a day. To safely do this, I removed the 114 mm cranks and replaced them with the much slower 150 mm cranks and did some backwards(no juggling) circles. It didn't seem all that challenging; I wouldn't dare do this on the 29" with 114 mm cranks.

Over a year ago I struggled with right turns while riding forward while juggling with my 24", so I switched to the 29" for a few days(for some reason no problems turning in either direction while juggling), went back to the 24" and all my problems vanished. I think this does something to the brain to help it better understand the skill in depth -- the more data points to work with, the better it understands the skill.

Will need to practice a lot to smooth it out. Will work on lots of variations, especially with tire pressure and may use heavier balls every now and then. Not ready yet for clubs. Unfortunately, no video from today, wasn't expecting this breakthrough.

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Old 2018-06-20, 12:21 PM   #33
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I figured it out, though it's a struggle — I have something like a 15% success rate doing a full figure 8 backwards while juggling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKgGwp42I3M
This will require a lot more practice.

Another thing I'm working on is going forwards and backwards 10 to 15 ft while juggling. I can reverse from forwards to backwards while juggling about 50% of the time, but can't go from backwards to forwards while juggling. It feels a lot trickier, I always UPD.


Thank you Waaalrus and John Foss for your advice.
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Old 2018-07-19, 12:55 PM   #34
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I can now do 12 backwards figure 8's while juggling with my 24" unicycle during a practice session. My figure 8's are getting smoother but I still screw up sometimes. I still struggle a little more with the counter-clockwise portion, so need to work on that some more.

I occasionally go backwards on my 29" but it's a lot scarier since it has 114 mm cranks. Still, I try to do it slowly. I usually just do a straight line rather than circles and I don't juggle while going backwards on it(when I put on 150 mm cranks I do backwards figure 8's with the 29", but without juggling). Learning the same skill on 2 different size unicycles enhances learning in my experience.
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Old 2018-08-29, 03:28 PM   #35
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During one recent practice session of juggling while unicycling backwards I did 25 backwards figure 8's. So I've been making good progress. Besides this, I've been working on juggling while idling one-footed, which I can usually do for 15 - 20 seconds before having to dismount. Here I am juggling while idling one-footed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrjhfEevCyI

Feel free to critique what I'm doing.
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Old 2018-09-05, 01:38 AM   #36
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Update: Too many things were going wrong with my 24" Club unicycle which I've had for 3 years. It was my first unicycle. Needed new saddle, bolts popping out, crank threads wearing out, so got a new 24, the Nimbus II. I was riding it today and I think it will take some getting used to. Compared to my old 24, it feels so solid and stable, though it feels a little awkward since I'm not used to the cranks or the tire yet.

I could juggle backwards on it, and juggle while idling but I screwed up a lot compared to how I performed on the old unicycle. I think within a week I should be 99% used to the new setup.
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Old 2018-09-05, 05:35 AM   #37
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Grats on the new machine! Hope you like it.

Jeez, juggling while riding backwards .... so ambitious! Most of my ambition is to find something good in the fridge.
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Old 2018-09-06, 12:16 AM   #38
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Grats on the new machine! Hope you like it.

Jeez, juggling while riding backwards .... so ambitious! Most of my ambition is to find something good in the fridge.
Thanks! I think you'll be doing this some day too. So far, I'm having difficulty transferring all my skills to the new 24". It often feels weird. I can juggle backwards alright, but not in figure 8's like I could with my old 24". I can do backwards figure 8's without juggling pretty easily though on the new one. This will take some getting used to.

Good luck with your training!
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Old 2018-09-08, 12:34 AM   #39
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My best bet would be juggling a reverse cascade while riding forward, then playing the video in reverse.
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Old 2018-09-08, 11:55 PM   #40
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After struggling for a few days, I finally did my first backwards figure 8 while juggling today with the new Nimbus II 24" unicycle. The slightly more knobby tire will take a little more time to get used to, even though it's the same size as the old one(Club 24") and the cranks are only a tiny bit shorter(125 mm instead of 127 mm). Actually, it's not just the crank length, they're bulkier ISIS cranks and seem a little less responsive than the old ones.

My juggling while idling technique on the other hand is about 90% as good as it was on the old one, and my juggling while idling one-footed is quickly catching up to where it was before.
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Old 2018-10-16, 07:14 PM   #41
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My backwards juggling technique with the 24" Nimbus II is getting better. I think I've surpassed where I left off with my old Club unicycle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWzQDGhaaTM

If I am going to ride backwards for more than few minutes, is it better to flip the unicycle around so I am actually riding it forwards while riding it backwards, or should I just tighten the cranks as much as possible? The pedals come a little lose after a lot of backwards practice.
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Old 2018-10-23, 05:47 AM   #42
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If you're focusing on lots of backward riding without much forward, turn the seat around. Yes, this should keep the pedals tight; just remember to switch it back when you stop doing all the backward...
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Old 2018-11-25, 09:59 PM   #43
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my best bet would be juggling a reverse cascade while riding forward, then playing the video in reverse.
lol :-)

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