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Old 2010-10-08, 05:43 AM   #31
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I'm impatient and as wobbling bear rightly points out there's a certain type of old, slightly mad person that suffers from G.A.S - unicycles are less costly than quality guitars thankfully!
I too am impatient, AND slightly mad (crazy as the lingo goes in the USA!), but I think my wife is satisfied with this mid-life-crisis, if such it is, compared to other much more costly alternatives

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I need to put in another good session like I did last weekend to push my skill level up another notch.
Well, I took the day off today. But I need another one like I had yesterday too. Gotta keep pushing that skill level. I think it is a lot about consistency and not letting too much time to allow your brain/body to forget about this strange new activity you are forcing on yourself

Keep up the good work Doc Doo!

Thanks for the perspective wobbly bear. 7 is a lot of uni's! But I already have 2 and I can't even ride yet so it does not sound so far-fetched. Happy pedaling to you!
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Old 2010-10-08, 11:08 AM   #32
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I'm glad it's not just me who's impatient and having a 'mid-life crisis'

My other half is very patient, bless her, but she's convinced I'm going to break myself. I keep telling her it could be worse and at least I'm not drinking hard liquor or gambling, nor am I carousing with girls

It's almost the weekend so I'm hoping to fit in a couple of decent sessions to keep that unicycling mind/body/muscle memory equation topped up.

Happy weekend pedaling to you NotSoYoungOne
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Old 2010-10-09, 06:29 AM   #33
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Thumbs down Day 13: Dismal

Today was pretty bad. I digressed and the longer I tried the worse I got. I must admit that I got pretty frustrated, which I am sure contributed to the plummet!

My wife is very patient too Doc Doo - thank goodness I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve so when she asked me how it went, and I said "Horrible", she just giggled and said "Yeah, I can tell!"

The good things are that 1. I am stubborn, 2. I have this blog and feel compelled to report on my progress, and 3. Doc Doo and everyone else who has contributed to my learning process are not going to let me quit even if I wanted too (which I don't).

Though this evening was pretty tough, and I lost my cool for a while - which I eventually recovered in some measure - I am actually looking forward to tomorrow, Saturday, as I will have quite a bit of time to work. I have already set this one behind me. My wife reminded me that "because you have a bad day sometimes then you know what a good day is". True-dat! I am a lucky man.

I have spent quite a bit of time reading various blog posts about all kinds of stuff and it is very interesting to see the huge variety of people who ride uni's. I am really looking forward to being among them. Which is good thing #4. Good night.
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Old 2010-10-09, 01:35 PM   #34
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Today was pretty bad. I digressed and the longer I tried the worse I got. I must admit that I got pretty frustrated, which I am sure contributed to the plummet!

My wife is very patient too Doc Doo - thank goodness I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve so when she asked me how it went, and I said "Horrible", she just giggled and said "Yeah, I can tell!"

The good things are that 1. I am stubborn, 2. I have this blog and feel compelled to report on my progress, and 3. Doc Doo and everyone else who has contributed to my learning process are not going to let me quit even if I wanted too (which I don't).

Though this evening was pretty tough, and I lost my cool for a while - which I eventually recovered in some measure - I am actually looking forward to tomorrow, Saturday, as I will have quite a bit of time to work. I have already set this one behind me. My wife reminded me that "because you have a bad day sometimes then you know what a good day is". True-dat! I am a lucky man.

I have spent quite a bit of time reading various blog posts about all kinds of stuff and it is very interesting to see the huge variety of people who ride uni's. I am really looking forward to being among them. Which is good thing #4. Good night.

Awwwww NSYO the next session will be better.
I've got a cold so yesterday and the weekend is pretty much a write off for me as I'm staying in bed getting well for the coming week.

You are a lucky man indeed have a patient, understanding wife who will giggle at you and make it all not seem so bad.

I'm feeling a real 'lack' of progress m'self but I'm not going to let it get me down. I know the 'lack' is due to be not being brave enough anymore so I'll just keep plugging away until it all drops into place. Impatient + stubborn = more determined D'yanno, I don't care how long it takes me to learn to ride these damnable one wheeled steeds but learn I will.

I too look forward to the time I can call myself a 'unicyclist' and feel a legitimate part of this community NSYO...I don't feel I'm quite there yet.

Keep at it my slightly crazy friend across the pond. Happy pedaling.
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Old 2010-10-09, 07:06 PM   #35
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Thumbs up Day 14:

I had to reset my attitude and thinking today. I practiced for an hour and 45 minutes, until I was physically and mentally spent.

After about 45 minutes I realized that I was not sitting up straight and not keeping enough weight in the saddle. For the balance of the time I focused on these two things. Though I did not have any particularly long unsupported rides I did get a good feel many times and had a good number of shorter unsupported attempts that felt very good. I had been tending to go left a lot the past several days and focus on these things seemed to make all the difference.

One of the first encouraging posts I received not long after beginning this blog was from UniReed telling me that if I didn't make the same mistakes repeatedly I would progress quickly. I don't know what quickly means in my case, but I know that I found a way today to quit making the left-leaning mistake.

So, to reiterate the key learnings:
1. Sit up very straight. Don't slouch, droop, or bend at the waist. Maybe this gets easier with more experience, but a big focus on this made a big difference in the overall learning today
2. In conjunction with #1, keep yourself planted firmly in the saddle and don't allow yourself to stand up on the pedals. This is difficult for a road b*cyclist that has been in the habit for years of jumping up out of the saddle whenever he wants. But a Unicycle is NOT a Bicycle, and it is NOT ridden the same way. (emphasis added primarily for myself)

Doc Doo - get better my friend across the pond! I love your equation; Impatient + stubborn = more determined. A fitting description of these two slightly mad compadre's on separate continents . Madness is hereditary, it runs in the human family Though it only seems to afflict a small few to attempt to roll across the planet on one wheel. BTW, I don't have a clue what NSYO is. I tried to find it online without success...

My wife and I are headed to Japan for a week so it will be a while before I am back to learning and sharing. Until then keep up the balancing act
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Old 2010-10-09, 11:41 PM   #36
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NSYO must = Not So Young One. Yes?

First time there has been a question from this community that I thought I could contribute an answer. Have been wanting to chime in on your learning journal thread to thank you for sharing your experience. I too am just getting started on this quest to be a unicyclist and as a result I am going through many of the same challenges. It has been a great help to read of your lessons and successes.

Just scored and installed a Maxxis Hookworm tire on my KH 24" to replace the seriously knobby one that may be harder to learn on. I figure best to limit the number of excuses I might use for why I am not cruising along on my UNI yet ;0) Have become quite proficient at riding along and depending too much on a fence or rail. Time to apply a bit more courage and venture out!

Thanks again to you and Doc for sharing your adventures. Hear's to good health and happy riding!! Cheers!
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Old 2010-10-10, 12:03 PM   #37
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Oh my NSYO (yes that's my lazy typing version of NotSoYoungOne) you're going to Japan, how fantastic, I hope you and Mrs.NSYO have a wonderful time in the land of the Rising Sun.

Well, how weird that your recent lesson has been to sit up straighter whereas mine yesterday despite having a cold - illness + boredom x (Lemsip and painkillers) = a great session on the 24" - was to lean forward a little but keep my head up (no looking down). I also became very aware of my core muscles working hard at keeping me balanced which was a great feeling.

Hey there kickstand, I'd like to extend a welcome to NotSoYoungOne's (well done on guessing what NSYO was) learning journal thread in his absence. It's great to have yet another slightly mad person join in the learning curve. I think you have hit the learning nail on the head when you say you need to "apply more courage and venture out", it really is just a case of being a little bit braver and 'going for it' and then keep on 'going for it' until, as NSYO puts it, you're mentally and physically spent. You will get there even if progress is slow. It's not a competition about who can learn quickest it's about having fun whilst learning to do something that is actually quite hard to do!

Happy pedaling
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Old 2010-10-11, 06:25 AM   #38
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Heeheehee, I guess I was pretty tired. Sometimes I just miss the obvious! Thanks for the assist Kickstand!

My wife and I are leaving first thing in the morning. We are up late packing and I thought I would do a quick check, so I am glad I did. Well, you can have a good laugh at my miss of something so obvious. I like the NSYO though, very cool Doc Doo! My wife just laughed at being called Mrs. NSYO. BTW, my name is Brian. But NSYO is a pretty cool nickname now that it has happened.

Kickstand I will add my welcome too. It is nice to know that this slight-madness is not reserved to the young, but to those of us not so young as well. My wife actually helped me pen this name with a little play on the 'one' word since this was about learning the uni.

Keep up the pedaling while I take a brief hiatus
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Old 2010-10-11, 05:12 PM   #39
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Hope you have a great trip NSYO! Your lessons will be missed, but Japan will likely be a great adventure. I tried to post last night, and dispite your good attempts to warn me otherwise I somehow managed to deep space all I had entered....by pushing the wrong post button or some such. ....was so well spent mentally and physically to the core after practicing (some other good advice of yours) I couldn't get myself to type it all in again.

Happy to hear you were feeling well enough to get out for some + 24" peddling Doc Doo. Inspiring commitment/adiction ;0)

Kickstand (aka Even Less Young One...:0) had some good fun at practice time yesterday. Thanks to your enCOURAGEment, the new smoother more responsive tire, and some good help from a great friend I managed to loco-mote down nearly the entire straight section of a 1/4 mile track at a local school. It was NOT a completely un-supported ride - as I had one hand rested on my friends shoulder for reassurance - but it got me peddling away into the open and I believe it was a much better approximation of what riding must be like than the rails and fences I have been glued to up until now. FUN!! Hope to get the chance to try again tonight and see about getting both hands free (that work thing sure does cut into the day).

Hope you keep feeling better Doc Doo! Have fun NSYO! Looking forward to your speedy return to the UNIverse.
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Old 2010-10-12, 12:25 PM   #40
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Hi NSYO,

When you get back from Japan let us know how the unicycling proceeds. There are lots of unicyclist in Japan, but I would not expect you to run into any of them.

You are on the right track with keeping your weight in the seat. New unicyclists put way too much weight on the pedals and quickly exhaust themselves. As you get used to it, riding on the flat should require very little effort.

You can stand up on a unicycle. Riding up hills on a 36" I often stand up to get more torque. Once you get comfortable riding around on the flat you can try some hills, and that will give you an excuse to get up out of the saddle.

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I hope our slightly mad friend NSYO and Mrs NSYO are having a wonderful time in Japan.

Hey kickstand, how goes your progress?

I'm managing to consistently ride the length of my street (it's not that long, maybe a 130 or so yards) on both the 20 and the 24. I'm a lazy learner and am finding my weeks too busy to get much practice so I'm pretty much a weekend learner. It's almost the weekend so I'm hoping for a

I love how riding a uni makes folks smile and make comments, usually to the effect of "...have you ended up at the emergency room yet?" It's produced a number of conversations with neighbours (English spelling) that I've never really spoken with before too.
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jeez! glaring omission in my previous post.


"It's almost the weekend so I'm hoping for a" ... for a good session or two and further progression.

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Old 2010-10-15, 03:52 AM   #43
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I hope our slightly mad friend NSYO and Mrs NSYO are having a wonderful time in Japan.
Me too.

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Nothing new and report worthy yet. So close though. I have yet to figure out how to get much uni time into the busy week too. Looking forward to a day when my skills are at a level where I could commute via uni*

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That's great though! One of the nice things about the unicycle is how much learning "head room' there is though. Every skill or yard marker you make, there are always more waiting there for you.

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I love how riding a uni makes folks smile and make comments, .....
Yes! Very fun. So many new friends (here online and out on the street, interesting queries and stories.

Here's to some more great uni fun this weekend!! You know NSYO is counting on us to keep the wheels turning!
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Me too.

Nothing new and report worthy yet. So close though. I have yet to figure out how to get much uni time into the busy week too. Looking forward to a day when my skills are at a level where I could commute via uni*

That's great though! One of the nice things about the unicycle is how much learning "head room' there is though. Every skill or yard marker you make, there are always more waiting there for you.

Yes! Very fun. So many new friends (here online and out on the street, interesting queries and stories.

Here's to some more great uni fun this weekend!! You know NSYO is counting on us to keep the wheels turning!



I have the same aim kickstand, I want to be able to get to uni(versity) on my uni(cycle) - I'm a *cough* mature student!

Keep pedaling kickstand you will get there.

It's Saturday and I've managed an hour and a half session on my street this evening.

~ I hope NSYO doesn't mind us adding to his personal learning journal, it just seems appropriate to do so as part of this small band of old, slightly mad folks who encourage each other to new one wheeled heights! ~

It was a pretty unsatisfactory session today, I've really struggled, only managing to string together a handful of street length rides, the rest of the time was spent upd'ing. It's just one of those days it seems. I have high hope for better results tomorrow.

I wonder if NSYO has missed unicycling whilst he's been in Japan. I certainly miss my wheels when I go to visit nurse doo (who lives on the other side of the UK, 160miles away). Last time I took my 20" wheel with me, the separation anxiety was too much!
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Keep pedaling kickstand you will get there.
Yes. No way I am going to end up on the quitting side of the statistics. Up against a bit of a delay of game though. I had an UPD off of my own two feet yesterday and have broken my toe of all things. Off to see a bone Dr. tomorrow xrays in hand. From the look of things, I'd guess I won't be peddling for a bit....So very frustrating sitting here with my foot up looking at my parked uni! Just have to be patient I guess - one of my little piggy's looks like it is taking a different route to the market than all the others

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That's a nice sized chunk of time to be able to get in and stay at it!

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Let us know NSYO. Your journaling has been missed. I too hope that you are enjoying some slightly mad camaraderie joining in on your great post.

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It was a pretty unsatisfactory session today, I've really struggled, only managing to string together a handful of street length rides, the rest of the time was spent upd'ing. It's just one of those days it seems. I have high hope for better results tomorrow.
As you say, just keep peddling. The body will learn and adapt. I hope you got in some more rides to celebrate this weekend. You really SHOULD have taken that "fiver"
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