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Old 2019-03-15, 12:12 AM   #1
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Adapting to 32 incher

I've been riding since I was 15yo, mostly 20in and sometimes on a 24in off and on for nearly 50 years. I recently purchased a 32in and have had a rough time riding. I feel very wobbly and insecure up there. Do you have to ride fast to get more stability? On the 20/24 I can idle, ride backwards, sharp turns, free mount, 3 pts turns, so I'm a little discouraged at this point.
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Old 2019-03-15, 12:27 AM   #2
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Hi, I am about your age with many years of bicycling experience but am very new with unicycles. Anyway, it sounds like you have great control of 20" and 24" models and so maybe the thing to do with your 32" model is to get comfortable with the slow speed stuff, especially idling, all kinds of backwards and forwards idling. I have found that to be really useful at getting used to my own new 20" unicycle.
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Old 2019-03-15, 01:53 AM   #3
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To me, I'm super comfortable on a 26". But when I get on the 32 (or 36) after not riding it for awhile, it's quite unfamiliar, but after an hour or so, it's much more comfortable.

My suggestion, ride it more, or any larger size more, you'll get past the wobbly insecure feeling. As a bonus, all smaller sizes seem to get easier.

You'll master it just like the smaller sizes like you did.
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Old 2019-03-15, 02:06 AM   #4
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I've been riding since I was 15yo, mostly 20in and sometimes on a 24in off and on for nearly 50 years. I recently purchased a 32in and have had a rough time riding. I feel very wobbly and insecure up there. Do you have to ride fast to get more stability? On the 20/24 I can idle, ride backwards, sharp turns, free mount, 3 pts turns, so I'm a little discouraged at this point.
If you are riding very very slowly then yes it may be the case that you need to go a bit faster but if you are rolling along at a decent walking pace you shouldn't need to go faster to be more stable.
Free mounting can take some practice especially if you are trying to do a roll back mount where you mount and then idle. You want to learn jump mounts where you can just jump on and ride forward.

Generally people on big wheels don't really idle or ride backwards much as the inertia of big wheels makes it annoyingly difficult. You can do it, but people don't really use those size wheels in that way. Sharp turns will probably take some practice but you should be able to get it with practice.
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Old 2019-03-15, 02:28 AM   #5
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How you apply power to the pedals will also effect wobble. If you are wildly applying power while pushing over the top of the crank circle it tends to “push” the wheel around instead of turning it. Try maximizing applying torque on the down stroke.

Getting some speed up should help.

Going slow is a skill you will need to learn.

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Old 2019-03-15, 02:36 AM   #6
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Thanks all! There's hope😀
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Old 2019-03-15, 07:02 PM   #7
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What also might help is to put Tbars on your 32. It helps with the stability I think. I mostly ride 29" and the difference to 32" isn't very big. The 32" is not really meant for hopping or idling or riding backwards I guess. It is more like a distance uni, like the 36" but much easier to mount. Just keep at it and don't give up. You will come to love it.
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Old 2019-03-16, 02:09 AM   #8
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If you are wildly applying power while pushing over the top of the crank circle it tends to “push” the wheel around instead of turning it. Try maximizing applying torque on the down stroke.
Learning to extend the arc where power is applied is important to maximising the power and vital to hill climbing so I wouldn't suggest trying to limit it.

The amount of wobbling is a combination of the direction of the pedal thrust and the movement of your body mass which can be used to control the wobble.

The patterns for each size wheel and crank length are different. Keep riding and your body will eventually find the pattern that stabilises the wobble on the 32.

Your brain learns to separate the different factors involved by riding a wide range of wheels with cranks having different lengths and Q. It is worth having several unis for this.

I often ride at night and have a light mounted in the seat tube for close vision and one on my helmet for distance. The one on the frame provides great feedback about how much wobble I'm getting. I sometimes direct the high beam just beyond the low beam and try to apply as much power as I can while keeping the two beams aligned.
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