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Old 2005-11-27, 11:11 PM   #1
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Desperate for Help

Ok well I'm on my 4th day of practicing the unicycle, and I am having virtually no luck.

I still can't ride more than, oh, 1-2 feet before I UPD.

During those 1-2 feet, I swerve like crazy.

At least 25% of my attempts at riding WITH my support end up in a UPD.

I tried just pedaling like crazy like someone suggested to me, and that only results in an even quicker UPD.

My saddle guards are already a huge scratched mess.

I would think that after 4 days I could do a little better than this, but I don't think I've progressed at all since the end of my first day.

Is this slow progress normal? Should I keep just practicing the way I am? Any random tips?
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Old 2005-11-27, 11:20 PM   #2
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Your progressing about as fast as I did, if that makes you feel a little better.

It sounds like your stopping with the pedals vertical. Make sure to put virtually ALL of your weight on the seat!! This way you preserve your forward momentum and you can roll through the vertical-pedal-position. Also be sure to sit straight up on the seat. I think that's basically all you need to remember, though someone will most likely tell you to look straight ahead and not at the ground. (personally, that never helped me)

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Old 2005-11-27, 11:21 PM   #3
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Keep practicing.

Put all of your weight on the seat, sit up straight, look forward, and go. Eventually something will start to click and you'll get it.


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Spudman beat me to it and already covered the bases. Oh phooey.


Oh yeah, well don't give up. It's pretty obvious, but if you give up you won't do it. If you don't give up you will get it. Pretty simple, eh?

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Old 2005-11-27, 11:24 PM   #4
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Your progressing about as fast as I did, if that makes you feel a little better.

It sounds like your stopping with the pedals vertical. Make sure to put virtually ALL of your weight on the seat!! This way you preserve your forward momentum and you can roll through the vertical-pedal-position. Also be sure to sit straight up on the seat. I think that's basically all you need to remember, though someone will most likely tell you to look straight ahead and not at the ground. (personally, that never helped me)
Now that you mention it, I think that may be my biggest problem. I just sort of start putting my weight on the pedals and half-standing half-sitting without realizing it...maybe if I work on that (and start looking straight ahead instead of at the ground), I'll progress a little faster.

And actually, it makes me feel a lot better that you progressed about as fast as I am.
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Old 2005-11-27, 11:27 PM   #5
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Everything aside, practice. You'll get it.
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Old 2005-11-27, 11:27 PM   #6
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Wait, so you have been registered here since september but only had a uni for 4 days?

For tips, i would just say keep going, if you are making any progress at all you will learn soon enough.
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Old 2005-11-27, 11:37 PM   #7
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This might sound a bit metaphysical, but it helps me, I'm learning to wheel walk right now and I feel like a complete beginner all of a sudden:

Breath slowly. Visualize the action (including keeping the wheel going round and round. I know, it does sometimes get stuck on part of a revolution), eyes ahead and level, feel your center and keep the uni underneath it.

You've probably seen a lot of the hopping and thrashing videos on the forum, put that aside for now and think smooooooth. Focus. Balance.

This might sound contrary to much of what it said here, too. I learned to idle before riding. Just back and forth with one hand lightly on a fence, then letting go. Once I did that I practiced one rev forwards one rev back. Gradually less clinging on the fence then I was off, wondering what I should do when I got to the end of the driveway!!

Don't worry about your seat getting messed up. Better it than you, eh!!

Took me two weeks to get down the driveway so you know...

You're doing well.
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Old 2005-11-28, 12:07 AM   #8
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Well, if it makes you feel any better, you're learning way the heck faster than I did. I only got to practice on Monday nights (didn't have my own uni), and it took me two and a half to really learn how to go about 20 revolutions. Then I got my own uni, and practiced insanesly for about two weeks until I got it. Just remember the Gregor clan motto, Perseverando, which means "persevering" in Latin. Practice, practice, practice, then practice more. You'll get it. If I can do it, anyone can.
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Old 2005-11-28, 12:23 AM   #9
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Butt on seat.

I remember having the same issue when I was learning. Not getting my butt on the seat. I remember saying to myself as I would mount:"get up on the pedals, sit on the seat, and pedal."

I've been riding for a couple months now, and I'm still learning new things every time I ride. Be patient, and keep at it. It'll come.
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Old 2005-11-28, 12:25 AM   #10
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just like diving... only picture good thoughts... clear your mind of failure... and sucess will come

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Old 2005-11-28, 12:30 AM   #11
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Didn't expect this many replies. Thanks to all of you for the support. I will most certainly not give up, and will keep right on falling and getting back on.
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Old 2005-11-28, 01:12 AM   #12
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Old 2005-11-28, 01:22 AM   #13
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NEVER QUIT! Quiters will get NOTHING out of a lifetime
Besides if it was easy, everyone would be on 1 wheel
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Old 2005-11-28, 01:57 AM   #14
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exactly!
keep at it. I was at it for a total time span of two months, because i could never get my hands on my own uni. I borrowed a couple family friends' unis, and then got my first one from my aunt, and its seatpost was like 3 inches long and it hindered me a lot. Keep at it.
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Old 2005-11-28, 02:16 AM   #15
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you might try using ski poles when you practice
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