Unicycle

First of all, lets just get this straight.It's not as difficult as you think it is!

The main point to concentrate on is pedalling, not balancing, that tends to take care of itself. It's actually easier to balance if you're moving than when you are stationary.

Mounting your unicycle

What do you get when you cross a unicycle and a dinosaur? A megasorarse. To mount, get comfy on the seat with the wheel held in front of you then manipulate the wheel until one pedal is close to the ground. Put nearly all your weight on the lower pedal whilst holding onto something or someone (if you try to sit on the seat with the uni upright whilst mounting the wheel will move from underneath you). Then push the upper pedal downwards as you bring the unicycle upright.

Going somewhere?

Once you have mounted your unicycle, if you pause with one pedal up and one pedal down you will often go backwards! This often happens when you are 'creeping' forwards prior to launching off.

DON'T CREEP GO FOR IT!

When you are practicing don't hang on to a wall or fence as it is not needed and it is a distraction. Looking at something in front of you and riding towards it helps focus your thoughts and give you a goal. We recommend setting yourself a goal of 50 attempts rather than a time limit as this way you will be less likely to hang onto something and waste your practice time.

Turning

To turn, turn your upper body and the unicycle will follow.

Bunny hopping

Bunny hopping is a fairly easy thing to master, lock your knees, hold the seat and bounce. After 10 attempts you'll be doing it.

Sitting comfortably?

Whilst you are sitting on your saddle, if your leg is at full stretch whilst the pedal is down this is the ideal saddle height for your uni.

Giraffes? Are we going to the zoo?

Giraffes are taller than standard unicycles and are actually easier to ride as the added height gives you a longer reaction time when you start to wobble. However the extra height also means you have to be more confident as you have further to fall!

Wheel sizes

So why are there different wheel sizes then? Smaller wheels are slower and ideally suited to performing or practicing in a confined space. Larger wheels are better for riding around streets, mounting kerbs and ramp jumping. They also give more speed and power and are better for fast spins and wheel walking (where the uni is propelled by either one or both of your hands or feet directly on the wheel).

If you are still having trouble or need any more advice, drop us an e-mail and we'll be more than glad to try to help.