This page explains how i have learned to ride an
I publish it because it gives details that i didnt found in other
tutorials. It is the text i would like to have read before learning it
the hard way :). It intends to complete the others, so you should read
before. It may help a reader who has a balance as twisted as mine.
4 stages in the learning process
I see 4 stages in the learning process. i followed them in order.
- To get the proper body position.
The back must be straight and aligned with the fork. I find it important
because it helps when you want to turn.
Your head must be straight too, look at the horizon not at the wheel.
- To get the forward/backward balance.
Pedal once forward, then once backward. keep doing it until you are
- To pedal smoothly.
On a bicycle, most people
just push on the front leg toward the ground and got a 'hole'
when the pedals are perdendicular to the ground. It isn't
reasonable on a unicycle, it would make your ride very chaotic and
you would probably lose your balance and fall.
The trick is to keep contants pressure on the pedals, so dont
completly release the back leg. When the pedals are perpendicular,
push backward with the bottom foot, and forward with the top one.
To move the ankles according to the direction of the thrust help
- To get the left/right balance.
This one is harder because you need to leave the support you may used
for the previous stages.
When you loose the left/right balance, use your arms to correct it.
If it isn't enough, turn toward the direction you fall (btw to turn
use your hips not your shoulders).
- find a good spot to practice i.e. somewhere without any easily breakable
things around and something to grab when you start to fall.
e.g. a barrier or wall(not as good)
- At the begining my legs were shaking because i hadn't the proper
muscles. To identify and train them, i use the unicycle in
'semi ultimate-wheel': to ride the complete unicycle with a saddle
but don't seat on it, just stay 10 cm above.
It is much easier than a real
the rider can use the legs to squizz the saddle and be more
stable. At the begining, i felt pain in one leg but not the other.
After a while, i needed to practice more to fell pain and it was
uniform, so stronger and more balanced muscles.