Satisfaction of Unicycles

Hello! First time posting here, but am an avid unicycler, photography and videography so expect posts about a strange amalgamation of those.

But today I am going to extol the greatness of learning to Unicycle. Now mind you I think of myself as being pretty good at a lot of things, being able to coast (is this ironic?) through most things without a lot of effort. Which is fine, however I never really feel attached. Its just going through motions. Unicycling on the other hand requires dedication and lots of time.

I have wanted a unicycle since second grade when I was in a PE circus, however I was chosen to be on a mini-bike instead. So I forgot about unicycles, until last year. Last year I attended a conference and there I met a girl who for some reason thought I could ride a unicycle. So she questioned me if I could unicycle, I said no, she said she could. Of course, because this is a good story, there is love interest. So pretty much the day after getting back from the conference I went out in search of a Unicycle in Singapore. Which if your reading this post, you know that it is not impossible, but I thought it was impossible. But I came upon Team-uni and picked myself up a 24″ Qu-ax for my birthday and it had begun! Oh and I have since given up on the girl, she is a horrible unicycler!

From April, when I got it, to  October I would go to my school and edge up next to this small concrete wall and cling on to dear life before attempting to mount this seemingly impossible device. Unicycles in the beginning are intimidating, you will probably end up with the unicycle slipping out from under you in a reasonable way, coming to believe that unicycles aren’t meant to be ridden at all. But I stuck with it, until I finally met another unicycle rider, who was a teacher at my school. Once you find someone who can unicycle, expect to be riding with in a week or two. When I finally got it, it was amazing.

I mean sure falling over and over is great fun in its own way, but riding is another beast entirely. Riding isn’t like a bike, you can’t stop paying attention, you have to have control over your body. And once your riding you will feel such a surge and by then you will probably have dealt with enough nay-sayers to feel amazing about accomplishing basic riding skills.

Unicycling does not end with riding, it never ends. The possilbities are near limitless as far as I can see. A unicycle is a replacement for your legs, you can hop, spin, dance, play hockey or even take on some mountains. Sure its great to get it for the first time, pounding your legs to go 30 meters. Its amazing, but it doesn’t end there.
There are so many more tricks and riding styles to learn! But there is no easy trick in unicycling, you have to devote yourself whole-heartedly to a trick and spend hours and hours, probably bruising your legs, to finally get it.  But when you get that new trick, you will feel like nothing can stop you. Which is one of the best feelings in life.

But remember, if you learn to unicycle, ride within your limits. Unicycling is really safe most of the time, but not being aware can make it very dangerous as with anything else.

Go get a Unicycle and learn to ride Today!

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3 Comments

  1. Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    In my country, often held football matches using a unicycle, during the celebration of independence, usually in August.

  2. Newbies
    Posted February 21, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Started learning since September last year. My target at that time was to be able to ride 200m and that’s it.

    Now I could go for many kilometers, with different free mounting methods.

    I have my new targets – to be able to idle, hop and play hockey effortlessly, that will be all I ever need.

    Do you think it is achievable? If so, how long does it take?

    Can you idle and hop now?

  3. Forrest
    Posted February 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on learning to Unicycle!

    Those targets you have are certainly achievable. It will take you awhile to master, just like learning you should practice everyday. I would say if you practice everyday for half an hour you should be able to hop and idle in a month.

    I myself cannot hop or idle. After writing this piece I graduated High School and went onto College where I put aside my unicycles for my studies. Now I am in Moscow without my unicycles. However I was working towards your goals and was very close. Even being able to ride backwards a fair distance. It just takes time.

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