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Unicycle Riding Tips

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Learning to Ride a Unicycle - Unicycle Riding Tips


What is my size?

20", 24" or 26" Wheel?

Adjustments:  Adjust the unicycle seat similar to the way you would adjust your bicycle seat. With your foot on the pedal at the lowest position, your knee should be slightly bent. Beginners should generally have the seat quite a bit lower than this for easier learning.

Learning to Ride:

Learning to balance a unicycle takes determination, practice and patience. As with riding a bicycle, wearing a helmet is a MUST. Knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards are highly recommended for extra protection.

A flat, smooth, paved area is best for learning. It's helpful to have another person to hang onto while learning. If no other person is available, try to find a smooth area along a chain-link fence or railing. You can hang onto the fence or railing with one hand while learning. A chain-link fence works really well. It's easy to hold or to grab onto. 

The key to balance is to try to put almost all of your weight on the seat, not the pedals. With the pedals horizontal to the ground, rock the unicycle back and forth while staying in one position to get the feel of balance. Sit up straight and look straight ahead (not down.) Lean forward slightly while learning, but try to keep the wheel under you while pedaling. Try not to put too much of your weight on the pedals.

See the Torker Unicycle Owner's Manual here