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Unicycle: How to Ride a Unicycle: Unicycles

Updated on August 19, 2013

Intro to Unicycling and How to Ride a Unicycle

Unicycling is not as hard as it looks. Like learning any other sport or skill practice is required. Most people average 10 to 12 hours to learn to be able ride a unicycle unassisted with some degree of control. To learn to ride a unicycle only requires daily practice until you can let go and pedal off balancing on your own. Winter in the north is a  challenging time for unicycling. It  is best to  find an indoor  place to practice such as a  gym or sports hall.

There are many ways to learn to ride a unicycle. The easiest way is to find a long handrail along a walkway and use it to hold onto as you learn to mount the unicycle. Once you become comfortable sitting on the unicycle try pedaling back and forth a little a very short distance at first. When that becomes easy try pedaling forward the entire length of the handrail and then pedal backwards the other direction. Practice this every day for 20 to 30 minutes or more and soon you will be able to let go of the handrail and continue with some degree of control as you wildly fail your arms about for balance. When you fall you should usually land on both feet and try to grab the seat so it doesn't get scratched up so much.

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Try to find a friend to learn with and have a contest on who can let go of the handrail first and ride at least twenty feet without holding the railing.

These children are learning to ride their unicycles by using this railing on a gazebo in a city park.

Ride the Unicycle - a Crash Course

Ride the Unicycle - a Crash Course!
Ride the Unicycle - a Crash Course!

This book has helpful tips and photo illustrations, as well as useful advice on avoiding bad habits. It is written for a complete beginner, and includes information about selecting the right kind and size unicycle. I bought it hoping that a magic trick to make this easy would be revealed--but of course the "trick" is to practice--for hours and hours.

 

It is easy to learn to ride a unicycle

The hardest part is to Commit to daily practice

When we are out unicycling the most common question we get from people is " Is it hard to learn that?" I always answer "It's only as hard as you think it is."

The average person takes 10 - 15 hours of practice to learn to ride unassisted with some control. So, if you will commit to practicing 30 minutes each day you should be riding around unassisted in 4 weeks or less. Of course some people are naturally more athletically gifted and may learn much quicker than that. At the other end some are a little slower and may take up to twice as long as that average time. Knowing this you can now make a commitment to yourself to practice daily and within a month at most you'll be the envy of your family and friends with your new skill.

Watch the video on "Kris Holm on unicycle" to see how easy it is to get started learning this fun sport.

"What if I rode a unicycle many years ago, is it easy to start again?"

When I'm out unicycling, sometimes someone will ask me if he can try my unicycle and I'll ask if he's ever been on one before and most times he says , "yes, I used to ride one ling ago", and I let him try it and He can still ride it around without falling. So, if you rode a unicycle as a kid long ago, try again, it's great exercise!

Avenir Mountain Bike Unicycle (20-Inch Wheel) - Looking for a beginners Muni or mountain unicycle?

Improve your balance while enjoying a whole new form of exercise with the Raleigh MTB 20-inch unicycle. The device offers such features as a double-bolt seat clamp that prevents slippage, cotterless three-piece cranks, and a padded saddle for maximum comfort. The most important feature, however, is the extra-large, knobby off-road tire, which measures 20 by 2.5 inches and is ideal for riding on both city streets and rougher gravel or dirt trails.

Avenir Mountain Bike Unicycle (20-Inch Wheel)
Avenir Mountain Bike Unicycle (20-Inch Wheel)

I bought this for my 16-yr. old son's birthday a month ago now. He and I both couldn't be happier. The cycle is very well made, and I can't believe he's learned to ride it in just a couple of days. The big seat and big tire are very helpful, too (from what he tells me). This was a great buy, you will not be disappointed. Amazon did a good job regarding communication (ship date, delivery date, etc.) We did receive it when promised. Thanks, Amazon

 

Unicycling: First Steps - First Tricks

Unicycling: First Steps - First Tricks
Unicycling: First Steps - First Tricks

Unicycling: First Steps - First Tricks

 

Sun 20" Unicycle - Childs or short adults good beginning unicycle, Great price!

The great beginners unicycle with a 20" wheel. Features durable wheel and fork construction for years of reliable service. An affordable, popular unicycle for children. Has features you would expect in a quality unicycle, including: Carbon-steel TIG welded frame, Contoured seat with bumper, cotterless crank arms, main-cap style bearing housings, pneumatic tire/tube (45 psi maximum), Single-walled steel rim. Best for ages 8-14, minimum inseam length 25 inches. Please note it may be necessary to cut the seat post down for a custom fit.

20", Steel, Chrome Unicycle
20", Steel, Chrome Unicycle

A great gift for a child. I purchased for my 11 year old. He loves it.Keeps him busy. If your child is on the short side, purchase a smaller unicycle. Only drawback -there are no instructions on putting it together and adjusting

the bike. After the bike is put together or taken out of the box, it cannot

be returned.

 

Amazing Unicycle Skills !!! - This kid knows how to ride an unicycle. She is even dancing to the music. A fantastic performance.

When you learn young and practice daily yo can do amazing things!

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What are your thoughts on Unicycling? - Have you tried Unicycling?

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Amos I agree and my goal is to own a Coker, but we have some steep hills around here and it takes a lot of practice for me to make it up one without dismounting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is no better leg work out, nor almost anything more fun, than riding a Coker in soft hill country.

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's great, except for injuring your hands. Find a long hand railing to hang on to and practice on that. Most schools or playgrounds have them. practice daily and soon you;ll be riding hands free and healed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I asked my dad for a bike so that I could ride to school and he thought it would be funny to get me a bright pink unicycle instead. Have just started learning it and i have a massive bruise on my leg and my hands are all cut up but its great fun and I am determined to learn to ride it properly.

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: good job Nathan, I wish I would have started unicycling when I was that young. It's a lot of fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ive been riding for about 3.5 years. Im 12. Im actually really good!

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      vkhizhny12 5 years ago

      I have been unicycling for months and I love it! I currently have a 20 inch Kris Holm trials unicycle :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Have wanted to learn for many years. I have 15 hours in at the present time. Can ride about 15 feet. What a great feeling. I'm 69 years young

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      nephthys lm 5 years ago

      ...wobbly.

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      archetekt lm 5 years ago

      @ColwoodWheelWorks: Daily practice until you can let go is the key to success in unicycling. Go for it, you may discover unforeseen benefits from riding on e around.

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      ColwoodWheelWorks 5 years ago

      I tried it in the 1980s when I had some unicycles in my bike shop. I didn't commit to learning to ride though.

      I have a unicycle in my workshop which I'm rebuilding in between jobs. I might have another go at riding when it's rebuilt.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      she is damn good to any beginners!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      She isn't that good!

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      archetekt lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to Mama] That was very well said Mama! Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comment. you're right on about the confidence and practicing is what it takes to learn to unicycle.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My Husband just bought me a unicycle. I have not riden one in 35 years. Much to my surprise I can still ride it and it is a great work out. My boys think it is pretty cool. Stick with it if you want to ride a unicycle. I think it just takes practice. Have confidence that you can do it and one day you will be riding.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Unicycle-ing looks like fun.I have always wanted to try it but have never had the opportunity to do it. Nice lens fun lens!

      Susie

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      archetekt lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to cheese ] Hi cheese, If you think that unicycling is really hard then you will create that reality. but if you believe in yourself that you can learn to unicycle then you'll be able to much sooner! I'm glad that you choose to keep trying! Practice everyday and soon you'll be good at unicycling!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i think its really hard but im going to keep trying

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this was very helpful. i definitely want to try unicycling some day!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      im currently tyring to learn to ride and will hopfully finish in a couple of days its really fun

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      I really am going to try this someday! Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Very interesting topic. I've always been fascinated to see people riding unicycles. I'm pretty uncoordinated so I'll probably just have to settle for being a spectator. :)

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      PositiveChristi1 9 years ago

      Very interesting and useful information. I'm about to restore a unicycle and now I'm wanting to get it done so I can try it out.

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      I've always envied people who could do this! Nice work on the lens. Great topic choice!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      don't know how to do it but I would like to try it. :) Thanks for the infos.

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      olirom lm 9 years ago

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hi i hope your advice helps as i have been finding it hard. I have tried to do it a crosses the kitchen floor and ended on it. If anyone want to give me any tips u can email me at martynohonowskyj@hotmail.com

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      SimonVics1 10 years ago

      You know .. this is always something that I've wanted to learn to do ... along with juggling clubs ... I can feel the inspiration rising!

      Thanks,

      Simon

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      mogsta22 lm 10 years ago

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Wow. I didn't know people where still into unicycles. Great lens.Good niche to get into. 5 stars are well deserved.

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      Jefferson LM 10 years ago

      Don't try this at home....until you study this lens!

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      dc64 lm 10 years ago

      You make it look fun!

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      MyKidsInheritance 10 years ago

      No way. I'd break my neck. But what a wonderfully unique topic!!

      5 stars.....

      Melissa

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      Mark-Nehs 10 years ago

      Thanks for tips. For me unicycling was as hard as looked. All the Best, Mark