Learn to Unicycle

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  1. Get two friends to stand on either side of you and get up on the unicycle with your arms around their shoulders.
  2. Sit up straight; look straight ahead; weight on seat, not on pedals. Rock the pedals to get a sense of balance. Get the pedals level; this is when you are in control.

  3. Pedal half turns then stop. Then full turns, two turns, etc. Doing multiples of half turns (from pedals level to pedals level again) is harder than continuously pedaling, but keeps you in control.

  4. Switch to holding on to your friends' wrists.

  5. Switch to holding on to one friend's wrist.

  6. Go off and use a wall instead of your one friend. (If you can't find a wall and a flat surface to ride on then continue with one friend, but let go as much as you can. Ed.)
Steps 1-5 should not take more than an hour (perhaps in 10 minute sessions). The thing I liked about learning this way is that I never hurt myself in the process. I have used this technique to teach a couple of dozen people.

For some people, the get on, fall off do-it-yourself cycle works best. It's a matter of personality!

What are the benefits

Recent scientific research demonstrated that unicyclists improve their concentration ability, balance and motor coordination. This activity plays an important role on the physical and mental development.

After this research, the Japanese Educational Department officially recognized this discipline: they integrate it in their school program. Today, there is over a milion unicyclists in Japan. Aside from this the main benefit is it is great fun. It gets you outdoors and it is good aerobic activity and helps build muscle.

Once you have become confident on your unicycle try some of these games.

Gladiators

Gladiators is a game of mad riding around trying to knock everyone off their unicycles.

The game is played in a set area and when someone says go, you have to ride and knock as many people off as possible while trying to stay on your unicycle yourself! This game can get rough. The game is over when there is only one person left on their unicycle who becomes the winner. If the two people who were last riding both fall off, the last one to fall off wins!

Stuck In the Mud

I’m sure everyone is familiar with this game from childhood experiences. Well try playing it on unicycles!

There is always one person who is it! They must wear something to distinguish themselves as the person who is it! We have found that a hat works best, the sillier the better! When you have been tagged you must stop riding and get off you unicycle and wait for two people who have not been tagged to ride up either side of you and hold your hand, once this sequence has been done you are allowed to get back on your unicycle and ride again! The game is over when everyone has been caught!

Tig

This game is very similar to stuck in the mud but much simpler! You again have one person who is on; they have to ride around and tig a person. Once a person has been tagged that person becomes it and they will have to wear the hat or whatever distinguishing feature you have decided on and ride around to tig another person! The game has no winner!

Sumo

Sumo is a one on one gladiator, which is played in a centre ring off a hall! The idea is to push your opponent off his or her unicycle or out of the circle. The winner is the one who is left on their unicycle or stays in the circle

British Bulldog

Yet another familiar game. At the beginning you have one person on the unicycle who is ‘it’. This person is in the middle of the hall and all the other players are on one side of the hall. Everyone has to try and ride across to the other side of the hall without getting tagged by the person who is ‘it’. If a person is tagged they become a bulldog as well and the game continues until there is only one person who hasn’t gotten tagged and they are the winner!

Cat and Mouse

This game is interesting! You have one cat, one mouse and several chains of at least two people! The cat chases the mouse, but the mouse is allowed to join the end of a chain, and the person on the other end of the chain becomes the new mouse! If the cat catches the mouse then the rolls are reversed, the cat becomes the new mouse and the mouse becomes the new cat! This is a silly game that requires a lot of people, but it is quite fun! You have to keep a good watch of who is the mouse and who is the cat! And if you understood those instructions defiantly give this game a try

And of course there is allways basketball and hockey both of these are very popular games to play whilst unicycling.


 

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