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Oh no, not another new toy! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Oh no, not another new toy!

On a whim, I bought a unicycle last week.

It got here on Friday, along with a book.

I spent a reasonable amount of time over the weekend just learning how to get on and off in the living room, with only a few very minor bruises. Yesterday, we went out back, and with a fence on one side and Mike on the other, I managed to actually move foward. Mostly in 10-ft chunks, but it was moving! The side-to-side balancing isn't any worse then a bike, but the front-to-back takes some getting used to. You learn forward to move forward, but the amount you learn forward is dependent on how fast you're going - too much and you fall forward, not enough and you fall backwards.

Also, there are some interesting mechanics to the actual peddling - it's easier to balance with your feet in the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions, and it's much less stable at 12 and 6. So you need momentum to carry you through that position without stopping there.

This all boils down to commiting to a speed and staying there. Next weekend, I'm taking it down to the local schoolyard, where there is a very long fence (probably close to 2 city blocks?) along a sidewalk. It should be the best local place to practice - but they're closed after dark, so this time of the year it limits me to weekends only.

We'll see how the transition away from a fence goes, but right now I'm inclined to say it's not as hard as I was afraid it would be!
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mcroft From: mcroft Date: January 19th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The really impressive thing is playing the fiddle while on a unicycle. I know a guy who used to do that while busking in the Paris Metro. Made some money doing it, from what he says...
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 19th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amazon wanted me to buy a juggling kit to go with it. I think I'll figure out riding before I add anything else to the mix. :)
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: January 19th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're so silly and awesome. :)
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 22nd, 2010 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You never cease to surprise me :-)
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