Welcome to the world of unicycling. We are so pleased you are interested in learning to ride.
Many people would love to learn how to ride a unicycle, but they don’t know how to get started. You don’t need any special talent; you just have to want to learn. It takes practice, and can be challenging at first, but if you want to, you can do it.
One of the the best way to get started is to take a few lessons and/or join a local unicycling club, but here are some important tips:
If the unicycle is too big you can’t reach the pedals. If it’s too small your knees will be too bent and it will make learning almost impossible. The wheel should be the correct size and the saddle should be slightly below your belly button.
The rider’s leg with the foot on the lower pedal should be slightly bent when the pedals are in a vertical (6 o’clock) position.
You might need to raise or lower the seat or even shorten the seat post. Ask your local unicycle or bicycle shop to help you with this or you can cut it yourself with a pipe cutter and a file to smooth the cut edge.
For beginners, a smooth, level surface is important. Learning to navigate hills and bumps comes later. Look for a wooden deck with a railing, a tennis or basketball court with fencing, a gym with a large space along a wall; basically, any flat surface near a fence, railing, or low wall will do.
Learning to ride a unicycle is like learning to play a musical instrument. It takes practice!
How to mount (get on) the unicycle:
How to start pedaling: