Learning to Ride (Part 1): Mounting

These first few steps are going to be the hardest, but after them it’s smooth sailing.

To start off, you want to learn how to mount your unicycle. Place your uni by your side and adjust your seat to about waist height. (Note: This isn’t always the case, different styles of riding use different heights. For a learner, waist-height is easiest.) After this, find a wall that will be able to support as you ride along. Even better, use somewhere with walls on either sides (hallway, alleyway, etc.).

The next step is to learn how to basic mount. There is a better way of doing this which you will learn later on, but this is by far the best way to start:

  1. Place your uni in front of you, with the seat between your legs.
  2. Rotate your wheel so that the pedal on the side of your preferred foot is at the bottom.
  3. Place your preferred foot on the bottom pedal and keep yourself balanced.
  4. Using the wall as support, push yourself up and place your other foot on the top pedal. As you do this, keep your other hand on the front of your seat.
  5. Hold it here! Don’t lose your balance, if you feel your unicycle slipping out from underneath you, use the wall to bring it back. Stay on until you feel comfortable.
  6. Keep trying. You’ll only get better with practice!

Mounting for Beginners

Congratulations! You’ve just mounted for the first time. Once you feel confident, you can move on to the next step.

See! Wasn’t that hard, was it?

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