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My son would like to try riding a unicycle - where do we start
without spending a lot of $?
I'd go to Trapeze Arts in Oakland. Don't let the location scare you away.
This is a wonderful for-fun-only circus school, run by a great family and
caring, talented instructors. My daughter (now 6) took basic circus classes
there which included trampoline, tightrope, tumbling, juggling, etc. I know
they also teach unicycle. http://www.trapezearts.com/index.jsp
Anyone know how I can learn to ride a unicycle? I tried once and
I couldn't even figure out how I would practice. Is there a
really clear method? Is it something anyone can learn? Do you
have to learn when you're young? Do you need better than average
balance or strength?
I believe that some unicycles come with instructional videos. If
not, perhaps you can purchase one separately. My 10 year old
nephew really wanted to learn, got a video and did everything
they told him to do, and practiced constantly. He had to hold
onto the house, or a signpost for stability at first, but is now
an expert rider. Granted, he had much more time than the average
working adult for practice. He also subscribed to a unicycle
magazine -- he rides standard, extra tall, and off road on the
beach. Good luck.
This question took me back. I grew up on a street with a ton of kids, and one
summer unicycles became the thing. Here's how we taught ourselves. The cars on
our street were parked perpendicular to the curb, leaving just enough space to ride
in between while hldling yourself up on either side. When we got to the end of the
cars, we kept on going. At first just a revolution or so, but pretty soon we could
actually ride. Getting on w/out the use of the cars came later. Maybe a schoolyard
where you could support yourself along a wall or fence would work. Have fun.
The 6th graders at East Bay Waldorf School learn to ride
unicycles. I see them sitting on the seat and holding on to a
pole (the pole for the basketball hoops). But I have not seen
all of the steps involved. Maybe you can make a visit...
I highly recommend you check out Trapeze Arts in Oakland! It's a
totally fun, non-competitive circus school, for ages 3-103+.
Unicycle is just one of the skills they teach, in group classes
or private lessons. Here's their website:
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