Learning how to ride an EUC is challenging, but it’s super rewarding when you figure it out. I’m going to show you some tips that I use to help first time riders learn. My 4 children all learned to ride, some picking it up quicker than others. What I have discovered is this: if you have the determination to learn and you put in a good effort, you will learn it and once it clicks, you will love it and you will have a new talent and hobby that is both rewarding and fun. There are a lot of ways to learn how to ride. For me, I was determined to learn and I figured it out through relentless– mounting… falling… and then trying again, and again… and again. This brute strength all-in approach to riding works if you are super determined but there are easier ways to learn how to ride an EUC and I hope this methodical approach can help you.
STEP 1: PREPAREIntro to device The EUC balances forward and backward but does not balance side to side. That’s what the rider needs to do through a combination of balance and momentum, kind of like riding a bike. Make sure you are familiar with your particular EUC. Understand the foot pedals, handle, and the cutoff switch on your device if it has one and how it works. A big part of the learning process is falling. You will fall as you learn to ride and your wheel will get scratched up. You need to understand this. Don’t give up! If toddlers gave up on walking after their first few falls, society would be very different from how we know it. Some people protect their wheel using tape and foam from the beating it will take during the learning process. I embrace the scuffs and scratches as battle scars. Safety gear Wear a minimum of helmet and gloves/wrist guards. You can consider elbow and knee pads and I’ve done a safety gear video that you can check out here. Wear comfortable clothing and athletic closed toed shoes. Plan a Location Wide open space. Preferably with a wall or rail. Empty parking lots, tennis courts or basketball courts work well. Some people like open grass fields to minimize the damage to the exterior of the wheel during falls, but the ride can be unsteady and less predictable. Turf field have fewer surface irregularities to worry about and falling is less painful, but the spongy surface of some turfs makes the EUC much less responsive. Get Emotional and Physical Support Bring a friend to support and encourage you. I break the learning process into two main parts:
STEP 2: MOUNTING/DISMOUNTINGToo many people just want to hop on and go. Instead, I suggest focusing on one skill at a time and then putting it all together later. You have to learn to stand before you can learn to walk. Now that you have familiarized yourself with the device, have a good location to learn, have your safety gear on, and possibly have a friend with you, let’s focus on mounting and dismounting. One foot practice Center the wheel under you and mount one foot on a pedal. There should be two points of contact between you and your wheel… your foot and your shin. Refer to the image:
- Apply downward weight on your foot to keep the EUC upright.
- The top of the EUC should push against your shin laterally.
- Push back against the top of your EUC with the shin of your mounted knee.
STEP 3: RIDINGMake sure you are comfortable mounting and dismounting your EUC before moving to this step. If you did not work up a light sweat in the previous part of this tutorial, then you are not trying hard enough. Go back and practice some more. A few of you will have figured out how to ride in the first section alone like my daughter did in a parking lot waiting for a group ride. Her story is an exception and I have found that most people need to learn mounting and riding separately for the best success. Once proficient at both you can put both skills together with more confidence. When first learning, this is what I don’t recommend: I’ve tried shopping carts, strollers, lawn mowers, ski poles, and even this rolling cart but I find that all these accessories become distractions and crutches and actually slows a rider’s progression. I believe that is why my oldest son, the most accomplished skier in our family, had the hardest time learning the EUC of all of my kids. He relied too heavily on his crutches. What I do recommend: We are not working on mounting here. We’ve already worked on that skill and will return to it later. Instead, find a stationary object like a wall, hand rail, or lamp post and use that to mount your EUC. We have even used a sturdy ladder for this purpose. Get comfortable standing on your EUC using the wall for balance. Rock back and forth. Set a goal to ride to. Your goal can be a physical object like another wall or lamp post or it could be an imaginary goal you set for yourself anywhere from 5 to 10 feet from where you are starting. Push yourself from your starting point, be it a wall or pole. Lean forward to further accelerate but don’t hunch over. Fight to keep your balance as you try to reach your goal. Repeat this until you are comfortable reaching your goal. Accelerating You will find that speed will be your best friend to help keep you upright. Put pressure on your toes to get the device to continue forward and try traveling at a brisk walking speed pace. Going slow will cause you to lose your balance so avoid the beginner mistake of trying to go too slow at the beginning. Set your goal further away as your skills and confidence improve.
STEP 4: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHERNow that you have completed Mounting in part 2 and Riding in part 3, you should be fairly comfortable mounting and dismounting and you should be confident with riding short distances. Now let’s put all your skills together. If you have a friend with you, consider having them help give you some support by standing behind you and possibly holding your waist or shoulders. Set Goals Set a short goal to reach about 5-10 feet in front of you. Without holding on to a wall or pole, do the following
- Kickstart to gain some good momentum
- Mount the EUC with both feet
- Look up
- Stand up straight and avoid the urge to hunch over
- Maintain speed similar to that of a fast walking pace by putting more weight on your forefoot and toes
- Keep your balance and fight to stay upright as long as you can. If you vere off toward the side, don’t worry about it as long as the space is open, just keep going.
CONCLUSION:Learning to ride an EUC takes determination. If you feel discouraged, take a break. Some people figure it out all in one day, like my daughters. Others need to practice a little bit each day until they figure it out like my wife. Once you do figure out how to ride, don’t stop there. Keep practicing and keep riding. It took me over 100 miles before I truly felt comfortable on my EUC and I loved every mile of that learning process and I’m still learning and improving every time I go for a ride. Being able to ride an EUC is a fun and rewarding accomplishment. Think about when you first learned to ride a bike, swim, ski, surf, or drive. It took time and practice but after you put in the effort, you were rewarded with a skill and a memory that you’ll keep for the rest of your life. Choosing your first EUC: https://oneradwheel.com/choosing-your-first-euc-electric-unicycle-beginner/ The Best Safety Gear: https://oneradwheel.com/the-best-safety-gear-for-onewheel-euc-is-this/ Where I buy my EUCs: https://oneradwheel.com/where-to-buy-euc-and-e-scooters-a-review-of-ewheels-com/
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