Unicycles - One-Wheeled Fun
Riding a unicyle isn't as difficult as you might think. Kidzworld checks out the single-wheeled world of unicycling.
Unicycles - HistoryA unicycle is a one-wheeled vehicle with a frame that sits above the wheel and a seat that sits on top of the frame. Unicycles are believed to have been adapted from the Penny Farthing - the world's first bicycle. These bicycles had a large wheel in front, to which the pedals were attached, and a much smaller wheel behind for balance. When these bicycles hit a bump, or the rider attempted to slow down suddenly, the rear wheel would come off the ground, forcing the rider to balance on the one wheel.
Unicycles - Different StylesWhile some unicyle riders use their one wheel for regular transport, there are now several other different styles of unicycle riding, much like regular two-wheeled biking:
Unicycles - Getting StartedWhile riding a unicycle isn't as easy as riding a bike, it's easier than you might think. Learning to ride forwards usually takes between five and 10 hours of practice, unless you have incredible balance and a natural ability. But to truly master the sport of unicycling takes years, as there are always new things to learn. The biggest problem for beginners is learning to mount a unicyle without any help. This can take a number of days to learn. You can buy a unicycle at many bike shops for about $100 - $150 US. Use a wall for support when you're starting out and be patient.
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