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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 - History

A 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 Styles

While 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:
  • Mountain Unicycling - This sport is not for the timid. Riders cycle down mountains or off-road trails using a unicyle with a larger tire. A helmet and lots of safety gear is obviously recommended.
  • Freestyle Unicycling - Riders perform tricks similar to those done by skateboarders or BMX riders, including jumps, spins and grinds. Freestyle unicycling may also involve stair jumps, rails or other obstacles.
  • Unicycle hockey - This sport is just like playing street hockey or roller hockey, except players ride a unicycle, while using regular hockey sticks and a tennis ball.
  • Unicycles - Getting Started

    While 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.

    Unicycles - Facts and Records

  • Peter Rosendahl set a unicycle sprint record for 100m from a standing start of 12.11 sec at Las Vegas, Nevada on March 25, 1994.
  • The world's tallest unicycle is 114.8 feet (35 meters) tall. It was ridden by Sem Abrahams, using a safety wire suspended from an overhead crane, for a distance of 28 feet.
  • Between July 10 and August 22, 1992, Akira Matsushima, of Japan, rode his unicycle from Newport, Oregon to Washington DC - a total of 3,261 miles (5,248 km).
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    LUCYQWERTY123
    well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
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    1PhanTrash
    It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
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    1PhanTrash
    "Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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    Wolf74
    Wolf74 posted in Dance:
    use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
    reply 5 days
    Enki
    Enki posted in Xtreme Sports:
    Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
    reply 7 days