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Unicycling - First Steps, First Tricks von Anders-Wilkens, Andreas (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.01.2012
  • Verlag: Meyer & Meyer
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Unicycling - First Steps, First Tricks

This book is written for beginners in the first place, but it also offers some good information to those looking for a further challenge. With the help of detailed descriptions, illustrated by more than a hundred pictures, the beginner learns how to get started and how to avoid mistakes.The book also includes chapters about advanced techniques like riding backwards, iding, bunny hopping, and Mountain Unicycling (MUni) for beginners, as well as many games for the unicycle. Andreas Anders-Wilkens fährt seit 1987 Einrad. Als freischaffender Artist ist er bekannt durch Auftritte für große Firmen und im Fernsehen. Seit 1991 unterrichtet er Einradfahren in zahlreichen pädagogischen Einrichtungen und an der VHS. An der Universität München hat er von 1994-1997 angehende Sportlehrer im Einradfahren unterrichtet. Heute ist er Gymnasiallehrer und Gründer der Zirkusschule Windspiel. Andreas Anders-Wilkens ist Mitglied des Lehrteams Bewegungskünste im Auftrag des Bayerischen Kultusministeriums. Er ist dort vor allem verantwortlich für die Aus- und Weiterbildung der bayerischen Sportlehrer im Bereich Einrad, Äquilibristik und Jonglage. Robert Mager fährt seit 1989 Einrad. Bereits 1991 gründete er den Einradhockeyclub Radlos in Frankfurt. 1994 organisierte er das europäische Einradtreffen. Durch seine Einradtouren, u. a. nach Göteborg, über die Pyrenäen und die Alpenüberquerung, und diverse Erfindungen, wie Luftpolstersattel, Bremse, ... wurde er in der Einradszene bekannt. Er ist Kursleiter an mehreren pädagogischen Einrichtungen und gab unzählige Workshops. Einradcross und Hockey sind seine Lieblingsdisziplinen. 1996 errang er in der Expertenklasse im Einradrennen seinen ersten WM-Titel, knapp am Weltrekord vorbei. Viele weitere Titel folgten.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 152
    Erscheinungsdatum: 01.01.2012
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781841267722
    Verlag: Meyer & Meyer
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Unicycling - First Steps, First Tricks

A Learning to Ride a Unicycle

From Basics to Proficient Riding

1 How to Ride Forward

a) The Training Ground

When you start to ride a unicycle, your mind will be occupied with things other than where you are going . Since you will only be able to ride very short distances in the beginning, you don't really have to bother with much else. Artful dodging of obstacles and precise turns will have to wait until later.

So, in order to get started properly, you should find a place open enough. A few meters of clear ground all around you are necessary since you might find yourself going in directions you did not intend to go in.

Make sure that the place where you choose to practice is safe (no traffic!), and also that you don't endanger anyone else by what you are doing.

Please remember that it is prohibited to ride a unicycle on public roads since you could obstruct the traffic.

The ground you practice on should be firm and not slippery. An uneven piece of road might look like a bad training ground, but often it does not cause much of a problem because the unicycle is much less affected by it than you might think.

Really bumpy roads, grass, and gravel, on the other hand, are not really suitable. In addition, a slight downward slope is also less problematic than one that falls away to the side.

You can find everything you should know about your unicycle (adjusting the saddle, where the front/back is, etc.,) before you start riding it at the beginning of chapter F 1 .

You don't really need a helmet or other protection as a beginner. You can't fall from great heights, and you can easily get your feet back on the ground. Protective clothing might even hinder your moving about freely. Only if you tend to injure easily should you take it upon yourself to wear some extra protection.

Before you start riding, you should try to find something to hold onto . People who can lend you a hand are ideal if they are available. Only hang on to your friends or parents as long as you need to in order to get used to your unicycle, and to learn how it reacts to you mounting, and to your movements.

In the following chapter, we will explain how your assistants can best help you on the unicycle. You will also learn how to practice properly with the help of only one or even no assistant at all using walls, fences, and other means of support. Don't start mounting your unicycle before you have found a suitable training ground, and some good assistants or support.
b) Support and Assistants

If there is nobody around to help you, try to find something to hold onto like a fence, a handrail, or a wall. There shouldn't be any sharp edges or nails on top or along the wall.

Keep your hand open, and when you support yourself, avoid clinging to the fence or handrail. If your hands and arms cling too tightly, you will not learn to keep your balance properly. Stay in touching distance with the wall or fence without gripping it.

If the thing you hold on to is only available on one side, you will automatically tend slightly towards that side because you can only catch yourself from falling into the wall, but not away from it. Tending continuously to one side is of course bad for proper balance.

Much of the equipment usually found in a gymnasium (e.g. handlebars etc.) is extremely helpful. These are a great help to learn unicycling because you can arrange them, so that you get support from both sides. You can also place chairs or tables in a row to cycle along.

Having support at both sides is perfect to keep your balance. If gymnastic training boxes or bleachers are available, build them up as high as your shoulders.


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