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Why Ride a Unicycle?

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author image Amber Kelsey
Growing up in a family full of landscapers and carpenters, Amber Kelsey learned all about home and garden topics through osmosis. Her articles in The Green Girl's Guide and Altar demonstrate her eco-friendly nature, and she uses organic practices in her various gardens. Kelsey holds master's degrees in English writing and cultural anthropology.
Why Ride a Unicycle?
Unicycling is a test of balance. Photo Credit Design Pics/Design Pics/Getty Images

Unicycles are one-wheeled vehicles that evolved from the original bicycle, the Penny Farthing, which consisted of a large front wheel and a much smaller back wheel. When this bike hit bumps or suddenly slowed down, the back wheel came off of the ground, so many riders learned to balance on just the front wheel. Manufacturers soon began making vehicles with just one wheel.

Health Benefits

Some of the benefits of riding a unicycle include burning calories, and increasing your levels of coordination, concentration and balance. Because unicycles don't have any handlebars, riders must balance using only their abdominal muscles and leg muscles. This helps you build a healthier core. Long cycling sessions also increase your heart rate, which can lead to a healthier cardiovascular system. Riding a unicycle is an effective way to get in a low-impact workout for those with damaged knees and legs.

Emotional and Mental Health

Unicycling is a fun activity regardless of your ability level. The website Just One Wheel states that riding a unicycle is self-motivating and psychologically stimulating because you will notice improvements each time you ride. Some people find that it gives them feelings of control when they can achieve balancing and riding on just one wheel.

Social Benefits

Unicycling is a somewhat uncommon activity. Because of this, a sense of unity tends to grow among unicycle riders. Many riders travel significant distances just to go on rides and spend time with other unicyclists. Unicycling is often a family activity, and riding together can bring family members closer.

Economic Benefits

Some riders use their unicycles as their primary mode of transportation for commuting and running errands. Because unicycles don't require any type of fuel, you can save money at pump. Unicycles also have only a few moving parts that might break. This means that you typically don't have to spend much money on repairs. You also won't need to spend money on special gadgets for storing or transporting your unicycle.

Variety

You'll never run out of challenges on a unicycle. Once you master riding forward, you can focus on riding backward or with one foot. And once you excel at riding, you can always learn how to play unicycle hockey. You can also learn different unicycling styles, such as mountain unicycling or freestyling. In addition, a variety of unicycle styles exist, such as the ultimate wheel unicycle, which doesn't have a seat, or the giraffe, which has a seat at least 5 feet in the air.

Considerations

Invest in various safety equipment to protect your body when you fall. Essential safety gear includes a biking helmet, padded biking gloves, knee pads and wrist pads.

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