|How to Ride|
Riding a unitrike is primarily about balance. Being a long-time unicycler I was initially suprised at how different it was to ride - they're capable of a lot more speed than a medium wheeled unicycle due to the down-gearing and forward/backward stability but they are nowhere near as manoevrable. You have a turning circle of a metre and a half at best and they are a nightmare on cambers.
When starting off on a unitrike the most important thing is to start on a flat surface (or pointing down a gentle slope if a flat surface is unavailable), make sure you are left/right balanced and push off with as much force as possible.
OK so you lean to balance but you also lean to steer. How does that work?
Unitrike brakes are notoriously twitchy, there is a range of about 10 degrees between off and full on. The brake needs to be eased on very gradually, full on will lock the main wheel and, along with knackering your tyre, will easily plant you into the nearest hedge.
I've not learned any yet. Will keep you posted.Customising
There are several elements of a unitrike that should be customised for each rider.
This is adjusted via the bolt/nut/screw sticking out of the bottom of the truck. Tighter and you get a more stable ride when going straight but turning becomes stiffer. Looser and turning is easier but you lose stability. It's always a payoff.
Heavier people should go for a stiffer truck as extra weight actually makes turning easier because you have more force against the truck.
This is the rubber plate betwixt truck and frame which can be adjusted by the bolts at each corner. It is there to add suspension and allow left/right balancing of the unitrike.
The classic mistake people make is tightening these bolts as far as they'll go. That will kill your suspension and ultimately knacker the riser.Don't do it!
If the left/right balance is already good then ideally all you need to do with this is connect the bolts loosely and then tighten them all evenly while wobbling them with your finger. The job is done when they are just tight enough that they don't move when agitated.
However if you have a slight left or right lean you can compensate by further tightening of the two bolts on the opposite side from the direction of lean.
Fairly simple one this, I generally find the best ride when I can touch the ground with my toes only.