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Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling

Involving thousands of hours, and over 250 beautiful photos, this book goes far beyond basic instruction. It is a showcase of our sport. * NZUni Weekend Special *

The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling is the complete instructional book for riding off-road on one wheel. This landmark guide provides tips and techniques for beginners venturing off-road for the first time and more advanced riders honing their skills over rougher terrain. With over 250 photographs and easy to understand instructions, this book introduces the basics of trail riding and describes advanced techniques for climbing and descending more difficult terrain. For unicycle trials, it describes the full range of techniques for riding both urban and natural obstacles. A full chapter is devoted to equipment and choosing the best unicycle for different styles of riding.

In the opening pages, you'll see review endorsements by some of unicycling's best-respected riders, including our own Roger Davies =). You'll see endorsements by Olympian, World Champion and legendary mountain bikers; a former member of a U.S. ski team, and world famous climbers and outdoors writers. The author of the Forward, John Long, is a legendary climber and author of over 40 books with 2 million copies in print. These endorsements provide ultimate credibility to the major outdoors market and will help introduce mountain and trials unicycling to a larger outdoors audience.

As an instructional guide, the book is suitable for riders of any level, from beginner to upper-advanced. As a photo book, it should be of interest to anyone interested in cycling, regardless of their offroad unicycling ambitions. For the mainstream public (and bike shops) skeptical of mountain and trials unicycling, it gives an effective way to show not just what can be done, but what people of all ages and abilities have already been riding for over decade. And for those selling unicycles, it provides a invaluable reference for both equipment choices and riding styles.

Book specs:
Paperback: 174 pages
Dimensions: 7.5"x9.25" (18.8 cm x 23.1 cm)
ISBN: 978-0-9868418-0-4
Publisher: Gradient Press
Book Website:

“A wheel, a trail, legs and lungs–what could be simpler or more beautiful? With straightforward prose and clear, helpful photos, Kris Holm illuminates the techniques, pitfalls, joys and terrors of mountain unicycling for the beginner and aficionado alike. The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling reveals a sport far more diverse and accessible than is immediately apparent, and celebrates the adventurous spirit shared by climbers, skiers, hikers and all who

love being in the mountains.”

— Michael Kennedy

Long-time climber and Editor-in-Chief, Alpinist Magazine

Kris' unique ability to break down some of the most subtle aspects of unicycling left me continuously agreeing on things that I've done for years, yet never committed into conscious thought.”

— Ryan Atkins

2006 Unicycle Trials World Champion

“A superb book by a superb rider who has helped take the sport from its beginnings to where it is today.”

— George Peck

Mountain and Trials Unicycling Pioneer

“I've had the pleasure of knowing Kris for many years, first meeting him in the early "Freeride Mountain Bike" filming days in the '90's…I give him praise for sharing his knowledge with other uni-enthusiasts!”

— Wade Simmons

Godfather of Freeride Mountain Biking

“This book should be on the top of the reading list for any Muni or Trials unicyclist. It not only gives you the background and development of the sport but also offers advice and help from the Grandmaster himself…”
— Roger Davies
Mountain Unicycling Pioneer and Founder of

“This book offers a rare gift–the direct transmission of experiential wisdom from a master. The fundamental intention…to expedite your learning curve, maximise your enjoyment, and encourage creative flow...ingredients to create your own unique uni adventures.”

— Ryan Leech

Professional Bike Trials Rider and Integral Coach


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