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« on: October 07, 2013, 08:05:49 AM »

Click on the image to go for a short ride...

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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 02:24:43 PM »

Why do I ride the unicycle?
It was originally recommended to me by my chiropractor after I had a miserable bout of sciatica a couple years ago - just prior to contracting the lead climbing bug. I was willing to try just about anything to escape the pain and the possibility of a recurrence - plus I liked the idea of a new challenge.
It's a great core workout and excellent for back problems.
It's low impact - unlike all the running I was doing for a couple years prior (I was up to running half marathons).
There is a guaranteed double crux every time you ride - the mount and dismount.
More cruxes may occur during the ride depending on traffic, wind and debris.
Turnarounds are also what I would consider crux maneuvers.
You cannot stop, coast or brake - it's constant motion.
Every ride is a challenge - I am never bored even doing the same circuit for many months (actually years now).
I can get a kick-ass workout in 45 minutes total (average 36 minutes for 6 miles + cool down walk).
It is similar to lead climbing in many ways:
It always makes me nervous.
Start and exit moves take total focus and no one can help you - getting off the ground can be the hardest part.
You can never relax completely - relaxing at all takes practice.
You must commit and control your fear(most of which is only in your head).
You're constantly reading the route - you can take the LOLR or up the ante with more challenging paths.
Falling off like a cat helps.
It's just you and the wheel.
You start small (low grade/little wheel) and work your way up (upper grades/big wheel).
It takes determination to learn - you must be willing to fail countless times (I can't say I do this with my climbing).
It's one of the hardest things you'll ever learn.
Most people will think you are weird or crazy - only other riders will truly understand.
It's a freeing feeling like nothing else - especially after you learn to free mount.
It's adrenalized and addictive.

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2013, 01:05:07 PM »

Where's the love?
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 05:09:04 PM »

Looks cool. Wanted to get a demo on one at Outerbike but there were just to many other bikes on the list.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2013, 09:23:49 PM »

good to have you back Mud Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2015, 03:57:39 PM »

Replaced two broken spokes and wrestled some new rubber onto my big wheel today.
Learned how to true my rim so hopefully no more broken spokes.
No time left for a ride.
Hopefully give it a spin tamale.
 
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2015, 05:38:59 PM »

Is it possible to ride rollers with a uni?
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2015, 06:38:44 PM »

Is it possible to ride rollers with a uni?

found this

http://forums.mtbr.com/videos-pov-cameras/riding-unicycle-bike-rollers-fast-958863.html

nothing seems to thwart the unigeezer...
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2015, 10:21:08 PM »

dang
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2015, 05:07:32 AM »

Doesn't count on the rollers without juggling.
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2015, 06:40:52 AM »

Training to operate world's largest eggbeater perhaps?
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2015, 09:04:19 AM »

Doesn't count on the rollers without juggling.

He says it's scary as hell just doing it in a doorway.
If this guy can't let go and ride it in place I doubt anyone can!

Training to operate world's largest eggbeater perhaps?

That would make for some seriously fluffy eggs - or meringue Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2015, 02:54:24 PM »

Had an interesting ride today. Got up and going on the second try but after being off for 10 days and riding a brand new tire, it was tricky and challenging. Evidently I had been riding a much flatter profile tire - since the two middle rows of knobs were almost gone on my old tire. The new rubber at full inflation has a much rounder profile, so riding the apex is way more balancy and the handling is completely different. Cornering went from a full on lean (old, worn tire) to barely thinking about it (new tire). I remember last time I put on new rubber it took about a week to get the feel for it.
The good news is - the wheel stayed true and no spokes broke.
A little extra core workout adjusting to the new balance and squirrely handling won't hurt me Smiley   
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2015, 03:19:30 PM »


A little extra core workout adjusting to the new balance and squirrely handling won't hurt me Smiley   


Nope. But the offwidth crack leads you're going to be in shape for might.
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2015, 05:21:16 PM »

Can't resist a repost.

Click on the image to go for a short ride...


Thanks to looks easy from here I had The Last Ride in my head today while spinning Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2015, 01:35:08 PM »

Cool, but I think you need a bigger wheel, ; )
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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2016, 08:24:51 PM »

Today was likely our last day of onshore breezes. It was one of the most if not THE MOST challenging day I have ever had on the wheel. Every time I turned toward the ocean the gusts damn near brought me to a halt. Turning on to the main road with gusts and crosswinds was crazy hard. I thought about cutting my normal ride short but stubborn me pressed on and did my whole circuit complete with turns(circles) and figure eights. I let out a few old man noises (similar to climbing 10's) at a few points. I was relieved to get home and step off. The best part was 1st time on and a perfect dismount  Ihih
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2016, 08:41:22 PM »


...but stubborn me...


I had no trouble forming a mental picture of this description  Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2016, 02:54:00 AM »

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TMI





This is your practice wake up time for next Wed.
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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2016, 07:58:22 AM »

TMI

This is your practice wake up time for next Wed.

Really? With that setup? You must have been sleepy-eyed and meanderthal slow in the wit department.

Wednesday will be a good day to sleep in and celebrate the end of the quarter. Sleep Prrr
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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2016, 04:14:52 PM »

Much nicer riding yesterday and today without the wind.
Sounds like Brad and T are contending with some foul weather up Shasta way.
I wanted to go to Pinns today but couldn't get motivated to go solo.
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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2016, 08:50:54 AM »

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I wanted to go to Pinns today but couldn't get motivated to go solo.

Solo is fine once and a while.
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2016, 09:30:22 AM »

Solo is fine once and a while.

Solo is good on the uni.
Most days I prefer to share my climb time - especially when there is work to be done  Ihih
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« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2017, 02:08:21 PM »


I had a good initial ride today.
I haven't told very many people but I had a bad unplanned dismount about 5 weeks ago and haven't been back on the wheel since. It happened after I fixed a couple broken spokes and put on a brand new tire. Last time I put on a new tire I had a similar feeling of extreme uneasiness and sudden inability to turn well. The new tire has a much rounder profile and a really squirrely feel. Last time I put a new one on it took me about a week to adjust to it - luckily I didn't have any wrecks.

I wasn't riding partly because of wet weather and partly because of PTUPDT (Post Traumatic Unplanned Dismount Trauma).

Now muscle memory is a good thing when it comes to riding uni but in this case I would prefer that my cranial muscles forget what happened.

Today was the day.

It took me 8 tries to get on.

I felt wobbly and weak but fell into a good slow pace after a few minutes.

I haven't been that nervous on a ride in...well I can't remember when.

It will take me a while to get my confidence back but that's okay.

I had the good sense to dismount prior to the site of my sideways superman getoff.

Turn by turn, I will get there  Thumb Up Dude Big Grin Yes Nod Arf
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« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2017, 02:18:05 PM »

...unplanned dismount...

So you fell?

Can we call it an unplanned dismount in climbing?

I've never seen you ride - do you wear pads and/or wrist guards or a helmet?
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« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2017, 03:06:10 PM »

So you fell?

Can we call it an unplanned dismount in climbing?

I've never seen you ride - do you wear pads and/or wrist guards or a helmet?


I slowed for some traffic at my usual spot so I could turn across the road and finish my ride.
When I started across I got off balance (from the new tire) and pedaled hard trying to regain my balance.
I launched sideways (with considerable momentum) and went flying superman style, landing in the middle of the road.

A guy in a work truck was a bit behind me and was nice enough to stop and ask if I was okay.

I said - No, but I'll live as I hobbled off, adding a thanks.

I do wear wrist guards, a helmet and ankle bone guards - you can see them in my video at the start of this thread  Big Grin


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« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2017, 03:37:35 PM »

I've had those.
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« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2017, 05:48:18 PM »

I've had those.

I find that hard to believe based on your shoe size  Laugh Out Loud
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« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2017, 05:56:27 PM »

Can we call it an unplanned dismount in climbing?

The UPD is pretty much uni specific lingo. I never heard that term until I became a one wheel convert.

Not sure it is appropriate for climbing since you aren't typically mounted on anything.(insert joke here)
The exception might be some of these knife-edge aretes where the ride-em cowboy technique applies.
In most cases I can think of at Pinnacles, if you fall off there, it will probably just be part of your eulogy or epitaph  Yes Nod Laugh Out Loud Yikes
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« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2017, 10:31:09 AM »

In my MTB circles we call it elbow surfing.
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« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2017, 09:07:24 PM »


I've been having some problems with spokes breaking over the last year or so. It's a pain to fix and sometimes keeps me from riding for a few days. I decided a couple months ago to get a second wheel so I'll have a spare when it happens again. I opted for the only other brand of 36 inch wheel out there - The Coker Big One - shown on the right. My original wheel is a Nimbus Titan. I haven't had the new one out yet but it is nice and has 48 spokes versus the Titan's 36.
Plus now if anyone comes to visit and they can ride a cruiser, we can have a spin together. Yes Nod Ihih

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« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2017, 08:19:40 AM »

JC, why not connect the two and see how that works?
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« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2017, 08:25:08 AM »

You will also need something to steer with.

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« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2017, 09:59:32 AM »

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You will also need something to steer with.

He could make a wheelchair.

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Plus now if anyone comes to visit and they can ride a cruiser, we can have a spin together. Yes Nod Ihih
Brad on a unicycle. Crazy
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« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2017, 12:07:56 PM »

You will also need something to steer with.

You might need something.
I will put the horns on one for you.
You'll want to be solid on your back dismount Laugh Out Loud
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« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2017, 12:10:08 PM »

He could make a wheelchair.

DIE!  Prrr Ciappa

Brad on a unicycle. Crazy

He'd have to pay me in full for it first  Laugh Out Loud
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« Reply #36 on: March 27, 2017, 05:53:23 PM »

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What's the difference between a well dressed man on a unicycle and a poorly dressed man on a bike?

Attire.

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« Reply #37 on: March 27, 2017, 08:29:33 PM »

I think we need to start a thread for Brad jokes.

By the way clink - who are you quoting?
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« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2017, 08:50:38 PM »


What kind of a diet do unicyclists eat?

Well balanced.
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« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2017, 09:24:43 PM »

BrAD jokes.
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