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    Anyone ever tried their unicycle there? Or better yet, I'm thinking a BC Wheel would pair perfectly with a pump track, it's all about maintaining momentum.
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    Unicycle on a pump track: check. It's doable, but compared to a bike with a freewheel it's not a lot of fun. A pump track is designed to be ridden by pumping with the arms and body and should be able to be ridden on a bike with a freewheel with no pedaling, just pumping.

    If you have experience with a BC wheel, you know that they're very tricky to ride. On curved ramps, a whole lot more so. There are some videos available of people doing it, but it hasn't really caught on.

    If you haven't tried riding a BC wheel, you should. They can be fun. They can also be a source of spectacular crash footage.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by volock View Post
      Anyone ever tried their unicycle there? Or better yet, I'm thinking a BC Wheel would pair perfectly with a pump track, it's all about maintaining momentum.
      I have an interest in testing out unicycles on pump tracks. There's a trail I ride that has some pump track elements and I used to practice jumping on the rollers:

      [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBt69GnJ3n4"]Freewheel unicycle small jump practice 5-16-2014 - YouTube[/ame]

      You definitely can't get the same kind of a pump on a unicycle as on a bike but I built up a peg unicycle to see if that would work any better than a pedal unicycle:



      The initial results seem to show that I should be able to get a better pump on the peg unicycle compared to my pedal freewheel unicycle but it will take a lot of practice and won't necessarily get to the point of being able to sustain momentum over the course of a pump track. But it will still be fun!

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      • #4
        And folks, do not underestimate the skills of the Waaalrus! He is really good at that. Think riding a freewheel unicycle offroad is only a little bit hard? It isn't. It's WAAAY Hard! Kudos to you, Waaalrus for getting so many successful hops off that thing!
        John Foss
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        "Who is going to argue with a mom who can ride a unicycle?" -- Forums member "HiMo"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by waaalrus View Post
          The initial results seem to show that I should be able to get a better pump on the peg unicycle compared to my pedal freewheel unicycle but it will take a lot of practice and won't necessarily get to the point of being able to sustain momentum over the course of a pump track. But it will still be fun!
          Out of curiosity, do you use the brake to aid in balancing or only to control speed?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by janvanhulzen View Post
            Out of curiosity, do you use the brake to aid in balancing or only to control speed?
            On my freewheel unicycles I try to use the brake just for controlling my speed but I'll use it for balance if I'm feeling tired or lazy. While I find it relatively easy to do coasting-braking-pedaling-coasting I still find it challenging to do coasting-braking-coasting. I'm successful most of the time, but it's more like 60-70% and I'd like to push it to 90-95% with more practice.

            On my peg unicycle I only use the brake to slow down after a run. So far I've been practicing to overcome my fear of going faster than 12 mph. I'll need a lot more practice to be able to control my speed during a run with the brake. I'm not even close to the 60-70% success rate that I have on my freewheel unicycles.

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