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    1. Any tips for riding in the wind? The other day I had a pretty hard fall when the gusty wind I was riding into stopped briefly. I'm a little scrapped and bruised but I like to figure how not to have that happen again.

    2. Having a bike riding background I'm familiar with the subject of pedal cadence. How important is cadence while riding a unicycle and is there an optimal cadence range?

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    Originally posted by Unitoddo View Post
    1. Any tips for riding in the wind? The other day I had a pretty hard fall when the gusty wind I was riding into stopped briefly. I'm a little scrapped and bruised but I like to figure how not to have that happen again.

    2. Having a bike riding background I'm familiar with the subject of pedal cadence. How important is cadence while riding a unicycle and is there an optimal cadence range?
    1. Avoiding riding in changing wind is the best method. Other than that, give as little area as possible for the wind to attack on, but I guess that's obvious.

    2. Cadence works different than on a bike, since we are so limited with gears. The higher you can get your cadence, the faster you are. To put it simply, on a unicycle it is much more important to choose your maximum cadence by choosing a crank length. The shorter your cranks, the higher your maximum cadence will be, with the downside of having less control/harder acceleration. Wheelsize is obviously the second choice, the bigger the wheel, the faster you can be without reaching extremely high cadences.
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    • #3
      It is hard to fight the forces of nature. I see three choices, don't travel, walk or ride and wear protective gear. I noted that world unicycle traveler Ed Pratt's choice has been to walk when the wind got too intense. Road riding with traffic in a cross wind could easily be fatal.

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      • #4
        1.) Always ride with the wind.

        2.) Always pedal the right speed.
        -Greg Harper

        Nipples...do you ever have enough?

        Change is good. Bills are better.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Unitoddo View Post
          1. Any tips for riding in the wind?

          2. How important is cadence while riding a unicycle and is there an optimal cadence range?
          @Unitoddo: riding in the wind is a skill just like everything done on unicycles. You might work on learning how to “step off” your unicycle in any direction — front, back, and both sides. I usually don’t change my commute route until the wind gusts start exceeding 50 or 60 mph.

          Spin as fast as needed, but less than your max cadence at your current exhaustion state or you’ll fall off the front eventually.

          I eventually fall over at a zero cadence.

          Originally posted by harper View Post
          1.) Always ride with the wind.
          @Greg: we never would have made it to work everyday commuting with advice like this in our part of world.

          I’ve been blown off while riding with the wind in road cuts through headlands on the Oregon coast. I just couldn’t pedal fast enough.

          JM
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          • #6
            Not to mention that only riding with the wind can only take you so far when your destination is in the opposite direction

            My advice is: If it's windy out, ride your smaller wheel. My 29er is FAR easier to handle in the wind than my 36er. I'm not sure if it's because of the effective gearing, or the larger wheel having more sail-like properties, but the difference is noticable. Aside from that, as Joe said, you've just got to learn to ride it. Try not pushing as hard when the wind is coming towards you, that way when it gives out a bit you don't fall forward.
            “It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.”

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            • #7
              Wind:
              Gusty wind is going to be unpredictable, so it's hard to plan for. If you get the chance, go down to New Zealand, and ride around Wellington for a few weeks. It's apparently one of the windiest cities on Earth. Puts Chicago to shame, though I suppose that might be an easier alternate city for you to do wind practice.

              Unicon XV was in Wellington in 2010, and the 10k race was postponed due to wind (much of the course ran along the downtown waterfront). During the Marathon, I was "literally bitch-slapped off my unicycle". Coming around a corner next to a big hill, the wind literally knocked me off the uni. I ended up walking a portion of the course due to that. That quote was my sig line for a while.
              Originally posted by JimT View Post
              I noted that world unicycle traveler Ed Pratt's choice has been to walk when the wind got too intense. Road riding with traffic in a cross wind could easily be fatal.
              And that's true for an unladen unicycle. When fully loaded, his is really heavy, and much more sensitive to any form of crosswind. I remember riding my old 45" wheel (with no luggage) across a giant parking lot, crossways to a strong wind. I couldn't go straight, as it kept blowing my wheel to the side. I had to "tack" like a sailboat, riding in long zig-zags which eventually got me to the other side.

              Originally posted by harper View Post
              1.) Always ride with the wind.
              That never, ever would have gotten me to school. Or home. It would always have been the opposite direction.

              Cadence:
              That's a bicycle thing. Cadence is a thing when you have a choice of gears. I suppose it applies a little even when you have only two gears (Schlumpf), but not much. The idea is to pedal at the speed at which you are most efficient. But on a typical unicycle, once you've picked your wheel size, your cadence is merely a by-product of how fast you want to go.
              Last edited by johnfoss; 2018-05-05, 06:13 AM.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by bungeejoe View Post
                @Greg: we never would have made it to work everyday commuting with advice like this in our part of world.
                Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
                That never, ever would have gotten me to school. Or home. It would always have been the opposite direction.
                I don't get it with you two. I always ride with the wind and I always ride downhill. It's just easier that way.
                Last edited by harper; 2018-05-05, 02:56 PM.
                -Greg Harper

                Nipples...do you ever have enough?

                Change is good. Bills are better.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
                  That never, ever would have gotten me to school. Or home. It would always have been the opposite direction.
                  Uphill, both ways, through two feet of snow eh?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by harper View Post
                    I don't get it with you two. I always ride with the wind and I always ride downhill. It's just easier that way.
                    I think I've seen you in a painting by M.C. Escher.

                    Originally posted by saskatchewanian View Post
                    Uphill, both ways, through two feet of snow eh?
                    I'm from Michigan, remember? So to be fair, more like one foot.

                    BTW, let me just throw in a plug for NAUCC this summer. It's being held in my home town (Livonia, MI) and all the Freestyle, Track, Basketball, Hockey, X-Style and the Public Show, will be held at my high school, Stevenson! Come check it out!
                    Last edited by johnfoss; 2018-05-08, 01:01 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
                      I think I've seen you in a painting by M.C. Escher.
                      In a swimsuit?
                      -Greg Harper

                      Nipples...do you ever have enough?

                      Change is good. Bills are better.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by harper View Post
                        1.) Always ride with the wind.
                        you mean, ride backwards when you have the wind in the face?

                        Riding with a side wind is like riding with camber. I just see it as an extra challenge. Also with wind in the face, I keep telling myself I am heavier than the wind and try to ignore it. It can be quite tiring with a strong head wind.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
                          BTW, let me just throw in a plug for NAUCC this summer. It's being held in my home town (Livonia, MI) and all the Freestyle, Track, Basketball, Hockey, X-Style and the Public Show, will be held at my high school, Stevenson! Come check it out!
                          I have been checking the sites schedule off and on for the non-competitive or convention activities they are planning. I would like to attend as a non-competitor this time for a few days and would like to plan my time around the clinics and workshops? Do you have any idea if they are planning on having any or is it pretty much just the competition side of the event this year? My first two NAUCC's I attended in Minnesota and Wisconsin the first day or two seemed to be when they had them and they were the highlight of the week for me. It is the only time I get any instruction and I need it! LOL

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by harper View Post
                            1.) Always ride with the wind.
                            ....until you need to go home
                            If your not sore, your not ridin' long enough!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by harper View Post
                              In a swimsuit?
                              I think that one was a Pollock.

                              Originally posted by DaUniGuy View Post
                              I would like to attend as a non-competitor this time for a few days and would like to plan my time around the clinics and workshops? Do you have any idea if they are planning on having any or is it pretty much just the competition side of the event this year?
                              I'm going to recommend signing up as a competitor, since the event is really built for participation. Everybody does the best they can within their own abilities, which is totally fine. It's less competitive in the "adult" age groups...

                              Workshops and non-competitive events generally take a back seat to the competitions, which are required elements. In other words, though Convention is part of the name, that part usually gets short-changed. I will try to fit in my usual Sumo workshop if there's a time/place available during my time there. I would also love to lead a ride on some of the old trails I used to ride, but I don't even know if any of them even exist anymore. The place where I got started in {what we now call} Muni is now part swampy area, and part Walmart parking lot.

                              I'll be around July 8-11, though some of that time will be family stuff. I hope to be in the Cyclocross, watch the Freestyle, possibly sub on a basketball team for a game or two, and ride the Muni events.
                              John Foss
                              www.unicycling.com

                              "Who is going to argue with a mom who can ride a unicycle?" -- Forums member "HiMo"

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