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  • #16
    Originally posted by Mikefule View Post
    All mu unis except my 20 have pinned pedals.

    On a ride, I wear cycling gloves and a bike helmet.

    I own or have owned KH leg guards, wrist guards, and a full face helmet. These days, I would only consider putting all this stuff on if I were riding on uneven rocky surfaces. For general cross country, road and trail, helmet and gloves are enough.

    For practising skills away from traffic, and for occasional performance, I don't wear the gloves or the helmet.
    Yes I bought shin guards, but they are too warm to wear and even when learning to hop I rarely tumbled off badly enough to tear something open. In the forest I ride with a helmet and gloves and when riding with my family in the park only gloves. I'ts been a few times that I landed on my hands last year and the year before, but never on my head.

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    • #17
      I guess my problem was the speed, I tried turning while pedaling too fast. Slow and steady pace gives nice 3m diameter figure eights.

      1.5 m diameter (IUF level 3) is definitely doable, but for now it is not smooth, it is more like I ride in 1m squares instead of 1.5 m circles

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      • #18
        Originally posted by haqreu View Post
        I guess my problem was the speed, I tried turning while pedaling too fast. Slow and steady pace gives nice 3m diameter figure eights.

        1.5 m diameter (IUF level 3) is definitely doable, but for now it is not smooth, it is more like I ride in 1m squares instead of 1.5 m circles
        It also depends very much on the tire. With my 29" nimbus muni turning on asphalt is harder than on sand. Too much friction

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        • #19
          Yup, I train on a very rough asphalt (three months in unicycling, buying third tyre in a month), it is a bit more difficult to turn than on a smooth asphalt or sand.

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          • #20
            There is an outdoor basketball court near me that I practice on sometimes. I think it's useful to ride around the painted circle in the center. Following the line helps me concentrate on keeping the turn smooth, and not jerky.

            In general, you have made tremendous progress in a very short time. Congrats!
            "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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