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  • 101 reasons why muni is EASIER than MTB

    Why not? I think there are a lot areas in which MUni is easier than MTB, not sure we can get to 101 but here it goes:

    1) Hike-A-Uni is a lot easier than Hike-A-Bike.

    2) Pre-ride prep/check (if you do this) is typically much quicker.

    3) Post-ride cleanup/check (if you do this) is typically much quicker.

    4) Transporting the Uni is much a snap, just throw it in the trunk or backseat, no special bike rack required.

    5) Fewer moving parts means lower possibility of mechanical failures.

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    munisano

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    I was thinking this topic needed to be said:

    6) Easier to fall and land on your feet
    7) Every comment (except "wyow" perhaps) tends to be encouraging
    8) Skinnies are easier - only one tire to worry about
    9) Tight turns are easier.
    10) Hopping over stuff is easier (well, in theory, anyhow)
    11) You don't go as fast.
    12) Less dangerous, in general.
    13) Even short local trails can be fun/challenging, so you don't need to drive as far for a good ride.
    14) You always get better, every ride, and that's SOOO encouraging. (perhaps this is the case for MTB as well?)
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    • #3
      Its QUIET
      Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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      • #4
        16) you only have to hit every bump/drop once, rather than twice.
        "Cobra on my left, leopard on my right!" -Jim Morrison

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        • #5
          17) You get a workout downhill as well as uphill.
          18) Can sneak a smaller wheel on an airplane to avoid extra big cost.

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          • #6
            1) Hike-A-Uni is a lot easier than Hike-A-Bike.

            2) Pre-ride prep/check (if you do this) is typically much quicker.

            3) Post-ride cleanup/check (if you do this) is typically much quicker.

            4) Transporting the Uni is much a snap, just throw it in the trunk or backseat, no special bike rack required.

            5) Fewer moving parts means lower possibility of mechanical failures.

            6) Easier to fall and land on your feet

            7) Every comment (except "wyow" perhaps) tends to be encouraging

            8) Skinnies are easier - only one tire to worry about

            9) Tight turns are easier.

            10) Hopping over stuff is easier (well, in theory, anyhow)

            11) You don't go as fast.

            12) Less dangerous, in general.

            13) Even short local trails can be fun/challenging, so you don't need to drive as far for a good ride.

            14) You always get better, every ride, and that's SOOO encouraging. (perhaps this is the case for MTB as well?)

            15) its super quiet

            16) you only have to hit every bump/drop once, rather than twice.

            17) You get a workout downhill as well as uphill.

            18) Can sneak a smaller wheel on an airplane to avoid extra big cost.

            ......
            Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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            • #7
              19) You only have to worry about one wheel.

              20) After a muddy ride you have to clean less parts.

              21) In the desert you only have to fix one flat instead of two.
              It's called a Muni ride, not a Muni walk ... If you're not tired at the end of a MUni ride, you're doing something wrong. - Tholub -

              Unicycles: 19" Koxx One Black Domina II, 29" Nimbus Drak equipped with custom center-pull brake system

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              • #8
                22) Your chain is never going to break.

                23) Same for derailleurs and assorted other parts.

                24) It's a lot easier for a uni to fall off a cliff without you on it.
                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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                • #9
                  I'll add my top reasons:

                  1. fewer parts, more reliable

                  2. lighter

                  3. easier to carry (because of 2, and because of shape)

                  4. brakes (if you use them), have a backup system in the fixed wheel
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by brent View Post
                    7) Every comment (except "wyow" perhaps) tends to be encouraging
                    People must have a different attitude where you are! I'd say one of the _bad_ things about unicycling is the constant mickey-taking (although some people are impressed, to be fair).

                    I think muni is certainly SAFER than mountain biking - you're not going so fast and it's way easier to bail cleanly if you get it wrong. I'll ride stuff on my muni that I'd think twice about on a bike. Not sure about EASIER though, unless you count lower maintenance and ease of carrying over stuff you can't ride. I definitely reckon it uses more energy than it would on a bike to ride the same terrain (and slower).

                    Rob
                    "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?" (Dan Antopolski)

                    "I would absolutely recommend a 29er to anyone who didn't prefer a larger or small wheel." (Mikefule)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rob.northcott View Post
                      I think muni is certainly SAFER than mountain biking - you're not going so fast and it's way easier to bail cleanly if you get it wrong.
                      I used to think the same thing, but after sustaining a stress fracture to my heel while riding MUni on the Slickrock trail in Moab, Utah, I feel different about that. I think overall the risk of injury on a unicycle is less than on a mountain bike, it isn't zero. Certainly the types of injuries sustained by mountain bikers aren't as likely for mountain unicyclists, however there are still many ways to injure yourself riding off road on a unicycle.

                      My advice is to make sure you're wearing the proper safety gear (armor, helmet, shoes) when riding off road. In my case I wasn't wearing my good off road shoes (left them at home and bought a cheap pair of shoes) and I suffered the consequences! I might have broken my foot even with the proper shoes, but I think my risk would have been far less.

                      Be careful out there!
                      Last edited by MuniSano; 2011-12-22, 01:50 PM.
                      munisano

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MuniSano View Post
                        Certainly the types of injuries sustained by mountain bikers aren't as likely for mountain unicyclists, however there are still many ways to injure yourself riding off road on a unicycle.
                        Like a friend of mine recently said:"You get introduced to a whole new set of injuries when mountain unicycling."

                        Still worth it though.
                        Why yes, I am a Christian on a unicycle. Thank you for noticing.

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                        • #13
                          OK, I said safer, not utterly free of risk

                          Most of my local trails are very rocky but nothing "extreme". They get pretty easy on a bike when you're used to them - so the tendency is to ride faster and faster because you can on a bike - then a crash is really quite nasty. On a muni it's more of a challenge anyway, and you're going more slowly - you're much more likely to fall off than a biker, but when you do it's much less nasty. Of course, you could fall awkwardly or sprain your ankle as you put your foot down but you could do that while walking or running. Having said that, I wear shin/knee pads, gloves, helmet and elbow pads when unicycling on the rocks - on a bike I never wore any protective kit other than helmet and gloves. FREQUENCY of falls from a unicycle are higher than from a bike, but SEVERITY is much lower - at least IME.

                          Rob
                          "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?" (Dan Antopolski)

                          "I would absolutely recommend a 29er to anyone who didn't prefer a larger or small wheel." (Mikefule)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rob.northcott View Post
                            FREQUENCY of falls from a unicycle are higher than from a bike, but SEVERITY is much lower - at least IME.
                            Yep, it was exactly that that did me in! For over 6 years, probably 80% or more of the time when I come off the first point of impact was onto my right foot, typically right on my right heel. Do that 100s if not 1000s of times, again and again, and eventually you weaken... So on a fairly typical UPD in Moab, nothing spectacular, just off the uni and onto that right foot and WHAM stress fracture! Which is why I say we unicyclists have to be aware of repetitive use and abuse injuries such as this. So just be cautious out there (or learn how to bail off onto your other foot to balance out the abuse! ).
                            munisano

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                            • #15
                              I found that if I increased my core strenth (especially leg lifts) it increased the likely hood of landing on my feet. If I worked my less dominant UPD leg so it was stronger, it was easier to land on that foot, and if on semi intentional falls I tried to land on that leg, when the UPD was totally unexpected I was more likely to land on that other foot.
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