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Old 2017-12-06, 11:52 AM   #1
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Invisible Box Challenge

I'm surprised this hasn't been posted before: have you seen this Invisible Box challenge that's bothering all the social media right now?

https://www.theguardian.com/media/sh...themselves-try

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I'll be impressed when she actually rides out of the mount.
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Old 2017-12-06, 01:42 PM   #2
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDziHTXuA-w

I tried Unigeezers method a while ago, and could not do it. No paper plate was safe.
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Old 2017-12-07, 11:11 AM   #3
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Took me about 5 minutes to get it (I reckon). As implied, anybody who can static mount can probably do it - it's much the same trick as Unigeezer's plate thing, though maybe a little harder to do really well as you have no reference to keep the static foot in place.
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Old 2017-12-07, 11:23 AM   #4
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Took me about 5 minutes to get it (I reckon). As implied, anybody who can static mount can probably do it - it's much the same trick as Unigeezer's plate thing, though maybe a little harder to do really well as you have no reference to keep the static foot in place.
With a static mount, I do actually stand on the pedal. It is different from the invisible box. I guess when I get my freewheel uni hopefully this week, I will have to do it more like the box.
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Old 2017-12-07, 12:36 PM   #5
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On a 36, or even a 29, I put some pressure on the pedal. What I do is give the unicycle a little shove forward then the pressure of my foot stops it rolling and there is just enough support for me to use the pedal as a step.
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Old 2017-12-09, 06:16 AM   #6
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With a static mount, I do actually stand on the pedal. It is different from the invisible box.
Agreed. Doing the invisible box is a good practice for isolating your foot to one spot, but different because your body is moving around it. It's like a mime isolation exercise.

In an actual mount, you put pressure on that pedal but the difference is, you hold your foot in place and don't let the pedal go up or down. Keep your knee at the same angle of bend. What I try to teach people is to just hold your foot where it is, without bending or straightening your leg. Easy to say, but still hard to do until it "clicks". Usually it takes a while before that click happens...
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Old 2017-12-09, 07:38 AM   #7
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Heh, those people cheering in the background. It's like they've never performed a static mount 1000+ times before.
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Old 2017-12-07, 06:21 PM   #8
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I tried Unigeezers method a while ago, and could not do it. No paper plate was safe.
Unigeezer's paper plate analogy is half correct. It is true, you need to hold your foot in about the same place but there is quite a bit of downward force needed to hold the peddle in a fixed location and prevent the wheel from rolling forward. It is easy to see this force if you look closely at the tire deflection during a free mount.

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Old 2017-12-08, 11:04 AM   #9
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Still, the paper plate is a great method to get used to using the foot on the floor to provide upward momentum. If you can do a proper static mount, you will be able to do the paper plate exercise too. It's an exercise, not an analogy.
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While useful initially, I now try and teach people quite early on to balance the weight of their back foot pushing down with their weight on the seat/pushing on the handle with their hand.
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