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Old 2019-07-02, 03:32 PM   #16
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It is only when I wanted to participate in the Dutch Championships that it was important to ride 20km for training. The downside is that at some point I might feel it to be a drag and don't want to ride that long. Now that that is behind me and I see unicycling as a way of exploring the area, it can easily happen that I ride 20km without noticing, just because Im doing it for fun. I even once did 10km on a trials uni, because... well it felt good and was easy, even though I might have busted my knees with that stunt
So I reckon you shouldn't set too high targets that will make you lose interest in riding.
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Old 2019-07-11, 01:40 AM   #17
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Yeah i agree with anton005, training for long rides is a lot of work but if you practice once or twice a week, and you slowly increase the distance you rides, you can certainly increase the time you can spend in the saddle.

I did this while preparing for a world record and got to where i could ride 40km(on an impact gravity seat) on my 20in unicycle, with out a super high cadence. So just keep on working at it and you'll get there.
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Old 2019-07-11, 06:29 AM   #18
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I did this while preparing for a world record and got to where i could ride 40km(on an impact gravity seat) on my 20in unicycle, with out a super high cadence. So just keep on working at it and you'll get there.
40km on a 20" uni??? I thought my 10km was far already and it made my knees hurt like mad.
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Old 2019-07-11, 07:30 AM   #19
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40km on a 20" uni??? I thought my 10km was far already and it made my knees hurt like mad.
I did a 10 km ride on my 20 just after I had really learnt to ride. I came home and started looking for a 24 which came up a few days later.

The 20 seems like such hard work to go far now. I have one with 100 mm cranks that I ride down gentle hills as fast as I can to build cadence.
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Old 2019-07-11, 08:35 AM   #20
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I did a 10 km ride on my 20 just after I had really learnt to ride. I came home and started looking for a 24 which came up a few days later.

The 20 seems like such hard work to go far now. I have one with 100 mm cranks that I ride down gentle hills as fast as I can to build cadence.
I noticed when trying to ride as fast as I can I start swaying forwards and backwards and also the uni starts bouncing. However when going downhill, I always picture myself flying, leaving the uni behind, so I take it very slowly.

Don't the pedals spin out of control when you ride fast downhill? - I know you said "gentle" :P
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Old 2019-07-11, 01:10 PM   #21
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Don't the pedals spin out of control when you ride fast downhill? - I know you said "gentle" :P
The ideal downhill is just enough to balance the wind resistance so it is a roll that you don't have to hold back. Without having to apply force you can concentrate solely on maximum cadence and style, especially with short cranks.

I actively studied keeping my feet moving in circles in my early riding endeavours. I attribute some of the success to a short stint of riding in shoes with slippery soles. Tonight there were a couple of times when I knew my foot had followed the 114 crank arc I had become so familiar with on the 26 and was moving just above the bottom pedal.
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Old 2019-07-12, 12:38 AM   #22
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When I rode around 40km I wasn't going for distance so a bigger wheel wouldn't have helped me. I just had to be able to ride for many hours in order to reach my goal, and it payed off.
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