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Old 2018-10-23, 10:05 AM   #1171
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Just a little brag. Last weekend I rode in the forest with my 29" and there were 2 places with quite high roots that I managed to semi forward-hop right over. When I lay planks on the floor to practice forward hops, I always chicken out, imagining that the planks might shift, should I not hop high enough. In the forest I know the roots won't budge which gives enough confidence.
I think when looking at the unicycle levels, I'm only at level 3, but looking at the requirements for levels up, I don't see the point in riding in circles backwards or idling with either foot.
The only things I want to learn are riding backwards say 5 metres and riding the UW. Being able to ride backwards a bit, will give another way of turning around when riding the wrong way. My fastest and easiest way now is to stop, hop and turn 180º and ride back. If I can ride a 90º backwards and then forwards 90º, it might be easier and also looks cool. Those will be next achievements for this thread. ^_^
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Old 2018-11-04, 10:28 AM   #1172
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I did some bragging in the UW thread, but today I managed to do a 75% rev with my new UW. Altogether I've only practiced just 1.15 hours over 2 days. With this I know I can work up to do more metres.

Another small win was that on my track through the forest there is a high hill, which I hadn't ridden up before, only down and today decided to try going up. As I was only 20m from the top, I had to stop because my thighs were burning too much. Because I was almost there and didn't have the feeling of victory, I rested 5 mins to get back my breath and did it again. The second time I got my victory. This was with the 29" Nimbus.
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Old 2019-05-20, 06:09 AM   #1173
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I think this is braggable enough, even though I didn't win. On Saturday I participated in the NKE (Dutch Unicycle Championships). My aim was not to be last, which I wasn't. It was really cool to participate. I did the 10km Unlimited, so I didn't have to buy me a 24". It was in July 2015 that I learned to ride, so it is quite cool to take part in such an event.
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Old 2019-05-20, 07:30 AM   #1174
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Congrats!
It's such a great achievement, well done!
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Old 2019-05-20, 11:48 AM   #1175
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Ooh I forgot about this thread!
Congratulations on your first race!

Something I consider as a small achievement to brag about:
Yesterday I passed the 20 km mark for the very first time.
On my 24” Muni, riding mostly on-road and deliberately looking up some of the longer uphill sections in the area.
In particular I’m proud of the 2 climbs up the Congoberg (1.4 km long with average 4.8%, but locally steeper) at 10 km/h.

In the ride also some challenging cross country, ploughing uphill through grass-covered ruts and tractor tracks and slight downhill with extreme camber and ruts.
Fun times!
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Old 2019-05-20, 04:53 PM   #1176
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Congrats with your 20km. The first time I went that long was in Germany and we did 24km. That was very very hard and after that run I thought to myself I never want to ride that far again. That must have been last year or the year before. Now when practicing for the championship, I rode 20km quite often, but also on bigger wheels. In Germany on a 29", but lately on the 32" and 36".

Don't your knees start hurting on such a small wheel? My knees hurt very much after 10km on my trials unicycle.
Riding uphill probably is easier on the smaller wheel.
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Old 2019-05-21, 08:08 AM   #1177
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I’ have had some knee pain a while ago when transitioning into longer rides.
Typically this was at the outside of the knee but I traced this down to foot placement and correcting for camber or sideways wind.
But now that I’m riding more frequently, and further, this pain has disappeared.

What I do get from these hill climbing sessions is some pain behind the kneecap of my left leg.
Not during the ride but for 1-2 days afterwards, in particular when walking down stairs.
I contribute this to the on-road downhill parts, not the climbing.

If only I could ride uphill for miles and then teleport back to where I started.
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Old 2019-05-21, 08:48 AM   #1178
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What I do get from these hill climbing sessions is some pain behind the kneecap of my left leg.
Not during the ride but for 1-2 days afterwards, in particular when walking down stairs.
I contribute this to the on-road downhill parts, not the climbing.

If only I could ride uphill for miles and then teleport back to where I started.
Riding with a brake will help against hurting knees. I have brakes on the 29 and the 32. It takes some getting used to and I normally apply the brakes just before going down, so I get used to the friction already. Then just like riding uphill, you can apply more pressure on the forwards momentum. I haven't seen brakes on a 24" though, but that should be possible too I reckon.
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Old 2019-05-21, 09:24 AM   #1179
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I have a brake set lying about somewhere

But intention is to mount it onto the 27.5" to get more control on Muni Downhill.

For my typical muni / X cross downhill I do not have a knee issue.
It is just the long on-road down hills that are bothering me.

But I need to train on-road right now as I have two mountains in France to climb* later this year.


*Climbing for Life 2019 Event for charity.
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