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Old 2017-08-09, 04:20 PM   #181
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Simon's latest video

I stopped paying much attention to the various unicycle-related groups on Facebook and missed Simon's awesome video from May:


It shows mounts (static brake mount, without brake, variant static mount, running mounts, no foot mounts, backward crankflip mount), brake-coasting tricks (one foot, backward pedaling, foot plant, backward crankflip), and coasting (vertical feet position, horizontal feet position).

I created a Facebook group as a counterpoint to this thread to try to capture any freewheel content I can find. People are doing a lot of interesting stuff!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/699742363564661
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Old 2017-08-09, 05:24 PM   #182
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Hello Waaalrus!

I shared my video here but I made some edits and I can't edit the post where I wrote the link.

Did you see the freewheeling videos of A.J. Kinsella-Johnson ?
You can find it on this facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Unicyclecom...74949/?fref=ts
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Old 2017-08-09, 05:52 PM   #183
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Hello Waaalrus!

I shared my video here but I made some edits and I can't edit the post where I wrote the link.

Did you see the freewheeling videos of A.J. Kinsella-Johnson ?
You can find it on this facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Unicyclecom...74949/?fref=ts
Yes, he's amazing! This is his latest YouTube video which shows rough terrain, high drops, and steep descents:

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Old 2017-08-15, 03:07 PM   #184
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New braking technique

I learned to use a brake on a freewheel before I used a brake on a fixed wheel and I developed a bad habit. I used my right hand palm up with my fingers pointing left. I pulled up on the lever with the four fingers and my hand didn't touch anything otherwise. For fixed wheel braking I use my left hand. My palm is on the front bumper and my fingers are curled under it except for my index finger which I use to pull up on the brake lever (which has a Kris Holm Starfighter). I decided to use my fixed wheel braking technique with my freewheel (although using my right hand). At the same time I got a new hydraulic brake based on Simon's recommendation (I've always used a mechanical TRP Spyre/Spyke). He recommended a Hope Tech 4 V4 and I got the E4 because I have a 203mm rotor and the power is supposed to be equivalent to a V4 with a 180mm rotor. I found that I was unable to brake at all with the new brake using my old technique. This may have been exacerbated by brand new disc pads but I couldn't pull the lever gentle enough to do anything but completely lock the brakes. I practiced for two and half hours on Sunday with the new technique. Initially I had 0% proficiency in stopping. However, I found that I could brake-pedal much more easily than with the old technique and could get whatever speed I wanted. At the end of my practice I got to about 70-80% proficiency stopping at a fairly low speed on level ground. On Monday I practiced an hour and forty-five minutes. I improved braking proficiency including faster speeds on level ground and worked on slowing down slightly rather than stopping. I got a little proficiency (20-30%) brake-coasting down mildly steep hills. In my next session I'll improve this, work on steeper hills, and practice using a lighter touch on the brake. I definitely find that the brake-coasting to coasting transition can be much less jarring than with my old technique so is easier to do. Every once in a while I completely yank the unicycle out from under me and I'm not exactly sure why that happens.

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Old 2017-08-28, 09:24 PM   #185
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I worked on my jumps yesterday and I have a couple observations of what was working for me:

1) I stop pedaling as I get into the dip before the jump
2) My back foot is slightly below level until I spring upwards before the lip of the jump, then they level out
3) The wheel keeps moving in the air, in all of the videos where I fell off it was in front, and my wheel stopped moving
4) Speed is your friend, but don't lean too far ahead of the unicycle or count on pedaling for balance. During my best jumps I was going too fast to pedal. During my best crash I was also going too fast to pedal...

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Old 2017-08-28, 10:35 PM   #186
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I worked on my jumps yesterday and I have a couple observations of what was working for me:

1) I stop pedaling as I get into the dip before the jump
2) My back foot is slightly below level until I spring upwards before the lip of the jump, then they level out
3) The wheel keeps moving in the air, in all of the videos where I fell off it was in front, and my wheel stopped moving
4) Speed is your friend, but don't lean too far ahead of the unicycle or count on pedaling for balance. During my best jumps I was going too fast to pedal. During my best crash I was also going too fast to pedal...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYT5lnwhU9n/
These are incredible! Great work! What's your success rate on landing it? I need to lay off my right elbow a while but am eager to practice a mini version of this when I can ride again although I want to have a backup ready in case I break another hub. I think the point about keeping the back foot below level is matching up the cranks more to the angle of the ramp/roller. It never occurred to me to try braking riding over a jump probably because my original technique made it nearly impossible to do so.
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Old 2017-08-28, 11:06 PM   #187
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These are incredible! Great work! What's your success rate on landing it? I need to lay off my right elbow a while but am eager to practice a mini version of this when I can ride again although I want to have a backup ready in case I break another hub. I think the point about keeping the back foot below level is matching up the cranks more to the angle of the ramp/roller. It never occurred to me to try braking riding over a jump probably because my original technique made it nearly impossible to do so.
So my success rate for clearing the jump in my post was maybe 33% of successful takeoffs , the smaller jump was closer to 50% of successful takeoffs. The effort required to jump higher and farther seems to be exponential.

For successful takeoffs, I also had more success on the smaller jump (it probably just scared me less), so for that one it was about 66%% by the time I moved up to the larger one. For the larger jump it was probably 25-33%. Worth noting is that I was getting much more tired as I moved onto the larger jump.

Next practice session I'll spend a lot of time on consistency. Also, I was trying not to brake much at all once I hit the base of the jump. Eventually I will want to full coast in and out of a jump so I can hit some jump trails.
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Old 2017-08-29, 04:21 AM   #188
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So my success rate for clearing the jump in my post was maybe 33% of successful takeoffs , the smaller jump was closer to 50% of successful takeoffs. The effort required to jump higher and farther seems to be exponential.

For successful takeoffs, I also had more success on the smaller jump (it probably just scared me less), so for that one it was about 66%% by the time I moved up to the larger one. For the larger jump it was probably 25-33%. Worth noting is that I was getting much more tired as I moved onto the larger jump.

Next practice session I'll spend a lot of time on consistency. Also, I was trying not to brake much at all once I hit the base of the jump. Eventually I will want to full coast in and out of a jump so I can hit some jump trails.
Wow, that's pretty high already! Is the idea just to tap the brake a bit on landing then coast out of it when you get control?
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Old 2017-08-29, 03:17 PM   #189
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Wow, that's pretty high already! Is the idea just to tap the brake a bit on landing then coast out of it when you get control?
That's what I'm trying to do right now, although eventually I'd want to coast all the way through a run of multiple jumps without touching my brake. I guess that also sets a goal for consistency.
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Old 2017-10-29, 11:12 PM   #190
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Hi,
I'm considering buying a freewheel nimbus hub. I live in France and it would cost way less to buy it in the USA then send it to France than buying it in France.
Thing is I won't be able to make use of the warranty if anything happens with the hub.
Do you think this hub is reliable and durable enough so I can take the risk of buying it this way?
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Old 2017-10-30, 04:29 AM   #191
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Hi,
I'm considering buying a freewheel nimbus hub. I live in France and it would cost way less to buy it in the USA then send it to France than buying it in France.
Thing is I won't be able to make use of the warranty if anything happens with the hub.
Do you think this hub is reliable and durable enough so I can take the risk of buying it this way?
I’ve had no problems with it (besides the time I forgot to put the clips back on the bearings, but that was me being stupid and I fixed it). If you’ve broken cotterless hubs in the past or are especially abusive to hubs on climbs then I’d buy from France, but otherwise USA is probably the way to go. If you’re mounting it in an ISIS frame then be sure to use the bearing adapters.
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Old 2017-11-26, 06:27 PM   #192
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Finally found time to finish a frame for my freewheeling wheel! Rim is 622mm double wall 60mm internal width one. Decided to build my hub with it to have some momentum for learning, we will see if it helps when I actually get to try it!

I have been learning to drive my fixed unicycles with minimal back pressure and using a brake for anything I can to ease the beginning of my freewheel adventure. How fast do you guys think it is possible to get really riding this uni?

Oh, and the tire is WTB Ranger 29x3.0 if anyone is interested.
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Old 2017-11-26, 09:40 PM   #193
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Finally found time to finish a frame for my freewheeling wheel! Rim is 622mm double wall 60mm internal width one. Decided to build my hub with it to have some momentum for learning, we will see if it helps when I actually get to try it!

I have been learning to drive my fixed unicycles with minimal back pressure and using a brake for anything I can to ease the beginning of my freewheel adventure. How fast do you guys think it is possible to get really riding this uni?

Oh, and the tire is WTB Ranger 29x3.0 if anyone is interested.
Great setup! Besides how willing you are to take a huge fall and how skilled you are at coasting, the only limiting factors are air resistance, rolling resistance, and road slope, so with the right uni, aerodynamic clothing, the right stretch of road & conditions, and enough practice, FAST. Maybe 45mph?
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Old 2017-11-27, 12:24 AM   #194
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AK KJ, your riding is incredible.
Almost makes me want to try.

For my clarification... could you head down an unknown green downhill trail and stay on the whole time? Or is this something that takes time and practice before you could sweep it?

You make it look smooth and easy. Which means you're really good.
Very impressive.
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Old 2017-11-27, 12:38 AM   #195
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AK KJ, your riding is incredible.
Almost makes me want to try.

For my clarification... could you head down an unknown green downhill trail and stay on the whole time? Or is this something that takes time and practice before you could sweep it?
With using the brake, absolutely, and probably a blue too. I’ve decided to stop practicing my jumps until I can get the basics of coasting without the brake. I skipped the fundamentals and now I’ve got to make up for it.

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You make it look smooth and easy. Which means you're really good.
Very impressive.
Thanks! I’m glad I look like know what I’m doing...
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