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Old 2019-04-06, 04:39 PM   #76
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Hey Garp, I know how you feel. I had to start last year at age 65 before I ran out of birthdays. I had a couple of mishaps that hurt a lot. It’s frustrating to just finally get a bit of skill and insight then have to stop for an injury. Hopefully your knee will heal quickly and you’re back in the saddle in no time. Lots of time now for YouTube uni vids.
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Old 2019-04-06, 07:24 PM   #77
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Lots of time now for YouTube uni vids.
Amazing! How did you know? I'm having an orgy of those.

The knee felt almost normal this morning so after a full week off I went to my training grounds. Less than a minute of riding and I was limping my way back home.
Later I had an xray: hairline fracture of the kneecap. Dammit. More videos.
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Old 2019-04-06, 08:30 PM   #78
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So Garp, I’m guessing you smacked the knee into the ground on a upd, leg armour? How long did they sentence you off the uni? You’re in NZ right. My cousin and his daughter just finished a tramp from the top to the bottom. Anyhow, ice on the knee and in the glass.
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Old 2019-04-06, 11:56 PM   #79
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I've stopped wearing the leg protections a few weeks ago, since I had become so good at landing on my feet

I should be back on the seat in a week or two, the doc wasn't clear. Apparently the crack is already half healed.

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You’re in NZ right.
Err.. no. I should really change that line in my profile. I meant the South of the Alps, not the Alps of the South.

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Anyhow, ice on the knee and in the glass.
Please stop reading my mind
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Old 2019-04-08, 01:36 AM   #80
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I've stopped wearing the leg protections a few weeks ago, since I had become so good at landing on my feet
Happy healing, Garp. It's nice to have a new rider on the forum with a good sense of humor!

I have never owned a pair of leg armor. As a beginner, I smacked my shins a lot. I bought soccer shin guards and they worked pretty well. After a while, hitting my shins became rare. And I wasn't using crazy sharp pinned pedals. So I figured I would just use knee pads and endure the occasional shin whack and bit of blood. It's worked out pretty well. If I practiced a lot of unispins, I'd no doubt have a different attitude about leg armor. Anyhow, you might consider knee pads. Not the cheap volleyball ones, and not the hard plasticy ones, but the in-between ones that cover some above and some below the knees. They are a lot more comfortable, I'm guessing, than leg armor.

While we're on the subject, I am a big fan of rollerblade-type wrist guards.
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Old 2019-04-09, 08:49 AM   #81
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Happy healing, Garp.
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Anyhow, you might consider knee pads. Not the cheap volleyball ones, and not the hard plasticy ones, but the in-between ones that cover some above and some below the knees. They are a lot more comfortable, I'm guessing, than leg armor.
Despite their bulk, the KH leg armors are surprisingly 'not there'. After putting them on, I forget about them.

Anyway, I don't plan on putting them back on right away. The knee incident was kind of a freak thing, like a brain fart. Could have happened just as well when hiking or running, or taking a shower. I'm not going to wear leg protections all day long.
But I will reuse them often, along with gloves/wrist protections (and possibly a helmet) since the unicycling style I'm most interested in is the urban stuff. Still, I've a long way to go. Right now, the simple idea of a no-footer worries me.
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Old 2019-04-09, 10:00 AM   #82
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Right now, the simple idea of a no-footer worries me.
The no-footer is easier than the no-brainer.
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Old 2019-04-10, 01:11 AM   #83
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For the first time since I started, no pratice today. And possibly longer.
I hurt my knee a bit yesterday and now it's all swollen and stiff. Pff.
Sorry for my confusion...did you hurt your knee unicycling?

Also you said you weren't going to be wearing your leg armor all the time...do mean not all the time while unicycling?
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Old 2019-04-10, 02:46 AM   #84
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I did hurt myself when unicycling but because I did something I shouldn't have done, something unrelated to unicycling.
For the leg protections, I intend to put them on only when there's a special risk. For example, I would wear them when learning crankflips and unispins, but not for wheel walking or riding backward.
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Old 2019-04-12, 01:54 AM   #85
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Back on the seat! Just for one hour but it felt good
At first I had mostly forgotten which end to sit on. Then it came back.

I kept it gentle. Slow mounts and riding. The knee is a bit swollen but it's alright.
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Old 2019-04-15, 01:44 AM   #86
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I just passed the 1 km mark. Woohoo!

If the massive burn in the thighs is any indication, there's room for improvement.
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Old 2019-04-15, 11:07 AM   #87
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I just passed the 1 km mark. Woohoo!

If the massive burn in the thighs is any indication, there's room for improvement.
Congrats with your first kilometre. With time ur burning thighs will make place for saddle aches. I get that after 15km, but a 5min break in between keeps that at bay too. You will prolly feel burning thighs also when climbing 1km or already at 100 metres ^_^
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Old 2019-04-15, 01:31 PM   #88
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I just passed the 1 km mark.
For the sake of any new riders on the forum who are reading this thread, can you tell us the number of practice hours it took you to make the 1kM mark?
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Old 2019-04-15, 04:14 PM   #89
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60 hours of practice. I can free mount and I passed .6 of a km on my 26” muni yesterday. I‘m now rethinking the 26” decision.
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Old 2019-04-15, 06:00 PM   #90
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For the sake of any new riders on the forum who are reading this thread, can you tell us the number of practice hours it took you to make the 1kM mark?
You're right. 78 hrs.


@lowerstackmac: Congratz Free-mounting a 26" sounds much harder than a 20".



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Just had a look at my detailed log.
Out of the 78 hours, I spent 42 on a pair of adjacent tennis courts (the surface is great) practicing various things and riding only short distances (5 to 40 m).

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