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Old 2008-04-25, 03:18 PM   #316
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Why is a unicycle ad unexpected? Is it a surprising new product line for them?
edit: or is that YOU in the pic!!!
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Old 2008-04-25, 08:12 PM   #317
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I can ride a couple of miles now in complete comfort as far as muscles go, but at that point I start to get saddle-sore, either pinched jewels or chafing in the same area. If I get off and rest for a minute or two, I can turn around and go back the two or so miles to my car just as easily. I haven't tried going any farther than that because a few weeks ago I overdid it doing some hill climbing and gave my calf a major pinched muscle for a few days, which I took as a sign to slow down and spend some time building up strength. So I've been taking it easy off hill practice, just cruising a few miles per day on flat bike paths. Once every few days I still occasionally UPD, but most days not at all.

My 24" with 150 cranks is getting way too easy. I fly down the path! Sometimes I feel like I'm running on top of the uni, legs spinning as fast as they can, arms pumping, huffing and puffing. So yesterday I ordered a set of 125 cranks, but I'm also thinking of moving up to a 29"; undecided between a Torker or a Nimbus. I've heard the Torker AX 29" is great except for the seat (Which is maybe why my current Torker is giving me seat issues).
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Old 2008-04-26, 01:03 AM   #318
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I ride both my KH24" and KH29" most days. I really enjoy the 24" with 150 cranks, but mainly use it for cross country/muni riding. We're on the edge of a state forest, there is a great network of trails close by including a bunch of climbing and descending, just seems to suit the 24 great! I mainly use the 29" for longer rides and commuting, heading into the local store in the nearest town, visiting etc. It's a hilly region, the 29 just seems to eat it up, love it, it's my car! Haven't decided which crank length I prefer on the 29 though, I swap them around a fair bit. The 150's are great for all the hills, both climbing and keeping things from getting too crazy descending, especially with cars around. the 125 great for more speed. I guess as I get stronger I'll run 125's more.

I was concerned that the 29" would reduce my enjoyment of the 24" but that hasn't been the case. For me anyway, the 24" and 29" complement each other really well. Also skills-wise I tend to learn new skills on the 24" and transfer them to the 29", and then coming back onto the 24" from the 29" you seem to get an increased sense of control, which improves skills on the 24" which feed back onto the 29" etc.

I started off on a Torker LX 20 - I found the Torker seat to be absolutely terrible. I don't ride it much at all now, but have since changed the seat post and seat on it, mainly to ride indoors over winter. All my uni's have the Fusion Freeride seat, which for me anyway is very comfortable. I wouldn't skimp on the seat.

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Old 2008-04-26, 03:14 AM   #319
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Interesting stuff guys. I'll be out riding this weekend and may even get to ride a gravel road...my first venture off of smooth pavement. I think I'll switch the pedals on my 29" back to the 150mm slots for more control. I'll also try the 24" on the gravel.
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Old 2008-04-28, 02:03 PM   #320
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Progress, progress, progress. I took Lunicycle's suggestion of switching back to 150s on the 29". They give a lot more control that the 125s, on which I find myself picking up too much speed for my comfort level. I also found it harder to freemount with 125s on the 29" because unless I hit it perfect, I couldn't get enough torque to ride out of the mount, if you know what I mean.

Each day I'm getting more and more distance before my legs tire out. I doubled my previous 800 foot distance with the 24", making it completely around a large block in my neighborhood and back to my house. I'm also able to turn street corners in a moderate arc now using a little extra ooomph on the inside pedal. My weak point is still having too much weight on the pedals though and that is what drains me. Saddle time will cure this. I have good overall stamina since I can paddle my kayak 25 miles without a break (no legs required!). My legs need some building up big time!

I tried freemounting and riding on my front lawn and couldn't even go 2 feet! My lawn is really bumpy - I don't take care of it! So my next step is to practice on uneven surfaces. I'll be going to a big gravel parking lot near the Ottawa River that has enough dips and lumps to get me to that next level.

Anyway, that's my blurb for today! I gotta get back to work. Feel free to tell me to shut-up!
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Old 2008-04-28, 09:08 PM   #321
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Anyway, that's my blurb for today! I gotta get back to work. Feel free to tell me to shut-up!
Au contraire, mon frere, keep it coming.
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Old 2008-04-28, 10:32 PM   #322
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Au contraire, mon frere, keep it coming.
Phew!... cuz I don't know how I got up to 245 posts. yak yak yak.
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Old 2008-04-29, 04:37 AM   #323
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hey cool Dave, yeah keep it coming!
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Old 2008-04-29, 06:46 AM   #324
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Started unicycling end of Dec 2007. Can freemount, can ride as long as I want (well, until my crotch hurts , that is after 3 miles or so, can be extended a bit by riding a few meters standing on the pedals). Can hop around a little, can ride up and down hills, can ride on gras and gravel by now.

If you want to watch my progress, monitor this tread. If you speak German, check out the whole history.

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Old 2008-04-29, 03:48 PM   #325
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Keep posting Dave, I love reading about your exploits!

I just spent a weekend camping in the mountains, and unfortunately, bikes were not allowed on any of the paths, so there was little riding to be had. I did, however, discover a FANTASTIC system of trails near my home on Thursday evening. The main trail is mostly flat, but there are many smaller trails that shoot off from it. The other trails vary in terrain from uphills to downhills, and technical to non-technical. Some places are rooty, rocky, hilly...it's just awesome! There's even a spot with fallen logs for practicing hops and skinnies (neither of which I can do yet), and a little natural half-pipe that was fast and scary to ride down and a fun challenge to ride up. I could get lost in those trails for hours and just have the time of my life!
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Old 2008-04-29, 05:35 PM   #326
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I just spent a weekend camping in the mountains, and unfortunately, bikes were not allowed on any of the paths, so there was little riding to be had. I did, however, discover a FANTASTIC system of trails near my home on Thursday evening. The main trail is mostly flat, but there are many smaller trails that shoot off from it. The other trails vary in terrain from uphills to downhills, and technical to non-technical. Some places are rooty, rocky, hilly...it's just awesome! There's even a spot with fallen logs for practicing hops and skinnies (neither of which I can do yet), and a little natural half-pipe that was fast and scary to ride down and a fun challenge to ride up. I could get lost in those trails for hours and just have the time of my life!
Aw man...get that husband working!!! I'd love to see some video of you on that terrain - including the bloopers!

Here's something weird. Now that I can freemount my 29" and 24" consistently about 1 in 4 tries, when I went back to try to freemount the 20" I almost killed myself! I do a static mount on all the unis, and on the 20" I can't keep the weight off the back pedal. I push it down like I'm starting an old motorcycle as I mount. The result is a uni flying backwards and me falling forward as the free pedal whacks my other leg and prevents me from landing on it! Absolutelty no brain-leg communication going on! And to make it worse, I figure since I'm in the basement just practicing a few freemounts, I don't need nothin' but a helmet, right - wrong! No injuries occurred but it's back to full padding no matter how short the practice session is!
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Old 2008-04-29, 08:00 PM   #327
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Aw man...get that husband working!!! I'd love to see some video of you on that terrain - including the bloopers!

Here's something weird. Now that I can freemount my 29" and 24" consistently about 1 in 4 tries, when I went back to try to freemount the 20" I almost killed myself! I do a static mount on all the unis, and on the 20" I can't keep the weight off the back pedal. I push it down like I'm starting an old motorcycle as I mount. The result is a uni flying backwards and me falling forward as the free pedal whacks my other leg and prevents me from landing on it! Absolutelty no brain-leg communication going on! And to make it worse, I figure since I'm in the basement just practicing a few freemounts, I don't need nothin' but a helmet, right - wrong! No injuries occurred but it's back to full padding no matter how short the practice session is!
I'm hoping to get a little bit of footage tomorrow, so we'll see.

I hear ya on the 20" uni, I am actually really uncomfortable on my mine these days. It feels like a little toy, and my freemounting is not as successful because I always overshoot the thing - I'm just used to mounting larger wheels. I loaned it out to a friend a few weeks ago and saw it again for the first time this weekend (my friend came with us to camping and she brought the uni). I had several failed attempts to mount and riding it felt REALLY awkward.

So do you have a favorite wheel size yet, Dave?
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Started unicycling end of Dec 2007. Can freemount, can ride as long as I want (well, until my crotch hurts , that is after 3 miles or so, can be extended a bit by riding a few meters standing on the pedals). Can hop around a little, can ride up and down hills, can ride on gras and gravel by now.

If you want to watch my progress, monitor this tread. If you speak German, check out the whole history.

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Your vids inspired me to go out to the garage and practice hopping and other skills. To my delight and surprise, I discovered that I can indeed hop! If I get myself comfortable while holding onto a wall, I can hop (without holding the wall) an average of about 20 times, but sometimes even as many as 60, before riding out of it successfully. I definitely still have work to do when it comes to riding, stopping, then hopping...but it's good to know that I can hop and at least ride out of it.

I also tried the rolling mount, which turned out to be surprisingly easy. I'll need to work on my timing somewhat, but practice will smooth that right out.

Thank you for sharing!
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Old 2008-04-30, 01:48 AM   #329
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Here's something weird. Now that I can freemount my 29" and 24" consistently about 1 in 4 tries, when I went back to try to freemount the 20" I almost killed myself!
Yeah Dave, I hear ya! I can move between riding the 29 and 24 and it all feels good, my riding atm is mostly split 50/50 between those, but getting back on the 20 after the 24 and 29 feels weird for sure. I sometimes get on the 20 at night in the house to try out new stuff or just mess around, and I guess it takes 10-15 mins before it starts to feels good. Maybe that would improve with more practice at swapping between the three.

One thing that always amazes me is how small the 20 feels now, compared to how big it felt when I started off, and how far I used to ride the 20 once I could ride forward ... no wonder there was some serious chaffing going on!
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Old 2008-05-01, 03:54 AM   #330
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If I get myself comfortable while holding onto a wall, I can hop (without holding the wall) an average of about 20 times, but sometimes even as many as 60, before riding out of it successfully.
Impressive. What kind of pedals do you have? I'm wondering if I try to hop on plastic ones they'll snap off.

(No riding in the last 2 days for me; it's been rainy and cold.)
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