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Old 2011-07-27, 04:25 PM   #1
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How long can you idle?

For how long or how many times can you idle non-stop? How long should I be able to idle before I can be said to have learned to idle?
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Old 2011-07-27, 04:44 PM   #2
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As long as you need to! Once you can idle for 50 or 100 pedal strokes, it's just a case of relaxing into it. Then you can go on for ages.
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Old 2011-07-27, 04:44 PM   #3
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Using the IUF skill levels as a guide line, 25 times should do it (with one idle being a complete back and forth motion of the wheel).
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Old 2011-07-27, 05:05 PM   #4
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I'm still idling.
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Old 2011-07-28, 12:25 AM   #5
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When I was learning last year, I went for 100.
I doubt I can do 100 with my other foot though.

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Old 2011-07-28, 02:11 AM   #6
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I have a problem of not being able to put my weight on the seat while idling, making one foot idling impossible!

I don't know, as soon as I realize I'm putting more weight on my bottom foot and put my weight back on the seat, I instantly fall.

But normally, I can idle long enough for the light to turn green, I'd say maybe 10 or 20 times? If I could get to 50, I feel like I'd have lead legs
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Old 2011-07-28, 02:16 AM   #7
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I'm not sure how long I can idle for, but I always practice on elevator rides
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Old 2011-07-28, 03:31 AM   #8
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Thanks for the warning! I think I'll watch my grass grow instead.
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I have a problem of not being able to put my weight on the seat while idling, making one foot idling impossible!
If your seat is really low it will make idling harder, especially if you also have long cranks (like a typical Trials/Street setup). Raise your seat up and you'll see why the Freestylers mostly ride with high seats.

I can idle indefinitely, either foot. This is a good skill for anyone to learn, as it can be useful in all sorts of situations. I was once in a TV commercial for a local store in Detroit (can't remember what store), where my job was to be idling in the background on my 6'. I was up there for a cumulative 6 hours or so.

Never again.
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Old 2011-07-28, 12:16 PM   #9
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John Foss, can you idle indefinitely on at 36er? That seems really hard. I can idle pretty well on my 24, but no way on the 36.
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Old 2011-07-28, 10:50 PM   #10
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I can comfortably idle as long as I need to on any of my uni's (20 24 and 7 foot giraffe). It just gets easier with time, if you can idle now it get more and more comfortable with time.
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Old 2011-07-28, 11:45 PM   #11
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John Foss, can you idle indefinitely on at 36er? That seems really hard. I can idle pretty well on my 24, but no way on the 36.
Let's just say I can definitely idle on a 36er. But I don't. It's doable, but not particularly useful or enjoyable. Especially with really short cranks, or in high gear!
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Old 2011-07-29, 12:07 AM   #12
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If your seat is really low it will make idling harder, especially if you also have long cranks (like a typical Trials/Street setup). Raise your seat up and you'll see why the Freestylers mostly ride with high seats.
Thanks, I went riding with my seat as high as I can put it (I'm 6', riding a 20") and idling felt a lot better and in control. I felt like it took more effort to ride though, I even added more pressure to my tire but still felt like I had to us my legs more. Oh well, guess I'll have to find that happy medium
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Old 2011-07-29, 01:15 AM   #13
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I can idle till i get bored
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Old 2011-07-29, 05:03 AM   #14
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I'm still idling.
....still idling...
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Old 2011-07-30, 03:12 PM   #15
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I think I can idle one foot longer than a normal idle : / it seems to take less energy. It comes down to how long you're willing to sit there and pedal back and forth, and not so much how difficult it is.
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