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Old 2000-03-03, 07:49 AM   #1
Kris Holm
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Hi,

I've been having some success with a varient on a pedal-catching trials
technique so I thought I'd share
it.

Previously with pedal catching I was jumping and landing with one pedal caught
on the obstacle, then adjusting so that both my crank and pedal were hooked on
the obstacle (or jumping directly to this position if possible). Finally I would
then jump from there and land with my tire on top of the obstacle (using this
for anything too high to jump directly to the top of the obstacle).

This works OK as long as there is room for both the pedal and crank arm. In
cases such as small diameter poles, narrow railings, or slippery sides of
junkyard cars, often the crank arm doesn't stick very well.

It seems that another method works very well: Jump up and land with one pedal
(say the left one)caught on top of the obstacle, so you are standing with you're
left foot on the pedal, the uni wheel hanging over the lip, and you're right
foot hanging in the air. If positioned right, you can rock the uni bak in forth
in this position. If you bring it sharply upwards and catch your right foot on
the free pedal on the way up, the momentum seems to propel everything upwards
and you can spring onto the top of the object.

Anybody else trying this or have any input?

Cheers,

Kris.

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Old 2000-03-03, 05:07 PM   #2
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Re: new technique?

Kris wrote:

[color=blue]> It seems that another method works very well: Jump up and land with one pedal[/color]
[color=blue]> (say the left one)caught on top of the obstacle, so you are standing with[/color]
[color=blue]> you're left foot on the pedal, the uni wheel hanging over the lip, and you're[/color]
[color=blue]> right foot hanging in the air. If positioned right, you can rock the uni bak[/color]
[color=blue]> in forth in this position. If you bring it sharply upwards and catch your[/color]
[color=blue]> right foot on the free pedal on the way up, the momentum seems to propel[/color]
[color=blue]> everything upwards and you can spring onto the top of the object.[/color]
[color=blue]>[/color]
[color=blue]> Anybody else trying this or have any input?[/color]

I have not seen it done by any unicyclist, but I saw "OP" and Hansray doing a
similar trick during a trials competition at Mammoth about 10 years ago. Truly
amazing, go for it Kris!

Cheers

Roger

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Old 2000-03-04, 07:30 PM   #3
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Re: new technique?

Kris Holm wrote in message
<20000303074921.18829.qmail@web906.mail.yahoo.com>...
[color=blue]>I've been having some success with a varient on a pedal-catching trials[/color]
[color=blue]>technique so I thought I'd share[/color]
[color=blue]>it.[/color]

[color=blue]>Anybody else trying this or have any input?[/color]

Hey Kris,

I've been trying exactly this for a long time. So far with no success. I've got
good at catching the pedal on the obstactle and then trying to lunge even higher
by pushing off the pedal. I've been trying to do it all in one motion. So far, I
can keep my motentum to carry me overtop of the obstacle (like a high picnic
table bench). Instead, now I am just able to launch off the pedal to make a
bunny hop look a LOT higher!

So, do you stop with your pedal (or crack) caught on the obstacle, pause and
then try to rock and jump on top or do you do it all at once in one motion??

I've been working on this for ages and no real success yet so I'm glad to here
it can be done. Right on!

Mike
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Old 2000-03-06, 11:52 PM   #4
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RE: new technique?

Kris Holm wrote:

[color=blue]> This works OK as long as there is room for both the pedal and crank arm. In[/color]
[color=blue]> cases such as small diameter poles, narrow railings, or slippery sides of[/color]
[color=blue]> junkyard cars, often the crank arm doesn't stick very well.[/color]

I've noticed the same problem jumping onto those cars and small poles as well.
[color=blue]:-)[/color]

[color=blue]> It seems that another method works very well: Jump up and land with one pedal[/color]
[color=blue]> (say the left one)caught on top of the obstacle, so you are standing with your[/color]
[color=blue]> left foot on the pedal, the uni wheel hanging over the lip, and you're right[/color]
[color=blue]> foot hanging in the air. If positioned right, you can rock the uni bak in[/color]
[color=blue]> forth in this position. If you bring it sharply upwards and catch your right[/color]
[color=blue]> foot on the free pedal on the way up, the momentum seems to propel everything[/color]
[color=blue]> upwards and you can spring onto the top of the object.[/color]
[color=blue]>[/color]
[color=blue]> Anybody else trying this or have any input?[/color]

I almost hate to break this to Kris, but aside from maybe Bruce Bundy and David
Poznanter, I don't know if anyone else is doing this stuff yet! Clearly Kris is
leading the way in this area of MUni, and it's great that he is sharing his
techniques with us.

It sounds like you're on the right track with the above move, based on me not
having actually tried it but rehearsing it in my head a few times. It's easier
on the shins that way.

Can't wait to see some video!

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
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Old 2000-03-07, 04:19 PM   #5
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RE: new technique?

[color=blue]>I almost hate to break this to Kris, but aside from maybe Bruce Bundy and David[/color]
[color=blue]>Poznanter, I don't know if anyone else is doing this stuff yet![/color]

Yes, Kris is leading the way. But, if you'd seen Adam and Dan at the Seattle
International Bike Expo, you'd add them to Bruce and David. They were handling
similar moves. It is amazing how rapidly unicycle trials riding is advancing.

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA
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Old 2000-03-07, 06:06 PM   #6
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RE: new technique?

Definately. Both Dan and Adam are pulling off some awesome combo
freestyle/trials moves (like doing freestyle stuff on beams and boxes), which is
totally cool!

-Kris

....But, if you'd seen
[color=blue]> Adam and Dan at the Seattle International Bike Expo, you'd add them to Bruce[/color]
[color=blue]> and David. They were handling similar moves. It is amazing how rapidly[/color]
[color=blue]> unicycle trials riding is advancing.[/color]
[color=blue]>[/color]
[color=blue]> David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA[/color]
[color=blue]>[/color]
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