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Old 2019-02-17, 07:11 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Acrorebel View Post
5 minutes of juggling 3 balls while idling and I'm usually exhausted, and I'm a distance-runner.
Sounds like your idling could use some refinement. If you watch a unicycle performer idle, it will have large strokes and look very onerous. That's the idea; make it look difficult and sketchy. And if you're trying to show off, this is generally more interesting to an audience than a low-energy idle.

But if it's just for you, low energy is better. With practice, you can make small wheel movements that take a lot less energy. These small movements can even include long pauses or stops; you just want to keep the wheel moving from front to back of your balance point.

Adding juggling or other activities, naturally, will force you to work harder until you get used to the combination of activities.
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Old 2019-02-17, 04:52 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by johnfoss View Post
These small movements can even include long pauses or stops
I find it much easier to achieve momentary a still stand while idling between the 3:00 and 9:00 positions. Conversely, doing a still stand with the pedals at or near the 6:00/12:00 position is almost impossible. It seems logical that a small, tight idle uses less energy, but in my experience, reversing the wheel direction on small idles takes more effort than on the 3:00/9:00 variety. I probably have not spent enough time practicing small, tight idling. Assuming some kind of correction (pivot) needs to be made at either end of the idle, I find it's easier to make a larger correction in the 3:00/9:00 position.

Regarding juggling while unicycling, maybe a small idle is easier than a large one.
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