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Old 2019-05-07, 01:15 AM   #1
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Always Tuck Your Laces!!


I know better and was too lazy to do it this time.


The laces wrapped around the petal shaft and ripped two eyelets out of my sneakers.

It makes it difficult to bail if your Uni is tied to your shoe!!


Thankfully I was going slow and was able to step off with the other foot.


Nothing hurt but my pride.
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Old 2019-05-07, 01:59 AM   #2
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Learning to ride a unicycle. What. Too specific? Should I step back even further? Being born would seem to be a qualifying event...
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Always Tuck Your Laces!!
The laces wrapped around the petal shaft and ripped two eyelets out of my sneakers.
Nothing hurt but my pride.
I was not so lucky. I had had it happen to me before, and observed it happening a lot at uni conventions. Here comes little Jimmy along the back side of the track. He's doing well! Then, for no apparent reason, he does an instant faceplant. His shoelace got loose...

I'd experienced it enough times that I had developed a reflex for that situation. If you're not going real fast, stop. If you're going too fast to stop within a rotation or two, pedal as hard as you can! It happened to me while trying to see how fast I could go on my Coker with 150mm cranks. I think I got up to about 15mph down the little hill, and was slowing a bit when I felt that familiar tightening. No real choice when going fast on a Coker; FULL POWER! Didn't work. Ow. My shoelace did finally break before the crash was over, taking two eyelets out of my shoe. But I busted my clavicle and got some nasty road rash. And I had to miss the 2007 California Mountain Unicycle Weekend, which started a few days later.

Since then, I NEVER ride with out first double-knotting my shoes. It's always a pain at the end of the day, but it's worth it!
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Old 2019-05-07, 03:37 AM   #3
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Attention startup company entrepreneurs...

When needed, hospitals and nursing homes prescribe pediatric shoes which use Velcro straps to hold them on patients' feet. But these typically are quite boring to look at, colored black or hospital white. And so what is needed is a much livelier appearance, suitable for spectacular unicycling. No laces required!
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Old 2019-05-07, 01:04 PM   #4
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I absentmindedly put my seat on backwards on my 36er and, after about 7 miles of riding, my left pedal fell off because the crank arm was stripped and ruined. It was a long walk home.
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Old 2019-05-07, 01:26 PM   #5
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I just don't tighten my laces too much. That way I can just step in and out of my shoes without ever having to untie them. Also keeping the laces short in case they do come loose, will not get them entangled around the pedals.
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Old 2019-05-07, 01:27 PM   #6
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Attention startup company entrepreneurs...

When needed, hospitals and nursing homes prescribe pediatric shoes which use Velcro straps to hold them on patients' feet. But these typically are quite boring to look at, colored black or hospital white. And so what is needed is a much livelier appearance, suitable for spectacular unicycling. No laces required!
There are many MTB shoes available with Velcro straps

Ever since starting this insane hobby almost two years ago I've been tucking in my laces, a shoelace trip-up is my worst fear in unicycling.
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Old 2019-05-07, 01:48 PM   #7
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Just last Sunday: not slowing down before a rear-dismount on a somewhat slippery surface.

Result: my 2nd real backward fall in almost 2 years.
As I had my tire on road riding pressure it made a nice triple skid mark though

The other one happening on my 3rd day of unicycling
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Old 2019-05-07, 02:35 PM   #8
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The laces wrapped around the petal shaft and ripped two eyelets out of my sneakers.

It makes it difficult to bail if your Uni is tied to your shoe!!
I had this happen yesterday evening -- luckily it was on my 20" and it didn't damage my shoe (or me). It is actually the second time in as many weeks, albeit with different shoes.

To be fair, yesterday was a bit opportunistic, the uni was in the back of the car, the sun was shining and I had five minutes, so I just jumped on it without too much thought about tangling my feet up. The dismount involved stepping over the wheel with my free foot, which could be the basis of something quite cool, but certainly above my present competence level...

I think that this problem is made worse by having the pedals in the inside hole of 125/137 cranks so that the end of the crank is spinning round looking for something (like the bow of a shoelace!) to hook into...
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Old 2019-05-07, 03:13 PM   #9
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Laces

5-10 BMX shoes have a tongue that covers the laces and Velcro's down
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Old 2019-05-11, 11:13 AM   #10
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Always tucked my laces in until one day I thought , “nah it’s probably not that important”. Riding my 20” up to a crossing... hop, skip, trip... drag unicycle behind leg as foot is now tied to the crank shaft. From now on always tuck in your laces.
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Old 2019-05-11, 08:48 PM   #11
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while trying to see how fast I could go on my Coker with 150mm cranks. I think I got up to about 15mph down the little hill, and was slowing a bit when I felt that familiar tightening. No real choice when going fast on a Coker; FULL POWER! Didn't work. Ow. My shoelace did finally break before the crash was over, taking two eyelets out of my shoe. But I [URL="https://unicycling.smugmug.com/Friends-and-Family/2007-Friends-and-Family/i-QJfnh72/A"
busted my clavicle[/URL] and got some nasty road rash. And I had to miss the 2007 California Mountain Unicycle Weekend, which started a few days later.

Wow...Go Big or stay at Home!!

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Old 2019-05-11, 08:49 PM   #12
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I absentmindedly put my seat on backwards on my 36er and, after about 7 miles of riding, my left pedal fell off because the crank arm was stripped and ruined. It was a long walk home.

Note to self...
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Old 2019-05-11, 08:54 PM   #13
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Just last Sunday: not slowing down before a rear-dismount on a somewhat slippery surface.

Result: my 2nd real backward fall in almost 2 years.
As I had my tire on road riding pressure it made a nice triple skid mark though

The other one happening on my 3rd day of unicycling

I have had one good one (4th day riding) and did a number on both elbows.
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Old 2019-05-11, 08:56 PM   #14
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I had this happen yesterday evening -- luckily it was on my 20" and it didn't damage my shoe (or me). It is actually the second time in as many weeks, albeit with different shoes.

To be fair, yesterday was a bit opportunistic, the uni was in the back of the car, the sun was shining and I had five minutes, so I just jumped on it without too much thought about tangling my feet up. The dismount involved stepping over the wheel with my free foot, which could be the basis of something quite cool, but certainly above my present competence level...

I think that this problem is made worse by having the pedals in the inside hole of 125/137 cranks so that the end of the crank is spinning round looking for something (like the bow of a shoelace!) to hook into...

The bow is what wrapped on mine.
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Old 2019-05-11, 09:14 PM   #15
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Sebcycle...For some reason the system will not let me quote you.
My visual image of you dragging your uni is priceless!
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