500th mile on my guni

I hit mile #500 on my odo this morning. Rah.

I haven’t leared much since mile 200. Basically, once I had put in 200 miles, I guess I’d figured out most of what I needed to know.

I knew I’d hit that top of the learning curve when I was able to make it up a very steep street in high gear. It wasn’t about stength (tho that’s a factor) – it was about learning how to lean and how to pedal that thing uphill. I call it the “chicken walk.”

To ride a big wheel up a steep hill, you lean a bit forward, pedal mightily with the front foot (duh), and take off most of the pressure from the rear foot. If done while walking, you’d look a bit fowl or as tho you were limping with both feet. The point of this method is to remove most of the natural (mild) backward pressure we exert on the rear foot as we ride. I guess we do that partly for balance and partly for control. Well, by NOT doing that, the uphills move a lot faster.

It’s still a bit tricky to ride in high gear thru pedestrian traffic (which I do quite slowly), but I’ve found that unless the crowd is too thick, I’m better off staying in high gear than attempting to switch back and forth. So now I basically leave it in high gear 99% of the time.

My advice to anyone getting used to a new and much larger wheel size: Give it time. Eventually, you’ll figure out what it takes to ride more slowly and precisely – it just takes many miles of riding before you get to that point.

Great news! Now I think it’s obvious where your learning needs to change the focus to. You need to be able to shift on-the-fly.

That was quick. I think I only have about 600 miles on BlueShift. Others bring the tally up to well over 1000 miles. I still struggle with the twitchiness. Unlike others I find the 29" wheel more stable and manageable than the 24" wheel was. I’m thinking that it was not that hot an idea to try to minimize the weight. I found der UberCoker to be much more stable than BlueShift and I attribute that to the massive 36" Coker tire.

Re: 500th mile on my guni

On Thu, 6 Oct 2005 11:26:57 -0500, David_Stone wrote:

>Give it time.

Ooowww, I’m giving it time. I am just waiting and waiting for my guni
to arrive. More than 7 months now.

Anyways thanks for the write-up.

And to jl0r : David can shift-on-the-fly like no other.

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Like no other you say? I don’t know… that’s a pretty bold statement. I saw Beau Hoover shifting every half revolution when we visited Schlumpf’s place.
(Yes, it was ridiculous)

I wish I could say that I’m the cat’s meow when it comes to on-the-fly shifting. I’m not, Klaas, tho I appreciate your vote of confidence.

I was shifting quite well, thank you, until the day I shifted into the void – I clicked the hub-shifter, and it didn’t quite take hold, and I simply coasted for a moment and then fell backward. It was the only time in nearly 26 years of riding that I’ve actually used my helmet, tho it was a pretty light tap. Still, it was scary as hell, and Florian is working on a 2nd generation hub that will be even less problematic. This hub is excellent, but the improved model will make me more likely to shift when I need to.

Instead, when I come to a red light or stop sign, I either hold onto something (parked car, sign, etc), hop off, or ride thru (if conditions permit). Were I able to shift more easily (like Beau!) I’d downshift into low gear and idle, like I did a few weeks ago.

Keep in mind that Beau was shifting back and forth on a smaller wheel – that would make a bit of difference, but his riding is excellent by all accounts.

how do you keep track of your mileage?

Cycle computer. Any bike store has one.

When I read that, I stupidly thought (for an instant), “How do you know? Don’t you have to adjust the cycle computer depending on what gear you are in?”

Duh. Of course not. The wheel circumference doesn’t actually change – it’s a virtual change. Again, duh to me! I guess we get so used to thinking in terms of wheel sizes instead of gear ratios, that a silly thought like that becomes possible.

Re: 500th mile on my guni

On Fri, 7 Oct 2005 10:16:44 -0500, David_Stone wrote:

>I wish I could say that I’m the cat’s meow when it comes to on-the-fly
>shifting. I’m not, Klaas, tho I appreciate your vote of confidence.

OK I back down a bit. John can shift-on-the-fly like few others, OK?

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