accomplishment/uni as DME

Jeff R. Allen (fnord) writes:

>Aside from the Foster’s run itself, my accomplishment for the week was to free
>mount it <6 foot graffe> twice.

This is certainly an impressive feat, at least to those of us who can’t do it
yet. Hope you old timers remember the thrill of “getting” a new skill.

I’m looking forward to each and every (cheap but not easy) thrill to be had in
the years to come – ultimate wheels, B.C. wheels, giraffes and juggling. The
stolid and mundane say that way lies madness, way too much free time on my
hands, etc. To which I say “Thbbbbbbpptt!” ;^).

J.P Weston <> writes:

>Having just snapped my axle (Pashley suck but we all know that), wheel walking
>is a about the only thing I can do with the uni at present

>Very quickly (about 15mins) I plateaued at four or five steps on the wheel. How
>far this is in wheel revs, I don’t know, its a tad hard to work out if you’ve
>not cranks on the uni.

You took them both off? Couldn’t you have left one on and practiced one footed
skills? It’s hard to imagine both ends of the axle snapping at the same time.

You could use the valve stem as a point of reference. From where you fall off,
put the stem down and roll back to your starting point, counting each time the
stem returns to the down position. Surveyors often use a calibrated wheel as
Distance Measuring Equipment, this is where I got the idea. From measuring, I
know my tire is just an inch over 6 feet in circumference.

About balancing: For me much of the feedback I get about balance when wheel
walking is via seat-of-the-pants. I found that practicing in cycling shorts sans
crotch padding gives me a much better “feel” for what’s happening with the uni.

Side-to-side balance is largely a matter of turning the wheel in the direction
of the fall while continuing to move forward. Simple concept but getting a
handle on when and how much took (is taking) me forever.

It helps to have the arms stretched wide to the sides. Using
action/reaction, twist the pelvis to turn the wheel. Sit back on the seat
and grip the nose of the saddle firmly between the thighs, keep knees close
together for better control.

Yesterday I noticed a second form of correcting side to side balance. There were
times when my spine got out of line vertically with the uni. In other words, the
seat would fall to the left and my shoulders would fall to the right. I noticed
myself beginning to correct this by tilting my right arm up and my left arm
down, (still in line with each other) and quickly pulling up with the left arm
and pushing down with my right – somehow whipping my butt & the saddle back
into line with my head and the point of wheel contact.

Does this make sense to you veteran wheel-walkers or anyone else for
that matter?

Dennis Kathrens