Aggressive Unicycling?

Hey folks, been on my uni for about 2 months now, and was wondering if anyone
has tried going on a quarterpipe or off of ramps on their uni? just asking.

nadaskater@aol.com

RE: Aggressive Unicycling?

> Hey folks, been on my uni for about 2 months now, and was wondering if anyone
> has tried going on a quarterpipe or off of ramps on their uni? just asking.

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NadaSkater wrote:
>
> Hey folks, been on my uni for about 2 months now, and was wondering if
anyone
> has tried going on a quarterpipe or off of ramps on their uni? just
asking.
>
> nadaskater@aol.com

Riding around on a half-pipe, starting at the bottom, is not too bad - dropping
in from the top is another story.

One Australian, who will remain nameless, tried dropping in a half-pipe
three times.

The first time, he bent his cranks. That put him off for a long while. The
second time, he merely fell off. That didn’t stop him for long. The third time,
he was carried off in an ambulance, and spent some time in hospital. That kept
him off a unicycle for a few months.

Julian

Re: Aggressive Unicycling?

NadaSkater wrote:
>
> Hey folks, been on my uni for about 2 months now, and was wondering if anyone
> has tried going on a quarterpipe or off of ramps on their uni? just asking.
>
> nadaskater@aol.com

Half and quarter pipes present an interesting problem. The basic principle is to
gradually build up momentum. On a unicycle where you can not free wheel this
ability is severely hampered. Also many pipes have very little friction and
consequently you tend to wipe out a lot more. There are a few things you can
play around with though. Ride up a side as far as possible and rotate 180
degrees, then ride down. Ride up a side and then cycle backwards back down (I
find this one quite fun). You can not get up very high though. I think a quarter
pipe would be more suited to unicycling than a half pipe as you are unlikely to
make it past 45 dgrees. You might be able to drop in from a quarter pipe. Some
one prove me right:-)

Have fun, Peter


                University of Waikato 61 Nevada Rd Peter Bier
                pjb10@cs.waikato.ac.nz Hamilton Unicyclist, juggler and
                mathematician. (07) 856 1103

Re: Aggressive Unicycling?

In article <nadaskater@aol.com (NadaSkater) writes:
>Hey folks, been on my uni for about 2 months now, and was wondering if anyone
>has tried going on a quarterpipe or off of ramps on their uni? just asking.
>

Hey NS, Welcome to the wonderful world of unicycling where there is so much yet
to be explored. A few years ago (mid to late 80’s) my neighbor had a quarterpipe
that was primarily used by skaters, but i did some unicycling off of it. With
some practice i was able to drop in doing 180,270 and 360’s. This was during a
time in my life when i was fearless and didnt mind trying crazy stuff. I paid
for with my unicycles, i was breaking stuff all the time (but never any bones!)

Keep the imagination flowing, there’s so much that is yet to be done on
unicycles…

keep on trying, dustin klem unicycling productions www.dustin.kelm.com

isa 40:29-31

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I personally don’t advise jumping ramps until you are very good at riding at
high speeds and jumping on flat surfaces. I’m a teenager in a town full of
bladers and boarders and am often asked by them to try their ramps. I tried a
couple times but found that I couldn’t pick up quite enough speed when hitting
the ramp and not enough leverage when coming off the ramp. I fell on my second
ramp attempt and my left leg swelled up and my foot turned purple. It was
anything but pleasent. The skaters all thought I was pretty hardcore though.
Although ramps are not impossible (as proved by Kris), you definatly need to
perfect a lot of basic skills first.

                             Wholehearted,
                                 J'hon

looking forward to Unicon X and am only a seventeen year old whose been
unicycling a few months.

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Hi, I’m new here and I’m riding unicycle only for 7 month but I WANT do
aggressive unicycle. I never tried ramps but there are enough things to try in
the streets and squares. I like to go down stairs or riding on walls but three
weeks ago I broke my left hand while going down stairs (Trocadero, the “french”
place for skaters/rollers, stairs suck!). Who could give me some advices about
going down stairs ? And about riding with feet on the wheel : i really can’t do
this! One thing more : can we jump with a monocycle (not bouncing)? I think I
should be able to ride without feet on pedals, isn’t it?

Barbegazi2 a écrit:

> I personally don’t advise jumping ramps until you are very good at riding at
> high speeds and jumping on flat surfaces. I’m a teenager in a town full of
> bladers and boarders and am often asked by them to try their ramps. I tried a
> couple times but found that I couldn’t pick up quite enough speed when hitting
> the ramp and not enough leverage when coming off the ramp. I fell on my second
> ramp attempt and my left leg swelled up and my foot turned purple. It was
> anything but pleasent. The skaters all thought I was pretty hardcore though.
> Although ramps are not impossible (as proved by Kris), you definatly need to
> perfect a lot of basic skills first.
>
> Wholehearted,
> J’hon
>
> looking forward to Unicon X and am only a seventeen year old whose been
> unicycling a few months.

Re: Aggressive Unicycling?

----- Original Message ----- From: dustin klem <unicycledk@aol.comstopjunk> To:
<unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 1:53 PM Subject:
Re: Aggressive Unicycling?

> In article <nadaskater@aol.com (NadaSkater) writes:
> >Hey folks, been on my uni for about 2 months now, and was wondering if
anyone
> >has tried going on a quarterpipe or off of ramps on their uni? just
asking.

Dustin Kelm is also a very talented rider. Make sure that you keep within your
limits when trying some skills. Alberto Ruiz

> >
>
> Hey NS, Welcome to the wonderful world of unicycling where there is so
> much yet to
be
> explored. A few years ago (mid to late 80’s) my neighbor had a
quarterpipe
> that was primarily used by skaters, but i did some unicycling off of it.
With
> some practice i was able to drop in doing 180,270 and 360’s. This was
during a
> time in my life when i was fearless and didnt mind trying crazy stuff. I
paid
> for with my unicycles, i was breaking stuff all the time (but never any
bones!)
>
> Keep the imagination flowing, there’s so much that is yet to be done on
> unicycles…
>
> keep on trying, dustin klem unicycling productions www.dustin.kelm.com
>
> isa 40:29-31
>

I’ve been spending some time in a skate park lately, riding off ramps. Dug up this old thread. Which one is the half pipe and which is the quarter?

Anyway, there’s a ramp that’s maybe 4 ft high - I have no problem going down that on my Muni. Haven’t tried the taller one yet. It’s maybe 6 feet high.

Since the 4 footer is so easy, I want to try the 6 footer, but am wondering if anyone has done this and has comments. The initial vertical drop from 6 feet is intimidating, but I think that it won’t actually be hard once I over come the fear factor.

Joe