I have just spent the morning practicing idling with the right foot down and made only a slight bit of progress. But that’s ok, I have 42 more years to perfect it.
I have also demonstrated that I can freemount my giraffe wearing pants…snicker, snicker…as opposed to the less constricting cycling shorts. This is good as I can now confidently perform in my chosen costume.
I turned 42 over a month ago. I can no longer remember if I learned to ride one footed first, or idle one footed. But it helped to learn while walking the dog on a retractable leash. -It forces you to stop within the length of the leash, but you never know when. I idled while he sniffed, so you also don’t know how long you’ll be idling. Eventually idling starts easier and you realize you only need one foot. Especially if you do full 1/2 rotations with one foot, while trying to keep your other foot stationary.
I remember now. Idle, the ride one foot. My dog prefers I idle to ride one footed, but I don’t always allow him to choose.
Other than that, I’m perfectly normal… perfectly normal.
did some work toward my 100 throws while idling challenge last night
and got pretty much nowhere
also did some off-foot idling and one foot idling
both better than expected
managed to ride a circle backwards for the first time last nite
Well, I’m a little bit short of that “answer to everything” age (I’m
20), but I do have a comment to make on one-footed idling.
Having just learned how to one-footed idle this evening (right foot
down), and having made an attempt at riding one-footed, I would think
most people idle first, then ride; the opposite of what normally
happens (well, at least with my experience) with two feet. I think
this is probably going to be the general case as it’s a trying task to
control your weight when your foot is at the top of the stroke and
really has no control over the pedal. The best you can do is to throw
your weight forward and guide the pedal on the downstroke - you can’t
slow it down any.
I’ve found there is a lot more control when just doing half-strokes
and the like.
P.S. I just got a Bedford 20" Freestyle Uni from Darren a few weeks
back. It’s amazing, what can I say? Very solid product that I’d
recommend to anyone.
Happy Birthday Raphael,
I just turned 42 today. I had a seat flat about 22 miles into my normal 30 mile Sat. ride. I borrowed some extra clothes from a friend and stuffed them under the roach cover to make it home. It was pretty good timing because I planned to rebuild the seat on Monday or whenever the GB handle gets here from unicycle.com.
-Mark (no french fries today) Stephens
You guys are punks. When I was your age I whittled unicycles out of fallen trees in the woods. I’ve EATEN more unicycles than you’ve ever ridden. I used to have to cross the Rockies in a blizzard EVERY DAY on a unicycle with a bent rim and no tire just to go to a one room school house where we had to read using only the light from wet matches. I had to hunt elk using my seatpost as a club or starve to death. You guys are sissies. You’re probably all trying on dresses right now.