Ankles :-(

Its coming up to holidays and I was planning to hit the best MTB trials in NZ on
my Muni. Unforunately Saturday’s Muni expedition left me with two badly
twisted ankles (and a pair of stuffed cranks). I have a couple of questions on
avoiding these problems in the future:

a) Has anyone tried the ankle protectors available from unicycle source? Do they
work, are they comfortable etc?

b) When descending a crater how does one stop when one flies off their unicycle?
My ankle injuries occured not from coming off the uni but from the mad cap
dash down the crater side that I could not slow due to the steepness of the
crater wall.

c) Will steel cranks hold up better than Aluminium? I find every time I jump
off a 3ft drop my cranks get deformed and I have to tighten them on further.
Eventually they come up flush against the bearing holder and I can’t turn
the pedals.

d) Also any ideas on looking after sprains would be appreciated.

In the mean time my holiday riding plans have all been thrown out the window
:frowning: I’m struggling to even walk at present, let alone ride. The annoying
thing is I did the same thing last year.

Peter

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RE: Ankles :frowning:

> b) When descending a crater how does one stop when one flies off their
> unicycle? My ankle injuries occured not from coming off the uni but from
> the mad cap dash down the crater side that I could not slow due to the
> steepness of the crater wall.

Sounds like the first part of the answer would be to go around said crater.

But since one assumes the idea is to make it down, be aware that bailing while
on a steep descent will force you to have to “run out”. This is especially hard
if you dismount in a way that lifts you away from the slope, so you cover even
more ground before touching down.

Though I can’t recommend the Dan Heaton faceplant method (it works for him but
could injure others), if it’s a really long way down you will have to stop
yourself somehow. Depending on the terrain it might be better to try to
butt-slide or otherwise cling to the ground to stop. If it is rocky you’re in
trouble. This is part of the danger that makes extreme unicycling exciting.

In general, I’d say always try to have an escape route (this advice comes from
driving). Not only have it, but preload it in your mind in case you have to use
it. If, like me, having it in there makes you more likely to choose and use it,
that probably means you should try a less demanding slope to build yourself up
to this one.

Assuming you are going to remain bold and do it anyway (after you heal), in any
dismount situation you want to minimize your height so you can either fall
down, or run out in control. I don’t have a suggestion for this though, other
than to bail early, to save your ankles, rather than trying to hold it and
landing worse.

> c) Will steel cranks hold up better than Aluminium?

I doubt it because steel cranks are lower-end. You need a splined crankset for
the stuff you’re doing.

> d) Also any ideas on looking after sprains would be appreciated.

My totally non-medical advice is to just let it heal. The worst thing you can do
is go out and abuse joints that aren’t healed yet so be patient. The crater
isn’t going anywhere!

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“How was the ride? did you feel good?” “Did you say feel good or fall good?”
Conversation between 8 year old Beau Hoover and mom after a MUni ride on
12-17-2000

Re: Ankles :frowning:

On Sun, 17 Dec 2000, Peter Bier wrote:

>a) Has anyone tried the ankle protectors available from unicycle source? Do
> they work, are they comfortable etc?

Kris Holm will probably speak for himself, but I remember him writing (on this
list that he was using the Active Ankles pretty much all the time. You might
search for his post with Deja News.

John Drummond (Unicycle Source) also told me awhile back that he uses them
himself and enjoys them. I understand that he has an economic interest in the
recommendation, but I believe he is an honest man and that he gives an honest
opinion (even to his detriment).

I can’t help you with the technique or equipment issues much other then to say
that it appears that most people doing heavy downhill or jumping have migrated
to heavier hubs and splined cranks. DM makes some, as does Profile. If you’re
destroying a lot of gear, it’s probably time to look into something heavier…
<sorry, bad news for your pocketbook>

>d) Also any ideas on looking after sprains would be appreciated.

I have a friend who’s been through a lot of different sports related sprains and
strains. He said his sports doctor recommends treatment based on an acronym
RICE. Rest Ice Compression Elevation

You give the injuried member as much rest as possible, avoiding using it as much
as you can. You use repeated ice treaments, several times a day. Compression can
be achieved by using an elastic bandage, like an ACE brand bandage. I don’t knwo
if you have that brand in NZ, but I’m sure you have something similar. Elevation
means raising the injuried member to relieve the swelling. When I sprained my
ankle, I got elevation by turning a plastic trash can over under my desk and
sitting my leg on it while sitting at my computer.

Greg

Re: Ankles :frowning:

I’m just glad you didn’t break anything. Although some twists are worse than a
break, I’ve heard.

> a) Has anyone tried the ankle protectors available from unicycle source? Do
> they work, are they comfortable etc?

If you want to prevent your ankle from twisting side to side, Active Ankles
(what Unicycle Source is carrying) are awesome. They’re pretty comfortoble as
long as you have an arch support in your shoe that you can slip the stirrup of
the ankle brace under. The only time I don’t like wearing them is if I’m just
riding to school and then will have to sit through hours of class without
being able to stretch out my ankle. Of course I could take them off once I got
there but I’m lazy.

> b) When descending a crater how does one stop when one flies off their
> unicycle?

Could you expound on what is a crater? Do you mean a big hole in the ground? I
think a face plant is generally effective at skidding one to a stop. That’s how
Dan does it in UNiVERsE. No offense to Dan, he’s a great rider. We just love
watching him crash.

> c) Will steel cranks hold up better than Aluminium?

Not unless they’re the hollow 4130 cranks from Profile or DM. Most steel
unicycle cranks are really cheesy, and although they don’t wear out at the
square tapered hole, they bend really easy. You didn’t mention what brand of
cranks you just bent, but you might try some Black Widow Euros. That is, until
you break your axle. Once that breaks too, you might as well upgrade to Profile
axle and cranks, which come with a lifetime warranty. Can you get them in NZ?

Get well soon,

Chris

Peter Bier wrote:
>
> Its coming up to holidays and I was planning to hit the best MTB trials in NZ
> on my Muni. Unforunately Saturday’s Muni expedition left me with two badly
> twisted ankles (and a pair of stuffed cranks). I have a couple of questions on
> avoiding these problems in the future:
>
> a) Has anyone tried the ankle protectors available from unicycle source? Do
> they work, are they comfortable etc?
>
My ankle injuries occured not from coming off the uni but from the
> mad cap dash down the crater side that I could not slow due to the steepness
> of the crater wall.
>
> c) Will steel cranks hold up better than Aluminium? I find every time I jump
> off a 3ft drop my cranks get deformed and I have to tighten them on
> further. Eventually they come up flush against the bearing holder and I
> can’t turn the pedals.
>
> d) Also any ideas on looking after sprains would be appreciated.
>
> In the mean time my holiday riding plans have all been thrown out the window
> :frowning: I’m struggling to even walk at present, let alone ride. The annoying
> thing is I did the same thing last year.
>
> Peter
>
> o o Peter Bier o O o Juggler, unicyclist and mathematician.
> o/|\o peter_bier@usa.net
>
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