-dismount gracefully when nobody is looking.
-dismount ungracefully just in nick of time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
-turn 90 deg. to left or right without understanding why it happened.
-demonstrate 4 different styles of arm flailing.
-demonstrate importance of helmet and/or wrist guards to non-unicyclists.
-consistantly UPD but be able to catch the unicycle before it hits the ground.
Thanks for the chortle Cathwood! I think I’m somewhere between level 2 and 3, unofficially of course. And thanks to underdog for the supplemental guffaw from his excellent level 4 list, too.
Podzol, I agree here. Hearing the 14 yr olds reporting their backwards upside-down blindfolded hand wheel-walk after 2 months practice puts what I’d come to regard as my own gains into rather stark perspective.
I sort of touched on this thread a few weeks ago, but did not have Cath’s
inspiration to take it to these levels. You may remember my writing the
following, which includes one of the level 4 skills
" The path had a number of large and muddy puddles following the recent
monsoon like weather, but these were not to prove a problem for me. I
dismounted and edged carefully around them (I think edging is one of the
less well known level 4 skills )."
As one gets more experienced one can use this edging skill to avoid the
doggy poo too. It is a fairly advanced variation and should not be attempted
without either instruction ( available at a modest fee) , or a liberal dose
of insanity, of which I have enough to supply several patients…
Note: this skill does NOT work with a Mikefule tree root, any attempt to do
so will result in a UPD well before entering the forest.
If there is enough interest I may be able to make an instructional video,
provided I can borrow a camera from the BBC.
Another L4 skill is the ability to UPD several hundred yards from the
nearest vertical structure. This is a bilingual skill and can also be done
The human race is a species so incredibly intelligent that it has invented
Gods to explain anything it does not understand…although my friend Dave
says no amount of Gods will ever explain how a bra can be removed without
disturbing the T-shirt.