About a year n’a half ago I bought a 26" Pashley MUni. I had seen the
Atlantic Monthly article on George Peck and, seeing as I had just had my
fortieth birthday decided that George looked in pretty good shape for an
old judge and I could get in good shape too.
Well I had contacted John Foss and he had given me some encouragement and
so I started to practice. Unfortunately… being ADD… I let other things
distract me after the novelty wore off and I didn’t learn to wobble for
more than a few feet.
Well seeing as I’ve had some help with my ADD I’ve been trying again.
After landing on my tail-bone I’ve become pavement shy so I’ve taken to
using a local boardwalk with a handrail as my training ground.
I am now able to go about 15’ (if I really concentrate) before I have to
grab onto the railing again.
I have a few questions.
One- Is is normal for the wheel to oscillate back and forth like that!!??
or will that disappear over time? I ‘think’ my seat height is correct.
Two- In order to go any distance without holding on I tend to use a LOT of
inner thigh muscles to kind of keep the thing… well… up. Is this also
normal and will that become easier or go away?
Three- I try to put my weight on the seat because that’s what I was told
but I tend to want to put my weight on the peddles more when I’m
forgetful. Do I really want ALL my weight on the seat and just enough on
the peddles to peddle or is there going to be some distribution to the
peddles for balance?
Four- My inner calves tend to want to rub up against the forks. Is that
normal? They are sore.
Five- I’m sure that this is going to become easier but is it ever going to
become as easy as riding a bicycle or CLOSE to it? Can you MUniers go for
hours without much thought like bicycling or is it always going to take
PS… One day… MUni weekend!
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