Dumbest idea I've had in a looong time.

I was thinking about freewheeling unicycles: correct backward lean with
reverse pedal pressure or a brake, correct forward lean with pedal pressure
or…

DRAG! Like a parachute or something, some way to increase upper body wind
resistance. Like, like… wings! Yeah, fabric wings so you can increase
upper body drag by spreading your arms. It would work - work BETTER - even
if you were zooming downhill way too fast to be able to pedal faster.

And if you were going really fast, and completely spread REALLY BIG wings…
never mind.


“Faith: not wanting to know what is true.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Nah… the wind’s too unpredictable.

How about a gondolier’s pole?

Of course, you could only use it in a dragging fashion to correct forward lean. If you wanted to clear large obstacles in your path, you could “plant” the tip of the pole in front of you, like a pole-vaulter, and just sail over that log/rock/stream/pedestrian…

Here’s where those wings would come in handy… spread 'em to soften your landing impact!

Re: Dumbest idea I’ve had in a looong time.

> I was thinking about freewheeling unicycles: correct backward lean with
> reverse pedal pressure or a brake, correct forward lean with pedal pressure
> or…
>
> DRAG! Like a parachute or something, some way to increase upper body wind
> resistance. Like, like… wings! Yeah, fabric wings so you can increase
> upper body drag by spreading your arms. It would work - work BETTER - even
> if you were zooming downhill way too fast to be able to pedal faster.
>
> And if you were going really fast, and completely spread REALLY BIG wings…
> never mind.

Keep going, I think you’ve got it. Just be sure that when the angle of the
ground becomes less than the angle of glide, you are peddling like crazy.

> –
> “Faith: not wanting to know what is true.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

When you are going through hell, keep going!

Lowell