Unicyclists learn to ride on smaller wheeled, ungeared unicycles and I guess, with all the falls when learning to ride, you just get into the habit of walking, or, at faster speeds later on, running out. Besides, what’s the alternative? You either run out, or, hit the ground and slide/scrape
I think the big reason bikers don’t run out of a crash, is cos it’s usually not an option- you straddle a bike, and, very few ways a bike can crash will make it feasible to run out of it.
Whereas with a unicycle, most UPDs result in the rider coming off the seat, while the unicycle just drops down, leaving the riders feet impacting the ground, where, the most obvious thing to do is go with the forward momentum and run out.
I’m back to riding full difficulty muni. I started back into riding in July, about 7 months after injury. Healing is gradual, at first landing UPD’s on the injured leg was quite uncomfortable, but now I don’t really notice it.
My ankle does still hurt sometimes, and if it gets bad enough I have a tendency to favor it and limp a bit. Too much walking seems to get it, although pedaling makes no difference. Overall pain and limping is getting less and less. However, this morning was in the low 40’s F and was not comfortable. I’m apprehensive about winter. Doc says approx. 50% of patients tolerate keeping in the kind of external plate I’ve got, so we’ll see.
OK, I guess I should have asked if there’d been many/any broken legs/tibias caused by coming off unicycles other than, a 36-er or a guni (geared uni) of any size wheel…?..oh, and of course, giraffe unis
Basically, I’m just trying to establish if most of those injuries could be avoided by sticking with the more old-school/smaller wheeled unis, when it comes to the activity of ‘just riding’.
He was doing muni on a boulder-strewn slope, so I’d guess he would be on a 24 or 26", possibly 29?
Sounds like impact was no problem and that the break was caused by leverage from the unicycle as his weight went on it.
UPDs are often nasty when the unicycle ends up underneath you- I’ve come close to such ‘leverage’ incidents a couple of times.
A later post-
indicates he was actually doing a drop off a boulder?
so I’ll add that to the exclusion list i.e.
Has anyone heard of many/any broken legs/tibias caused by coming off unicycles other than, a 36-er or a guni (geared uni) of any size wheel…?..oh, and of course, giraffe unis… and, while doing extreme muni/jumping off boulders?
Thanks for that. Here’s the 1st post of the thread-
That’s sobering- a snapped leg coming off a 20".
From the pics of the hill, it was pretty steep and was a grassy one.
Someone on the thread raised the possibility of the break being caused by unicycle leverage post fall, rather than impact.
I’m wondering, given the look of the hill, whether it might have been a case of the foot sinking into a deep depression, and then the leg getting snapped as his body continued (the exact reason I never, ever, attempt to unicycle over a cattle grid).
But, as is often the case with these injuries, the op doesn’t seem to know exactly what caused the break- so it’s all just guesswork.
Interestingly, the last post on that thread is about a break on a 29-er:
Both have in common the steep downhill, and, obviously, any landing impact will be harder if you come off going downhill.