FTP archive update

Hi gang,

I have added several files to the unicycling archives at ftp.mcs.kent.edu.

Hockey rules: We have an updated set of unicycle hockey rules in text format.
You will find them in pub/Unicycling/games/hockey/hockey_rules.Z

USA levels: I have started a section, pub/Unicycling/USA-levels, which I hope
one day will contain hints on how to achieve all ten levels of the Unicycling
Society of America. Right now it contains advice on two: riding over a 10x10
obstacle and riding down a 15cm drop. I took the first one from an earlier
posting, and I wrote the second one myself. My goal is to have each hint file
read as a single, coherent article, so I may combine multiple postings into one
stream of thought.

Here is an sample, my article on riding down a drop. Let me know if it needs
any changes.

You can practice this by riding off curbs. When starting make sure the curb is
regular, with a flat surface all the way to the edge and then a straight drop.
The street should be fairly level at the base of the curb. You can work on
trickier curbs later.

To ride off the curb, approach it at a relaxed but even pace. Ride off the
edge, and be ready for the unicycle to drop a bit underneath your seat. You
will want to land with your weight on the pedals, which reduces pain and lets
your legs act as shock absorbers. Start moving when you land and settle back
down on the unicycle.

If you don’t want to think a whole lot, just go try it and see what happens. It
may be easier than you expect.

Feel free to submit articles for the USA_levels. I am a level 2, and can do
about half of levels 3 and 4, so I will need some help.

Beirne


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Re: FTP archive update

Bernie Konarski wrote:

>You can practice this by riding off curbs. When starting make sure the curb is
>regular, with a flat surface all the way to the edge and then a straight drop.
>The street should be fairly level at the base of the curb. You can work on
>trickier curbs later.
>
>To ride off the curb, approach it at a relaxed but even pace. Ride off the
>edge, and be ready for the unicycle to drop a bit underneath your seat. You
>will want to land with your weight on the pedals, which reduces pain and lets
>your legs act as shock absorbers. Start moving when you land and settle back
>down on the unicycle.
>
>If you don’t want to think a whole lot, just go try it and see what happens. It
>may be easier than you expect.

I would add that it helps if you hold the front of the seat and pull it up into
your backside with one hand. Also you can adjust the angle of approach to the
curb so that you arive with your pedals in the ideal position (horizontal). You
might like to try “jumping” slightly off the curb rather than droping off.

Mark

Re: FTP archive update

Hi Beirne and gang:

  • USA levels: *I have started a section, pub/Unicycling/USA-levels, which I hope
    one day will
  • contain hints on how to achieve all ten levels of the Unicycling Society of
  • America. Right now it contains advice on two: riding over a 10x10 obstacle
  • and riding down a 15cm drop. I took the first one from an earlier posting,
  • and I wrote the second one myself. My goal is to have each hint file read
    as *a single, coherent article, so I may combine multiple postings into
    one stream
  • of thought.

I can help out with hints and tips. I would also be very interested in other’s
hints and tips, because it would help me in my teaching.

  • Here is an sample, my article on riding down a drop. Let me know if it needs
  • any changes.

  • You can practice this by riding off curbs. When starting make sure the
  • curb is regular, with a flat surface all the way to the edge and then a
  • straight drop. The street should be fairly level at the base of the curb.
  • You can work on trickier curbs later.
  • To ride off the curb, approach it at a relaxed but even pace. Ride off the
  • edge, and be ready for the unicycle to drop a bit underneath your seat.
  • You will want to land with your weight on the pedals, which reduces pain and
  • lets your legs act as shock absorbers. Start moving when you land and
  • settle back down on the unicycle.
  • If you don’t want to think a whole lot, just go try it and see what happens.
  • It may be easier than you expect.

In addition, for the person who doesn’t like the idea of curbs, when off the
uni, position the wheel where it would drop off the curb, and place the pedals
in horizontal position. Then back up the wheel carefully, mount the uni, and go
down the curb. This method ensures that the pedals are horizontal for landing,
which is the easiest way to do it. After confidence and skill builds, it wont
matter where the pedals are when going down curbs.

  • Feel free to submit articles for the USA_levels. I am a level 2, and can
  • do about half of levels 3 and 4, so I will need some help.
  • I’ll help out some, but Unicon work demands much of my time. I can add
    comments here and there, but at this point I’m not sure I can type in all of
    my hints and tips.

Constance Cotter cotter.cae.wisc.edu Unicon VII Director The 7th International
Unicycle Sports Convention August 2 to August 7, 1994

Address: Unicon VII; P.O Box 131404; St. Paul, MN 55113-0012
(612) 788-9137 phone; (612) 631-9270 fax