Fw : WHEELIE - RIDING vs. UNICYCLING )---O

All:

I thought I might pass this message on since it was an interesting comparison of
Wheelie-riding to unicycling, and was written by a guy who does both well.

Referring to Andy Cotter’s Q. about 2 wheeler unicycles vs. bikes, I’d rather
ride the two-wheeler (unicycle) than wheelie long distances on a bike.

Any other thoughts here?

Steve - “The Uni Male”

>From: VAN_PARSEGHIAN@HP-Cupertino-om6.om.hp.com
>CC: chris@hempseed.com, VAN_PARSEGHIAN@HP.COM

Chris Carey wrote:

>>How different / difficult is it to ride on the rear wheel of a bicycle vs.
>>riding a unicycle? Any Tips?
>>
>>Chris Carey

Van Parseghian replied:

>Dear Chris,
>
>Riding a standard bicycle on one wheel, for longer than about 100ft, is much
>more difficult that riding a unicycle. Although a unicycle is difficult to
>learn. Once you learn it, you can ride in a relaxed position for quite a
while
>even if you are a beginer. Riding on one wheel of a bike, there is no
relaxed
>position, at least I have never found it.
>
>
>Here are the reasons it is difficult:
>
>You are in a very dangerous position to have a head injury if you fall
backwards
>
>As the front wheel starts to fall, you have to increase your speed, but it
is
>hard to slow down after that, because you have to lean back to a scary
position
>in order to coast and not have the front wheel drop.
>
>It is difficult to turn, because you need all of the effort of your arms
to pull
>up on the handlebars and it is difficult to put sideways pressure without
>loosing you balance and letting the front wheel drop.
>
>
>Here are some tips:
>
>Use a bike with a high seat or an old stingray banana seat.
>
>Use the rear break to lower the front wheel if you start to go over
backwards, a
>coaster break will work, but a hand break is better.
>
>It is easier to do it uphill than downhill or flat.
>
>Wear a helmet
>
>Some bikes are very difficult and others are very easy to get the front
wheel
>up. Try as many different bikes as you can. For example it is almost
imposible
>on a 26" cruiser. Although the pros can do it on any bike.
>
>Good luck, Van