I recently obtained the UNiVERsE 2 DVD and have watched it a couple of times. I saw George Peck’s Rough Terrain Unicycling on there, and noticed how he mentioned that hopping without holding the seat can come in handy. I tried it a few times, and it seemed easy enough. I tried it up a few gutters, and I made it two out of three times.
Anyway, the next day, I did some shopping at the supermarket and headed home. I was fully laden with three bags full of groceries, going through town on the footpath. I saw a bunch of young people up ahead, and overheard one of them say “That’s gross”, and looked across and saw another guy urinating against a shop window. The stream of urine was trickling across the pavement in the path of where I was going, and by the time I realised what it was, it was too late to turn or stop. I used my recently developed skill of squeezing the seat between my thighs and performing a small hop to clear the unpleasant obstacle. The guys cracked up and said “Did you see that? He bunnyhopped that sh*t!” I rode on, quite pleased to find that hopping with no hands had proven to be a useful skill, because my hands were preoccupied with carrying the shopping bags. There was no wet patch on my tire so the hop was a success!
Thanks George, you saved my tire from being tainted!