giraffe!

I am happy to announce that today after work i visited the bicycle store and
ordered the 6’ giraffe, the shop owner said a 5’ would arrive sooner, but i
insisted the 6’ was the one i wanted (a foot more impressive, and probably not
much harder than a 5’). I appreciate all the feedback from you all, i can idle
enough to wait for a car, person, or small creature to pass, the only problem
being that sometimes the one foot moves too far and it throws me off, if this
would happen on the giraffe, i would aim for grass and hope for the best haha.
So anyway my 6’ will be in within the next week or so. One question, with the
giraffe, i will not “need” to freemount, but how would i get off and keep the
seat from bangin the ground (i’m afraid with the chain, the uni takin a bad
fall could mess somethin up) any info on this would be appreciated as well…

             Thanx for all your help! ·•¤Aårøn Lënnøx¤•· O--\-( <- Lousy 6'
             Giraffe Ascii picture =Þ

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RE: giraffe!

> i will not “need” to freemount, but how would i get off and keep the seat from
> bangin the ground (i’m afraid with the chain, the uni takin a bad fall could
> mess somethin up)

You want to avoid dropping the unicycle because it will damage the seat. Best
way to do this is to catch the seat when you dismount. It’s actually easier than
on a regular uni because you have more time to plan while on your way down.

If you can’t grab onto the seat, just try to land under it, and the cycle will
be fine. :slight_smile:

Eventually you will want to learn to freemount, especially if you live in the
desert, or other area without many cars, trees, or other things to mount from…

Enjoy, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

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by Jacquie)

Re: giraffe!

When I dismount on the giraffe unicycle, I usually idle a bit, hold on to the
back of the seat, and sort of fall forward with the unicycle behind me. That’s
when I plan to get off. The unicycle has fallen quite a bit when I’ve lost
control. I’ve only ever damaged the seat and the pedals when this happened,
never the chain. There’s never been anything in the way, so it’s just myself and
the uni that have suffered damage. The giraffe is a lot of fun, if only for the
thrill (and fear) of being up high. Have fun.

Carl Trachte Morenci, Arizona

“·rïbål· ·¤·” wrote:
>
> I am happy to announce that today after work i visited the bicycle store and
> ordered the 6’ giraffe, the shop owner said a 5’ would arrive sooner, but i
> insisted the 6’ was the one i wanted (a foot more impressive, and probably
> not much harder than a 5’). I appreciate all the feedback from you all, i
> can idle enough to wait for a car, person, or small creature to pass, the
> only problem being that sometimes the one foot moves too far and it throws
> me off, if this would happen on the giraffe, i would aim for grass and hope
> for the best haha. So anyway my 6’ will be in within the next week or so.
> One question, with the giraffe, i will not “need” to freemount, but how
> would i get off and keep the seat from bangin the ground (i’m afraid with
> the chain, the uni takin a bad fall could mess somethin up) any info on this
> would be appreciated as well…
>
> Thanx for all your help! ·•¤Aårøn Lënnøx¤•· O—( <- Lousy
> 6’ Giraffe Ascii picture =Þ
>
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Re: giraffe!

Jane and Carl Trachte <janencarl@aepnet.com> writes:

>
>When I dismount on the giraffe unicycle, I usually idle a bit, hold on to the
>back of the seat, and sort of fall forward with the unicycle behind me. That’s
>when I plan to get off. The unicycle has fallen

Dustin’s safety tip #103: -always dismount to the rear with the unicycle
going forward.

I try to do this except on uni’s 8 feet and over. When I’m on my 10ft I’m
riding in controlled conditions and I have an assistant catch the uni. I land
on a mat and roll. On a 6ft you want to dismount to the rear for some of the
following reasons:

  • your own safety and that of others that you may not be aware are approaching
    behind you. -you can see the path the uni is going to take as the wheel shoots
    forward. -if you dismount forward and the uni hits something solid behind you,
    it can cause quite a jolt and result in personal injury.

keep on trying, dustin klem unicycling productions www.dustin.kelm.com

(remove the BICYCLE from the above address to send me your brain waves)

isa 40:29-31

Re: giraffe!

Thanks, Dustin. It’s not every day that I get tips from the national champ, but
that’s the beauty of a small community of unicyclists and the news group. Most
of my unicycling is done is a personal vacuum. There aren’t many unicyclists
here and fewer who ride regularly. I develop a lot of habits, many of them
contrary or just plain bad. I’ll try to get in the habit of dismounting with the
seat in front, although it will probably feel awkward at first.

Thanks again.

Carl Trachte Morenci, Arizona

dustin kelm wrote:
>
> Jane and Carl Trachte <janencarl@aepnet.com> writes:
>
> >
> >When I dismount on the giraffe unicycle, I usually idle a bit, hold on to the
> >back of the seat, and sort of fall forward with the unicycle behind me.
> >That’s when I plan to get off. The unicycle has fallen
>
> Dustin’s safety tip #103: -always dismount to the rear with the unicycle going
> forward.
>
> I try to do this except on uni’s 8 feet and over. When I’m on my 10ft I’m
> riding in controlled conditions and I have an assistant catch the uni. I land
> on a mat and roll. On a 6ft you want to dismount to the rear for some of the
> following reasons:
> - your own safety and that of others that you may not be aware are approaching
> behind you. -you can see the path the uni is going to take as the wheel
> shoots forward. -if you dismount forward and the uni hits something solid
> behind you, it can cause quite a jolt and result in personal injury.
>
> keep on trying, dustin klem unicycling productions www.dustin.kelm.com
>
> (remove the BICYCLE from the above address to send me your brain waves)
>
> isa 40:29-31