RE: gliding sucess
> When gliding, do both feet scuff the tire or only one? I’ve
> been working on this for some time, but I can’t figure out
> if it is better to have the foot resting on the frame slightly
> scuffing or completely off the tire.
From the point of view of the IUF and Standard Skill competition, gliding is
done with one foot only on the tire:
“Riding with one foot on the wheel and the other foot resting on the frame,
maintaining balance only by the braking action of the foot on the wheel. In
c), d) the free leg is extended.”
This definition makes sense for indoor competitive riding on a level floor.
When going downhill, a second foot can be very helpful though.
The basic gliding position is to have one foot on the tire and the other on
the frame. The frame foot provides a lot of stability while the tire foot
controls the speed/balance.
But on a long hill, your hamstring will get tired and possibly even cramp
up. Especially if the hill is steep. So I often use the toe of my other foot
to help out, while keeping that foot on the fork to maintain my anchor onto
the unicycle. Now my dominant foot can use lighter pressure and continue to
do the controlling, while the other foot holds a steady pressure into the
tire, like a unicycle brake that’s set with a shift lever.
In Standard Skill you can also glide with one foot on the tire and the other
leg extended. That ups the difficulty quite a bit. Then there’s backward
gliding, with the foot behind the frame, and stand up gliding, with one foot
standing on the fork and the other gliding. Those are the only variations on
our current Standard Skill list, though other forms of gliding have been
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