Wow! I am completely blown away by the support and encouragement I’ve received from everyone who posted in response to my video. Thank you all so much… it really means a tremendous amount to me to earn the respect of my fellow unicyclists because I love reading everyone’s posts (even though unfortunately I can’t respond to all the ones that I’d like to… or I’d never get any work done!), checking out the pics, and viewing all the awesome videos! I really enjoy the posts and videos from the new riders, too - it’s great to see an influx of enthusiastic new riders progressing… I know I’ll be watching many of these riders’ videos in amazement in the not too distant future!
Some of you may recall that I had mentioned in an earlier post that I had some thoughts for some new forms of competitive riding…. but that I had wanted to post a video showing some of my Coker riding from Rays before I talked about that. Well now that the video is up… I will start to post some of my ideas (even though my time is very limited this week due to work, flying and last minute preparations for my trip to the ESPN X Games Skatepark on Thursday). Since QuickTime has a timeclock that you can easily scroll, I will reference certain scenes (by the minute and seconds) from the Rays footage in order to point out specific obstacles, in order to clarify some of my ideas. More on that later…
Being that you all were kind enough to take the time to download and view my video and then post some comments, I’m going to post a quick response to each of you: (thanks, again!)
Yeah, I know… sorry about that guys, but I didn’t have many options for my editing/encoding equipment so I did the best I could with what I had available to me. I will be upgrading to more professional editing and encoding/compression equipment in the not too distant future.
Thanks a lot, Justin! Yeah, unlike Tomsey, I don’t have the balls to drop into a quarter pipe that high… just yet! Plus I’m not sure even the indestructible Stockton wheel could hold up to that kind of abuse (I think Dave Lowell would probably lend Tomsey his Stockton wheel if Tomsey wanted to come over to the States and give it a try to find out)! Glad you liked the speed… I like it, too… I don’t think the smaller uni’s could handle the bank turn very well because of their speed limitations. I’d love to hit that bank with a geared 36er or a blueshift!!!
Wow… many thanks, Catboy! I’ll try to catch even more air (especially at the Skatepark this Thursday) for the next release of my video! It would be great to ride with you anytime! Rays is AMAZING! I hope to follow up Brian’s release/ride party by organizing some events there at some point down the road.
Thanks a lot, daino! Rays rocks! I’ll have Brian and a professional cameraman shooting me at Brian’s release/ride party in Feb., and they should be able to get some really great angles (and I’ll also attempt new things at Rays that I didn’t try before)… so you can look forward to some cool new footage from Rays in the future!
Thanks a lot, Seager! I know my QuickTime file is painfully large… but I should be using equipment that will give me better compression fairly soon. Glad you liked the soundtrack. I wasn’t intending to keep the hip-hop song in there, but my master file got wiped out right after I burned this version… so I figured it’s better to let you guys see a lower quality version (with a song I’m not too crazy about), rather than wait endlessly for me to recreate the video.
Thanks a lot, Unitik… in that context, it’s actually nice to be called a beast Glad you enjoyed it!.
Thank you very much, Dave… I am completely blown away by your comments! It’s been tons of fun so far and keeps getting better! I always enjoy talking and riding with you and I can’t wait to go back to Rays and watch you hop through and over some more rocks, logs and other obstacles! Keep up the good work… your progress is amazing!
Thanks a lot, Andrew. It feels great to be able to return the favor because I am completely BLOWN AWAY by your riding and I thoroughly enjoy every second of your videos… plus, you are always extremely helpful to everyone on the forum. We are all quite lucky to have you on the forum sharing your knowledge, pictures, and videos (and always being friendly). Many thanks! The air was somewhat of an unexpected consequence of the speed with which I hit the ramps… although I guess I did figure I’d probably get a bit of air. I haven’t spent much time really trying to get a lot of air, yet… though that is certainly on my “to do” list. I think the ramp will have to be the ideal height and the pitch will have to be just perfect, as well in order to get maximum air. There are a lot of ramps that look pretty decent at the X Games Skatepark that I’m going to on Thursday… so I’ll see what I can do over there. If when you mention the more “subtle one,” you’re talking about the ramp that has like a hollow step I had to clear or blast over, then ride across a small horizontal section before climbing another upward ramp to another horizontal section to the final downward ramp (the last ramp I ride before “kung-fu fighting” starts playing)… even though it doesn’t look too difficult, that was actually one of the trickier ramps for me and it took me several attempts to nail it. Rays is the best! If I had the $$$ to afford it, I would fly you over just to watch you do your trials stuff there because I know that it would be INSANE!!!
I had the time of my life, jsm I don’t think I invented it, but I would like to help formalize a particular style of competitive riding, similar to how Kris Holm created a set of official rules for trials. I want to do this from the beginning with the help of my fellow unicyclists on the forum and I would like to have a formal exhibition competition for this style of riding at Brian’s release party this February. I will post a lot more about this during the next few weeks. Your comments really validate my ideas, which makes me feel great! Thanks a lot!.
Thanks a lot, Tom, and way to go! For me, nothing feels better than inspiring people… so I’m very happy to have helped out… and I’m glad you liked the music!
Thanks so much, Bill. I can’t believe the stock wheel has held up so well for me, either… I’m almost attempted to keep abusing it (at the Skatepark in Philly and such) just to see how much it can take… but I’d like to keep it intact to build up a back-up cycle!