Peter (munimanpete) is currently building me a beautiful website for an assignment of his which will eventually be home to what will hopefully be a great range of unicycling tips and tutorials. The address will be http://tutorials.unicyclist.com but it’s not finished yet. You can see the form it’s going to take if you visit www.freewebs.com/andrewcarter/template1.htm . I think it’s looking fantastic and very professional. It’ll hopefully be really easy to navigate and fast to load for all you 56k people out there.
If you follow that link you can see basically what content it will have. I’ve made a few video tutorials already and am going to make a whole bunch of them covering all the things I can think of (well all the helpful things I can think of) but for this site to really be helpful to lots of unicyclists it’d be great to have a range of opinions and contributions. I’m going to add Klaas’ and my ‘Leanring to Unicycle’ document and track down some important tips that have been mentioned in threads here.
I’d also love to use Ryan’s video tutorial on high hopping but couldn’t find it. Anyone have a link? Do you mind Ryan?
If I’ve missed something important or any of you have anything you’d be willing to contribute, please let me know. I think this site’s got a lot of potential. I’d really love some muni and freestyle tutorials to fill in some empty spots.
Yeah the site is coming along really nicely. Me and Andrew have decided on a final design for it (click on the link Andrew provided above to see it) and now just need to add the content. I think its going to be a great site and everyone has to support it!
I don’t know whether he’d let you use them, but Dave Mariner has some programs which analysed the pressure placed on pedals by beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. I think they did more. The upshot of it all was that better riders place much less weight on the pedals, and ride smoother etc.
It’s in my Miscellaneous Stuff gallery. The text in the gallery gives info on rhysling and a link to the thread where he originally posted the frame by frame analysis of the jump.
The one thing missing, though, is that the analysis doesn’t mention the need to drop your heel of your rear foot just before springing up for the take-off. Once I started dropping my heel I started getting more height from my rolling hops. I think that’s the big secret to the rolling hop. Drop your heel.
Should I copy the video and photos into my tutorials.unicyclist.com album or will it stay in your miscellaneous folder permanently? It would lose some quality in the transfer to another album wouldn’t it? (that’s not really that important, I’m just generally curious)
Copy it to your site. That’s the safest way to make sure you have it. I don’t plan on moving it, or changing the file name, or anything like that, but you never know. If you have it on your server you have control over it. Just make sure Chris LeFay gets credit. I no idea how to contact Chris now that he’s no longer frequenting the forums (unless he’s quietly lurking).
It won’t loose any quality by copying it. It will only loose quality if you decide to re-encode it.
The bummer is that the video is not the best quality. It would be cool if someone did a higher quality video of a big rolling hop and then redid the frame by frame out takes showing what is going on. But that would be a lot of work.
More videos tutorials are now up in the storage album (which I just realised has an easy to remember name). Tonight I did tutorials on roll back mounts, rolling mounts, and rail riding.
Peter said that when he downloads and plays the 640x480 versions of the tutorials they seem much worse in quality than the 320x240 ones. This doesn’t happen on my computer. What’s going on? Has anybody else noticed this?
Watch it again…it says swing your upper body to the right. This pushes your hips left and keeps your centre of gravity over the rail. The lower half of the body has a big effect on where your centre of gravity is. I think I’ll have to make a few notes in greater detail to go along with the video. The problem is I couldn’t make the video too long so I could only put so much text in there. Thanks.