In message “idling on a coker?”, Jeff Lutkus wrote…
>Ah, who doesn’t love stop signs? Here’s a question, what should I work
>on most: the idle, or
the amazingly graceful freemount?
>Currently, I can get in about one complete idle on my coker before it
>makes me dismount. So,
at most stop lights, I just dismount. When the light turns green, I run
across, wait for the cars to zoom past me, then mount and ride. I can
mount successfully probably 9 out of 10 times, but I’m not comfortable
enough to mount before going across the street.
>Any tips for learning either, or is it just go into the parking lot and
>repeat until perfected? For
idling, what amount of the wheel tends to be used? On my 20", I tend to
use at minimum 1/3 of the tire with each idle. I can’t decide if I should
go with more, less, or equal for hte coker.
Here is what I wrote on this about a year ago:
Jack Halpern wrote:
> Don’t “idle”, which involves rocking back and fourth, but “ride”
> backward and forward half a turn at a time. That is, your upper body
> moves in parallel with the wheel, unlike in true idling where it stays
> more or less in place while the wheel moves like a pendulum underneath
> it. Once you get used to it, you can mix the above with some real
> idling. Try it and you will see.
John Foss added:
> I agree with Kevin’s assessment. Idling a big wheel is a lot more
> involved than idling a little one. But it’s a good way to improve your
> skills. Jack Halpern’s explanation of how he does it was perfect. You
> actually stop, ride backwards a bit, stop, ride forward a bit, etc. It
> takes up a lot of room and isn’t convenient for red lights or other
> places where you might not have a lot of room.
Perhaos this info should be added to the unicycling FAQ…
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