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> On 14 Dec 1994, Chuck Boody wrote:
> > Subject: Anyone home?? 12/14/94 7:40 AM
> > I haven’t seen any activity out here for some time. Am I still connected?
> John Peekstok firstname.lastname@example.org "If pro is the opposite of con, what is
> the opposite of progress?"
Let’s face it guys and gals - this just isn’t what we wanted to read when we
subscribed to a mailing list about unicycling. I’m not the only one to notice
that this is turning into a typical wibble-full usenet group. It’s unfair to
expect a single person to moderate this entire list, so it’s our responsibility
to others to exercise a degree of self-moderation ourselves.
Tricks I don’t hear about much: pirouetting (and spin variations). I
learnt these a year or two ago basically by trying to turn in really tight
circles - and it’s way the most impressive trick (from an audience point
of view) I can do.
Practise doing tight circles, developing a smooth style, not the typical
disjointed version when corners are first learnt (you know, when one foot
alternately lunges forward at each stage of the corner). It’s really important
to concentrate on keeping the feet moving round continuously. Start with wide
circles and get smaller. A side effect of this is that cornering becomes fluid
and looks/feels much better.
!Practise both directions! !!Very important!!
At some stage it’ll get so tight and you can just lock the pedals and the
unicycle spins on a point. This takes a while but is so exciting the first
time! Practise on a wooden gym floor or similar. I can only just do it on
concrete myself (can you say ‘New tyre, please?’).
Once you feel confident try starting the spin with your arms out and tucking
them in sharply just as you hit the pirouette. You’ll get about 4 revolutions in
under a second (and a big round of applause from passers-by). It’s hard not
falling off though (or getting dizzy).
I suppose you could work up to the ballerina style where you try to look in one
direction for as long as possible and then whip your head around. I’ve tried
that and it’s pretty difficult.
Further variations include riding out backwards; do this smoothly, and increase
the size of the circle while going backwards and it looks awesome.
Hope this helps. I’m happy to rattle on ceaselessly about other tricks if
PS, can anyone do a rolling 180 degree hop? Ie forwards into hop, coming out