I was just re-reading the 29er envy thread and noticed some of the conversation was about ‘just doing it’ instead of thinking about it and doing the sums. And for the avoidance of doubt or misunderstanding: I agree that just doing it is what unicycling’s all about. But the theory can be interesting in its own right, and the maths can sometimes help you to understand and predict how a unicycle might perform.
BUT, here’s a lesson I learned (again!) yesterday. I rode 21 miles on my 28 with a skinny road tyre, and 110mm cranks. The plan was to keep to the hard top and get some distance in without draining myself. I’ve had a busy few days.
But the devil on my shoulder steered me onto to the road less travelled, and probably 50% of the ride was what I would loosely call ‘cross country’. Some of it was muddy; some of it was quite steep - steep enough that a bicyclist might have had to select bottom gear and stand on the pedals (on the way UP, d’oh!).
And I remembered that some of those same hills and muddy tracks had stopped me last year on a knobbly-tyred 26 with 150mm cranks.
So it’s not the got what, it’s the know how. The got what just helps.