I have a biverticycle.
The extention kit I bought from Semcycle at EJC came with a wheel which
wasn’t very much like my existing bogglefingers one it was going to go
underneath so I got a second bogglefingers wheel and now they match and the
finished product looks very smart. (No digital camera so photo when I next
get a film developed)
I have a 6’ DM so I’m comfortable with the height (5’ish)
Quick rundown of learning to ride it:
Held onto a climbing frame at local park.
Wobbled frantically whilst saying things like “No, I don’t suppose you have
seen one like this.” and “yes, it is interesting” and “yes, backwards to go
forwards, that’s the idea” to various passers-by.
20 minutes of this and I went home thinking that riding it would be
One hour of struggling up and down a passageway holding onto walls either
Very reminiscent of learning to ride a unicycle 3 years ago.
Thought it was doable.
Another hour in the passageway. It got easier. I let go of the wall for a
revolution or two.
Thought it was doable by me.
Took biverticycle to local juggling club in Tunbridge Wells and spent about
an hour launching into the absyss.
During that session I got across the hall, 15/20 Metres, several times.
A bit of half-hearted practice (10/20 minute sessions) during the week and
the following week another hour or so at the juggling club and I could turn
both ways pretty easily.
I think the difficulty of these devices may be overrated. I found it much
easier than learning to ride a unicycle (maybe people just don’t remember
what a struggle that was) and easier than wheel-walking which after weeks of
daily practice I still couldn’t get more than 3 metres with.
I tried idling the biverticycle today, it’s weird but I see no reason why it
couldn’t work. I managed to let go of the walls either side of me for an
idle or two. I’ve never seen anybody idle one before, I was hoping there was
no reason for that.
Oh yes, riding this thing is really fun! I bought it to challenge myself,
knowing how difficult it would be. It has been very rewarding.
Once I get a bit more comfortable I think I’ll begin to learn to freemount.
That can’t be as tough as freemounting my 6’ giraffe, can it? I expect it’ll
be pretty tricky though.
Sorry for the rambly post,
Back to lurking soon.