I’m going to have to find some of those myself.
My turning is not that great yet, but it is definitely getting better and more secure. I will keep my eye out for some of those fancy cones.
I ordered some of those Twisted PC pedals and 140mm cranks for the 24".
Now I have it at school so I can practice freemounting and idling without carrying the 20" from my car and up and down the stairs every day.
I am trying to practice in the afternoon around the 2 blocks by my house every day (on the 20"), but it is difficult due to daylight savings time. I get home around 4:00, and by 5:30 it’s dark. Nobody asked me if they could change when the sun sets around here. Oh well, Christmas vacation will be here in a couple of weeks. I hope the weather is dry and mild so I can seriously hit the streets again.
Hi Young at Heart!
45 feet is great!
May I make a suggestion?
Try to find a location, even in doors, with catch surfaces on either side of you. I learned to ride inside a classroom between two counters that were possibly as close together as 24 inches for a short distance.
You may be leaning more toward the fence than you realize, which may be why it’s taking a long time to get off of the fence. I’m reminded of imrisk over on NSYO’s The Learning Journal. I will try to find that and put a link here so you can read the related comments.
Another place that was very helpful to me was a walkway that has a wall on one side and a handrail on the other.
Just a suggestion. If you can get your balance side to side before you even try taking off, you might be able to ride immediately rather than having to try to get off of the fence.
But hey, 45 feet is really good!!!
If you have that much distance, I think you could get it going sooner by thinking more about that side to side balance rather than having a touch surface on only one side.
One other thing. You will probably hear people say to point yourself away from the fence, and just go. Still, you have to have the sideways balance to have the nerve to take off into the open.
Hope that helps Young at Heart!
Thanks for posting! and Keep up the good work!