new type of pedal grab- frontside vs backside

Hi All,

Just thought I’d share a couple of ideas about pedal grabs, including a
new method.

The method of pedal grab talked about up until now, and shown on Universe
and the upcoming movie Unizaba is best referred to as a “backside pedal
grab”, where the hooked pedal is the forward foot when hopping. This
method works best if you are hopping/grabbing sideways towards your
forward foot. It doesn’t work well in the other direction because when you
go to rubber you’ll end up with the “wrong foot” forwards (although that
only matters if you have a dominant foot orientation)…

An alternative is a “front side pedal grab”. This works well for grabbing
to the other side. For example, it works well if you hop with your left
foot forwards but want to pedal grab to the right side, or hop with your
right foot forwards and want to pedal grab to the left side.

The technique is basically a mirror image of the front side pedal grab.
This description is for hoppping with the left foot forwards:

  1. Hop to pedal grab with the rear hopping foot (right foot). Your other
    foot will be in the air. I prefer to hold the seat with my right hand
    regardless of whether I’m jumping right or left, but this is personal
    preference.
  2. The left foot will be in the air, with all your weight on your right
    foot. Pull the uni up so that the cranks are horizontal.
  3. Pull the uni slightly inwards and upwards, catching your outside foot
    on the pedal during the motion. With practice this will pull you into
    the air and you will land in your standard hopping position on top of
    the obstacle. Alternatively if you are hooking over a narrow fence you
    can air right over the top of the fence and land on the ground on the
    other side.

I think that this method of pedal grab will be useful not only for
people who want to be able to do this technique on both sides, but also
for anyone who’s stronger side for hopping corresponds to hooking the
rear pedal.

BTW Scott it would be great if you could you add this to your techniques
section on muniac.com


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Interesting. Last summer when I was trying to learn pedal grabs, I misread
one of your descriptions, so I thought the goal was to land the left
(forward) pedal on the obstacle, then rotate the uni forward and up,
make foot contact with the right (now forward) pedal, catch some air, and
continue reverse wheel rotation for another 180 degrees before landing the
rubber with left foot forward again. I did land it a few times before I
realized I had misread your post, then I started practicing the
conventional manner.

Chris

Kris Holm wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> Just thought I’d share a couple of ideas about pedal grabs, including a
> new method.
>
> The method of pedal grab talked about up until now, and shown on
> Universe and the upcoming movie Unizaba is best referred to as a
> “backside pedal grab”, where the hooked pedal is the forward foot when
> hopping. This method works best if you are hopping/grabbing sideways
> towards your forward foot. It doesn’t work well in the other direction
> because when you go to rubber you’ll end up with the “wrong foot”
> forwards (although that only matters if you have a dominant foot
> orientation)…
>
> An alternative is a “front side pedal grab”. This works well for
> grabbing to the other side. For example, it works well if you hop with
> your left foot forwards but want to pedal grab to the right side, or hop
> with your right foot forwards and want to pedal grab to the left side.
>
> The technique is basically a mirror image of the front side pedal grab.
> This description is for hoppping with the left foot forwards:
> 1) Hop to pedal grab with the rear hopping foot (right foot). Your other
> foot will be in the air. I prefer to hold the seat with my right hand
> regardless of whether I’m jumping right or left, but this is personal
> preference.
> 2) The left foot will be in the air, with all your weight on your right
> foot. Pull the uni up so that the cranks are horizontal.
> 3) Pull the uni slightly inwards and upwards, catching your outside foot
> on the pedal during the motion. With practice this will pull you into
> the air and you will land in your standard hopping position on top of
> the obstacle. Alternatively if you are hooking over a narrow fence
> you can air right over the top of the fence and land on the ground on
> the other side.
>
> I think that this method of pedal grab will be useful not only for
> people who want to be able to do this technique on both sides, but also
> for anyone who’s stronger side for hopping corresponds to hooking the
> rear pedal.
>
> BTW Scott it would be great if you could you add this to your techniques
> section on muniac.com
>
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