Greetings. We took my daughter to the track again today and she’s still
cruising along the same as yesterday (yep. another BIG grin).
I tried the track as well with my wife spotting me but it was extremely
awkward to mount my Uni using her to brace myself, so I started trying
to free mount and then use her for support as I traveled around the
course. I ‘think’ I can now free mount but I need a technical
definition. Here is what I am doing:
- Set the pedals parallel to earth
- Jam seat tightly under crouch (greeting da Boys)
- Put left foot on peddle, and grab seat with left hand
- Put right hand on wheel and lean way forward
4a) rock far forward and and ride away. Put right foot on pedal- usually
4b) Scream at wife to catch up and give her husband some support before
he reaches previously undocumented step 5 :-).
Okay! So… Is that a free mount If I grab the wheel???
There is an extra step (5) I left out, it involves me gaining momentum
and traveling at greater and greater rates of speed, pulling quickly
away from my wonderful spotter (Mien Liebe Frau). After about 25+ feet I
begin to loose control (wobbling and the like). At some uncertain point
while in what my daughter calls a, ‘Zen moment’, I fly over the
imaginary area where one would find handlebars on a traditional Bicycle
and begin slowing my momentum via a property of Newtonian physics known
as friction. Friction which has been primarily generated from my wrist
and palm guards scraping the pavement- thanks guys) and from my right
side CGI brace scraping the ground- the right leg of my pants where
shredded into several pieces just below the knee- Oh man what a hoot!
There were a couple unexpected diversions off the track and on to the
grass- Moon rock style style bump, hop, twist, and bump again. Oh Yea.
I see a MUni in my future- but Shhh don’t tell my wife.
I should mention that I had a nasty little tear (ACL) about 15 years ago
and one of the pads between my femur (the meniscus) and my tibia fibula
was removed. I guess they can repair them these days, but mein is gone,
so my primary protection for that that leg ia a brace- which I don’t
really favor, but I ‘always wear my brace’ when on the UNI!!!
I am having a great time with my family and these Uni’s. However, If my
sharing all this info with you and the list is just too much, please let
me know and I shall resume to merely lurking the list again. Also, If I
sound like a drunk… well I am somewhat ‘legally medicated’ at the
moment. and hope to enjoy a full night of uninterrupted sleep laced with
creative problem solving.
Being a Uni or Muni rider, must have its moments of Zen?
Being a FreeBSD-UNIX geek has it’s small moments of Zen as well. Why
just today I was thinking about binary (Base2) when cranking on my
pedals as impulses from varius places in my muscular system where
signaling to my brain to orchestrate a fantastic event- me being
catapulted across the track and skidding along on some plastic gear.