North Shore in the back yard!!!

I have a trail I have been building in my woods for the last year, but it is short and boring so me and my buds started building some stunts. Basically we are going to turn the whole trail system into one stunt after the next. One big rhythm section of North Shore!!!

Here’s some vids we took of one we call “The Deer Stand” Now we are all mountain bikers and I am the only one who unicycles. I am not good enough to hit something like this on the mUni…I’d eat dirt for sure so I stuck to my bike for these shots…

Here’s a vid of me hitting the stunt for it’s maiden ride. I wasn’t too concerned that it would break b/c we built it like a tank, but I was concerned about UPD’ing on camera!
http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albums/albur62/Zod_PZ_DeerStand.avi

Here’s a buddy of mine giving it a go…we call him Mr. Tiles
http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albums/albur62/Tiles_PZ_DeerStand.avi

Here’s my 2nd run…
http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albums/albur62/planetzod4.avi

Not a very unicycle friendly stunt, but many of them will be!

Re: North Shore in the back yard!!!

What’s not unicycle friendly about that stunt? I’d be willing to ride it on a muni.

The only sketchy part for me would be the uphill ramp at the beginning of the stunt. Steep uphill skinnies are difficult for me. Bikes have an easier time on uphill ramps because they can maintain momentum. The other sketchy part is getting the right pedal position at the end for the drop, but that just means that I need to practice doing drops like that from different pedal positions.

Looks like fun stuff.

The uphill ramp is what I am refering to mainly, it’s a little steep, not that I don’t think people couldn’t get up it. it’s just that it exceeds my current abilities. Plus I suck on teeters on a uni…but practice makes perfect I guess. Still I think I’ll practice on one of my teeters that isn’t 4.5 feet off the ground :wink:

The end would be a little tricky for me to, the quick spool drop gives you little time to get your pedals positioned the way you would want them, as you pointed out!

Hey zod, go for it on the MUni !!
I was only unable to go to work for 3 days last week due to
failing to complete a skinny sort of like what you guys have…

I like it a whole lot. True, the uphill bit would be hard. You would wobble a bit getting up it making falling off on that part a big possibility.

I found the vids to be really sweet, narrated in a very “yoopers-esque” way, and containg too many wheels. :smiley:

Hey xwonka, don’t let the southern accent scare ya…us wheeled rebs are pretty nice guys :wink:

Well, myself and a friend (Mr. Tiles) finished up a new section of North Shore this weekend. We have been working on it for a few weeks now. Short of a little bit more sturdying and a couple more entrance/exit ramps the first LOOP of Esher South is complete. It’s 300+ continuous feet of elevated bridge and skinnies. Because it loops you can stay off the ground indefinitly! There will be a few skinnies and maybe a teeter that will pass thru the middle of the circle but then we’ll move on to the next section which will roll off the back side of this loop and further back into my woods. It will progressively get more advanced thru different sections. Eventually we plan to have over one mile of multidirectional stuff just like this! I haven’t hit it on the uni yet. I have very little experience on North Shore stuff on one wheel, but now I have the perfect learning area! Here’s video of Mr. Tiles doing two laps of it on his mtn bike! This video is 16megs so beware dial-up folks.

http://gallery.unicyclist.com/albums/albux33/esher_south_loop_Tiles.avi

Nice. I am curious, it looks like most of the supports are just vertical posts with a cross piece on top (with no side/diagonal bracing). How did you do this and still have sufficient sideways strength? Did you just use a post hole digger, put the post in, and fill with dirt? Or something else? How deep are the posts buried?

Thanks, all of our supports are 12 plus inches in the ground, we dug the holes with post hole diggers and then once the supports were in place we packed the dirt back in with a few homemade heavy duty tamps. There really is no need for diagonal bracing in this section, the tallest post are only about 4 or so feet out of the ground. Plus the soil here is clay based so once you tamp the dirt back down around the post it’s almost like cement. I will probably throw some bracing on some of the taller sections for good measure though.

Now in other sections of my yard we made sure to use diagonal bracing b/c somethings are much higher off the ground. For instance, this drop we call the Squirrel Pelt is a 12+/- foot drop and at the end of the bridge you are a good 6 to 7 feet in the air.