Paul's How To ... Ride one-footed

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> From bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu Tue Feb 28 19:29:00 1995 Message-Id:
> <9503010028.AA17665@super.win.or.jp> From: jhalpern@super.win.or.jp (Jack
> Halpern) To: cpsm100@thor.cam.ac.uk
> Cc: unicycling (Unicycling mailing list) Date: Wed Mar 1 9:05 JST Subject: Re:
> Paul’s How To … Ride one-footed, TRICK vs SKILL Reply-To:
> jhalpern@super.win.or.jp
>
> Paul Makepeace wrote:
> |> This is a trick I learnt when I was riding a unicycle regularly, a
>
> Paul, I’ve been reading your lengthy descriptions on how you mastered various
> skills, and I want to thank you for sharing this info with everyone. It is
> invaluabe. I think someone (Ken?) should try to incorporate these into the
> various skill files and makes them ftp available…

I hope to do this within a week or so. I’ll run the files by the authors before
releasing them to the public.

Beirne

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  • >From what I’ve seen, unicyclists don’t spend enough time on links, just
  • tricks (I’m certainly guilty of this). BMX freestyle is all about
  • links. There are gods that came down to Earth and are doing three
  • minute routines out of linked tricks. Bear in mind that a trick takes
  • typically no longer than a few seconds to complete. Scary. Tricks are
  • impressive but linked tricks blow minds.
  • Cheers, Paul.

I fully agree with the BMX freestyle linking tricks and blowing minds!

Rolling forward on the front wheel sitting on the seat with one foot on the
front axle peg, taking that foot off the axle peg coasting along with both feet
in the air, then putting that foot back on the peg, spinning the frame around so
that you are now rolling forward with with back of the bike in front of you,
putting your foot that is in the air over the handlebar then scuffing on the
front wheel and then spinning the back of the bike around so the frame is now
behind you and going around in little tiny circles and then jumping over the
frame spinning yourself around and riding off normally looks very impressive.
For those who know about bmx freestyle I think this is called a ‘hang five to
hang nothing to hang five to whiplash to funky chicken to hyperspastic front
yard to boomerang.’ These tricks done by themselves are cool, but linked they
“blow minds”.

Did any of that make sense?

When I was 14 (6 years ago) I was majorly into BMX freestyle. I saw this guy on
a video have total control over doing wheelies. I said to myself “I am going to
be the king of wheelies one day” so everywhere I rode I tried mono-ing and I am
not sure how long it took, but about maybe 6 months later I could comfortably
ride where I wanted to on the back wheel, going from slow to fast, around
corners… but my forearm got horribly tired from controling the back brake.
Coasting down hills was one of my favourites…

And then this guy introduces me to his “bike”. (Sorry to all those people who
hate this expression). I jumped on it in the car park outside the local bike
shop, held onto a ute and tried moving forward. It didn’t take long to accept
that only one wheel was underneath me at any one time and get a few peddles in
before falling off, and not much longer to go around the carpark. Mounting the
unicycle took me alot longer - I couldn’t do it, then I tried getting onto the
unicycle, start hopping, get my balance and then ride off.

I had to give the unicycle back to its owner and a few years later I borrowed it
again. I taught myself to idle and then to ride backwards, and then I had to
give it back again. two years after that I bought my own unicycle, learnt to
idle with control, ride backwards as long as I wanted to, ride forwards spin 180
degrees and then ride backwards and to do about 2 1/2 360 degree turns on a
mount (swinging my leg to get the spin).

I never thought it was possible to ride one footed, and especially wheelwalking.
I can now ride with my left foot in the air. I am totally amazed at what I am
hearing/seeing about what people can do on unicycles. The kick up mount totally
impresses me.

Is there a video or something that I can see these tricks in action, or a series
of photographs?

I have a slick on my unicycle with about 70 psi in it and it doesn’t snow or ice
up much where I am, but I want to try riding on ice…

have fun

Scott

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Re: Paul’s How To … Ride one-footed

Scott Hone wrote:
|> And then this guy introduces me to his “bike”. (Sorry to all those people who
|> hate this expression). I jumped on it in the car park outside the lo
Will somebody PLEASE volunteer to take Scott to the gallows? I suggest you put
him on a ten-foot giraffe. How fitting it would be to “kick the wheel” rather
than the proverbial bucket :slight_smile: :->…

Regards, Jack Halpern

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Re: Paul’s How To … Ride one-footed, TRICK vs SKILL

Hi folks -

I had a feeling in the back of my mind when I was writing those articles that
the following response would happen, but forgot to put in a foonote…

> BTW, would you and everyone else PLEASE stop using the word TRICK. It should
> be SKILL. We had a long discussion on this in the past, and I can dig it up if
> people want to see it. Unicycling is a sport. TRICK makes it sound cheap, like
> a monkey in the circus.

OK, here’s my footnote: I’ve been practising BMX freestyle and have spent more
time in the company of fellow riders than I care to admit :slight_smile: A term in common
parlance is ‘trick’ which refers to anything other than riding in a straight
line. Another term is ‘move’ which is typically a trick or link. This
terminology is so firmly etched into my neural pathways, it’s absolutely
natural for me to use it. I don’t consider it to be degrading in any way. If
people do think it’s degrading, then I invite them to watch and then typically
their mouths hang open, drool a bit then stammer ‘cool’ or something along
those lines.

To be honest, the subtlety of the terminology is probably lost on the general
public, who as I say, are only really concerned that I seem to be missing a
wheel and don’t even know the name of what I’m riding.

Having spent months learning single BMX tricks, it’s galling to have Joe Public
find them no more impressive than a large bunny-hop or no-footed wheelie. The
public are basically totally ignorant and to them the sheer act of riding a uni
is a neat ‘trick’.

Having said all that, I’ll try to use the word ‘skill’ in future. At the worst,
most editors support search and replace :slight_smile:

Cheers, Paul.

Re: Paul’s How To … Ride one-footed, TRICK vs SKILL

Paul Makepeace wrote:
|> This is a trick I learnt when I was riding a unicycle regularly, a

Paul, I’ve been reading your lengthy descriptions on how you mastered various
skills, and I want to thank you for sharing this info with everyone. It is
invaluabe. I think someone (Ken?) should try to incorporate these into the
various skill files and makes them ftp available…

BTW, would you and everyone else PLEASE stop using the word TRICK. It should be
SKILL. We had a long discussion on this in the past, and I can dig it up if
people want to see it. Unicycling is a sport. TRICK makes it sound cheap, like a
monkey in the circus.

I really really wish people would stop using it, as it gives our sport the wrong
image. All IUF executives and other top unicycling people around the world agree
with me on this, and I hope the masses follow suit.

Stay on top,

Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President

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352 JAPAN Voice: +81-048-481-3103 Fax: +81-048-479-1323

Re: Paul’s How To … Ride one-footed, TRICK vs SKILL

In message <m0rjo2c-000Jf6C@hammer.thor.cam.ac.uk>you write:

>> BTW, would you and everyone else PLEASE stop using the word TRICK. It should
>> be SKILL. We had a long discussion on this in the past, and I can dig it up
>> if people want to see it. Unicycling is a sport. TRICK makes it sound cheap,
>> like a monkey in the circus.

[snip,snip]

>This terminology is so firmly etched into my neural pathways, it’s absolutely
>natural for me to use it. I don’t consider it to be degrading in any way. If
>people do think it’s degrading, then I invite them to watch and then typically
>their mouths hang open, drool a bit then stammer ‘cool’ or something along
>those lines.

[happy-go-snipping]

>Having said all that, I’ll try to use the word ‘skill’ in future. At the wors
>t, most editors support search and replace :slight_smile:

[oh, bugger editing >80 column replies… sigh]

Coming from the juggling world (no don’t run me over, please), I find nothing at
all objectionable in the word ‘trick’. I’ll make you a deal, though: I’ll try to
use ‘skill’ if you guys promise to reply in 80-column format! :wink: Actually, I
ought to be able to get a better terminal emulation soon, so never mind. As far
as ‘trick’ goes, however, (and since we seem to be a very word-conscious group,
I might add!) I understand how it might grate on someone considering the amount
of work one puts into these skills. I’ll try to be conscious of the usage. Those
of you that grow red-faced and cross-eyed at the sight of the word might also
try to keep in mind that when we say ‘trick,’ we not only are using a
comfortable colloquialism, we’re expressing the fun we derive from the building
of that particular skill. The flippancy of the word expresses a fun connotation
that ‘skill,’ albeit a word that denotes more accomplishment, doesn’t carry for
folks like myself.

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Re: Paul’s How To … Ride one-footed, TRICK vs SKILL

> >> TRICK makes it sound cheap, like a monkey in the circus.
>

Circus monkies–cheap?! Do you realize how many of us “computer experts” in
corporate, governmental, or academic environments there are who work our hearts
out day and night just to be more like the circus monkey? :slight_smile:

By the way, if we don’t do “tricks”, then why do 300 people ask us how we made
our other wheel disappear every time we ride to the store? :frowning:

       Dan