Pedal Dab

Okay, looking for some advice on how to keep from dabbing whilst pedal
grabbing. While I’m hanging there on the side of a tractor tire or
railroad tie or whatever trying to keep my balance before the big up move,
I always touch my foot to the ground. Usually the heel, or the side of my
foot if I’m on a funny-shaped object. The easiest is actually to have my
heel resting on the ground and the rest of my foot atop the pedal. But
this won’t fly in competition. So how do I keep my foot only on the pedal
and still keep my balance?

ps. I recently switched shoes to Van’s, which have no heel. I thought
that would help, but I’m still turbodabbing when I try this move.

Please help!

Chris

> practically impossible to stop flexible shoes from touching. My opinion
> is that trials comps for unicycling should run the same way- no big deal
> if your heel or toe is weighted during or just after you land, but after
> that you should move to just weighting the pedal. If part of the shoe is
> still touching but is not being weighted, then in my opinion this should
> be OK too. Definately it’s a grey area.

Grey areas are bad! They will lead to trouble in competition. With only
one judge it’s fine, but if there are two or more, judging may be
inconsistent. You should keep your post for future reference in Trials
rules updates.

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

Frisbatarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on
the roof and gets stuck there.

Chris,

I think this is a common problem- I have this problem as well. It depends
on the judges, but in bike trials competitions, judges are often fairly
lenient with heel/toe contact when a rider initially goes to bashguard on
an obstacle, because it is practically impossible to stop flexible shoes
from touching. My opinion is that trials comps for unicycling should run
the same way- no big deal if your heel or toe is weighted during or just
after you land, but after that you should move to just weighting the
pedal. If part of the shoe is still touching but is not being weighted,
then in my opinion this should be OK too. Definately it’s a grey area.

-Kris. — Chris Reeder <reed8990@uidaho.edu> wrote:
> Okay, looking for some advice on how to keep from dabbing whilst pedal
> grabbing. While I’m hanging there on the side of a tractor tire or
> railroad tie or whatever trying to keep my balance before the big up
> move, I always touch my foot to the ground. Usually the heel, or the
> side of my foot if I’m on a funny-shaped object. The easiest is actually
> to have my heel resting on the ground and the rest of my foot atop the
> pedal. But this won’t fly in competition. So how do I keep my foot only
> on the pedal and still keep my balance?
>
> ps. I recently switched shoes to Van’s, which have no heel. I thought
> that would help, but I’m still turbodabbing when I try this move.
>
> Please help!
>
> Chris
>
>
>


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