— Joe Marshall <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Anyone else got a pogo stick?
> I succumbed to temptation last weekend and bought one of these. I was
> wondering, a) if they help unicycling balance or anything like that at
> all and b) if you’ve tried anything more than flat ground on them,
> anyone tried trials type jumping up / down stuff on them? I’ve already
> tried taking my pogo stick off-road, but it just doesn’t bounce well
> enough and totally eats up the ground, so I think that’s a no-no, but
> I’m going to try steps and stuff once I’ve got it fully under control.
> I’ve got a few low (1 foot) bike attachment railings which might be fun
> to hop on to and to gap off.
> From looking at the pogo-stick in normal use, it doesn’t get much more
> than a couple of inches of travel so I’ve apparently got eight inches
> spare bounce, which I’d reckon would get a good couple of feet of drop.
> must play,
> rsu mailing list email@example.com
Im a pretty good pogo sticker. And Ive learned a few things:
Dont try it on grass. It puts big holes in the ground. Also the cap on the
bottom of the pole can get stuck in the dirt and rip off. This ruins the
pogo stick. Also if this doesnt happen, the cap can get stuck, and then
you crash and burn, regardless of skill.
Trials type stuff is possible on a pogostick. Ive done stairs, up and
down. The thing thats hard it that once you get up to a higher stair, the
pogostick bottoms aout very easy and its hard to regain your balance. Gaps
are also not that hard, except for regaining balance once again. Ive tried
grinding on mine also, didnt ever work for me.
There are also numerous tricks you can do. Try hopping with the stick
behind you, um, hard to explain, and takes a while to get. Spinning the
pogostick 180 or 360 then landing back on it. kind of like a bar spin on a
bike. no hands. 1 footed is supprisingly hard. you can kick your feet out
spread eagle like while in the air.
One reason I just gave up the pogo stick was that they dont make any high
proformance pogos. IF you find one, let me know please. But mine, the
spring died and it no longet got the bounce you wanted. also the cap on
the bottom was punched through by the stick. Pogo is fun, but nothing
compared to a unicycle.
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