Racing & High Speed Unicycling

Does anybody have some tips on riding very fast. I find it difficult to keep a
wobble out and to very difficult to slow down

shaun

RE: Racing & High Speed Unicycling

Try keeping your weight almost entirely on the seat, and off the pedals. To me,
it feels like “flowing” forward on the unicycle. The faster you go, the more
elegant and smooth you need to be. Keeping your hands down at your side, walking
style, is also preferable to holding them out, tightrope fashion.

Alternatively, I’m sure some of the wizards here on the list could be persuaded
to come up with a gearing solution that’ll enable you to set the land speed
record for unicyles!

      Paul Goodrich
      psgoodrich@bpa.gov

From: bkonarsk To: unicycling Subject: Racing & High Speed Unicycling Date:
Friday, December 09, 1994 13:23

Does anybody have some tips on riding very fast. I find it difficult to keep a
wobble out and to very difficult to slow down

shaun

RE: Racing & High Speed Unicycling

Paul Goodrich wrote:
>Try keeping your weight almost entirely on the seat, and off the pedals. To me,
>it feels like “flowing” forward on the unicycle. The faster you go, the more
>elegant and smooth you need to be.
>
>Alternatively, I’m sure some of the wizards here on the list could be persuaded
>to come up with a gearing solution that’ll enable you to set the land speed
>record for unicyles!
>
*>Does anybody have some tips on riding very fast. I find it *>difficult to keep
a wobble out and to very difficult to *>slow down *> *>shaun

In the next few days, I’m going to try to get a document scanned into my
computer so I can share it with you. It’s the handout sheed from one of my
National Unicycle Meet workshops on unicycle racing. Until then, here’s some
brief info:

EQUIPMENT: In the US, adults race on 24" wheels. This is the maximum wheel size
permitted, but smaller wheels are legal. The minimum crank arm size is 5" or
125mm. Nothing shorter is allowed. As you may imagine, the larger the wheel, the
farther you go with each revolution. The shorter the crank arm, the less leg
movement is needed (but there is also less leverage and control). If you are
riding a 20" wheel, try to get crank arms that are no longer than 5" (125mm),
which is measured to the centers of the holes. Long crank arms force a larger
pedaling circle, which means more lifting and moving of your legs. This will
contribute to wobble. Some wobble will always be present, but you can work to
minimize it with any type wheel. Hold the saddle with one hand. The other hand
is used for whatever control you need. Holding the seat may take getting used
to. It also looks strange, but if you’ve seen any racing pictures from one of
our conventions, you’ll see that it works for the fast riders. Holding the seat
allows your legs to concentrate on pedaling only, and takes away their need to
steer and to hold you down on the seat. Last but least, the key factor is
practice, practice, practice!

John Foss US National Racing Champion '94,'93,'92,'91 . . .

RE: Racing & High Speed Unicycling

I’m not a unicycle racer, but I wonder if it would help to shorten the distance
between the pedal and the axle?

     Dan

From: “Goodrich, Paul - TEB” <psgoodrich@bpa.gov> Date: Fri, 09 Dec 94
12:20:00 PST Encoding: 24 TEXT X-Mailer: Microsoft Mail V3.0

Try keeping your weight almost entirely on the seat, and off the pedals. To
me, it feels like “flowing” forward on the unicycle. The faster you go, the
more elegant and smooth you need to be. Keeping your hands down at your side,
walking style, is also preferable to holding them out, tightrope fashion.

Alternatively, I’m sure some of the wizards here on the list could be
persuaded to come up with a gearing solution that’ll enable you to set the
land speed record for unicyles!

         Paul Goodrich
         psgoodrich@bpa.gov
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From: bkonarsk To: unicycling Subject: Racing & High Speed Unicycling Date:
Friday, December 09, 1994 13:23

Does anybody have some tips on riding very fast. I find it difficult to keep
a wobble out and to very difficult to slow down

shaun