Re: Aggressive Pre-Hop= 2"+

From hearing your story I wonder if the Roach armor is going to be
enough! If I ever see a unicyclists in Iowa, I’ll be sure to keep my
distance from him.


On Wed, 6 Mar 2002 10:41:02 -0600 “Joe” <> writes:
> Wow, talk about falling down. I had one of those days yesterday.
> I
> commuted on the muni, and was practicing seat out hops up a curb.
> My
> left(front) foot came off the pedal, causing my right foot to rotate
> the
> left pedal around into my shin (OUCH #1).
> On the trip home, I leaned back to stop hard and side hop a curb.
> I
> didn’t see that I was on a small patch of ice. I landed on my back
> with
> the muni shooting out in front of me (OUCH #2).
> About a mile later, I came upon the hospital parking lot where I
> like
> to play around at. I successfully hop up a flight of four steps.
> I
> turn to ride back down them, and just as my tire rolls over the
> edge, my
> pant leg catches on the crank. I landed in a heap at the bottom of
> stairs (OUCH #3).
> I then rode around the corner and do a couple drops off a two
> foot
> wall. After my last drop, I ride around to another parking lot
> where I
> go down on another patch of ice(OUCH #4).
> OK, enough of this I say, I’ll just hop up one more parking curb
> for
> good measure and call it a night. Do a nice front hop onto the
> parking
> curb, but when I go to roll off of it, my shoelace catches my pedal
> and
> I go down into a hand railing (OUCH #5).
> It’s a good thing my Roach armor will be here tomorrow. It could
> be a
> hard weekend at this rate.
> Cheers… Joe in Iowa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of rhysling
> Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 1:57 PM
> To:
> Subject: Agressive Pre-Hop= 2"+
> often break up my actions into isolated parts…
> Anyway, I repeatedly failed to clean a 12" obsticle today. Laying
> on
> my back on the concreate, looking up at the cold March sky, I
> visualized
> Scott and Kris demonstrating aggressive prehopping, got back up and
> stuck the hop with extra air. Entering the pre hop I probably had
> the
> wheel layed over 20 deg, or so.
> Psyched, I took about 25 steps and 3 landings on the Thalia Mara
> Hall
> (an Opera House) front steps, focusing on using my landings as
> prehops
> instead of just recovery, saved a good deal of energy and got a bit
> of
> extra hight on some tight steps where I needed it. I then moved on
> to
> City Hall and the Police station and stuck steps on both. On a
> related
> note, going down isn’t just do-able any more- it’s become
> manageable: I
> can react, plan and adjust to changes on the way down. A firm link
> arm
> is key, as well as moderating wheel speed while letting your legs
> act as
> shock absorbers.
> Christopher

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Jeff, I’m not usually that bad. That’s the first time I’ve caught a shoelace or pant leg. The Roach armor should keep my pants out of the cranks, and I’ve ordered some of those “old skool”, “Jeff Spicoli-Fast Times” checkered slip-on Vans shoes, so shoelacing will be a thing of the past. Now I just have to watch out for those “sudden gusts of gravity”. cheers, Joe in Iowa

Laceless shoes are a plus. But I think those vans have a rather soft sole on them. I have some Pumas that don’t do well when I slip off of the uni. If your foot hits hard, the shoes doesn’t take the shock.

I like erik e’s shoes. He’s got laceless mountain-hiking ones from Merrill(?) They have a harder sole and can take the abuse. Plus they are designed to hold onto your foot better than those old canvas vans do.

I think good shoes are really important for riding. The wrong shoes can mess up your learning curve.