Return to one wheel...

Finally the day has come. I was allowed to go down to the cellar to
get my birthday present out of the big carboard box that has been
tempting me every time I go down there (a bit sad for a 32 year old!).
I stuck the pedals on, adjusted the seat and pumped up the tire. I’ve
taken a couple of days off from work, I’d a few days to take before
the end of the month or I’d loose them. What better excuse to spend
some time playing on my new Pashley Muni. A quick blast up to the park
where there are loads of paths and an almost always empty basketball
court. It looks like the Scottish Outdoor Basketball Initiative,
“Scoobi” had over ambitious ideas of it being used all the time (too
much watching American movies and mistaking their culture for the
mainly football oriented Scottish culture), anyway, it made a perfect
unicycle practice area.

I’ve not spent a decent amount of time unicyling for nearly 10 years,
but I’m usually pretty good at remembering how to do various physical
skills so I thought it wouldn’t take long before I was at least free
mounting again and riding smoothly. How wrong I was! First of all, I
seem to have turned in to a tree hugger! Now it may be harder to mount
a 26" uni than a 20" uni (or is it meant to be the other way round?)
but for the first few tries I couldn’t get much further than a few
feet. The trouble is that the trees I was using to help mount were
about 2 feet from the path, so I’d start on the rather slow muddy
ground and then either the uni would shoot out from under me as I hit
the smooth path, or it would grind to a halt as I tried to get it up
the small lip onto the path.

Time to lower my sights a little. I walked over to the basketball
court and started using the baskets for support. Now I could get a
decent distance, but the uni kept twisting to one side (usually the
left), at other times I could cycle exactly where I wanted in an
almost graceful way rather than looking like a demented semaphore
signaller. I think it is just a case of needing more practice to start
picking things up again, but it was rather frustrating being so
inconsistent. Perhaps the gusting winds we have in Edinburgh today
aren’t helping, I’m not conscious of them having a big effect, but you
never know.

I tried a few more attempts at free mounting and managed successfully
quite a few times, but still with a very high failure rate. Looks like
jump mounts are well off into the future, possibly never unless I
replace that Viscount saddle. Again, mounting is probably something a
little (lot?) more practice will almost certainly help.

I even tried a little hopping. I did cheat big time though, hopping
whilst holding a fence doesn’t really count but it gave me an idea of
what to do (I’d never done that when I used to uni).

I received a couple of comments during my practice session too. And
neither of them were of the “where’s your other wheel?” variety. One
woman out walking her dog was very encouraging and another woman said
“You don’t see that very often.” I bet that if the kids from the local
school had been out on their lunch break it would have been a
different story - “Gies a shot mister! Go on!” or more likely “Ha!
Look at that prat on the funny bike!”

So it looks like I might spend some of the rest of today reading up on
the “How to…” sections that some of you guys have on your web sites.
I’ll keep you posted as to my progress, that is unless everyone’s
fallen asleep before reading this far :slight_smile:

Graeme

(above address is defunct, try graemeATgpdodsDOTcom, anti-spam
address, you know what to do!)

Re: Return to one wheel…

Graeme,

Some of you tree hugging might be due to the tyre, check if it has a ridge
down the centre, if it has junk it and get a nice fat even treaded
replacement. The new machines are meant to come with a new tyre but I know
there are some of the old ones still out there.

have fun,

Want to go for a ride next weekend, I am going to Portobello?

Cheers

Roger


The UK’s Unicycle Source


----- Original Message -----
From: “Graeme Dods” <dodsgr@my-deja.com>
Newsgroups: rec.sport.unicycling
To: <rsu@unicycling.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 11:26 AM
Subject: Return to one wheel…

> Finally the day has come. I was allowed to go down to the cellar to
> get my birthday present out of the big carboard box that has been
> tempting me every time I go down there (a bit sad for a 32 year old!).
> I stuck the pedals on, adjusted the seat and pumped up the tire. I’ve
> taken a couple of days off from work, I’d a few days to take before
> the end of the month or I’d loose them. What better excuse to spend
> some time playing on my new Pashley Muni. A quick blast up to the park
> where there are loads of paths and an almost always empty basketball
> court. It looks like the Scottish Outdoor Basketball Initiative,
> “Scoobi” had over ambitious ideas of it being used all the time (too
> much watching American movies and mistaking their culture for the
> mainly football oriented Scottish culture), anyway, it made a perfect
> unicycle practice area.
>
> I’ve not spent a decent amount of time unicyling for nearly 10 years,
> but I’m usually pretty good at remembering how to do various physical
> skills so I thought it wouldn’t take long before I was at least free
> mounting again and riding smoothly. How wrong I was! First of all, I
> seem to have turned in to a tree hugger! Now it may be harder to mount
> a 26" uni than a 20" uni (or is it meant to be the other way round?)
> but for the first few tries I couldn’t get much further than a few
> feet. The trouble is that the trees I was using to help mount were
> about 2 feet from the path, so I’d start on the rather slow muddy
> ground and then either the uni would shoot out from under me as I hit
> the smooth path, or it would grind to a halt as I tried to get it up
> the small lip onto the path.
>
> Time to lower my sights a little. I walked over to the basketball
> court and started using the baskets for support. Now I could get a
> decent distance, but the uni kept twisting to one side (usually the
> left), at other times I could cycle exactly where I wanted in an
> almost graceful way rather than looking like a demented semaphore
> signaller. I think it is just a case of needing more practice to start
> picking things up again, but it was rather frustrating being so
> inconsistent. Perhaps the gusting winds we have in Edinburgh today
> aren’t helping, I’m not conscious of them having a big effect, but you
> never know.
>
> I tried a few more attempts at free mounting and managed successfully
> quite a few times, but still with a very high failure rate. Looks like
> jump mounts are well off into the future, possibly never unless I
> replace that Viscount saddle. Again, mounting is probably something a
> little (lot?) more practice will almost certainly help.
>
> I even tried a little hopping. I did cheat big time though, hopping
> whilst holding a fence doesn’t really count but it gave me an idea of
> what to do (I’d never done that when I used to uni).
>
> I received a couple of comments during my practice session too. And
> neither of them were of the “where’s your other wheel?” variety. One
> woman out walking her dog was very encouraging and another woman said
> “You don’t see that very often.” I bet that if the kids from the local
> school had been out on their lunch break it would have been a
> different story - “Gies a shot mister! Go on!” or more likely “Ha!
> Look at that prat on the funny bike!”
>
> So it looks like I might spend some of the rest of today reading up on
> the “How to…” sections that some of you guys have on your web sites.
> I’ll keep you posted as to my progress, that is unless everyone’s
> fallen asleep before reading this far :slight_smile:
>
>
> Graeme
>
> (above address is defunct, try graemeATgpdodsDOTcom, anti-spam
> address, you know what to do!)
>


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Re: Return to one wheel…

Graeme Dods wrote:
> I bet that if the kids from the local
> school had been out on their lunch break it would have been a
> different story - “Gies a shot mister! Go on!”

Kids will not see you as an adult while you’re on your unicycle.

> or more likely “Ha!
> Look at that prat on the funny bike!”

Yup. Much more likely, I’m afraid. But, hey, we’re the ones having fun!

Regards,
Mark.

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Re: Return to one wheel…

Hi Graeme !

Last fall I put a ridged tire on my standard uni. I could ride very easily
with my slick tire but the ridged tire kept attracting me to the right and
it is, indeed, very frustrating ! I cut the crampons on the sides but it
was not better at all… I think that some models do not fit well for
unicycling. Try with a slick tire in order to get comfortable again…

Cheers !

Christian.

Graeme Dods wrote:

> Finally the day has come. I was allowed to go down to the cellar to
> get my birthday present out of the big carboard box that has been
> tempting me every time I go down there (a bit sad for a 32 year old!).
> I stuck the pedals on, adjusted the seat and pumped up the tire. I’ve
> taken a couple of days off from work, I’d a few days to take before
> the end of the month or I’d loose them. What better excuse to spend
> some time playing on my new Pashley Muni. A quick blast up to the park
> where there are loads of paths and an almost always empty basketball
> court. It looks like the Scottish Outdoor Basketball Initiative,
> “Scoobi” had over ambitious ideas of it being used all the time (too
> much watching American movies and mistaking their culture for the
> mainly football oriented Scottish culture), anyway, it made a perfect
> unicycle practice area.
>
> I’ve not spent a decent amount of time unicyling for nearly 10 years,
> but I’m usually pretty good at remembering how to do various physical
> skills so I thought it wouldn’t take long before I was at least free
> mounting again and riding smoothly. How wrong I was! First of all, I
> seem to have turned in to a tree hugger! Now it may be harder to mount
> a 26" uni than a 20" uni (or is it meant to be the other way round?)
> but for the first few tries I couldn’t get much further than a few
> feet. The trouble is that the trees I was using to help mount were
> about 2 feet from the path, so I’d start on the rather slow muddy
> ground and then either the uni would shoot out from under me as I hit
> the smooth path, or it would grind to a halt as I tried to get it up
> the small lip onto the path.
>
> Time to lower my sights a little. I walked over to the basketball
> court and started using the baskets for support. Now I could get a
> decent distance, but the uni kept twisting to one side (usually the
> left), at other times I could cycle exactly where I wanted in an
> almost graceful way rather than looking like a demented semaphore
> signaller. I think it is just a case of needing more practice to start
> picking things up again, but it was rather frustrating being so
> inconsistent. Perhaps the gusting winds we have in Edinburgh today
> aren’t helping, I’m not conscious of them having a big effect, but you
> never know.
>
> I tried a few more attempts at free mounting and managed successfully
> quite a few times, but still with a very high failure rate. Looks like
> jump mounts are well off into the future, possibly never unless I
> replace that Viscount saddle. Again, mounting is probably something a
> little (lot?) more practice will almost certainly help.
>
> I even tried a little hopping. I did cheat big time though, hopping
> whilst holding a fence doesn’t really count but it gave me an idea of
> what to do (I’d never done that when I used to uni).
>
> I received a couple of comments during my practice session too. And
> neither of them were of the “where’s your other wheel?” variety. One
> woman out walking her dog was very encouraging and another woman said
> “You don’t see that very often.” I bet that if the kids from the local
> school had been out on their lunch break it would have been a
> different story - “Gies a shot mister! Go on!” or more likely “Ha!
> Look at that prat on the funny bike!”
>
> So it looks like I might spend some of the rest of today reading up on
> the “How to…” sections that some of you guys have on your web sites.
> I’ll keep you posted as to my progress, that is unless everyone’s
> fallen asleep before reading this far :slight_smile:
>
> Graeme
>
> (above address is defunct, try graemeATgpdodsDOTcom, anti-spam
> address, you know what to do!)

Re: Return to one wheel…

“Roger Davies” <Roger.Davies@octacon.co.uk> wrote in message news:<mailman.1015502169.32468.rsu@unicycling.org>…
> Graeme,
>
> Some of you tree hugging might be due to the tyre, check if it has a ridge
> down the centre, if it has junk it and get a nice fat even treaded
> replacement. The new machines are meant to come with a new tyre but I know
> there are some of the old ones still out there.

Just checked it and you’re right, its got a dirty great ridge running
down the middle. I’ll scrap it and swap it for a “ridgeless” spare I
have for my mountain bike tomorrow morning.

> have fun,

I always try to!

> Want to go for a ride next weekend, I am going to Portobello?

Thanks for the offer Roger, unfortunately I’m away in Germany that
weekend for work. If you’re up this way again another time then please
give me a shout, it would be great to meet up. I might even pop down
your way some time, I can’t think of anyone who has posted to this
newsgroup that is anywhere nearer to Edinburgh (or are there some
silent Edinburgh based lurkers out there?)

Have fun!

Graeme

(above address is defunct, try graemeATgpdodsDOTcom, anti-spam
address, you know what to do!)

Re: Return to one wheel…

Hey Graeme, welcome back to unicycling! Give it a week or so until you feel more comfortable on a uni. True, the 26" is a lot different from your old 20" but you’ll get used to it. Keep us posted on your progress, and trust me, we are not bored by long posts, we just read the first and last paragraphs, like teachers do when grading reports (just kidding). We welcome long and rambling posts.
-David Kaplan

Graeme,

Good to see you are getting back into it. I wish I had learned when I was young.

So tell me … how is the 26" Pashley? I am considering possibly getting one at some point in the future. I’m not sure. Is it smooth? How much do you weigh, and how is it holding up so far?

I’m 240 lbs so I’m always concerned about weight and the like.

I bought a nice off-road unicycle but 95% of my riding is street, and I don’t enjoy taking the off-road onto street, especially since my miyata seat is still pending (die, united seat, die!).

Therefore, I’m looking at street cycles and hybrids maybe. I guess the Pashley is more of an off-road but I’m just looking at all reviews of cycles.

Lewis

I’m using a Pashley 26" mostly for off-road but it works great with a road tire - I have a separate wheel for road use and a Bontrager tire with inverted tread on it. The Pashley is nice and rugged and would stand 240 lbs nicely (192 here but dropping) in my humble opinion. Switching wheels isn’t too bad - 4 bolts and a seat height adjustment (lower for off-road). Perhaps if you order a Pashley for road use you can get a road tire on it from the get-go. The off-road tire I got with the uni quickly shredded from the pavement I was learning on.