Revenge of the Seat Clamp

Well I managed to get out and pick up a BMX double bolt seat post clamp today
(and a good thing too, it was on sale for 20%). Spent a total of about $12 CDN
for it which was fine. Put it on right then and there in the store. Came home
(much to the dismay of my mother; see end of message), went into the basement,
hopped on and woah.

What a difference! It’s much nicer knowing that the seat isn’t going to turn to
the other side when I mount. It also just feels nice and tigher and secure.
Which is great because the last few mounts had the post slipping right through
the mount and staying the tire.

So a big thanks to John Childs who suggested the new clamp :slight_smile:

Now my mother however is still petrified of the unicycle and begged me to remove
it from her line of sight. She’s still worried that I’ll fall off and “crack my
head open”. Which admitedly in a worse case scenario is a possibility. But so
far my greatest dismount-with-grace has ended with me landing infront of the uni
on my butt. What I’d like to know is if there’s anything I can do to help gain
support for this challenging endavour? :stuck_out_tongue:

RE: Revenge of the Seat Clamp

> Now my mother however is still petrified of the unicycle and begged me to
> remove it from her line of sight. She’s still worried that I’ll fall off and
> “crack my head open”. Which admitedly in a worse case scenario is a
> possibility. But so far my greatest dismount-with-grace has ended with me
> landing infront of the uni on my butt. What I’d like to know is if there’s
> anything I can do to help gain support for this challenging endavour? :stuck_out_tongue:

Yes, wear a helmet when you’re in line of sight with your mom.

Your best bet for picking up skills is to watch other unicyclists. If you have
none available, get a video. Uni-verse is great for entertainment, but a little
bit way beyond what you’re trying to do. Same for One Wheel, No Limit, but it’s
closer. You could try a convention video, 1999 Events, or 1996. All are
available from Unicycle.com.

Enjoy, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“I didn’t know popcorn was a diet… No wonder I weigh what I weigh!” – Brett
Bymaster (6’-4" and 160lbs fully clothed) on the concept of popcorn as a
volumetric diet

Re: Revenge of the Seat Clamp

>>But so far my greatest dismount-with-grace
> > has ended with me landing infront of the uni on my butt.

don’t know if this helps The bit in Charlie Dancey book How to ride your
unicycle. About the stepover looks like a good starting point to dismounting

I came to the book a bit after i had already dismounted alot and was not quite
the same but is is was starting afresh i would start from there

altough I can’t ride that far without the support of a wall (fingertips) Have
the advantage of a corridor to practice in at finger tips width ( think its also
a big disadvantage )

am using the bit in his book to try learn to free mount avoiding the use of
walls

did not see yr origional post so note sure where yr from the book is a uk book
so if usa you may have probs getting it

but i guess its prob quite universal so may be in any book

any way good luck

Paul

Re: Revenge of the Seat Clamp

In article <5J2b6.13224$vH6.222496@news6-win.server.ntlworld.com>, “pegreen”
<pegreen@ntlworld.com> wrote:

> >>But so far my greatest dismount-with-grace
> > > has ended with me landing infront of the uni on my butt.
>
>
> don’t know if this helps The bit in Charlie Dancey book How to ride your
> unicycle. About the stepover looks like a good starting point to dismounting

I think I’ve got the hang of making supported mounts (two chairs on either
side), dismounting infront of and behind. By the way, I’ve only landed on my
rump just once and sure; it stung for about a minute :slight_smile:

> I came to the book a bit after i had already dismounted alot and was not quite
> the same but is is was starting afresh i would start from there

I’m still waiting for Jack Wiley’s out of print book to arrive in the mail. I’m
guessing it should be here within the next week or two.

> altough I can’t ride that far without the support of a wall (fingertips) Have
> the advantage of a corridor to practice in at finger tips width ( think its
> also a big disadvantage )

Really? How do you figgure that? Is it too narrow?

My recent progress has developed to the point where I can move about two
or three seconds without support but much longer when I use ths gauntlet
of chairs :slight_smile:

Little steps! :