Rollers ...

I don’t know why I suddenly thought of this, but I did (probably trying to avoid
thinking about things I should be thinking about …). Has anybody tried riding
a uni on a set of bike rollers? I used to own some for winter training, and
liked them because it required balance and felt more like “real” riding than
using a stationary trainer. I’d imagine that one could place the uni on the
rollers where the rear wheel of a bike would sit, and perhaps even work up a
decent sweat. The tricky bit would be balance, since pedaling faster wouldn’t
overcome a heavy forward lean. Anyway, just wondering if this is a “been there,
done that” thing. I haven’t heard about it, and felt like writing instead of
checking the web pages … Peter

Peter Kittle Department of English CSU, Chico Chico CA 95929-0830 ph:
530/898-5305 fax: 530/898-4450 email: pkittle@csuchico.edu www:
http://www.csuchico.edu/~pdkittle

RE: Rollers …

> > another indoor option to consider is an electric treadmill. this has and can
> > be done!
>
> The MUni equivalent would be an escalator. Anyone have one at home?

Escalators are too slow. Most don’t have the capacity to be speeded up to the
point where they’re “fun”.

One time when I was in Holland, Aristide and Yuri Abrahams (Sem’s brothers) and
I spent about an hour trying to idle hands free on an escalator, without
success. Well, maybe it was mostly me, with them getting bored.

See how not to use an escalator:
http://www.unicycling.com/unifoss/thingnot/dontdo.htm#15

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com

Proponent of Things not to do

Re: Rollers …

In article <A154FC0C2AC8D111BE4F00805F6FDFF6F29F7D@MESQUITE>,
pkittle@csuchico.edu (Kittle, Peter) writes:
>I don’t know why I suddenly thought of this, but I did (probably trying to
>avoid thinking about things I should be thinking about …). Has anybody tried
>riding a uni on a set of bike rollers? I used to own some for winter

been there, done that… i did some work with this 10 years ago and decided it
was pointless on a unicycle. on your standard two wheeled device one has the
option of changing gears and increasing resistance, thus increasing your sweat
factor. when unicycling on rollers i placed the rollers in a door frame with the
rear rollers a foot or so back from the door way. i would then hold onto the
door frame for stability. i’m not going to say it’s impossible to ride hands
free, that’ll just give someone the gas to spend hours learning to do it so they
can prove me wrong! another indoor option to consider is an electric treadmill.
this has and can be done!

keep on trying, dustin klem unicycling productions www.dustin.kelm.com

isa 40:29-31

Re: Rollers …

The problem I had was “not enough resistance” from the rollers. When I tried to
“pedal faster” to not fall forward, the rollers just increased their RPM’s. Now
maybe if you could put some tension on the rollers to slow them down…

“Kittle, Peter” wrote:
>
> I don’t know why I suddenly thought of this, but I did (probably trying to
> avoid thinking about things I should be thinking about …). Has anybody tried
> riding a uni on a set of bike rollers? I used to own some for winter training,
> and liked them because it required balance and felt more like “real” riding
> than using a stationary trainer. I’d imagine that one could place the uni on
> the rollers where the rear wheel of a bike would sit, and perhaps even work up
> a decent sweat. The tricky bit would be balance, since pedaling faster
> wouldn’t overcome a heavy forward lean. Anyway, just wondering if this is a
> “been there, done that” thing. I haven’t heard about it, and felt like writing
> instead of checking the web pages … Peter
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> Peter Kittle Department of English CSU, Chico Chico CA 95929-0830 ph:
> 530/898-5305 fax: 530/898-4450 email: pkittle@csuchico.edu www:
> http://www.csuchico.edu/~pdkittle
> -----------------------------------------------------------

Re: Rollers …

unicycledk@aol.comstopjunk (dustin klem) writes:

> another indoor option to consider is an electric treadmill. this has and can
> be done!

The MUni equivalent would be an escalator. Anyone have one at home?

Re: Rollers …

No, not an elevator, you want one of those rotating climbing walls I’ve seen at
Climbing Gyms. You can set the angle and then practice riding over the bumpy
climbing holds, uphill. You can also vary the speed. Since they’re for climbing,
the fastest speed might be just about right for uphill muni.

—Nathan

Seth Golub <seth@thehouse.org> wrote in message
news:14313.64129.907509.611741@anvil.thehouse.org
>
> unicycledk@aol.comstopjunk (dustin klem) writes:
>
> > another indoor option to consider is an electric treadmill. this has and can
> > be done!
>
> The MUni equivalent would be an escalator. Anyone have one at home?