. First, I would like to thank the riders in San Antonio for their hospitality. They bought lunch, filmed, put up with my haggling, helped me repair my seat (which took an hour or more) , and many other things that made the adventure extremely enjoyable. Thanks SWallis, SteveOwe, Krashin’Kenny!
. I am now the proud owner of the 3 year old SWallis (Gemcrest) seat cover! My Gemcrest cover torn in many places from hitting the ground and simply riding. Didn’t last long at all. Anyway, I promise to only ride the SWallis seat cover off-road to preserve it for historical purposes.
. My carbon fiber frame can be twisted - it flexes. I bought it from Darren Bedford (and I assume it is the same that Unicycle.com sells). I had the opportunity to examine the SWallis carbon fiber frame. Apples and Oranges. The SWallis carbon fiber frame does NOT flex, is just as light and has many contours. I recommend them over other frames. I hope one day he’ll make a version that doesn’t require the special seat post.
. I want to verify that many things in the video look like “a joke.” Remeber the thread where SteveOwe asked for tips on making that drop. Well, when I saw the video, I assumed that the drop was 1’ high, and landing on a very mild grade. I assumed that I would be able to ride up to it and shifty off of it on my first try.
I WAS WRONG.
The real drop is like dropping off of 4-5 pallets and riding 30 stairs. I tried to put my unicycle in the shot on some of it to show perspective. Traction was a problem - and Steve was right, a bit of moisture WOULD have helped things a bit. My guess is that it is 30-50 feet tall.
. I’m wondering why the footage of a biker launching off of the drop and rolling the back wheel off SteveOwe’s head was excluded . . . … :))
. Seeing the video of the days’ riding leaves me feeling almost embarrassed. For example, when I was using all of those corrective hops and still failed to make that climb in the video - it’s actually steep. Stuff that took nerve, patience and skill in reality looks like stuff I should be able to roll first try. Some things that were filmed with only 1 or 2 riders was actually challenging enough to keep others from trying it.
. If the stuff I am doing looks easy, then the stuff that looks hard (like the Irene/Kris Holm video footage) shows lines I would consider impossible. Perhaps that is why there isn’t very much off-road footage/24" work.
. My guess is that videos should be shot from farther away.
. We are planning to do an Austin ride in 2 weeks. We will be doing the technical stuff (Emma Long, 360 Bridge and possibly Hill of Life or Toys R’ Us). This time we’ll zoom out a bit.
. I had a great time and I’m eager to go back and ride the more technical trails and spend more time in San Antonio - where off-road riding is booming!