Schlumpf riding tips
I happened to notice this thread during a related search. Seemed like it died out early, and perhaps would benefit from reviving. It seems like there was a flurry of new Schlumpf riders at the time, and most of the previous posters were sharing their progress stories.
I was thinking it might be useful to use this thread for tips and technique suggestions, since there didn’t seem to be one like that.
So here’s one from me (actually, I’m just passing it along from someone else). I’ve been riding a G32 since earlier this year. It’s been kind of a struggle for me, and I’ve gone for some long stretches without riding it in overdrive at all (and periods of going back to my Coker 36"). One of the things I was struggling with was up-shifting “on the fly.” I was using the “heel click” technique, since it was pretty much the only technique that people were using. But it seemed problematic and inconsistent for me. To begin with, my cranks were too long (150mm), and my heel didn’t conveniently fall in the correct spot to shift, so that was a problem. So not long ago I put on a pair of M4O 3-hole cranks (110/130/150) and started riding on the 130 spot. My foot position was much better, and I liked the shorter length in general. But my shifting success was not much better, even though my foot was in a better position. Sometimes it worked great, other times I got thrown right off.
Then a rider over on the Facebook “Road and Distance Unicycling” page suggested shifting with the ankle. I hadn’t read anything about this technique, so I hadn’t tried it before. But I didn’t have anything to lose, so I gave it a shot. (My regular riding shoes are ankle boots with a collar around my ankles.) I’ve been practicing it for two days now, and I’m going to say it works way better for me. My shifts are consistently smooth and steady, and no more throwing me off. I was previously nervous whenever I went to shift, because I didn’t know if it was going to be a hit or a miss, but now I have a fair amount of confidence, and it’s growing.
So that’s the tip I’m passing along today. Probably won’t work for everyone, but if you’re having trouble with the heel technique, give it a try.
Perhaps a few more people will pass along their gems of wisdom, and eventually I’ll be half-decent at riding this thing.