New recipe for speed – Add a little dead weight (safety wheel); remove a little risk; and pedal like hell.
I don’t know what category this would be placed in. I’m still in the odd-ball category. Dan, does the unlimited category include one wheel rides with a spare in the air?
Anyway, after a little speed work on the Tammany Trace (the train track turned bke path with many stop signs), I went down to New Orleans to test my 25k time at Audubon Park where there’s a loop with a dedicated bke/roller blade lane. Many obstacles to negotiate, but it’s a loop, about 1.5 miles, I think. After reaching the 1-hour point and slowing to a cool down pace for a couple of miles (still on one wheel of course) I found myself near the 30k point with a little bit of a second wind, so I continued on to the 40k mark to see what the time would look like. My posterior didn’t appreciate the idea. And it wasn’t a very decent time due to the long cool down, but it’s a start. The next time I try for 40, I’ll go out slower and concentrate on the longer distance from the start. After I install the Azonics seat and see how it works.
10k----------------22:38 (avg 26.51kph)
15mile/24.12k------56:09 (avg 25.77kph)
25k----------------58:12 (avg 25.77kph)
1-hour distance----25.75k (avg – I’m not gonna type it twice)
40k----------------1:41:30 (avg 23.64kph)
heart rate----------avg 180bpm (this is excellent exercise)
cadence estimate—90-100 (counted periodically when I got bored)
With all of the traffic (b*kes; roller bladers; and sometimes cars, pedestrians, children and dogs that wander into the lane accidentally) I won’t be trying to repeat this without the front wheel at Audubon Park. The first time out (last week), at about 45 minutes into the ride (while running 27kph) someone decided to run the only stop sign in the park, just as I reached the intersection. That was the third time I thanked myself for installing the forks and front wheel. After slamming the front end down, jamming on the brakes, and swerving toward the rear of the vehicle, I missed the apparently blind young lady by about an inch. Without the front wheel, I would have been in serious trouble. And the same thing happened two days later in Mandeville.
Am I invisible on this thing?
This high-speed one-wheeling may not be a good idea. It requires too much restraint when one nearly gets killed by another’s carelessness.
And some would say I’m the reckless one. Well, maybe more than some.