I seem to have contracted an acute case - have any of you experienced this?
I began noticing the symptoms on my ride yesterday: extreme wobbliness even on smooth pavement, unusual difficulty mounting (I’m even screwing up assisted mounts, and I’ve been freemounting for quite some time), etc. When I’m riding, my legs feel like they’re going in awkward directions, and I can’t seem to get my feet situated comfortably on the pedals no matter how many times I readjust them.
Yesterday, I just thought I was having a bad day. Today, it was even worse, if possible! It’s extremely frustrating - partway through my ride today, I was on the verge of Pete Townshending my unicycle.
I’ve checked everything I can think of: my tire is inflated to a reasonable pressure, my seat is straight, my pedals and cranks seem to be straight and undamaged, the wheel seems to be as true as ever, and so on.
Has there been any improvement Tak? What have you tried?
Another very slight possibility is that you are unwell, have you been dizzy at all lately?
Other then that I can’t think of anything except that I agree with taking a break from riding for a while, then trying again.
If your seat got turned around (which sounds unlikely based on your clamp) you would be riding your uni backwards and it might feel somewhat strange and awkward - although probably not awkward enough to create what you are describing. Other than that very improbable idea, I’m stumped.
So, today was a vast improvement. It was like the past three days never happened.
I’m still unsure about the cause; I rechecked everything I mentioned before, plus all the possibilities suggested by helpful persons. I suppose I must have been tired or stressed or getting sick, although I didn’t really notice any symptoms except for my horrific riding.
Thank you for all of your suggestions, and I’m sorry there wasn’t a more conclusive diagnosis. (“Aha! My lower grunklewidget is slightly misaligned with respect to the zurbotron! It’s all so obvious now!”)
An aside: While checking to make sure my seat hadn’t adjusted itself, I played with various heights for the first time since my wobble-a-few-meters-UPD stage. I ended up raising it about an inch - I’m amazed at how much less leg fatigue I’m incurring while riding!