Sorry to make a new thread about this but I really want to get lots of content up at tutorials.unicyclist.com nice and early and I thought more people would read this this way.
I’m going to continue making lots of video tutorials for the site, but it’ll take many months to get through everything I want to cover on my own. I’d really like people to contribute tips or tutorials on the following skills/topics. They don’t have to be anything fancy, just text is fine (although photos and videos are more than more than welcome :)). Here’s what I’d love to get tips on, I’m not saying you’re restricted to these ones though…
Riding seat in front
Riding seat out back
One foot riding
One foot idling
One foot wheel walking
Seat drags front and back
Standup wheel walking
Side on side
Other fancy mounts
Anything else I’ve missed
We’ll add a section for street stuff I think if we get some contributions…
No footers (I only know of one person doing these)
Effective use of the pre-hop
High hopping seat out
High hopping seat in
Gapping seat out
Gapping seat in
Maybe something on motivating yourself to do something scary?
High rolling hops
Picking a good line
Rolling out of drops
Hopping with any pedal orientation
Cross country muni training, motivation, etc.
Riding in snow?
Anything at all
General unicycle maintenance
Splined hub maintenance
Bearing holder tightness
Application of anti-seize/locktite (there you go John :))
Cleaning out a water-logged unicycle
Seat upgrades, fixes, etc.
What tools to pack when out riding?
Washing your unicycle
That’s all I can think of for the most important things. As you can imagine the site’s got a lot of potential but the more content it has from a range of sources, the better it will be.
I know I’m asking a lot, but it has the chance to be really helpful to a lot of unicyclists and I really want to see that happen.
If you’ve got anything to contribute the easiest way is probably just to post it in this thread…or you can email it to me at andrew_carter (at) mail (dot) com .
Yeh, that’d be ideal Robbie. But if you’re willing to give some tips, they’d be more than welcome. Since you haven’t been unicycling for as long as some others (although it has been a while now) the learning process for some of the skills will be fresher in your mind. Use that to your advantage if, you’d like to help.
I’ll talk to Peter about that, but I’m not sure it’s neccessary. Law related information seems to me to fit well in miscellaneous given that the site is mainly about tips and tutorials. I have absolutely no doubt that law info is a really helpful addition to the site though. I’ll talk to Peter about it.
This site is being created for an assignment that Peter is doing for school. I don’t see any major difference between that layout and Peter’s…am I missing something? Peter’s site will also be able to be formatted exactly how we want it to be and we’ll probably have headings in there and that sort of thing to group together video tutorials, photo analyses, and text, and that sort of thing.
Just a general question, do you think it’s okay to quote what people have posted in r.s.u, etc (and give them full credit) without asking permission first? Because it will require a lot of work otherwise.
The big difference is that a wiki, like what mike is pointing at, can be edited by anyone, rather than needing to be maintained all the time. Maintaining sites is great when you’re enthusiastic and starting off on a site, but not so when you’ve had it for a couple of years and need to update something.
We use one at work to track hard to document information, useful tips etc. and it’s really useful for that, because it’s so quick to update.
To put in videos or images, once they’re in the gallery you can put them into wiki pages. The combination of a gallery and a well setup wiki is pretty similar in power as a full html website and much much easier to add updates to.
The difficult thing about a wiki is that it requires some cgi scripts, so on unicyclist.com would require you to get gilby to install them.
Thanks Joe, I didn’t notice that. They do seem very useful, but like I said, the design of an original website is part of Peter’s assignment. I know I wouldn’t mind updating the site for many years if Peter can tell me how to do it (once it’s all finished).
John Glazer sent me some great tips on a few different areas. I’m sure they didn’t take him very long to do and they will most likely really help somebody trying to learn those skills. Is nobody else willing to spend two minutes to write tips on something? There are lots to choose from.
Re: The following tips are much needed…please help.
> Just a general question, do you think it’s okay to quote what people
> have posted in r.s.u, etc (and give them full credit) without asking
> permission first? Because it will require a lot of work otherwise.
If someone doesn’t set their headers to prevent their posts being cached
by Google then I think it’s fair to assume that their posts are intended
to provide a permanent source of information to others. So yes, I think
it’s OK to quote what people have posted, with credit.
A wiki is an original website, just one that happens to be editable once it is done. It would be more of a technical challenge to do though, because he’d have to learn a bit about server side stuff and learn what a wiki is and how to integrate one into a website effectively.
unicycling.org is a perfect example of a site that would be better off as a wiki. It’s something like ten years old, it’s got loads of data on there, but pretty much any part of it that can be is a bit out of date, for example the airseat instructions are only for miyata seats, there are no videos of anything, the equipment suggestions are way out of date, there’s practically nothing relating to muni/trials etc. I’ve got some mounting videos in my gallery, if it was a wiki, I could just click on edit this page on the mounting page and then add a link to them. If anyone finds a description that isn’t clear, they can quickly fix it.
The other cool thing about wikis is that things get automatically linked around, for example if you’ve got a page called “Standard Mount” and you put standard mount into your list of freestyle skills, it automatically links it to that page.
I think there is something very compelling about being able to instantly correct any errors you find on a web site… However I do understand that in Andrew’s case he is trying to assist Peter with a school poject of creating a web site so this thread is more concentrated on helping provide new content for that project (fair enough). I do hope however that a wiki Unicycling book (or what ever it should be called) could grow out of this project.
I also think that the Wiki structure might lend its self to gathering some of the information for Andrew & Peter to use.
i’d be willing to do some of the tutorials for street stuff. am i the one you were referring to about no footers? cause im not really doing those down sets yet, just flat ground. i’ve hit some one footers though down 5 and 6 sets. and im pretty good at the footplants and grinding… and footplant to grinds (in jeff groves video spaced out there will be 2 i think). so if you want me to do a few, i probably could. just email me at kevin_mcmullin(at)hotmail(dot)com.
Thanks a lot for the offer, that wouold be greatly, greatly appreciated. I also emailed you.
Okay, I’ll be more specific…
I’ve just spent a few hours searching through unicyclist.com for tips on various areas of unicycling. There are some great ones in there and they’ll be up on the site soon. After doing all that, these are the ones left over. I’ll just start with the freestyle ones for now. Thanks a lot John Glazer, and also the mysterious annonymous person who posted the great ones in the Wikibook thing, for the great tips.
Here’s what I’d really like which wasn’t in the search results…
Pirouettes (thanks a lot forthe one on spinning…very helpful)
Im Pepe, unicyclist form Spain, im doing a similar work on my web, www.monociclos.com, would you mind if i transalate some of your contents to my web??
Of course if I do that, I would say that is your work, I can also put a link to your page or what ever you whant.
Here in Spain, we are a little unicycle comunity, 1% people doin basic trials and free stuff, real unicyclist that like unicycling like an sport, and 99% doing no triks, no trials, no nothing, there is no information, so they don´t know what it is possible to do on a unicycle!!!
There are no web pages with unicycle related stuff in spanish but mine!