180

i was looking for some advice on doing sharp 180 degree turns. im working on
level 3, and this is the only trick im having trouble with.

thanks

MARK

RE: 180

You can also practice making tiny little circles, which will put you on the road
toward spins. The secret of circling is to get an even turning of the pedals. At
first it will be very jerky, but as you get used to leaning into it you can
smooth it out and ride around until you’re completely dizzy.

John Foss

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Subject: 180 Author: “Mark A Douglass” [SMTP:n9604995@garbo.nepean.uws.edu.au]
at MSXGATE Date: 5/31/98 7:13 PM

i was looking for some advice on doing sharp 180 degree turns. im working on
level 3, and this is the only trick im having trouble with.

thanks

MARK

RE: 180

The skill to learn first is to stall. Unfortunately this was left out of level
2.

To stall ride forward, stop briefly with your pedals parallel to the ground and
pedal forward again. Learn to do this with either foot forward.

To perform a sharp turn: stall, twist your upper body, and then pedal forward.
The third step is the most difficult as you need to pedal with a quick burst to
keep from falling. Your forward foot should be the outside one in the turn.

This will all be quite difficult to do until you have mastered riding
sufficiently such that your upper body and arms aren’t flailing all over as you
ride. And make sure you keep your weight on the seat.

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    From: Mark A Douglass[SMTP:n9604995@garbo.nepean.uws.edu.au] Sent:
    Sunday, May 31, 1998 9:14 PM To: UNICYCLING@winternet.com Subject: 180

    i was looking for some advice on doing sharp 180 degree turns. im
    working on level 3, and this is the only trick im having trouble with.

    thanks

    MARK

Re: 180

Mark A Douglass wrote:
>
> i was looking for some advice on doing sharp 180 degree turns. im working on
> level 3, and this is the only trick im having trouble with.
>
> thanks
>
> MARK

Try slowing right down so that you end up with your cranks parallel to the
ground. Now throw your torso in the direction that you want to turn, at the same
time as pushing hard down on the pedal. I’ve found that it doesn’t really matter
which pedal you have forwards in relation to the direction you want to turn, but
i know lots of people disagree.

The important things are to use your upper body as well as pedalling hard. It’s
a kind’ve jerky action.

Nic

Re: 180

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i was looking for some advice on doing sharp 180 degree turns. im working on
level 3, and this is the only trick im having trouble with.

I am also trying to learn this maneuver myself. My biggest problem is getting
set up for it. I have to plan for it several yards in advance and slow down to a
near-idle before I try it. Also I’ve found that it is MUCH easier for me to spin
to the right than to the left. I am finding it very difficult to get past this.
I can do a rightward 180 about 4 out of 5 times, but for some reason I have
trouble getting everything arranged properly for a leftward spin. Rotating to
the left usually means doing two 90s with an idling stroke in between. I am
working hard on this because I think it is an important skill for everyday
riding. My method, which is quite probably wrong, is to come to a stop and twist
my upper body around in the direction toward which I want to spin, so that I am
looking behind me. I start to fall a little in that direction and backwards, and
at the right moment I snap my lower body (and the unicycle) around while doing a
half-turn with the pedals. Of course this all happens in about a second. In my
case at present this is a quite graceless maneuver involving a lot of
arm-flailing and “Gah-haahh!” sounds, especially when I try doing it to the
left. It is slowly getting easier though.

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