Traffic Question

How does one check for traffic behind you when riding your unicycle on the rode?
When I turn my head to look over my shoulder my upper body twists enough to
cause the unicycle to want to turn into traffic. (not to mention the balance
issues) It makes me nervous when riding even in my relatively low traffic
subdivision.

Todd

RE: Traffic Question

> rode? When I turn my head to look over my shoulder my upper body twists enough
> to cause the unicycle to want to turn into traffic. (not to mention the
> balance issues) It makes me nervous when riding even in my relatively low
> traffic subdivision.

The same is true for people on bikes. Twisting the upper body tends to steer the
vehicle off from a straight course. This can be overcome by practice. Practice
where there is no traffic, turning your head one way, then the other, while
staying straight. If you have an empty parking lot with lines painted in it, you
can see how straight you are.

You don’t have to turn your head real far if you have good peripheral vision.
Also you could look into getting a mirror. These are extremely useful if you
ride on roads with cars. You can get ones that attach to a helmet, or to glasses
if you wear one or the other.

A simple way to avoid drifting into the traffic lane is to look over your
other shoulder, turning toward the curb. Turn the head around and back
relatively quickly, so you don’t get a chance to drift much. Then play back
what your eyes saw.

If all this is too hard, just do a quick backspin, switching from forward to
backward riding, check the traffic, and then do a frontspin. Everyone around you
will know how cool you are!

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“It’s never too early to be Friday” - John Foss

RE: Traffic Question

Do that on a big wheel or a Coker and I’ll be impressed! :slight_smile:

john_childs

From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com>
>If all this is too hard, just do a quick backspin, switching from forward to
>backward riding, check the traffic, and then do a frontspin. Everyone around
>you will know how cool you are!


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Re: Traffic Question

Hi Todd.

Here’s a neat invention that we offer in our catalog:

http://www.unicyclesource.com/Third_Eye1273.html

It clips onto your sunglasses and enables you to see what’s approaching
from behind.

Regards, John Drummond www.Unicycle.com 1-800-Unicycle

----- Original Message ----- From: Todd Johnson <tolljohn@inwave.com> To:
<unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 10:33 AM Subject:
Traffic Question

> How does one check for traffic behind you when riding your unicycle on the
> rode? When I turn my head to look over my shoulder my upper body twists enough
> to cause the unicycle to want to turn into traffic. (not to mention the
> balance issues) It makes me nervous when riding even in my relatively low
> traffic subdivision.
>
> Todd
>
>

Re: Traffic Question

If you want/need a bigger mirror, check out the Sculler’s Vu at
http://www.potomacrowing.com/shell_navigation_lights.htm Just scroll down past
the lights & you’ll see it. Headband or hat type available. Jim

John Drummond wrote:
>
> Hi Todd.
>
> Here’s a neat invention that we offer in our catalog:
>
> http://www.unicyclesource.com/Third_Eye1273.html
>
> It clips onto your sunglasses and enables you to see what’s approaching
> from behind.
>
> Regards, John Drummond www.Unicycle.com 1-800-Unicycle
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: Todd Johnson <tolljohn@inwave.com> To:
> <unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 10:33 AM Subject:
> Traffic Question
>
> > How does one check for traffic behind you when riding your unicycle on the
> > rode? When I turn my head to look over my shoulder my upper body twists
> > enough to cause the unicycle to want to turn into traffic. (not to mention
> > the balance issues) It makes me nervous when riding even in my relatively
> > low traffic subdivision.
> >
> > Todd
> >
> >
>