unicycling a tightrope

This appears to be a standard old circus
trick, but I’m curious as to how it compares
to unicycling on the ground.

I’m not planning to try this at home, but
if someone else has done it, could they
report on what it feels like?

Re: unicycling a tightrope

hbaker1@pipeline.com wrote in news:3da4fdb9.95776058@news.pipeline.com:

I did it a few years ago at University, I wasn’t that good on a Uni at
the time so it probably played a part in it.

The main problem is that you can’t twist to maintain your balance, you
can only adjust your balance fowards and backwards.

If you are going to try it make sure that you put take around the wheel
as you can easily damage the rim tape with the top of the spokes.

James (jimmy)

> This appears to be a standard old circus
> trick, but I’m curious as to how it compares
> to unicycling on the ground.
>
> I’m not planning to try this at home, but
> if someone else has done it, could they
> report on what it feels like?
>

Unix: It’s not just “User-Unfriendly”:
it’s ‘Proactively User-Hostile’!


u did use a balance pole, right?

i do intend to try this at some point but i might just learn to walk a tight rope first, i’ve already set aside some parts to build a tightrope wheel.

Try it with a Monty tyre …
… I needed spotters both sides for that.

Leo White

Re: unicycling a tightrope

On Thu, 10 Oct 2002 04:12:05 GMT, hbaker1@pipeline.com wrote:

>This appears to be a standard old circus
>trick, but I’m curious as to how it compares
>to unicycling on the ground.
>
>I’m not planning to try this at home, but
>if someone else has done it, could they
>report on what it feels like?

David Straitjacket (who used to post here but not anymore) is a
professional performer who this summer was busily practicing to ride a
unicycle on a tightrope. I don’t know how he fared but he is a pretty
determined guy. You can find him at
http://www.straitjacketcircus.co.uk/

Klaas Bil

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Re: unicycling a tightrope

Oh I forgot, I have three pictures of unicycling on a rope on my
webpage at <www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/uniindex.htm>, scroll halfway
down.

Klaas Bil

I posted only a single copy of this message.

Re: unicycling a tightrope

I have had a go at it too. Pictures on my site:
www.joelpenson.com/personal/unicycling

A very difficult skill to acquire. Seems closer to swinging with peddling
in brief moments of stability. Definately no idling involved!

Re: unicycling a tightrope

On Wed, 16 Oct 2002 08:44:19 GMT, Joel Penson <joelpenson@hotmail.com>
wrote:

>Definately no idling involved!
I certainly believe it must be extremely difficult. Having said that,
I have a video of the Cirque du Soleil in which a lot of idling on the
tightrope is done, and even a backflip from the unicycle onto the
tiightrope (dropping the uni in the process). Go figure.

Klaas Bil

I posted another single copy of this message because the first one
fell through the cracks.

Re: unicycling a tightrope

> >Definitely no idling involved!
> I certainly believe it must be extremely difficult. Having said that,
> I have a video of the Cirque du Soleil in which a lot of idling on the
> tightrope is done, and even a backflip from the unicycle onto the
> tightrope (dropping the uni in the process). Go figure.
>
> Klaas Bil
>
> I posted another single copy of this message because the first one
> fell through the cracks.

I saw the first one too.

Usenet rocks.

Re: unicycling a tightrope

On Thu, 17 Oct 2002 17:49:52 -0500, “Scott Kurland”
<skurland@juggler.net> wrote:

>Usenet rocks.

Preach it brother.

Klaas Bil

I posted only a single copy of this message.

Re: Re: unicycling a tightrope

Unless your NNTP server is netnews.msn.com. Then it sucks.

I hate MSN, so why do I keep using it? Oh yeah, it’s the only choice*. And they keep saying MS doesn’t employ monopolistic business practices.

-mg

*For high-speed DSL internet in my area.

Re: unicycling a tightrope

On Fri, 18 Oct 2002 21:43:35 -0500, mgrant
<mgrant.cr25z@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Unless your NNTP server is netnews.msn.com. Then it sucks.
>
>I hate MSN, so why do I keep using it? Oh yeah, it’s the only choice*.
>And they keep saying MS doesn’t employ monopolistic business practices.

But you don’t have to use the news server that your ISP provides. Go
to <http://freenews.maxbaud.net/> and type “rec.sport.unicycling”
(without the quotes) into the search box at the bottom. Then hit enter
and be surprised at the overwhelming number of free servers on which
you can read and (in some of them) post (y)our unicycling community
messages!

Klaas Bil

I posted only a single copy of this message.