Unicycling on rollers

I’m ready for some serious abuse but here goes…

Has anyone tried unicycling on cycle rollers? You know the kind of thing, a
horizontal frame with 2 rollers for the rear wheel and a single roller (or
mount) for the front.

Can you build up your “unicycling endurance” like this? The summer Polaris is
coming and I’m up for giving Roger some opposition…NOT!!..

Well it sounds like fun anyways…check out the pictures at

http://members.tripod.com/~derek_b/muni2.HTM

Re: Unicycling on rollers

I have tried it. It is a nice lesson in physics.

On a bicycle you need to be able to move a bit left and right in order to
maintain your side-to-side balance. If you begin to fall to your left, you steer
to the left so that the bike moves back under your center of gravity.

On a unicycle you need to be able to move a bit forward and backward in order
to maintain your front-to-back balance. Rollers don’t allow this movement. If
you begin to fall forward, you pedal like crazy to get the uni back under you.
But the uni’s wheel just turns faster without going anywhere, and you fall off
the front.

Any other experiences out there?

David Maxfield Seattle

Re: Unicycling on rollers

I have often thought about unicycling on a horizontal treadmill that is motor
driven. It would look great (maybe - I haven’t tried it yet) in stage
productions. A bit like a mime when she walks but doesn’t move anywhere, albeit
on a unicycle.

I think I will save up for a treadmill…

Otherwise I might head down to the local Airport where they have moving
walkways.


> From: Maxfield D <MaxfieldD@aol.com> To: UNICYCLING@winternet.com Subject: Re:
> Unicycling on rollers Date: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 8:17 AM
>
> I have tried it. It is a nice lesson in physics.
>
> On a bicycle you need to be able to move a bit left and right in order to
> maintain your side-to-side balance. If you begin to fall to your left,
you
> steer to the left so that the bike moves back under your center of
gravity.
>
> On a unicycle you need to be able to move a bit forward and backward in
order
> to maintain your front-to-back balance. Rollers don’t allow this
movement. If
> you begin to fall forward, you pedal like crazy to get the uni back under
you.
> But the uni’s wheel just turns faster without going anywhere, and you
fall off
> the front.
>
> Any other experiences out there?
>
> David Maxfield Seattle

RE: Unicycling on rollers

Wayne van Wijik wrote:

>I have often thought about unicycling on a horizontal treadmill that is motor
>driven. It would look great (maybe - I haven’t tried it yet) in stage
>productions. A bit like a mime when she walks but doesn’t move anywhere, albeit
>on a unicycle.

My friend Greg Milstein told me about doing this at a hotel once. He said it was
possible to ride on the moving tradmill with no hands, but the unicycle was
extremely sensitive to small changes in the treadmill speed (Jane, stop this
crazy thing!).

That might be a useful training method for bad weather (otherwise ride in the
real world). Regular bicycle rollers, though you can ride while holding on, are
probably not good for training. Because you’re not actually balancing yourself,
you may build up your cardio-vascular fitness but your riding skills will not be
improved at all.

>Otherwise I might head down to the local Airport where they have moving
>walkways.

Get a picture during your first 30 seconds of riding and send it in for the
‘Things not to do’ page. I’m sure airport security will have something to say
about you riding beyond that…

John Foss

RE: Unicycling on rollers

Wayne wrote:

>Otherwise I might head down to the local Airport where they have moving
>walkways.

I have wanted to do this for ages.

First, find an airport where the walkways (travelators?) are OUTSIDE of
the security zone, so you don’t need to take your unicycle through the
X-ray machines.

Wear a dark suit and carry a leather briefcase - I think it will look better on
the photo.

Julian Orbach

Re: Unicycling on rollers

In article <354efc8f.0@nnrp1.news.uk.psi.net>, “Vern”
<vernon.middleton@roke.co.uk> writes:

>Has anyone tried unicycling on cycle rollers? You know the kind of thing, a
>horizontal frame with 2 rollers for the rear wheel and a single roller (or
>mount) for the front.

if i’m anyone, then yes, anyone has tried this. i found it easiest to set up the
rollers in a door frame and hold onto either side while doing the uni. i never
spent enough time to be able to do this without holding onto the door frame, if
someone really wanted to, i think they could learn but it would be very
difficult due to the lack of resistance and a solid reference point. something a
little easier: riding uni on a powered tread mill. i know a few people have
learned this. (jugglin’ jay gilligan did this in his show “Quest” last year)

>
>Can you build up your “unicycling endurance” like this? The summer Polaris is
>coming and I’m up for giving Roger some opposition…NOT!!..
>

as i mentioned earlier, there isnt much resistance. so, unless your rollers have
this built in (my rollers have fans that can be attached), you arent going to
get much of a work out. on the bicycle you have the option of changing gears to
increase resistance. your best bet, and my favorite option, is to just hit the
road/trail and put on the kilometers or miles or whatever you happen to use,
regardless of weather conditions. mmmm fun!

you want to give Roger some opposition… try titanium!

good luck on ya, dustin “klem”

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