Up those curbs?

As perhaps the title suggests I’m wondering how to go up those pesky
curbs. Everytime one jumps out in front of me I always have to get off
my uni and mount after I scale it. Could someone tell me a method on
how to get up these nucences? Please keep in mind I’ve only had my uni
for 3 weeks now, so suggestions like carwheeling over the curb might
present a problem.

                            Chris Lamb

ps Can anybody cartwheel on a unicycle?

RE: Up those curbs?

>Christopher Lamb <clamb@sirius.uvic.ca> writes:
>> As perhaps the title suggests I’m wondering how to go up those pesky curbs.
>> Everytime one jumps out in front of me I always have to get off my uni and
>> mount after I scale it. Could someone tell me a method on how to get up these
>> nucences?
>
Iain Hibbert <plunky@skate.demon.co.uk> writes:
> lean back and power at it, and you should just go up… I don’t like that
> method though since it seems that it could damage the tyre and rim, so I
> learned to jump up them… (just scream and leap

To be more specific on the scream and leap: first learn to hop. Keep the pedals
horizontal, knees almost locked and mostly stiff, hold the seat, and get the
bouncing energy from your ankles. You should be standing up for this. Ride up
next to the curb, turn your wheel parallel, start hopping, screw up your
courage, then hop up.

With more practice, you can ride directly (or almost directly, to line up your
pedals) at the curb, scream and leap as described above. Or you can crash and
scream. Also, with practice, the method I described can be used to go up an
infinite number of stairs. Try the Philadelphia Art Museum, as in ROCKY, or
something closer to home, wherever that is.

John Foss, President International Unicycling Federation unifoss@cerfnet.com

RE: Up those curbs?

unifoss <unifoss@cerf.net> writes:
> Iain Hibbert <plunky@skate.demon.co.uk> writes:
> > (just scream and leap
>
> To be more specific on the scream and leap: first learn to hop.

I learnt the other way - well, I did 5 minutes of hopping over a stick then
went for a small kerb… I still can’t hop for more than 4 or 5 times, and I’m
not really in control whilst doing so, but my kerb hopping is fine - I got up
my nemesis the other day, its a 4" one, with bad access…

mind you, as I recall you have bigger kerbs in America?

…but I’ve always used the go straight at it style, I thought it might be
better to learn to hop from any pedal position initially rather than have to
learn it later.

of course its winter now so I can’t get out much, I shall have to learn it all
again next spring.

                    It was a dark and stormy night,
                            `drat' said ]ain