Update on learning ultimate wheel

I switched pedals today to the fairly aggressive Primo Super Tenderizers. They
are still 1/2", but are large platform pedals with replaceable studs. They made
an immediate improvement. Much better than slippery plastic pedals.

A little known fact–something that Mr. Sherlock Holmes would doubtless know:

When you are quite new at ultimate wheeling, the typical mistake you make is to
overweight the front (downward moving) pedal. The result is that the wheel turns
into your forward leg just above your ankle, and knocks your foot off the
forward pedal. New ultimate wheelers have dark bruises on each leg just above
the ankle–and sprained ankles.

As you gain experience, the typical mistake changes to overweighting the back
(upward moving) pedal. The result is that the wheel rubs against your leg at
mid-calf (on a 26" wheel), but this rubbing doesn’t cause you to
dismount–usually. Intermediate ultimate wheelers have paler bruises on each leg
at mid-calf level.

George Peck says that it took him about a year of constant practice before he
could ride without having the wheel rub against his leg. Holmes would know this
too–and look for the lack of bruises.

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA