What level is "The Lewis"?

Lewis has unintentionaly added a cool trick to his repretuar (arg!- French words!). He passes 50’ consistantly (and I’m sure could do far more, if we were not practising on a curved path, on a hill, flanked by grass and shrubs, etc) but has yet to free mount and ride any distance.

But he CAN do the Lewis Mount, like so:

Cycle in front, dominate foot steps on back crank in roll back/horizontal positon.

Off foot engages opposit pedal in top poition.

Stand on top pedal with off foot.

Wonder why you are 2 feet in the air, balanced on one foot, looking down at a unicycle.

Lewis admits to doing this twice; I can’t find the nerve to attempt it. Anybody else done this?

Christopher

“Repertoire”

“dominant”

Class dismissed. :slight_smile:

That does sound cool, though.

There are a couple that I’ve thought of but don’t have nearly the skill to
execute. I’m trying to talk the expert riders in my group to attempt them.

The first one is done best with a trials uni because of the big tire. In
fact, I thought of it when I saw a runaway trials uni. I don’t know if
anyone else has seen this, but on dismounts with some momentum, a trials
uni will keep rolling on its tire, dragging its seat behind it. I thought
it would be cool for someone to mount the uni while it’s rolling in this
manner, jumping on the pedals and kicking the seat up. I started calling
it “Chasing the Dog” but my riding buddy Shaggy said it needed a cooler
name, so he suggested “Rabid Pit”. Sounds good…

The second one would be like the first mount but without kicking the seat
up. The rider would simply ride the uni with the seat dragging behind. I
can’t remember if we came up with any good names for that one… A
backwards variation of that could be called the Rattlesnake, implying a
person backing away from a rattlesnake… Yeah.

John

rhysling wrote:

> Lewis has unintentionaly added a cool trick to his repretuar (arg!-
> French words!). He passes 50’ consistantly (and I’m sure could do far
> more, if we were not practising on a curved path, on a hill, flanked by
> grass and shrubs, etc) but has yet to free mount and ride any distance.
>
> But he CAN do the Lewis Mount, like so:
>
> Cycle in front, dominate foot steps on back crank in roll
> back/horizontal positon.
>
> Off foot engages opposit pedal in top poition.
>
> Stand on top pedal with off foot.
>
> Wonder why you are 2 feet in the air, balanced on one foot, looking down
> at a unicycle.
>
> Lewis admits to doing this twice; I can’t find the nerve to attempt it.
> Anybody else done this?
>
> Christopher
>
> –
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I read (here?) about a chap at a UNICON that would get several Ultimate Wheels rolling in a circle, then leap from his uni, to the UW, to the next UW, back to the Uni- all while they continued to spiral in circles. There were pictures. I don’t like to think about it.

Christopher

Did he hold hte unicycle after he jumped off that? I can’t figure out any
way to keep the unicycle going to be able to jump back on it.

> I read (here?) about a chap at a UNICON that would get several Ultimate
> Wheels rolling in a circle, then leap from his uni, to the UW, to the
> next UW, back to the Uni- all while they continued to spiral in circles.
> There were pictures. I don’t like to think about it.
>
> Christopher
>
>
>
>
> –
> rhysling Posted via the Unicyclist Community -
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> “Repertoire”
>
> “dominant”
>
> Class dismissed.

Don’t think of it that way. Think of it as a signed, encrypted
certificate. You know the poster is really Rhysling. Others can fake it,
but only Chris can make you cringe. :slight_smile:

> That does sound cool, though.

Well, Chris-Rhysling (BrundleFly?) makes it sound like it was on purpose,
but really, there were just a couple of penny-on-the-edge flukes where I
pushed down and suddenly I was standing on a unicycle pedal in the up
position, as if I were on a chair. The other 999 times in 1000, the
unicycle goes shooting across the concrete.

As to my level, it is 0.1.

I have made progress, but every time I reach a new plateau, something
happens and there is a delay in getting back out there, so I have to gain
my confidence again (I normally spend the first half hour worried I am
going to kill myself, and getting my balance back). This last time, I was
sick for 5 days. grumble In fact, the weather isn’t looking good for
this weekend, but I’m determined to practice some anyway (even though I
still have a lingering cough, too).

However, I must say that each time I go out I enjoy it more, and I think
about going out a lot. My unicycle is perched in a standing position
against my dresser directly in front of my bed, so I see it every morning
and each evening. :slight_smile:

I guess that is a little weird.

I haven’t had my first unicycle dream yet, but I’m waiting.

Lewis

Lewis-

When you wake up and the unicycle is under the covers with the seat on the pillow next to you and it says, “good morning”, it’s time to worry. Otherwise, what’s the weird part?

It’s good to know that you’re enjoying your toy. It sounds as if you’re beginning to develop a passion in it more than just an interest. Keep up the practice and before long you’ll be quitting because you’ve been in the saddle too long, not because you’ve fallen off too many times.

You have someone to ride with, too. That makes a big difference.