What is the fundamental difference between Muni and Cross Country unicycling, or is it just a matter of degree?
I like unicycling on single track and double track trails where there are a variety of surfaces, elevations, and strategies to get around or over obstacles - roots, rocks, mud, sand, gravel - on the trails. I am blessed with slow reflexes, questionable balance, and a variety of trails within 1/2 hour drive. I’m lucky that two minutes of cycling from home takes me into a ravine whose main trail has an easy surface in MOST spots but has a variety of inclines, and challenging short side trails. Rougher general conditions in Escarpment country are a 20 minute car ride away.
I am getting better at barreling through tougher conditions. I still don’t hop. I still can’t do a still stand, idle for more than a few “back and forth”s, or ride backwards more than about 30 feet. My dream and goal is to be able to hop onto a fallen tree trunk to cross the local creek. Now THAT would be muni cycling.
There is a local “mountain” bike set of trails that I like to ride on. Kelso conservation area. I can manage riding on 95% of the easy and medium trails. One of the most satisfying trails is an “easy” one with many, many tight turns with/without small elevation changes with the occasional rocks cropping out of the surface. I stay off the “expert” trails.
To be honest, I can’t say what I do is mountain unicycling. I’d call it cross country since I’m “barreling through” everything. Sure I read the trails, plan my route around the big rocks and ride over the rocks I think I can manage, but I need a change of technique to overcome the occasional obstacle.
So what is the demarcation point of cross country riding and Muni riding ? Is it hopping? Is it the advanced “balance of the still stand”? You come to a rock or a tree trunk or some other obstacle that you can’t “barrel over”. Is that a “muni” obstacle ? Can one say that if an off road route can only be completed using hopping and/or the “balance of the still stand” then and only then are you Municycling ?
Is there a consensus? What are your thoughts?
Thanks - Terry (Unicycle) O’Leary