Learning to ride on a Coker (Day 12-16 Mar)

Learning to ride on a Coker (Day 12-16 Mar)

Post by ChangingLINKS.co » Thu, 18 Mar 2004 13:20:19


Now that you are getting 7-8 revs, I'll share a "cheat" with you that
should get you riding inside a day:

Throw your knees.
How: Stomp down with your right foot and throw your left knee towards
the right. This should turn you 5-20 degress to the right.
Then "answer" it by stomping with the left foot, and throwing your right
knee to the left. This should turn you straight or to the left.

Do this over and over. You will have what I call a "forced wobble."

Remember to miss of few mounts (intentially step over the unicycle) so
that your mindset will be to lean forward. Also, now would be a good
time to practice freemounting without the intention of riding away. Just
do 20 freemounts with no support before each session.

Then, use this knee throwing to zig zag (advanced riders seem to use the
same method for climbing). That should help you break 50 yards, and soon
you will be able to stay on until you're exhausted.
At that point, learn to relax and "learn to remember to ride off."

This "cheat" is to get you to the point that you can ride - once you can
"ride" you will be able to do 8 miles in 8 days or less.

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Learning to ride on a Coker (Day 12-16 Mar)

Post by Jayne Z » Thu, 18 Mar 2004 17:30:20

Quote:

> *This "cheat" is to get you to the point that you can ride - once you
> can "ride" you will be able to do 8 miles in 8 days or less. *

OK.  It all makes sense, sort of, it'll become clearer when I actually
give it a go.

I am planning on telling my "helping hand" to STOP holding my hand, I'll
hold his and let go when I am ready.  I really think I need more space.
Just as I feel that things are coming together nicely I run out of
paving and have to turn around.  I COULD keep going onto the driveway
but there is a little dip and I'll probably fall off.  Actually, the
slightest bit of uneven ground throws me, usually onto the ground,
cussing and swearing as I go.  Any hints or do I simply need to
practice?

I suppose I could venture out onto the pavement, but pedestrian traffic
is pretty high in the evening, which is when my weekday practice takes
place.  I'm off to the convention this weekend.  They apparently have a
baskeball court at the venue, maybe I'll appropriate that for practice
sessions.

As far as freemounting goes, I currently mount as follows:  I position
one pedal closeish to the ground, put the seat in my crotch, put one
foot on the lower pedal, grab hold of the wheel and jump up while
pushing down on the foot which is already on the pedal and bringing my
other foot onto the other pedal.  This usually makes me lean over
towards the side with the "close to the ground pedal" so I use my free
hand to brace myself on a convenient pole, windowsill or person.  I take
it that you are saying I should try doing this without the additional
support?

HMMM - lots to think about and try.  I'll report back tomorrow.

Jayne

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Learning to ride on a Coker (Day 12-16 Mar)

Post by Fool » Thu, 18 Mar 2004 21:32:17

One idea for the holding hands, get you helper to stand with an arm
towards and behind you, as if s/he were about to hug you, tell them not
to hold or touch you. You can now use their shoulder as a post and can
let go at any time. It will be at a good height on your coker and
shoulders can take alot of weight if you need it to and it will not move
arround in the way an arm/hand will.

Important: Do not *** you helper. I was teaching some one to ride
once and she seemed deturmined to garott me with my t shirt. You dont
need to grab clothing or anything, just place you hand lightly on their
shoulder as if to pat them.

You will find youself needing less and less pressure on you helper and
can just hover you hand over thier shoulder

Fool

I appologise for any spelling/gramma/syntax/logic mistakes in this post
as I have not slept for 30 hours

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Learning to ride on a Coker (Day 12-16 Mar)

Post by Krashin'Kenn » Thu, 18 Mar 2004 22:12:48

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As far as freemounting goes, I currently mount as follows: I position
one pedal closeish to the ground, put the seat in my crotch, put one
foot on the lower pedal, grab hold of the wheel and jump up while
pushing down on the foot which is already on the pedal and bringing my
other foot onto the other pedal.

This is the same method I use for freemounting the Coker and it works
very well for me. Once you free yourself from that wall, you be off and
riding distances in no time.  I found that an empty parking lot was the
perfect location for me when I first attempted to ride the Big One.
Those small uneven places on the pavement really don't have much effect
on the Coker. Yesterday, I found myself looking for rougher lines to
ride just to see how it would effect my momentum. The huge diameter of
the wheel allows it to roll right through most of it. I've noticed with
me, it was more of a mental deterrent than an actual physical one

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Learning to ride on a Coker (Day 12-16 Mar)

Post by Jayne Z » Fri, 19 Mar 2004 16:02:52

Should have posted this last night, didn't.  Haven't started a new
thread as I had no major breakthroughs.

Once again, thanks for all the tips.  I have decided that shoulders are
the way to go as "helping hands" are a bit too low and tend to pull away
from you if they think you are likely to fall over and land on them.  I
am heading for a weekend away from the kids at the juggling / uni
convention and will hopefully get in some decent practice on a larger
surface.

My main problem is time.  I can't get anywhere other than my garden in
the week.  The road is too busy for me to wobble along.  The nearest
"quiet" parking lot is only really quiet on Sunday afternoons and most
of the playgrounds have grass.  Most of the schools lock their premises
outside school hours.  I'm thinking of joining a tennis club just so I
can use their courts for practicing. :)  Once I have less need for
outside support I'll take the kids to one of the parks with bike trails.
Then they can feed ducks or fly kites while I ride.

I did try all the suggestions with little success.  It didn't help that
I was really tired and that everything seemed to hurt.  Even my feet
were sore where I pushed down on the pedals.  I tried the "knee
throwing" but that just made me fall over or lean backwards.  I'll get
Dave to demonstrate on the weekend, maybe I'm just doing it wrong.  I
tried freemounting with no support.  I can sort of manage it.  However,
once I get up on the seat with both feet on the pedals, the wheel rolls
back a bit which makes me reach for some outside support.

Most of my UPD's were forward, and mainly seemed to happen when the
pedal stopped moving.  Basically push down, pedal stops, body doesn't,
Jayne hurls groundward, lands on feet, unicycle crashes to ground behind
her unless she catches it.

Anyway.  I have 3 days of unlimited practice time with no mom-duties
coming up.  I'll be offline from Friday through to Monday evening, but
will hopefully post something about finally being able to ride when I
get home.

Jayne

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