I'm having trouble riding over bumps

I'm having trouble riding over bumps

Post by aquama » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 04:51:05


Whenever I attempt riding up a driveway curb or over a speed bump or any
kind of bump for that matter, I fall forward off the uni. Any advice on
how to ride over significant bumps?

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I'm having trouble riding over bumps

Post by Joe200 » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 05:03:29

Putting all your weight on the pedals might help, and throw the uni
forwards so your center of gravity is behind you so when you hit the
bump your enertial can cary you over it and you don't fall off (hard to
explain).  

Other than that Just practice.  

As for riding up a curb I can't and I don't think many people do,
unless they have 24" or larger tires, we hop up them.

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Post by thejd » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 05:12:30

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> Putting all your weight on the pedals might help, and throw the uni
> forwards so your center of gravity is behind you so when you hit the
> bump your enertial can cary you over it and you don't fall off (hard to
> explain).  

> Other than that Just practice.  

> As for riding up a curb I can't and I don't think many people do,
> unless they have 24" or larger tires, we hop up them.

Yes you can roll curbs on a 24", but it just adds a big bumb which is
relacable by a clean hop

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Post by underdo » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 05:10:17

I had a hard time with this too.  I just worked my way up to it.  Start
with little places where maybe a section of sidewalk has shifted up by
an inch or two, then do bumps a little bit bigger until you get over
them.  Eventually you'll be able to ride over curbs.

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Post by Dann » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 05:10:51

I can bash my way up 8" on my trials uni. Lean back, put one powerful
pedal stroke and hope for the best.

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Post by john_child » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 05:23:07

Practice riding up steep hills.  Get to the point that you can float on
the pedals going up steep hills rather than feeling like you're really
heavy on the uni.  That technique of dancing on the pedals while
climbing and lightening the uni will help get you over curbs.

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Post by chaunc » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 06:12:31

I can bump over a square, non-mountable curb on a twenty. I do as so:
Hold on to your handle,
Put your wieght on the seat
lean back a little so your tire hits the curb before you do
let yourself be thrown forward by your own momentum
swing free arm to recover
ride away.

Note go as fast as possible and keep peddiling the whole time

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Post by Klaas Bi » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 08:13:10

You could build 'this object'
(http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/unibeam.htm) and work your way up.

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Post by smee5 » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 19:46:26

if you can hop it helps...all i started doing was hop over small things
till i could hop on and off curbs...just start small and get bigger...

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Post by Municycle » Thu, 15 Nov 2007 20:01:02

Do it like Joe2005 said. And think about why you fell, and then change
the way you ride up it so you will not crash. Compensate, regenerate,
participate.:confused:

But mainly practice riding and all your skills will start progressing
so you can do lots of things.

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Post by aquama » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 02:43:21

Could someone try to clarify what Joe2005 means by "throw the unicycle
forwards"?

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Post by tholu » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 05:14:16

Quote:

> Could someone try to clarify what Joe2005 means by "throw the unicycle
> forwards"?

You want to get the wheel out in front of you a little bit.  Speed up
your pedaling without leaning forward, and then keep pedaling and
correct your lean as you hit the obstacle.

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Post by superiorbalenc » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 06:23:45

For me i just lean back a little bit, and speed up, by the time you are
on the top of the obstacle you should straighten out.

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Post by john_child » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 07:54:46

I hope Joe doesn't mean to just lean back a bit, plow into the curb, and
use brute force to get up the curb.  That method can work.  But it's
also possible to get up a curb with more finesse.  Rolling up a curb
can be done smoothly.

Lean back a bit as you approach the curb so you're at the back of the
balance envelope.  As you come in contact with the curb take a big step
up like you're stepping up a big stair step and unweight the unicycle.
Your forward and upward momentum will let you roll up the curb.  I try
to think like I'm stepping up a curb that is two or three times the
height.  That gets me to do the upward body weight shift and
unweighting.  If all goes right I end up rolling up the curb (I mess it
up more times than not though).  It does depend on pedal position and
timing and weight transfer.

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Post by Joe200 » Thu, 22 Nov 2007 00:50:35

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> I hope Joe doesn't mean to just lean back a bit, plow into the curb, and
> use brute force to get up the curb.  That method can work.  But it's
> also possible to get up a curb with more finesse.  Rolling up a curb
> can be done smoothly.

> Lean back a bit as you approach the curb so you're at the back of the
> balance envelope.  As you come in contact with the curb take a big step
> up like you're stepping up a big stair step and unweight the unicycle.
> Your forward and upward momentum will let you roll up the curb.  I try
> to think like I'm stepping up a curb that is two or three times the
> height.  That gets me to do the upward body weight shift and
> unweighting.  If all goes right I end up rolling up the curb (I mess it
> up more times than not though).  It does depend on pedal position and
> timing and weight transfer.

Yeah that's what I meant to say.  

i need to work on expressing myself through words.

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