5 guni's on yesterday's ride

5 guni's on yesterday's ride

Post by corbi » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:26:33


Yesterday, we did a great 50 km ride out in the Bay area, to celebrate
Geoff's birthday. We had five schumpfs on the ride! 3 geared KH 29'ers,
1 Nimbus 36 with the old Schlumpf hub, and 1 Nimbus 36 with the KH
schlumpf hub (my uni). Man...the guni's are fast! I hit a record speed
for myself (more by accident than anything else); 24.9 MPH.

Tom W took some pictures and posted them online:
http://flickr.com/photos/tomwphotos/sets/72157604648367869/

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Post by Daytripper6 » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 01:21:33

Quote:

> Man...the guni's are fast! I hit a record speed for myself (more by
> accident than anything else); 24.9 MPH.

> Tom W took some pictures and posted them online:
> http://flickr.com/photos/tomwphotos/sets/72157604648367869/

> corbin

That is scary fast on one wheel, shortly after I got mine I went down
going just shy of 20mph and it was not very forgiving.

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Post by corbi » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 01:32:57

Quote:

> That is scary fast on one wheel, shortly after I got mine I went down
> going just shy of 20mph and it was not very forgiving.

Your right; I think I'm going to invest in some knee pads, just in
case.

I've found I can actually cruise at 20-21mph if there is a slight
downhill.

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Post by semach.the.monke » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:04:20

Quote:

> Tom W took some pictures and posted them online:
> http://flickr.com/photos/tomwphotos/sets/72157604648367869/

Question: Why is this guy holding a small bicycle in his hands?
http://tinyurl.com/3mkatc
:D

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Post by siafired » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:24:39

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> Your right; I think I'm going to invest in some knee pads, just in case.

> I've found I can actually cruise at 20-21mph if there is a slight
> downhill.

> corbin

I also think I am going to invest in some pads for RTL purposes.  I
find that with my geared 29 on the slight downhills I am going crazy
fast and I get really scared of what would happen if I were to fall.

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Post by phleg » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:38:35

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> I also think I am going to invest in some pads for RTL purposes.  I find
> that with my geared 29 on the slight downhills I am going crazy fast
> and I get really scared of what would happen if I were to fall.

I haven't fallen off at my top speeds, but I have had to roll out of
falls on occasion.  Based on my experiences with "lower" high speed
falls, I think my hips and elbows would be at least as important to pad
as my knees, if not more.  I usually only land on my knees on weird low
speed MUni or trials type falls.

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Post by tholu » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:51:26

My photos from the same ride:

'[image:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/2431865654_96c4abcab9.jpg]'
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/tholub/2431865654/)

'[image:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2370/2431034577_29911bfa40.jpg]'
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/tholub/2431034577/)

Thanks to Geoff for organizing it; it was a lot of fun!  I think we had
14 unicyclists for at least parts of the ride, along with Geoff and a
handful of rollerbladers, and a couple of bikes.

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Post by mscalis » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:59:44

I had a bit of a crash yesterday. It was at the end, I was tired, and
trying to catch up with team Yellow Line Fever.

I wasn't going that fast, Maybe 15mph when I came off the front. I
can't recall exactly how I landed, but I didn't run out of it, and I
wound up doing a bit of a sommersault. I lost a little bit of skin on
my left elbow, and a little bruise on the same hip.

My knees were completely unscathed.

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Post by corbi » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:51:57

Quote:

> Question: Why is this guy holding a small bicycle in his hands?
> http://tinyurl.com/3mkatc
> :D

> STM

Hah! that's quite a funny picture. And that guy is me.

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Post by boise » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 04:39:41

Looks like a heck of a good time.  My cohort has yet to get a single
GUni let alone 5!

It only took one crash for me to decide to get some safety gear.  I'm
probably on the excessive end compared to most people around here.
Putting in 50 miles or more a week in my commute alone, plus my
distance riding, I just think that I'm out there enough to increase my
odds of crashing enough to merit it.

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Post by natha » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 04:49:01

It was really a beautiful day for a ride yesterday. 50km is a perfect
distance, enough for some exercise but not a long ride. And Geoff
provided fantastic food and drink at the 25km mark and at the finish.

This was perfect RTL training since the hills were modest and we kept
up a decent pace. It was really amazing watching how well Corbin has
learned to shift his 36er in such a short time. He lent it to Beau for
a while who was amazed that at 21mph, he was fine to look down and
check his speed. Corbin looks like a bicyclist when he rides his.

Tom H and Kevin were cruising fast and comfortable on their shiftable
29ers. Mike let me try his shiftable 36 and I actually made a
successful upshift. When I tried downshifting though, things got dicey.
I think I didn't click it quite enough because I completely went into
neutral and went down quick (onto my feet).

Awesome times. THANKS to Tom W for the excellent photos.

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Post by redwell » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 04:52:28

Quote:

> Speaking of which, I just, finally ordered a pair of "proper" road
> riding shoes for unicycles, the 'Sam Hill from Five Ten'
> (http://tinyurl.com/45ra8a).

John, those look like good shoes for winners: they have the 'Champion
Rainbow stripes' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_jersey) on them!
:cool:

Yeah, I'd also say elbows and hips get hit first from falls on road
riding - I've got some funky scarring on my right elbow from a couple
of fast-ish falls (not on public roads luckily), and both times also
grazed my hip; but knees were fine.

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Post by johnfos » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 11:40:07

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> John, those look like good shoes for winners: they have the 'Champion
> Rainbow stripes' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_jersey) on them!
> :cool:

Yes, I'm paying the extra $25 or so for those tiny little stripes. Plus
I'm not so into black shoes. I've seen rainbow jerseys get awarded in
person, at the Indoor Cycling World Championships in 1982, 83 and 86.
'(Example)' (http://tinyurl.com/5w64po)

Nathan, I've experienced the same thing in lots of downshifts on Robert
Allen's Schlumpf. Am I doing something wrong? I get about 30 degrees of
freewheel, which may as well be 360 as it's usually too much to recover
from...

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Post by Daytripper6 » Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:04:16

Quote:

> Your right; I think I'm going to invest in some knee pads, just in case.

> I've found I can actually cruise at 20-21mph if there is a slight
> downhill.

> corbin

I only hit my knee once but my wrist have taken a beating and got some
big purple lumps

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