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Post by Divebombe » Sat, 29 Dec 2007 07:11:51


I might be the only person unable to ride a uni. I've decided to avoid
the wall altogether considering there is no good ground/wall to work
with around my home. I'm able to freemount a little, but am unable to
start pedaling when I get on. The balance isn't there for me to start
pedaling. Plus, it hurts my lower back to bend down to mount. It's not
a far bend mind you, but I have to put the uni inbetween my legs to
mount. Then I get in almost a fetal position to get on. I move the uni
backwards to get it unde me. I have used a wall and I'd be able to
pedal a little and it'd hurt my knees. Should I raise the seat? And how
should I get the balance to start pedaling?

Also, I have very short legs with thick calfs..really thick calfs. The
straps barely fit over them. Anyone else have this problem?

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Post by Unibug » Sat, 29 Dec 2007 07:42:09

What are you riding?  A 20 or 24?  How high is the seat compared to your
inseam?  Do you have a video?  

A fetal postion.. just the sound of this makes me think your seat is
way too low... or you are trying to mount something too small for you.

I have long legs but very thick calves.  Unicycling off road has made
them even thicker.  I also have a problem strapping on 661's.

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Post by Divebombe » Sat, 29 Dec 2007 08:30:51

Thanks,

My legs are almost fully extended in the 6/12 o'clock position, but
it's like too tall to mount on...I'll post a video tomorrow.

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Post by Divebombe » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 07:59:33

The seat is just above my inseam. Should it be to where I put the seat
between my legs and step on it to get on like in the video's linked? I
have to hop onto the uni to get on it. Like, I have to put the uni in
between my legs and junp to get on...

I'm unable to load a video....

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Post by Unibug » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 08:28:26

Quote:

> The seat is just above my inseam. Should it be to where I put the seat
> between my legs and step on it to get on like in the video's linked? I
> have to hop onto the uni to get on it. Like, I have to put the uni in
> between my legs and junp to get on...

> I'm unable to load a video....

I think the best measurement is that your leg is almost extended in the
6 o'clock position.  I have a hard time imagining from the ground to
the top of the uni in relation to an inseam because wheel sizes and
crank sizes vary so much.

It's too bad you can't put up a video.  I've seen some people get some
wonderful advice after showing videos of their riding on this forum.
Are you riding a 20? 24? I can tell you with my 29 if I could static
mount I'd need a decent push off (hop) to get on.  And still need to
jump up/ push off the ground for the 24.  But I do a roll back mount
which doesn't require much of a push or jump.  

I was recently in St. Augustine at Anastasia Park and then rode across
the Bridge of Lions to old town.  Perhaps someday if you'd like, we
could meet for a ride/ practice session.

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Post by Divebombe » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 10:45:35

Thanks!

I'll post hte video I made when I get a proper USB cable for the
digital camera.

I'm leery about meeting people online...

Do you do commuting or touring? I'm assuming considering you rode to
old town...

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Post by Unibug » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 10:57:53

Quote:

> I'm leery about meeting people online...

> Do you do commuting or touring? I'm assuming considering you rode to
> old town...

Being cautious is a good thing.

I don't commute as I need to get on the interstate to get to work but I
wish I could communte.  The ride from our campsite to the Castillo was
probably only a little more than 4 miles one way.  On my 29 it was an
ok ride as I stayed on the sidewalks.  The Bridge was a lot less steep
than I thought so I was sort of disappointed but the view was
wonderful.  

I plan to get a Coker soon to start some serious distance.  Maybe one
day from Jacksonville to St. Augustine. :D

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Post by Divebombe » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:32:45

Quote:

> Being cautious is a good thing.

> I don't commute as I need to get on the interstate to get to work but I
> wish I could communte.  The ride from our campsite to the Castillo was
> probably only a little more than 4 miles one way.  On my 29 it was an
> ok ride as I stayed on the sidewalks.  The Bridge was a lot less steep
> than I thought so I was sort of disappointed but the view was
> wonderful.  

> I plan to get a Coker soon to start some serious distance.  Maybe one
> day from Jacksonville to St. Augustine. :D

Wow! Would you go along US-1? Once I learn how to ride I'd like to get
a 29'er. Do you know of any uni clubs in the St. Aug area?

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Post by Unibug » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 14:23:03

Quote:

> Wow! Would you go along US-1? Once I learn how to ride I'd like to get a
> 29'er. Do you know of any uni clubs in the St. Aug area?

So far US-1 is all I can find.  But there is a charity ride in the
spring (bicyclists) that starts at the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville
and ends in St. Augustine.  I'm going to find out what route they take.
But I have a feeling it will be Route 1.  From south Jax to the
Castillo it's about 30 miles.  But of course we know the distance is
not so much the issue as the traffic on the road.  A scenic ride down
13 south and then 16 east might be fun too but would be a lot longer.  

I don't know of any uni clubs in St Augustine or in the Jax area, YET.
There definately are more than a handful of unicyclists in our area.  

A 29er is great.  I never would have imagined I could ride one and
enjoy it this much.  Thanks to some great advice on these forums last
March I bought one and love it.

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Post by Divebombe » Mon, 31 Dec 2007 02:54:59

Wow, I bought my Uni from Sprokets in At. Aug off of US-1 and they say
they only get a handful of uni sales a year. I'd like to see where all
the uni riders are hiding. I thought I'd be the only one riding in this
area.

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Post by Unibug » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 10:44:19

Quote:

> I'd like to see where all the uni riders are hiding.

Hiding.. nope they are riding.. somewhere.. ;)

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> I've been trying to ride since November and I'm not even able to take 2
> rotations away from a wall

Pleasee post a pic of what you are trying to ride.. or tell us what the
brand is.  Many bike shops sell uni's that just are not easy to ride.
Believe me!  Last March I bought a uni on the spur of the moment.  Had
I not already known that once upon a time I could ride (I rode 25 years
ago).  I don't think I could have stuck with it.  But I did even though
it was such a painful nightmare!

Our area is in desperate need of an informal uni club.  But still..
even without it there are lots of skilled riders on these forums that
can help if they could only analyze a video.  Once you get the hardware
you need if you are also concerned about putting your image online you
could edit or easier yet disguise your face when you are filming.  Uh..
but please, as a favor to me.. no clown make-up!  ;)

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Post by skilewis7 » Wed, 02 Jan 2008 00:40:45

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> I've been trying to ride since November and I'm not even able to take 2
> rotations away from a wall and am unable to make 1 after I freemount.

I think using a long rail would provide _much_ faster progress for
learning to ride.  If you are loosing your balance just grab the rail.
No need to spend so much time trying to remount each time.

Really, look for somewhere that has a long rail.  Maybe put your uni in
your car and practice there on your way to and from work.

Average learning time is two weeks.  I read of one guy who it took a
year of practicing along a railing he set up in his ba***t for an
hour five times a week (I averaged the same for two months, I think the
_long_ rail helped).  After he could ride he picked up some tricks much
more quickly.

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