Unicycling in Iraq

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling archive' started by Kraze, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. Robbie

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    Yes skating helmets are popular ( I'm gonna get one and Dan
    Heaton certainly has one :) ) You probably won't need
    wristguards when your learning, just land on your feet and
    it's all good. If you can't land on your feet don't shove
    your hands out to take everything, use them so slightly
    catch you and just roll. As far as sports go it's very safe.

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  2. Kraze

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    I do not see myself needing wrist guards for a while, at least not until
    I try riding Mt. Rainier. If anyone sees a cool orange helmet, that can
    be ordered online, let me know.
    This E.C.U. website is a riot. I'm going to have to print this one out
    and post it.
    http://www.geocities.com/combatunicycle/index.html

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  3. Oregonguy

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  4. Nbrazzi

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    Now, if you can manage to shoot the M16 while riding, that
    will be quite an achievement. That's got to be the
    ultimate balance drill. I don't know much about firearms,
    but if you can take the recoil of the rifle and stay on
    the wheel, that's as respectable of any other unicycle
    tricks I can think of.

    You are the Army of One Wheel....

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  5. Johnfoss

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    kraze wrote:
    > *Once I learn to ride, I plan on having a picture taken of
    > me in my Kevlar (helmet) and Interceptor (bullet-proof
    > vest), while aiming my M16 (rifle). *
    That should make for an awesome picture. Expect people to
    put every caption imaginable under it as they pass it around
    the Internet though!

    To get a good shot (photo), you'll need to be able to stop
    or ride slow enough to make a pose. Or take lots of
    pictures. That will be easier than developing the
    technique to fire the weapon while riding (or idling). Of
    course a unicyclist can do this, we do all sorts of things
    while riding. It's just a question of being prepared for
    the recoil so you can compensate. Learn to mount and idle
    first though...

    Nobody has mentioned seat height so far. Make sure your seat
    isn't too low, and your legs will thank you through every
    practice session. A rough measurement is that the seat
    should be somewhere near the height of your navel when you
    stand next to it. That's for a 24" wheel anyway. The real
    test is that your leg goes most of the way straight when the
    pedal is at the bottom. If your knee still has a lot of bend
    in it, raise the seat.

    The wall is the best place to learn if you don't have human
    spotters. Don't spend too much time rocking back and forth
    until after learning to ride. Rocking (idling) is a little
    more advanced, and builds upon the basic riding abilities.

    Have fun out there, stay cool if you can, and try to stay
    safe! That goes for all you guys (and girls) over there. I
    hope you can all come home sooner rather than later.

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  6. Bugman

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    johnfoss wrote:
    > *
    >
    > It's just a question of being prepared for the recoil so
    > you can compensate. Learn to mount and idle first
    > though...
    >
    > *

    The M16 has the recoil of a BB gun. Even less than
    some BB gun's.

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  7. Johnfoss

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    It's just like learning to throw (or catch) a basketball
    from a moving unicycle. At first it may totally mess you up,
    but once you learn how to handle the forces involved, you
    can handle quite a bit while staying on course.

    Hopefully one's military experiences will never involve
    having to fire a weapon while mounted, but if your base is
    attacked while you're in the middle of a practice session or
    something, you can be ready. Any weapon you can fire while
    standing on two feet you should be able to use from a
    unicycle as well.

    I just won't recommend it.

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  8. Onewheeldave

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    kraze wrote:
    > *Once I learn to ride, I plan on having a picture taken of
    > me in my Kevlar (helmet) and Interceptor (bullet-proof
    > vest), while aiming my M16 (rifle). *

    kraze wrote:
    > * This E.C.U. website is a riot. I'm going to have to
    > print this one out and post it.
    > http://www.geocities.com/combatunicycle/index.html *

    If you can get a good photo of you on a unicycle in full
    combat gear, on realistic terrain, firing an M16, then
    send me a copy and I'll give it a prime spot on the ECU
    webpage :)

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  9. Kraze

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    Funny enough, the wall I've been using to practice with is a
    sandbag wall. My site is next to a former Iraqi aircraft
    hangar, and when we moved in we dug under the mud and found
    a gutter. So now that gutter and the sandbag wall we put up
    is my training grounds. I want a picture to send home of me
    unicycling on top of the hangar, that will be a memory.
    Might even be a first?

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