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MrConfused
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Posted:I just went for a ride on my uni around my village. It's mid morning, so not many people were walking around, and most of those were pleasant enough; said hello and gave me a little room, much as you would do for anyone walking towards you. It's not as if I actually take up much space on the unicycle, maybe I would need a little more than usual to allow for the odd wobble.



About 3km into the ride, I come across one slightly past middle aged couple, walking side by side. It's quite a wide pavement, so I move myself well over to the road side, should be plenty of room for us to pass. They move to block my way. I give them the benefit of the doubt, assume we both decided to move the same way, so I shift over to the other side of the pavement. A couple of seconds later (enough time for them to have had to have thought about what they are doing), they move DIRECTLY INTO MY PATH, leaving me with less room than you would need to walk comfortably past them and forcing me to duck under an overhanging hedge, almost causing me to fall off. As I struggle to get past them, the woman mutters something along the lines of "well, you should be on the road then!" angry



Too busy trying to regain my balance to be bothered with replying to her, but just how inconsiderate is that! For a start, I'm pretty sure that you only have to be on the road if your wheel diameter is over a certain length, which my uni wheel definately isn't, and even if I wasn't supposed to be on the pavement, why be such an censored about it? Why try to make me fall off? Could they not see it's just downright dangerous to be riding on the road? It would have been less effort just to stay out of my way, as I had already moved out of theirs twice!



I really hate people round here sometimes frown



J

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mico
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Posted:Written by: Stone

...As an analogy, I might consider myself experienced enough to ride a bike without a helmet..



In what way does wearing a helmet make up for lack of experience?

Perhaps the skull simply grows thicker with experience...


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Stone
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Posted:micro, protection while learning, like trainer wheels.



Or perhaps in the same way that drivers of certain brand of European automobile, marketed on its extensive safety features, makes up for a lack of skill while instilling a sence of invincability in the driver eek But you have to laugh though, because the association between a lack of driver skill and the car is now used as a marketing gimmik by the company.



Perhaps a better analogy would be a person who might think they are experienced enough to exceed the speed limits. Suggest doing a search for more info on helmets.


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mico
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Posted:I just see a helmet as a precaution against an accident - and that is not
something experience can prevent. No amount of experience is gonna stop
me from banging my head on the floor when I fall off...

But yeah, so much about cars is bound up with image and very little
to do with the reality (for everyone else) on the road. eek


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Stone
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Posted:thats fair enough micro, if you feel secure with a helmet then it would reduce the chance of an accident. Simply because you arent as worried about having an accident because you feel protected i.e. you are concentrating on the road, not on accidents cool



Experience does not replace wearing a helmet, but it does reduce the risk of an accident by 90 to 100 percent. You can gain 20 years wortth of experience and skills in a weekend by doing a roadcraft training day (oops training course).



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FlamingOberon
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Posted:experience reduces YOUR chance to CAUSE an accident. not the chance OF an accident. there are infinitie factors that change daily that constitute the possibility of ana cident at any given time and place. no amount of experience can prepare you for all possible factor combinations. it can prepare you from some and heighten your ability to to not cause accidents and avoid others, but there are some things out of conceptualization that no one is prepared for. so saying "it reduces the risk of an accident 90 - 100 percent" is a folly, because it indeed does not, especially considering the risk of an accident is an infinitely growing entity...
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MrConfused
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Posted:Stone, I'm afraid that wasn't the case. Maybe if they had moved first one way and then almost immediately the other, I could have accepted it, but as soon as they moved into my path the first time, I moved to the other side of the pavement. They saw I had done this, then a couple of seconds later moved into my path again. It was definately a deliberate action.

Ade, that's not what I'm saying at all. If there's room for you both on the pavement, neither of you should have to walk in the road. If there's only room for one, the unicyclist should dismount or move into the road if they're comfortable with that. Simple common courtesy.

Nate - stop falling off? wink Sorry, couldn't resist. One thing that helped me was just sitting on the uni, supporting yourself on a chair or wall (as little as possible - try not to put any weight on it)for a while before attempting to move, just to make sure you're sitting comfortably and are well balanced. Zen unicycling! meditate

J


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Ade
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Posted:Written by: MrConfused

Ade, that's not what I'm saying at all. If there's room for you both on the pavement, neither of you should have to walk in the road. If there's only room for one, the unicyclist should dismount or move into the road if they're comfortable with that. Simple common courtesy.




unfortunately there wasn't room for both of us, and the unicyclist was so focussed on riding the uni cycle that he didn't even notice me....

one instance of inconsideration does not paint all unicycists as twits though...


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Stone
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Posted:Fair point FlamingOberon. There are eek some situations where nothings going to save you. I should have said Skill and experience can reduce the risk of serious injury in an accident by 90 - 100 percent.



Im not suggesting that skill and experience replace wearing a helmet; its more like they all they compliment each other.



Most people dont drive or ride very well, and its more about skill than experience. Skill can be easily gained by attending a roadcraft type training day. At these training days, people are taught the necessary skills to avoid a lot of nasty situations. Check one out.



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Nate
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Posted:lol thanks mrconfused, im sorry to hear that people out there can be so annoying

and you say they were old people? or am i making that up

thats rather strange, as i see it old people are usually alot less ignorant to tallent than the new young generation of rave going titwanks


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Mr Majestik
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Posted:"rave going titwanks" lol.......

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