One wheel, one pedal

Did another 4 mile-r this weekend – along the waterfront at Silverknowes and back. It was pretty windy, which isn’t a big problem even on a uni, but does mean that you can’t “switch off” as much as usual. However, I did try unicycling with my eyes closed for 10 seconds, and managed that fine. I spend a fair while on some soft grassy land starting to practise one-footed pedalling, but it never really came together. On a more positive note, I can do rolling mounts, jump mounts and 90 degree jump mounts without really thinking nowadays.


At the last moment, I decided to ride out to Balerno along the Water of Leith on the muni. I’d ridden out to Roseburn (and back) before, but this was substantially futher. It was lots of fun (except a few wrong turns) and, because I had a bit of time pressure (I was getting a lift back from Balerno) I realised that I could actually go substantially faster than normal without too much difficulty.

Endomondo says 17km in 2h, which means about 5.3mph. Allowing for the wrong turns at miles 9 and 11, and a few pauses, I probably ride at about 6mph. That sounds about right – I’ve previously thought that it was about twice walking speed, or something around jogging pace. I’ve overtaken a handful of joggers, and followed a few others for a while.