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Dear EUC Pioneers, Nothing spoils the joy of EUC riding more than a painful accident. For pure luck, I was spared any serious injuries so far, but when I'm honest to myself, that's way more due to luck than skill. Any fall at higher speed and I am way out of my league to cope with that. Most likely, I end up flat on my face, ruining arms and knees on the way down. Inside our Berlin riding group, we got such a wake up call lately, when one of the members shattered his forearm just days after receiving his shiny new high performance wheel. That got us thinking. As we don't know about any established EUC safety training, we attempt to invent our own. Here you will find a first concept along with the friendly request to contribute your ideas and feedback. Of course all of you are more than welcome to copy, use and improve all or part of it - it's positively Public Domain! Status: First Draft, June 4, 2017 by Tilmann Exercises Mounting / Starting: Training Goal: Mount and start from flat ground without assistance without leaving a narrow track (approx. 1 foot wide) Activity: Mark a narrow track on the ground with tape and start trying... Training Goal: Max. accellaration w/o ‘overlean’, i.e. achieve the fastest possible acceleration without overstressing the wheels power. Activity: Force an ‘overlean’ at safe speed and ‘run-off’ (should not be difficult with a weak 350W motor). Repeat the exercise to find the best leaning angle that just works. Braking: Training Goal: Break to a stop in minimum distance (from a straight path). Activity: At very low riding speed, lean back violently to force a motor cut-out. Repeat the exercise to find the angle with best braking action. Training Goal: Break to a stop in minimum distance (from a turn). Activity: No idea, we just have to try... Riding / Stabilizing: Training Goal: Master uneven ground (tree roots, potholes, street curbs, speed bumpers, etc.). Activity: depends on what the respective playground has to offer. Ideally, include some round rods that roll away when you ride over them. Training Goal: Circumvent static obstacles (like the ever so popular bicycle barriers). Include ducking under higher obstacles like branches and gates (“ewheel limbo”). Activity: Various obstacles will be simulated with tape. Supporters to hold the tape in mid air for the ducking exercises. Training Goal: Master dynamic obstacles (something/somebody surprisingly runs in your path). Activity: A wider track (approx. 3 feet) is marked on the gound. While the trainee rides on the track at safe speed, a supporter on the ground is challenged to get the rider off the wheel by throwing a soft inflatable ball from a distance at the rider or in his way. Training Goal: Master inclines and down hill. Activity: Using the weak 350W training wheel, we excercise riding up and down the steepest incline we can find. Ideally, the incline is steep enough to overstress the wheel to cut-out at safe speed. The training ground needs to provide a safe “landing zone” for the rider and the wheel as provoked dismounts on the incline are part of the training. Training Goal: Change foot position while riding. Activity: Train to ride with just one foot on the pedal. Begin with placing the strong leg on the wheel and use the weaker leg for “skateboarding” the wheel in a straight line. Exercise, until you master several feet riding on one leg without touching the ground with the other. Gradually increase difficulty with switching legs, increasing distance and speed and including turns. Once you can lift a foot while riding, changing foot position on the pedal is a piece of cake. Variation: Include exercises to sit down on the wheel and stand up again while riding. This will also build up balancing and stability. Check training effect by mounting and starting with choosing a wrong foot position on purpose, then correct it when in motion. Training Goal: Minimum speed riding. Activity: Mark a narrow track on the ground with tape. Mark a start and a finish line. Train to ride the track as slow as possible without leaving the track, putting a foot down or reversing. Have a supporter take the actual riding time. Training Goal: Look behind while riding. Activity: Mark like 3 cardboards with letter easily readable from a distance. Mark a narrow track on the ground with tape. After the rider passed a supporter on the side, the helper holds up a card board and calls the rider. The trainee then tries to look backwards and call out the respective letter without driving off track in the process. Gradually increase the difficulty by moving the supporter closer to the track until he is placed straight behind the driver. Also gradually increase riding speed. Training Goal: Pass others on a narrow track. Activity: We mark a narrow track on the ground with tape (approx. 2 feet wide). Two trainees try passing each other either by overtaking or by riding the track in opposite direction without crossing the track borders. Training Goal: Master wind gusts. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to produce strong enough wind gusts without a helluva effort or random help from mother nature. EDIT: Added after suggestion from @Dingfelder: Training Goal: Improve balance and confidence when turning. Activity: Set up a slalom course using little traffic cones (cheap from amazon, ebay, etc.). Master such training courses with gradually increased difficulty and speed. EDIT: Added after suggestion from @Mono: Training Goal: Understand the importance to always ride with "soft knees" to be prepared for the unforeseen. Activity: Very, very cautious and slow ride over a prepared obstacle with completely straight legs ("locked knees"). Start with really small obstacles as the risk of injury is high. Stop the exercise when you got an impression, how fast balance is lost when riding with locked knees.