Hunka Hunka Burning Love Posted July 17, 2017 Share Posted July 17, 2017 I think we all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to riding, and the interesting part of EUCs is the continuing skills that we learn over time. Here's some aspects of riding to practice: 1. Launches from either foot. I still need to practice this as sometimes it's nice to be able to train yourself to be able to start off from either side. Maybe not a super useful skill to have, but I think it might come in handy. 2. Riding in really tight circles at slower speeds. I was riding downhill, and I wanted to do an U-turn on the pathway. I did it before, but for some reason I wasn't able to turn sharply enough this time and had to ditch. I think being able to turn within a small radius is very handy. @SuperSport I think mentioned he was able to do turns within a one foot radius. 3. 90 degree sharp turns. This comes in really handy when going around fences or sidewalks where things are very tight. Even on my driveway, I can move around my car and the garage and make it onto the walk up to my house which has a sharp right angle turn. I do have to move my arms a bit and give the wheel a slight pivot almost to get around the corner, but it's good practice for tight maneuvering. 4. Riding backwards from a stop or coming to a forwards stop then moving backwards. I have yet to try to learn this, but @Marty Backe has an excellent series of videos documenting his journey to acquiring this skill. 5. Riding backwards and turning in either direction or riding in circles backwards. 6. Coming to a stop and keeping control of the wheel without any hands. I'm still practising this daily, and it's difficult to fight the urge to lean down to stabilize the wheel upon stopping. I did notice that wearing jeans seems to help with better friction against the leg. 7. Coming to a stop at interesections to press the crosswalk button. Usually I stop and drop a foot down before doing so, but some people are able to stop and reach a hand out to lean against the pole while pressing the button. I find it actually a little tricky to come to a stop and grab a pole as your balance seems to be thrown off. Still practicing that one. 8. Riding up and down hills and changing direction. I'm used to it now, but I remember that riding diagonally across a hill/rise in the road is a different sensation that you have to adjust to. Stopping on an incline or decline is a other trick as you need to keep your foot level on the wheel while you step off with the other. Maybe it's just me, but this is still a little tricky especially facing downhill. Maybe the San Fran riders can comment. 9. Thowing footballs while riding. Nope not for me after watching @dbfrese. Same goes for riding with an umbrella in moderate winds. Done that, big mistake! 10. Riding over grass or over/up gravel terrain. 11. Riding up sloped sidewalks head on or jumping up edged sidewalks. 12. Riding on one leg. Can people do this riding straight, or is it always in a circle? 13. Riding while turning your head to look behind you and to the side without veering off course. 14. Dabbin' on them haters without accidentally wiping out in the process. What else? Please feel free to comment or add other skills to practice. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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