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Top 10 steepest streets in San Francisco... On a unicycle!

Old 07-14-21, 01:12 PM
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Top 10 steepest streets in San Francisco... On a unicycle!

This was the most difficult unicycling challenge I've ever attempted, and definitely a personal record for me. The climbs ranged from 31% to a seemingly impossible 41% grade! And to be honest, after the very first climb I wasn't sure if I would have enough stamina to do even two more climbs let alone nine more, so I think it was mostly sheer will power and adrenaline that kept me going! There's a pretty good chance that you will "feel my pain" watching this video...👍🙂

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Pain? You made it look easy! Kudos!
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Pain? You made it look easy! Kudos!
haha, thanks Chaadster. But it was I was definitely hurting even though you might not be able to see it. Mostly the lactic acid building up about halfway up each of the longer climbs. But just had to push through it because I didn't want have to do it over again! 😁
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STUD. Period. Back in the day I climbed those hills on two wheels and they were a total bear, and doubly hard when the frame flex kept shifting the rear derailleur. No way could I ever think it can be done on a unicycle, however you just did! BRAVO!
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This is a bike forum...gotta have two wheel

That was awesome. A true feat. 10 steep climbs on a unicycle is just crazy but you did it. I would have fallen off by the first one and curled up in a fetal position at the 41% grade.
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Holy crap, I couldn't even watch it all, too painful! No wonder you're so ripped.

Now, can you go down those hills...? Maybe better not, you'll be ripped in a bad way 😬
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Holy crap, I couldn't even watch it all, too painful! No wonder you're so ripped.

Now, can you go down those hills...? Maybe better not, you'll be ripped in a bad way 😬
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no worries, he's got a disc brake
Impressive feat, I woulda thought clipless would help for trying something like this.
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San Francisco terrain is crazy and so is Terry!

I have never seen a unicycle with a brake before.
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no worries, he's got a disc brake
Impressive feat, I woulda thought clipless would help for trying something like this.
yeah, the ride back down is easy with a brake, and the reward for going up! I have thought about trying clipless but it would always be on my mind that I might not get out in time and face plant! 🥴 So for me it looks like push/push, no pull. 😁
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yeah, the ride back down is easy with a brake, and the reward for going up!
Do you use the brake to hold during the climb? I can see your hand that is waving around like a matador, but cannot see what your other hand is doing. I don't think the descent is a reward unless the city clears the roads of other traffic.
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Just unreal. The power that takes is off the charts.

Any recumbent owners want to take this guy on? I would imagine it would be about the same degree of difficulty
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir View Post
Do you use the brake to hold during the climb? I can see your hand that is waving around like a matador, but cannot see what your other hand is doing. I don't think the descent is a reward unless the city clears the roads of other traffic.
my left hand is holding the lift handle that is attached to the front of the saddle. And the ride down is very easy vs riding up.
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