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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

Gunwharf Glides

Gunwharf Glides

Excellent Shopping… …in the video department today, although it wasn’t always easy getting it for us. God – that sounds like I’ve been stealing video gear ! No – what I actually mean is excellent and interesting video from today’s seaside urban glides on my Airwheel, which I have obtained with glide-cam, my Right footplate-mounted GoPro 3+. Gunwharf Quays, and the Spinnaker Tower has some of the smoothest, most rewarding Airwheeling surfaces I have ever had the pleasure to ride, so whenever I am near the South Coast, it’s always on my list of possible places to go to kill some time while I wait for rush hour traffic to die down. Careful, J… Today I was there late morning however, as I woke early and the sun was shining, so I got out there around 11 am to find a relatively busy concourse, and to give Portsmouth shoppers something of the classic AJ2K glide-around as I carefully wended my way between them. It would seem that I did...

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

Chasing Cars

Chasing Cars

Skate Park Surprise… While I was guitaring my way round the Skate Park the other day I noticed there was some RC car action going on as well, and having recently explored the bowl for the first time, I was keen to get in there with the racer, on my airwheel, equipped with a pedal cam, and try and increase my speed and height round the corners. Because the whole bowl is one perpetual corner, and I’m not very good at it yet, it was surprisingly hard to keep the car in camera shot, and for the first few minutes it properly ran rings round me. Raise game now please… However, after I found my perfect corner lean angles, and had managed to eliminate doing the extra tight corners at each end of the bowl with hip-shifts, preferring to stay totally in the whole-body-lean steering technique that only works if you do it fast enough. There is just about enough room to get away with it round PF Skate...

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

Airwheel Challenge No 2 – Jump

Airwheel Challenge No 2 – Jump

Challenge Aero J. I’m calling my recent guitar-playing-whilst-airwheeling adventure the first of the challenges in this new series, and having pulled that one off with some degree of success I was looking for No 2 almost straight away. And it didn’t take long before I hatched another musical plan, but this time involving a Yamaha CS2X synthesizer and some cock rock from the 80s. What’s not to like ? Even the weather agrees it’s a good idea, and the sun is out, and wind not too bad… Quick, get me the ’80s Yep – today I had a go at playing the keys solo from the Van Halen classic ‘Jump’, something I thought would give me more of a challenge to do, while gliding about the Skate Park. And it was a challenge. Even though I know that solo backwards and in my sleep, and can dynamically airwheel about with apparent total non-effort, combining the two leaves really very little brain power available for other things. I enjoyed being taxed...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

200 Airwheel Hours

200 Airwheel Hours

Challenge AeroJ… Yep, it’s my 200th hour of gliding about, and unlike my 100th hour celebrations, which involved various quantities of tea, hills and cake, this time I wanted to up the stakes a bit, and to incorporate some ‘skills’ into proceedings. So let’s do a lot of hard things at once. And I’ve certainly given myself stuff to work with. Firstly, it’s pouring with rain, which soaked me, my Airwheel X5 and my Ibanez electric, and this leaves the bowl, and the paths round it VERY precarious and slippy – there are Autumn leaves to contend with too; also slippy, some mud in the bowl, AND we’re trying to play a metal-tastic riff or 2 with some degree of accuracy and a nice clean end section, while we airwheel about in all of the above. Good luck with that… Gear lab Getting drenched in the weather today will be my Ibanez S370 and my Yamaha semi-acoustic, and I’m filming on a fully waterproof GoPro3+ Black Edition in Superview 48...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

Roll Cage

Roll Cage

Smoothly does it… I like that Skate Park, and its massively grippy, ultra-smooth, easily air-wheelable concrete surfaces. It’s half way between my house and town, so I often pull in on my way through, and if there’s people there doing impressive stuff I usually feel the need to film it. More often I have it to myself so it was only a matter of time before I wondered how my Airwheel and I would fare in the bowl, so on Friday I got myself in it and found out. Watch the video above to see how that went… Nothing too Exciting Given that I didn’t have any extra padding with me; only my wrist braces, and as this was my first time in it, I restricted myself to going round the edges and diagonals at medium pace, finding out where I needed to lean and twist to get round the corners. Then it was matter of increasing the speed of that, something I probably managed by about 50% 20 minutes...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2014

Rain Glides 2

Rain Glides 2

Skills Up. The second half of the week was as impendingly and sometimes actually rainy as the first, but I was out in it regardless taking advantage of Skate Parks all to myself to learn a bit of backwards airwheeling, which is harder than it looks, and to enjoy my various waterproofing and illumination devices which allow me to continue wheeling about regardless of the weather. So, the first video above, I’m Skate Parking it, doing the backwards air-learning thing, and generally having an excellent time exploring and trying to push past the limits that environment imposes. Obviously I can’t drop into the bowl, but I can go all round it and get my moves together on the long straight the other side of it, so I did that, using the wall on the left to start the backward moves while I learned how. Brolly’s up Finally got a decent ride in actual proper teeming rain on Friday, so that ride, out of town, and along my favourite cycle...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2014

Rain Glides

Rain Glides

Wet-wheeling I rolled into town under impending skies, and it was just as I’d poured the first cup of Earl Grey of the day that the heavens opened and deluged me, my airwheel, and any cake I might have had about my person. I manfully continued my review of some apple shortbread, but ultimately the weather defeated me as I was unable to unsheathe the cakes for safety reasons. Nobody likes damp cake. But we can see the levels of rain I was dealing with, and later to be airwheeling through… Never mind. They can wait. I’m really here to do other stuff, and go riding in the rain, in town, and amongst people, so I get my daily ‘glide manoeuvres’ exercise in. I love airwheeling Petersfield TC – I feel I know its surfaces intimately well over a huge area, and now able to avoid the dodgy bits from memory alone the ride through town is never not hugely enjoyable whatever the weather is doing. And just as...

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Posted by on Oct 8, 2014

Ultrawheel Week

Ultrawheel Week

3 Airwheel Rides a day, every day. And at least 2 videos a day gives us… a lot of videos. Far too many to do as individual blogs. So here they all are in one big pile. That’s a good half hour you can kill without even leaving the page :) We start…down on the coast – the blog video above is a fast track and glide along the coast… Then, we’re back home for a… Petersfield Town Center Test Run and now it’s time to look at some airwheel accessories for Airwheeling in the rain and at night, among other things… Airwheel Accessories Episode 3 And now for something…else, it must be… Motion Stills A serene collection of my favourite views about town, and down on the Southsea coast… Then it was back to the lake for a final Swansong Feeding the birds and trying not to lose my fingers in the process… and finally – that’s it from me for the first 2 days of this week… See...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014

Ride’n’Fly 2K14

Ride’n’Fly 2K14

Skate Park Aerial It’s about time my Disco Pro came out of the workshop and made it into the air, and no finer place to do so today than PF Skate Park, which is quite busy, but not too much so, and more importantly is full of decent people, who aren’t going to be dicks and do anything stupid that will compromise my safety planning. Tediously safe As those there will attest, before I even got the kit out I gathered everyone round, told them my plans, and gave them vital information that would keep everyone safe while I was flying in proximity to people and more particularly, riders. Thanks to Harry, who volunteered to be my spotter / rear defence, and he did a great job of keeping my landing spaces, and the area behind me watched and clear at all times. Everyone there who had a helmet was wearing it (except Joe 1 occasionally! ), they were all told to watch for the flyer, and to be...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014

Glide Cam

Glide Cam

Low-cruiser… Well, testing is complete, and I can now report a way of getting very high quality footage from your Airwheel, more vibration-free even than a pole cam over smoother surfaces – the pedal mounted grab clip. I think I acquired mione from a skip, and it seems to be some sort of scaffolding attachment grip – and it certainly has got an industrial strength spring in it producing formidable gripping power ! Where people before me have got decent results using keychain cams or a Mobius, both these lack something in the quality department, so to be able to put a GoPro 3+ just above the pedals gives really nice viewpoint options, a much faster, smoother, sleeker ride all round. In some photos you see V1.0, with the lower extension on the handle very much a risk for ground scuffing and dangerous when you go round right hand bends, and some with v1.1, which fixes that by bending up the end of it so that a) it won’t...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014

Priore Incantatem

Priore Incantatem

Back to the start… Having discovered pole-cam, I’ve been largely happy with my Airwheel filmings. It was only when I attached my plastic GoPro clip stand to someone’s BMX frame, and then watched it smash itself to pieces when he came down from a pretty serious height, that I realised its replacement could be used for something else. It’s a GoPro, so the camera’s fine, but it forced me to get my other version of the grip-mount out of the workshop, and I retrieved it very much with the intention of taking it back to the skate park to try again with the bikes. But then it occurred to me that this particular design of clip might work clipped to the front of a pedal, close to the body of the Airwheel, as long as it didn’t get in the way of my control movements, foot position and hamper me too much on inclines round corners, I was intrigued to see what the Superview Mode on the 3+ Black...

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