teeter totter kicked my *****
so I found a teeter totter on a trail I found and gave it a go.
The first time i stopped at the pivot point just to get a feel fo how much would tilt it, and accidently took a pedal to the knee when i deided to stop (these suckers are steeper than i gae them credit for). Once I felt it out a little bit i tried it again with a lot of steam. WOW, while it was about 4 feet up I fell of the side. i give myself a "C- for bike balance/handling but a "B+" for falling (I rolled well, avoided getting clipped by the bike on the way down [I didn't manage this the last 2 falls I have had] and ended up with some scrapes on the right knee and elbow with a sore shoulder, but pretty good all in all) the bike was fine. I had to ride it out for about 1.5 miles, sore but easy enough.
When I got home I searched for some pictures and found that alot of these things seem to be about knee high in the middle and maybe 3-4 feet at end (off the ground). This one was a little over waist high at the pivot and I could just get under it scraping my head at the end (about 6 foot). I really wish i had a smaller one to practice
my oberservations are the thing stared swinging down a LOT slower than i thought it would, and the whole thing takes a lot more timing and balance than I initialy thought it would ( I kinda thought i would just bound up it and it would magically be touching the ground by the time i got to the end) there seems to be a critical half a second where you need to stop and let it swing down then resume going.
anyway i will be going back to tackle it in a few weeks and wanted to hear if any one had any good
advice on tackling one, or any stories about falling off