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December 30th, 2015 at 11:38:48 AM permalink
It is my ultimate goal to unicycle up Fargo Street in Los Angeles on a unicycle. I have easily done it on a bicycle, as you can see in this video. As a stepping stone to that challenge on a unicycle, I've been practicing on the steepest paved hill I could find in Las Vegas. Here is my video of it.



At its steepest, this hill has a slope of 32%, which is about the same as Fargo Street. However, that section is only about 15 feet. Fargo Street is that steep but over a much longer distance.

That question for the poll is what do you think of the accomplishment?

My thanks to VegasAces for producing the video.
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December 30th, 2015 at 11:47:07 AM permalink
Does RED ROCK CANYON have any steep areas that might be a little longer for training on? I seem to remember a few people on bicycles having a hard time with the climb there
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December 30th, 2015 at 12:05:19 PM permalink
You could also try Filbert st in San Francisco.
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December 30th, 2015 at 12:12:42 PM permalink
Quote: Hunterhill

You could also try Filbert st in San Francisco.


Not without breaking the law; the steep part of Filbert Street, like the crooked part of Lombard, is one way downhill, and unicycles have to travel in the traffic direction in California.
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December 30th, 2015 at 12:21:34 PM permalink
Quote: coilman

Does RED ROCK CANYON have any steep areas that might be a little longer for training on? I seem to remember a few people on bicycles having a hard time with the climb there



I've bicycled and unicycled the Red Rock loop lots of times. While there are nice sustained hills, they are nowhere near 33% in slope. More like 15%. It is more of a distance challenge than steepness challenge.
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December 30th, 2015 at 12:37:03 PM permalink
I only vote in polls with a bigot option. I'm
waiting for you to do this. Looks easy enough.

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December 30th, 2015 at 4:40:01 PM permalink
Stay tuned for me doing that, except without the juggling.
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December 30th, 2015 at 4:56:47 PM permalink
You are a "funny" kind of guy, Mr Wizard. :)

33% grade is steeper than I think some realize. I don't even like walking up a 33% grade. lol That's what chauffeur/drivers are for.
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December 30th, 2015 at 5:12:31 PM permalink
I am trying to figure out how steep that is. I am thinking I see signs on roads with 12 percent grade so 33 must be huge..
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December 30th, 2015 at 5:16:12 PM permalink
Truly inspirational. Charging uphill, right forearm out front, taking no prisoners. Were you in a comparable gear to your unicycle when you did it on the bicycle? I've been riding a fixed gear bike since 08 and wouldn't be able to conquer Fargo without standing up or pedal straps. Hope you can do it!
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December 30th, 2015 at 5:18:52 PM permalink
Quote: kewlj

You are a "funny" kind of guy, Mr Wizard. :)

33% grade is steeper than I think some realize. I don't even like walking up a 33% grade. lol That's what chauffeur/drivers are for.



The Unigeezer also questioned my claim that this hill at a 33% grade.

First, I claim it is only about 33% at the top.

Second, I calculated this using a 2-foot level and a tape measure. Using the bubble I made sure the level was level and formed a right triangle between the pavement as the hypotenuse, the level as the x-axis and the tape measure as the y-axis. The drop of the y-axis was 8 inches. 8/24 = 33%.

There are lots of videos of the Fargo Street bicycle challenge and they often mention it has a slope of 33%.
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December 30th, 2015 at 5:23:33 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

The Unigeezer also questioned my claim that this hill at a 33% grade.

First, I claim it is only about 33% at the top.

Second, I calculated this using a 2-foot level and a tape measure. Using the bubble I made sure the level was level and formed a right triangle between the pavement as the hypotenuse, the level as the x-axis and the tape measure as the y-axis. The drop of the y-axis was 8 inches. 8/24 = 33%.

There are lots of videos of the Fargo Street bicycle challenge and they often mention it has a slope of 33%.


One of these would've been easier.

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December 30th, 2015 at 5:26:11 PM permalink
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One of these would've been easier.



Now you tell me.

I must have looked like quite the geek with a unicycle, calculator, and two rulers there on the path.
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December 30th, 2015 at 5:31:15 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Now you tell me.

I must have looked like quite the geek with a unicycle, calculator, and two rulers there on the path.


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December 30th, 2015 at 5:45:02 PM permalink
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One of these would've been easier.



Yes the great tool I used so many times to align those satellite dishes years ago

I laughed out loud reading Mikes post on how he did it thinking ,,,,,man for $8 at home depot it would have taken only a few seconds

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Johnson-Pitch-and-Angle-Locator-750/100193539
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December 30th, 2015 at 6:19:05 PM permalink
Quote: coilman

Quote: Ibeatyouraces

One of these would've been easier.



Yes the great tool I used so many times to align those satellite dishes years ago

I laughed out loud reading Mikes post on how he did it thinking ,,,,,man for $8 at home depot it would have taken only a few seconds

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Johnson-Pitch-and-Angle-Locator-750/100193539


We used them a lot in the boring mill shop.
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December 30th, 2015 at 7:40:47 PM permalink
Was it really boring? :)
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December 30th, 2015 at 7:55:15 PM permalink
Quote: Hunterhill

Was it really boring? :)


Sometimes.
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January 7th, 2016 at 4:33:32 PM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

One of these would've been easier.



I got such a tool the other day at Lowe's and brought it to the hill in question today. It showed an angle of 15 degrees. That is equivalent to a slope of tan(15)=27%. Okay, that is a little short of the 32% that I claimed, but still in the same ballpark.

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January 7th, 2016 at 5:01:36 PM permalink
Mike, next time you fly to the Big Island, try unicycling up Waipio Valley Road.

30% - 39%.
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January 7th, 2016 at 5:28:22 PM permalink
Quote: MrV

Mike, next time you fly to the Big Island, try unicycling up Waipio Valley Road.



Yeah, I've seen another video of that. No way I could do that on a unicycle but would love to challenge it on a mountain bike.
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January 7th, 2016 at 11:51:28 PM permalink
Quote: MrV

Mike, next time you fly to the Big Island, try unicycling up Waipio Valley Road.

30% - 39%.



Drove that several times while I was working over there. It's a trip. Frightening in places; no shoulder, no guardrail, just off the mountain you go.
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