Has anyone ever successfully completed a banister slide

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  1. foidulus macrumors 6502a

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    so I was at the train station the other day and I saw the most absolute perfect banister to slide down, I was so tempted but there were a whole lot of other people around so I refrained, but I have always wanted to do a banister slide. I have tried a couple of times, but almost killed myself the last time I did it.

    Has anyone ever actually completed the old 80s tv show standby? Any tips for doing a banister slide?
     
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    I am an expert at this. It has been finely crafted from when I was a small child, and I still do it when I see a banister that looks too good. First, make sure you are not wearing jeans. They stick. You want some fitted trousers (or I suppose tracksuit) and find a good polished wood or metal banister. Don't crap about with your feet trying to touch the floor; feel the rhythm and float on down. Gather as much speed as possible, and at the end, launch yourself into the air, and land like a cat on all fours. I do this regularly and get some greatly amused faces around. Apple Stores are great for this, with their smooth cylindrical metal. :D
     
  3. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    I love banister slides! I do them all the time.

    I think there's a lot of different ways to find balance. I kind of hook the crease between my butt and my thigh, then I do sort of crouching lean back.

    It's things like this that make me realize that I'm nowhere close to being a grownup.
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I love banister sliding when I get the chance. :)

    OP, as for tips:

    - Get your balance on one cheek.

    - Practice riding side saddle (referring to horseback riding).

    - Use your forward cheek for balance and guidance.

    - Smile.
     
  5. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    I used to have shoes with grind plates on them for sliding down bannisters and rails, great fun. Haven't even thought about that in nearly 10 years now though.

    They started putting nobs along bannisters in the UK to stop people sliding down them in the late 90s..
     
  6. Dagless macrumors Core

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    ^ I remember those :D
    I think I used to do them at school. Our school was pretty giant and was full of unmanned staircases. If I'm wearing a jumper at home I do a thing where I put my hands inside the sleeves, lift my legs up and slide down like that.
    I haven't died yet.
     
  7. Disc Golfer macrumors 6502a

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    A better question is who hasn't successfully completed a banister slide?
     
  8. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    what is a bannister slide?

    is that a type of powerpoint or something?
     
  9. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    ::raises hand::

    Not a good one, at least. The one time I tried a full flight of stairs, I about busted my ass.
     
  10. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Don't be scurred to abort. If I'm losing balance, I just hop off.
     
  11. renewed macrumors 68040

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    You take one of these and put your rump on the top and slide down it. ;)

    Or.. you can literally slide down it like this stair case :D
     
  12. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    If I had a staircase like that, I'd walk up the slide bit too.
     
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    The big question would be inside or outside. :D

    That looks like fun.
     
  14. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Growing up my best friend's house had a smooth, wide wooden banister that we would almost always slide down, rather than actually taking the stairs. I probably slid down the banister almost every week between the ages of 8 and 14. Haven't done it in a while, but it's a lot of fun. :D
     
  15. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Just reminded me, with wood you always want to do a splinter test before riding. After you are on the go, it's too late.
     
  16. scottness macrumors 65816

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    NEVER straddle the bannister. Always fly side-saddle.
     
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    After you are on the go, you ARE the splinter test.
     
  19. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Of course. Side-saddle is the way to go. See my post above. :)

    That's why I usually let someone go first. :D
     
  20. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    House

    I have a little hand-rail outside my house going down about 5 steps to the sidewalk, and whenever I leave my house I slide my handrail. Great fun.

    Speaking of banister slides at school, in junior high, there was this kid that was pretty intense. I did not see this happen, but I remember all the commotion:
    -There was a 2nd story inside balcony in the entrance foyer area of the school, and one day he decided to do a hurdler jump over the railing, performing a one story drop to solid cement with carpet over it. He jumped it, and was in a cast and crutches for the rest of the year!
     

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