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ruari 2019-02-28 09:41 AM

Unknown Oslo unicyclist, UniMyra any ideas?
 
At work I sit next to a colleague, who also happens to live quite close to me. Earlier today she sent me this text message that read,

“I've just seen a man on a unicycle in our area and it was not you :)”

I asked her where exactly and she says it was around here:

https://goo.gl/maps/yfFtXobshzJ2

She also said he was wearing a red helmet, cycling in the road and would guess that it was a 36” wheel. She is not super confident of that wheel size as she was driving (and in a hurry), so didn't have time to really stare. Though she is familiar with my 36”.

Any ideas who it might be? Or perhaps the unicyclist in question is here and can confirm it was them. :p

UniMyra 2019-03-01 09:20 AM

It could be this guy: https://www.terrengsykkel.no/nyheter...n-med-ett-hjul

Red helmet and 36'er. He lives near Sognsvann and he has a client in Groruddalen which he commutes to on his uni. I've ridden with him several times. He's not very active on social media, but I'll ask him.

UniMyra 2019-03-05 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by UniMyra (Post 1703033)
It could be this guy: https://www.terrengsykkel.no/nyheter...n-med-ett-hjul

Red helmet and 36'er. He lives near Sognsvann and he has a client in Groruddalen which he commutes to on his uni. I've ridden with him several times. He's not very active on social media, but I'll ask him.

No, not him.

ruari 2019-03-06 07:56 AM

Interesting. Oh well, still it's nice that there are more unicyclists in Oslo anyway.

PalmerDen 2019-03-07 12:41 PM

How unicycle-friendly is Oslo btw?

ruari 2019-03-08 11:45 AM

Well I think it depends what you are asking. Do you mean, “Is there a vibrant community of unicyclists?“ or “How is it to cycle around in Oslo?”

For the former, someone like UniMyra would have to answer. I don't really know any other unicyclists here apart from him, who I met once! ;)

For the latter, I guess that depends on the type of unicycling you like to do? For example if you are asking about “street unicycling” or muni, again I would not be the best to ask because I don't really do either.

The main thing I (currently) use my unicycles for is commuting. So I can answer this bit, I suppose. Or at least give my perspective on this bit.

Oslo, is not one of the big cycling cities like say it's Danish counterpart (Copenhagen) but in recent years there has been more emphasis on cycling and so the infrastructure (e.g. dedicated cycle paths) is certainly improving and expanding. Obviously this is being done for bikes but it benefits unicycling commuters like myself. As a comparison (using another city that I am familiar with), London is has also been improving for cyclists in recent years, at a fairly similar pace. I would however say that it is much, much better unicycling in Oslo than London. The cars are less aggressive, there are fewer people and is a lot more space. The built up areas are much smaller. You can cross the whole inner city in no time, even on a unicycle.

The other big advantage is that, unlike in the UK where cycling on footpaths (by which I mean the path at the side of a carriageway) is illegal, in Norway people do this from time to time. It is not illegal, though it is very clear that people walking have the right of way. If you hit a pedestrian it is going to be your fault. You also can't ring a bell or shout at them to get out of your way. They have priority, so if you encounter people walking side by side you either have to cycle slowly behind them and ‘deal with it’ (with no complaints), or you could drop into the road for a bit to over take. You need to be considerate (or should a policeman see you), you would get yourself in trouble. Similarly, if you use a pedestrian crossing as a cyclist you need to dismount to have priority over cars. If you don't you are effectively ‘driving’. Crossing on a bike or unicycle is allowed but you then have no priority over the cars in the road, so it would all be about timing it so that the traffic is clear. It is a fairly sensible system that in my experience isn't overly abused (well… outside of young boys, and the odd over eager middle age man), at least in Norway. I wouldn't claim that this would work everywhere.

Anyway, this system works well for unicycling. You are generally going slower than a bike and with a smaller wheel at least, it is easy to navigate around people safely, unless it is very congested (like at peak times). Thus a whole host of safe paths are opened up for unicycling. I can get from my home (on the outer edge of Olso) to work without ever having to cycle on the road if I pick my route carefully.

In summary, for the type of unicycling I do, in my personal experience, yes in is quite unicycle-friendly.

ruari 2019-03-08 12:00 PM

Here is a fairly reasonable article by NAF (“Norges Automobil-Forbund“, or “The Norwegian Automobile Federation” In English) on some of the legalities of cycling in Norway.

It is in Norwegian but I quickly ran it through Google translate and skimmed it and it comes out surprisingly well. So if you don't speak Norwegian (presumably almost everyone here :p ), you would still be able to use a translation service to follow it.

https://www.naf.no/tips-og-rad/i-tra...sykle-overalt/

UniMyra 2019-03-09 09:14 AM

There are very few unicyclists in the Oslo area that I know of. Maybe I could gather a group of 3-5 riders (which has never happened). Ruari pretty much covered unicycling i central Oslo. Oslo is not a big cycling city as Ruari said, but the city council wants it to be, and their totally unrealistic goal is that 25 percent of all travels is done by bicycles by 2025. As a consequence, the city keeps all bicycle paths clear of snow all winter, so unicycling is possible all year around. Unlike Ruari, I never commute by unicycle. I try to ride as much as possible in the woods on fire roads (36'er) or single tracks (26'er). I have such great muni terrain close to home (just outside of Oslo), so I haven't really explored other muni possibilities around Oslo much (but I plan to). Oslo is pretty much surrounded by a forrest, which you can get to by public transportation in 30 minutes.

ruari 2019-03-19 08:41 AM

I feel like there are more unicyclists out here in Norway, hidden away, doing their own unicycle thing. One of my colleagues said this to me today,

Quote:

Saw someone unicycling along Mossveien/E18 over the weekend, looked like a pretty serious setup

UniMyra 2019-03-19 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by ruari (Post 1703392)
I feel like there are more unicyclists out here in Norway, hidden away, doing their own unicycle thing. One of my colleagues said this to me today,

No, that was me.

I did however see a unicyclist in the city (by the Barcode) a week or to ago. Shiny thing. Looked like a 29'er.

KinU 2019-03-21 12:07 AM

I am hidden away in Bærum. I use a Nimbus Oracle in vinter time with spikes, and a QX 36 in summer time. I use my unis to keep my health ok. I started 3 years ago. I can ride a bit off road, but can not call it municycling. I usually go between 13 and 17 km for a ride, and try to do it a cople of times a week. Last 12 months I had just more than 1000 km logged.

ruari 2019-03-21 09:28 AM

Nice!

And welcome to the forums

ruari 2019-03-25 12:02 PM

I was at the “Norsk Teknisk Museum” (Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology) with family on the weekend and on the lower level there is an area with lots of different devices for the kids to interact with. One of which is a circular table with toy cars underneath a plastic cover. Around the circle are four sets of cranks. The idea is for kids to turn the cranks (by hand), which moves the cars, allowing them to race. As I am staring at this thing, it suddenly occurs to me that the cranks look like unicycle cranks. So I get a little closer and look on the inside of one of the cranks and sure enough it says “QU-AX”.

Using unicycle cranks makes sense given that unicycle cranks are mirrored (unlike typical bike cranks). Though I still I wonder how they thought to use these? Perhaps there is another Norwegian unicyclist working at the museum.


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