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Old 2006-06-06, 12:46 PM   #646
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but you do a great job unicycle6869.
I second that. He does, indeed!

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He does use Google News on occasion, but the bulk of his finds come from a commercial database called, Factiva (www.factiva.com) which daily indexes articles and stories from over 10,000 sources (wire services, magazines, newspapers, and trade journals) worldwide.

It's hard to believe that unicycle6869 is not a librarian.
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'If You're Determined Enough': Unicyclist has different spin on fun. - from SouthBendTribune.com, June 4, 2006.
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'If you're determined enough'
Unicyclist has different spin on fun.

PEOPLE: HOW HE DOES IT

Joshua Torrans is the head mechanic and unicycle specialist at the House of Bicycles in Osceola. Torrans, 27, owns six unicycles and has been involved in the sport for about 18 months. He spoke recently with Tribune staff writer Brent Forgues.

What got you interested?

I had a buddy that borrowed one from our pastor and he actually was practicing with one, and I thought he was fairly decent, and within about five minutes I could go about 5 feet without falling over. I wanted one for a gift for my birthday. It took about two years to get it, but I finally got one from my wife for Christmas.


Where do you take it?

Everywhere. In the woods, on the road. I'm getting ready to go down Pikes Peak in Colorado on Aug. 19. I go trail riding and mountain biking with it. It's pretty much anywhere and everywhere. I went 55 miles in one day. It took about six and one-half hours.

What was it like the first time you tried to get on a unicycle? How did you learn?

Difficult. I couldn't ride it. I just kind of messed around. Unless you're doing something pretty stupid, you land on your feet most of the time. You just kind of hang along a wall or a fence. Then once you get your balance and keep on going until either you keep on going or fall over. It's kind of a trial and error.

Do you still mount the unicycle with the assistance of a wall or fence?

No, I can static-mount ... where you pretty much keep the wheel in one position and step up on the pedal. It's a timing issue. It almost looks like you walk along and then you step on stairs and keep on pedaling.

What do you have to learn?

It's balance. It's pretty much like the evolution of balance or the art of balance. It is safer than actually riding a bicycle because there are no handlebars to get caught up in your legs if you fall. But you do need gloves, because if you fall you put your hands out.

Is it much like riding a bike?

The only thing that's really similar is pedaling. You have your balance of keeping side to side and you have to keep your balance forward and backwards. On one wheel, the whole idea is to stay on the wheel. It's more work and it's all abs. All abs and legs because it's balance and pedaling.

What is it you most enjoy about unicycling?

People who get on bicycles, you learn to feel like a kid. When you're on a unicycle, you even feel like a bigger kid. When I first learned how to ride a unicycle, I had to learn how to get on it. Then you have the whole factor of if you're determined enough. But it's fun. ... And you're like, "Dang it, I want to learn so I know how to do this."

But the unicycle is the pure innocence of the kid, because it humbles you. A pothole can take me out. Even riding up a curb is a challenge. Everything on a unicycle is a challenge. You have to learn how to do it enough so it's less work, but it's always going to be work. ...

You can do a lot of crazy stuff like jumping on a picnic table. If you wear headphones, you might as well not, because people are going to want to talk to you. It's just kind of cool. It just makes me feel like a kid, and it just makes life simpler. ... And now my wife is getting in on it, too.

Know someone with a story to tell? Contact Brent Forgues at (574) 235-6137 or bforgues@sbtinfo.com.
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Old 2006-06-06, 06:06 PM   #649
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I have not followed this thread much previously, but you do a great job unicycle6869. Do you troll or search regularly through search engines like *oogle etc?
All I do is copy and paste any articles with links. This is due to the fact most links will die out sooner or later and so if I do a copy and paste, the article will be in this thread indefintely so new people (like you) can read old articles instead of clicking a link that doesn't work. I'm not sure why some people just post the link and not the article but I'm guessing it has to do with copyright issues for some people which I guess I'm not too worried about someone coming after me for.
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Off to school on a wheel of fortune
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He saw too many friends drop out of high school. He knows many others who didn't go on to college or, once there, said the heck with it and came back home.

But young Max DeMilner, who rides his unicycle as if his life depended on it, will not go that route. And he just pedaled 720 miles all over New England to prove it.

"After I withdrew from college, I just had this awful, stagnant feeling. Like I was no longer making progress with my life," said Max, 19, as he devoured his morning cereal and nursed his sore muscles Tuesday. "I didn't want to be a college dropout."

That's where the unicycle came in. But first, let's backpedal.

Max graduated from Mountain Valley High School in 2004. From there, he enrolled at Chester College of New England to study creative writing. He even won a scholarship to help pay the $22,000 annual bill.

But money was still tight. And much as he loved the New Hampshire school, Max had "a revelation" midway through his freshman year: Four years at Chester would equal, gulp, tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

So last fall, Max reluctantly stayed home and got a job in the pharmacy at the Hannaford Supermarket in Rumford. An avid unicyclist, he also got an idea: Why not unicycle to raise money for college?

He thought first about riding 4,000 miles from Maine to southern California. No way, he decided after doing the math. But unicycling New England? That he could do.

Enter the sponsors. Gilly's Gym in Waterville donated the custom, 36-inch unicycle. Unicel (they like all things "uni") gave him a cell phone. His big brother Kyle, a University of Maine graduate, built Max a Web site and became his biggest cheerleader.

By the time he left Rumford on May 6, Max was already halfway to his $2,000 goal. By the time he returned Saturday, he had another $750 ready to deposit in his "To the Max College Fund."

His six-state tour took him down the busy streets of Boston and New Haven, over the Berkshires and the White Mountains and through weather that only seemed to get worse.

"It just so happens that the month I took this trip was the wettest month in history," he said.

One day in Connecticut, he hit a van broadside after it suddenly turned in front of him. Another day, in New Hampshire, he hit a rut, stuck out his left arm to stabilize himself and thwacked the side of a passing tractor-trailer.

"Two seconds earlier and I lose my arm," Max said.

But along the way - and this is the part that still amazes him - people listened to Max's story, dug into their pockets and handed him a $10 or a $20. One person took his "Unicyclemax" business card and promptly mailed him a check for $250.

Perfect strangers "actually gave me money for my education," he said.

Max's next stop? The University of Maine at Farmington, where he hopes to enroll this January. Until then, he'll keep punching the clock at Hannaford, riding his unicycle and gratefully accepting donations at www.unicyclemax.com .

Now, Max knows not everyone can ride a unicycle. But to those kids whose education will end this month with a high school diploma, he can only say you don't know what you're missing.

"There's so much stuff I want to study," Max said. "I do love to learn."

It helps him keep his balance.
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Includes a bit on unicycling.

Lots to do during Bike Month - from Burnaby Newsleader, June 8, 2006.
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Salt Fest is 'wheel' fun - from The Hutchinson News, June 12, 2006
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Re: Unicycle articles (but wait there's more...)

On Tue, 6 Jun 2006 13:06:19 -0500, unicycle6869 wrote:

>All I do is copy and paste any articles with links. This is due to the
>fact most links will die out sooner or later and so if I do a copy and
>paste, the article will be in this thread indefintely so new people
>(like you) can read old articles instead of clicking a link that
>doesn't work.


Kudos to you for doing this job!

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Har har, that had to come from NZ. I'd be certain that no one else would hear the word AU or even know what AU is all about AU. :P
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One-wheel commute is joy ride - from Deseret News, Monday, June 19, 2006.
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Salt Fest is 'wheel' fun - from The Hutchinson News, June 12, 2006
Hey, that must be Hutchinson, Kansas. When I saw the picture of the guys using taped-up old tires as hockey sticks, I was reminded of a group that used to play this game there. I had some information about it from the late 80s or so. Apparently some of those riders had been playing unicycle hockey there since around 1962!
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Lots to do during Bike Month - from Burnaby Newsleader, June 8, 2006.
Starting to get behind....for some reason I didn't get emailed when someone posted here? Hmmm... Anyways, here is the said link for when it is dead;

Or not, looks like the link is already dead and I was too late!
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By Lee Benson
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Richard Terry just might have the best commute in America.
Every workday he makes the four-mile roundtrip between his home in the lower Avenues and his law office in downtown Salt Lake City on his unicycle.
It's better than a car, he points out, because it costs a lot less, it's good exercise, it creates zero pollution and there's no parking to worry about.
It's better than a bicycle because you have both arms free — one to carry your briefcase and the other to carry an umbrella in case of inclement weather.
It's better than walking because it's faster.
And those are just the practical reasons.
"The bottom line why I do it," says Terry, "is it's fun."
"It's very similar to slalom water skiing, the feeling and the balance," he explains. "It's a lot more fun than a regular bike."
No one can argue that he's not sincere. For the past 25 years, ever since he graduated from law school in 1981 and started his professional practice in downtown Salt Lake, Terry has ridden his unicycle to and from work. Before that, he commuted back and forth to classes as an undergraduate at the University of Utah, and before that, he sometimes rode his one-wheeler to East High School.
Winter or summer, hot or cold, rain or shine, he negotiates the city sidewalks in his suit, his briefcase and his trademark bow tie.
He used to drive his car on days when he'd have an out-of-town appointment scheduled, but when the law firm he works for, Corbridge, Baird & Christensen, acquired a company car a few years ago, he stopped driving to work altogether.
"I know I haven't driven a car to work at all for at least three years," he says.
It takes him 12 minutes to get to the office and 15 minutes to get back home.
He can't remember exactly what prompted him to ask Santa Claus for a unicycle when he was 10 years old, but when Christmas morning rolled around, there it was, under the tree.
"But my legs were too short to reach the pedals so I had to wait until I was 12 to learn how to ride it," he says, "it takes a lot longer (to learn) than a bicycle, but I kept practicing. I've been riding ever since."
Terry is quick to debunk two myths, one about unicycling in general and one about himself in particular.
First myth: Unicycling is hard and dangerous.
"People have the notion that it's difficult," he says, "Sometimes they'll step off the sidewalk when they see me coming. But it isn't difficult or dangerous at all; it's very safe. Honestly, once you hop on, you don't even think about it. It's like getting on a bike. If you happen to hit something and the tire stops, you fall forward and land right on your feet."
Second myth: He's crazy.
"I do get some looks," he says, "and I get heckled sometimes. But that's all right. I know the only reason I do it is because I like it, and I've never been affected too much by public opinion. I suppose there probably is a penchant for the unconventional in me."
"I thought by now it would be everybody's mode of transportation," Salt Lake's unicycling attorney says, tongue in cheek. "I thought it would really catch on. But nobody else seems to be doing it."


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