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Old 2019-08-19, 01:06 PM   #1
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20 Years of Unicycle.com

Yes, UDC are 20 years old!

Some of you may have already see blog posts, or social media mentioning this, or possibly the new boxes and free carabiner's being given away.

I have eventually got around to putting something of a history together. Warning... it has pictures showing us rather young! Here is a link:

https://www.unicycle.co.uk/20-years-of-udc
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Old 2019-08-19, 04:21 PM   #2
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Love the history write up!
Fascinating to know everything that happened to make it what it is today!
I bought my first computer in 99. It took me too many years before I discovered you guys!
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Old 2019-08-20, 12:23 PM   #3
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Congrats for completing 20 years. Keep going
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Old 2019-08-21, 01:28 AM   #4
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Old 2019-08-21, 03:16 AM   #5
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Congrats on the 20 years, and thanks for the behind the scene. Always wondered what was the link between the UK and the US sites, now it all makes sense!
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Old 2019-08-21, 11:44 PM   #6
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Old 2019-08-22, 05:40 AM   #7
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Happy birthday UDC!
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Old 2019-08-22, 05:40 AM   #8
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Old 2019-08-22, 06:20 AM   #9
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Nice write-up! Some day you're probably going to want a much more detailed one, because UDC is a turning point in people being able to find, choose, and buy unicycles without having to find the right "connections".

A couple of notes to go with the article:
- Schwinn started selling unicycles in 1967. I believe they hit the market in the fall, or otherwise in time for Christmas orders.
- The photo of Kris Holm on the DM ATU is probably from the 1999 NUC in North Bend, WA. That's the year those unis came out, and I got one too. In fact, looking at a photo I have of the group he hosted the day after that convention up on the Northshore trails in Vancouver, he had a custom, teal-framed Muni. I think he was demo-ing or trying out that DM in your photo, and it may be the same one I took home from there. I still have that one!

Our motley crew on the Northshore trails, Aug. 4, 1999: George Peck, Kris Holm, Dan Heaton, John Foss, Jeremy Hopkins
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Old 2019-08-22, 07:42 AM   #10
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Thanks John, I should have checked those bits with you first, I could not put my finger on those dates. I have updated.

I will say that this is a short history of UDC, there have been lots of other shakers and movers in the company. Too many to really mention (John being one of them!).

I wanted to mention the current staff at Unicycle.com UK who have been all with us for over 10 years. They have had a big input to the designs and offer the service to customers that is expected of a UDC. So here is a picture of some of our sponsored riders and the UK Unicycle.com team.

Top row
Roos Seegers, Daniel Ackerman, Paul Stacey (UDC UK), Erik Winterfeldt, Mark Fabian (UDC Hungary), Tim Desmet, Simon Berry, Mimo Seedler
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Nick Curwen (UDC UK), Roger Davies (UDC UK), Rachael Devereux (UDC UK)
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Old 2019-08-22, 02:25 PM   #11
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Congratulations Roger. The free UDC carabiner has proved useful on camping trips this summer .

For folk interested in some more history this book may be worth a read (including foreword by John Foss): https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...KFXB6F97AAV27Z

I got a copy from Santa a couple of years ago but it is probably more readily available from amazon....
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Old 2019-08-22, 08:11 PM   #12
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Nice summary of the history. I didn't know that Roger and the Drummonds were in business together at the very beginning. I thought the UK UDC became a part of it a few years later.
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Old 2019-08-31, 07:22 PM   #13
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Congratulations on making 20 years running a business linked to a minority sport that you love. That's a hell of an achievement. There must be worse ways to earn a crust, but there must also have been difficult times along the way.

I ride less than I used to, spending more time on my fixed wheel bike these days, but I reckon I must have had 8 or 9 unicycles/ultimate wheels from you over the years, plus various parts and accessories. The sport has given me some great times and kept me fairly fit, so thank you, because I couldn't have done it without you.

Hmmm. Pashley 26, Nimbus 20, Nimbus 24, Nimbus 28, KH24, KH29, Coker Big One, KH36, 2 x 24" UW, the frame, hub and many other parts for the 700c Bacon Slicer. More than I thought!
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