1998 California Mountain Unicycle Weekend

Dear Dirtheads,

I’ve made a rare update to my website with information about the upcoming
California Mountain Unicycle Weekend. It will be October 17 and

18, in Auburn and at Sly Park. More details to follow, but the basics are up
there now.

Go to: http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/muni/muni98.htm

Make your airplane reservations, or fix up the car, and don’t bother cleaning
your unicycles!

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/

Re: 1998 California Mountain Unicycle Weekend

What skill level and equipment does one need to try mountain unicycling? I am
really only a level 2 unicylist at this point. Is it too early to go for it?

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>Dear Dirtheads,
>
>I’ve made a rare update to my website with information about the upcoming
>California Mountain Unicycle Weekend. It will be October 17
and
>
>18, in Auburn and at Sly Park. More details to follow, but the basics are up
>there now.
>
>Go to: http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/muni/muni98.htm
>
>Make your airplane reservations, or fix up the car, and don’t bother cleaning
>your unicycles!
>
>John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/
>


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RE: 1998 California Mountain Unicycle Weekend

John Dibble wrote:
>What skill level and equipment does one need to try mountain unicycling? I am
>really only a level 2 unicylist at this point. Is it too early to go for it?

Level 1 is recommended but apparently not required. We had one rider last year
who tackled all the expert trails while carrying a ski pole to help him mount.
He had so much fun he has come out with his own brand of unicycle, the Telford.
He’s also improved his riding skills quite a bit since then. See his home page
at http://www.sports-psych.com/muni/index.htm and notice the MUni Weekend
T-shirt he’s wearing!

Please note that the IUF/USA skill levels don’t apply very well to MUni riding.
They are more concerned with skills you can do on a flat level surface like a
gym floor mostly. Skill levels for MUni would probably deal more with what size
obstacles you can pedal over, or hop over, how much uphill riding you can
handle, and how long you can ride before you get two tired.

So to find out your level, you can test yourself by riding on your local trails,
if any. You may be surprised at how fast your dirt riding skills improve. About
a year ago local long-time rider John Hooten attended a TV news shoot on MUni.
His son rode, but he chose not to because he wasn’t confident in his trail
riding skills. Since then he started riding on trails near his house daily, and
this year he was the tenth rider across the finish line (of all age groups) at
the MUni race at NUC!

The novice rides we have at the MUni Weekend should be doable by almost any
rider, as long as you’re in good enough shape to ride for a few hours. The pace
will be slow, and there are lots of stops to keep the group together and
sightsee. You’re also more than welcome to bring (or rent locally) a bike. But
we might ask you to carry stuff or make video then…

For equipment, kneepads, gloves and a helmet are highly recommended. If you ride
without them you will soon appreciate why most of us don’t. You also need a way
to carry water with you. Many of us use Camelbaks (http://www.camelbak.com/) or
other portable drinking systems. Lastly, wear clothes that aren’t irreplaceable,
because if you’re doing things right, they will get dirty!

John Foss Host, California Mountain Unicycle Weekend
http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/

Re: 1998 California Mountain Unicycle Weekend

>>I’ve made a rare update to my website with information about the upcoming
>>California Mountain Unicycle Weekend. It will be October 17

>What skill level and equipment does one need to try mountain unicycling? I am
>really only a level 2 unicylist at this point. Is it too early to go for it?

    Level 2's probably OK for the "novice" trails. The main questions you
    should ask are: are you strong enough to handle rough surfaces (bumps of
    an inch or two) and are you comfortable riding for an hour or two (with
    occasional rest stops)?

                                    Craig Milo Rogers