Aother deep uni question

Ive been asked this a thousand times since I started, so I thought Id ask you guys…

What made you start unicycling???

For me, it was early September, and a few of us were headed toward the ski fields which are about 6 hours drive away. As we passed through a little town called Berridale, we saw a guy riding along the side of the road on what I now know was a 20" united standard. My passenger Mikey, co-founder of Club UFT, asked me “why dont you own a unicycle?” 3 weeks later I did!!

Leo

aNother deep uni question

I should really learn to spell. sorry!

LOL

Leo

Re: Aother deep uni question

For me, simply the fascination with what is seemingly impossible! From the point of view of anyone who has not ridden, unicycles look imposible! I thought to myself, surely this thing can’t be stable!

I must admit, the acedemic in me was also very interested with the dymanics of the whole thing, and i simply had to work it out! I now think i understand…

what KEEPS me fascinated is the fact that I can teach my stupid brain to ride this thing, without any help from me! It’s interesting to think that your body is doing these moves to keep you upright, and all you have to do is think ‘i want to go over there’ and it just happens!

Oh yeah, and lets not forget excercise, fun reactions from others…

And chicks dig it.

Mikey.

Re: Re: Aother deep uni question

Truly the most important reason…

Leo

I put “unicycle” on my X-mas list as a joke, just to see if anyone would actually get me one.

When they did, I felt obligated to learn how to ride it.

I’ve never been the same since…

I read an article in Popular Mechanics in 1962 or 1963 describing how to build and ride a unicycle. I got pumped. My parents bought me a used, 20" of unknown origin for my 11th birthday.

I was looking for a way to improve my mountain bike skills (balance, etc.)
and was a little intersted by unicycling. Some day, a friend of mine
showed me Kris Holm perform in Dirty Dreams and I am hooked on it since
then.

Christ.

P.S. Some will probably remember my story of that wonderful girl I saw on
a street corner with a uni (that she wasn’t even riding !). That also
inspired me…

leoyu wrote:

> Ive been asked this a thousand times since I started, so I thought Id
> ask you guys…
>
> What made you start unicycling???
>
> For me, it
> was early September, and a few of us were headed toward the ski fields
> which are about 6 hours drive away. As we passed through a little town
> called Berridale, we saw a guy riding along the side of the road on
> what I now know was a 20" united standard. My passenger Mikey, co-
> founder of Club UFT, asked me “why dont you own a unicycle?” 3 weeks
> later I did!!
>
> Leo
>
> –
> leoyu
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

My father rode as a kid, and I was already into juggling, so I thought that it would be fun to learn to uni.
-DAvid Kaplan

I saw George Peck’s Rough Terrain Unicycling video, and that was it. I knew
I had to learn to unicycle to go riding off road.

—Nathan

“leoyu” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:a3am9l$2cj$1@laurel.tc.umn.edu
> Ive been asked this a thousand times since I started, so I thought Id
> ask you guys…
>
> What made you start unicycling???

I made an attempt to ride in 8th grade for the talent show. I could free mount and make it 30-50 feet but that was all. The kid took his Uni back and I didn’t get another until 5-6 years later. A friend of mine has a 16" Headstrom in his garage that was donated to me. I attempted to ride it and after 3-4 days I realized I needed to go out and buy one. Since then I acquired my United with Monty/Miyata and got the donor of the Hedstrom riding! I think he’s going to be purchasing the same setup as I eventually.

I asked my wife to get me one for my 27th birthday (2 months ago) and she
sent me a link to unicycle.org, where I started investigating and ordered
one from Unicycle.com!!!
They gave me a very good service, and I can already ride by now…
I can also Jump mount and Free Jump mount, Walk and Run jump mount, and even
a 180 Jump mount…
I would think that for a 1 month riding it’s a nice start, isn’t it?
I also think I’m the ONLY one in Israel unicycling and not for Circus
matters…

If anyone knows about some cyclers in Israel, send me an email…

Oded.

“leoyu” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:a3am9l$2cj$1@laurel.tc.umn.edu
> Ive been asked this a thousand times since I started, so I thought Id
> ask you guys…
>
> What made you start unicycling???
>
> For me, it
> was early September, and a few of us were headed toward the ski fields
> which are about 6 hours drive away. As we passed through a little town
> called Berridale, we saw a guy riding along the side of the road on
> what I now know was a 20" united standard. My passenger Mikey, co-
> founder of Club UFT, asked me “why dont you own a unicycle?” 3 weeks
> later I did!!
>
> Leo
>
>
>
>
> –
> leoyu
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

i ride so i can show people that i’m not a clown:p

I had a bicycle accident and I ended up trashing my ankle. I thought the uni I bought 15 years ago would help my balance and exercise my ankle, and have fun, all at the same time. Really enjoyed it, bought a better uni and it has helped both my balance and strengthened my ankle.

macman wrote:

> I asked my wife to get me one for my 27th birthday (2 months ago) and she
> sent me a link to unicycle.org, where I started investigating and ordered
> one from Unicycle.com!!!

Your wife is very Wise !

>
> They gave me a very good service, and I can already ride by now…
> I can also Jump mount and Free Jump mount, Walk and Run jump mount, and even
> a 180 Jump mount…
> I would think that for a 1 month riding it’s a nice start, isn’t it?

I think that’s pretty good ! Some people in my club are Level 3 and they do not
even jump mount (they fear it…)

>
> I also think I’m the ONLY one in Israel unicycling and not for Circus
> matters…
>
> If anyone knows about some cyclers in Israel, send me an email…
>
> Oded.

Good luck !

Christian.

>
>
> “leoyu” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
> news:a3am9l$2cj$1@laurel.tc.umn.edu
> > Ive been asked this a thousand times since I started, so I thought Id
> > ask you guys…
> >
> > What made you start unicycling???
> >
> > For me, it
> > was early September, and a few of us were headed toward the ski fields
> > which are about 6 hours drive away. As we passed through a little town
> > called Berridale, we saw a guy riding along the side of the road on
> > what I now know was a 20" united standard. My passenger Mikey, co-
> > founder of Club UFT, asked me “why dont you own a unicycle?” 3 weeks
> > later I did!!
> >
> > Leo
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > –
> > leoyu
> > Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

Hi,

A neighbor, now gone, had an old 20" schwinn. His dad had learned to ride when he was young, but after that he only got it out once in a while.

I stopped by their house on Halloween night, because during the day he said his dad was going to let us ride it.

I walked up the driveway with the uni in sight, and thought to my self that it will be easy to ride it. I was, of course, wrong. But, I knew that learning how to ride it couldn’t be impossible, so I continued.

The next morning I tuned into Ripleys Believe it or Not, and saw a segment on Kris Holm. I came back with more determination, and unbelievable inspiration. I knew that I wanted to do at least 90% of the stuff he did on that show, even though Ripley’s advises not to.

Now, I’m pretty much the only uni rider out here in my parts, at least the only one that rides mountian/trials. So, I still come on the internet, and download clips of you guys.

So thanks, Nathan, Kris, George, Chris Reeder, Scott, Roger, John Foss, Gilby, Adam Ryznar, Dan Heaton, David Poznanter, John Drummond, and anyone else that I forgot who has inspired and continued to inspire my riding and my self, through the T.V. and the internet; Hope to meet you guys one of these days.

Evan

i like to give Jeff Lukus a round of applause for all those helpful videos

On Thu, 31 Jan 2002 05:56:05 +0000 (UTC), leoyu
<forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Ive been asked this a thousand times since I started, so I thought Id
>ask you guys…
I notice it is mainly the “newer” people in here that respond. In May
2001 a similar question was asked and 28 replies were posted (it made
it into the top ten threads for 2001 on my r.s.u. statistics web
page). Look in the forum archive or on Google groups for “What got you
here…”. If that fails, e-mail me and I’ll send the complete thread
to you as an ASCII file.

Klaas Bil

“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked automagically from a database:”
“mi5, FAS, AOL”

Ha hah ahhahhaha ha h te ha ha, er… uh hu… eh… aaaahhhhhh ha hahahahahahhah, hee hee hee. Ah. Yes, well, uh, ah ha hahahhahah ha ha ah ha…

We have just heard Harper’s Origin Story, “…and harnessing the awsome power of SCIENCE!, Greg Harper will become THE FASTEST UNICYCLIST ALIVE- The Epicyclic Man! Stay tuned, listener, while we rejoin our hero and his faithfull companion Aesop, the Atomic Dog (see issue #49), high atop the…” etc.

LOL!

I can imagine the petranatural flash of green light emited by that fated magazine when first he cracked open the cover…

Christopher

what got me!

we owned a unicycle for years cause my mum was always planning to ride one, what got me interested is when my new girlfriend came to my house, said f__k a unicycle, hopped on it and rode down the street and back.

Its addictive, espically after you see a sexy chick on it!

James

I broke my bike.

Really, I was riding home, took a shortcut, but ended up flipping over the
handle bars into a ditch. I woke up at the hospital.

Anyway, the next day, I went back to retrieve my bike. it was in pretty
bad shape (I got it at KMart about 8 years ago, so no big deal)…
somehow, I thought it’d be really cool if I could turn that one remaining
true wheel, and a few other parts together into a unicycle.

Anyway, it’s two years later, and I own 5 or 6 unicycles (including that
old bike turned unicycle, which I never ride).

It’s funny, I met a flatland bike rider on campus (I was on my unicycle, he
on his bike)… we chatted, and showed off tricks, but ultimately agreed it
was the other guy who was insane, and had tons of skill.

Jeff Lutkus

> Ive been asked this a thousand times since I started, so I thought Id
> ask you guys…
>
> What made you start unicycling???
>
> For me, it
> was early September, and a few of us were headed toward the ski fields
> which are about 6 hours drive away. As we passed through a little town
> called Berridale, we saw a guy riding along the side of the road on
> what I now know was a 20" united standard. My passenger Mikey, co-
> founder of Club UFT, asked me “why dont you own a unicycle?” 3 weeks
> later I did!!
>
> Leo
>
>
>
>
> –
> leoyu
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums
>


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