This is more of a ‘thank you’ post than anything else.
I found this site only two hours ago via the StumbleUpon extension for FF, and at first I was thinking, Unicycling? How nerdy can you get? But my curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself reading the posts for over an hour and watching a few of ya’ll’s homemade videos.
I was suddenly enthralled.
For the past hour I’ve been looking up various unicycling sites in an attempt to gain more knowledge on some basic terminology and beginner info…and darnit…I’ve never touched a Uni in my life, and already, I’m addicted because of you people.
So, there’s not much point to this post, other than to say that you might have a young (only 16 years old) new recruit on your hands. I’ll probably have to wait until Christmas to get my hands on one, since we’re strapped for cash at the moment over here, but either way, this sport looks very interesting, and I need a new hobby.
Perhaps even shocked. I know there are some in Dallas, and hopefully someone from there will respond. There are many of us in San Antonio and in Austin. If you can make it down sometime, we will help you any way we can. Get your hands on any unicycle you can to start learning, and ask questions here when you need help.
Get a uni as soon as you can. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had. Got my first one off ebay for $50. I bet there’s a bunch of unicyclists in Dallas. You’ve just got to find them. Heck, I thought I was one of only 2 or 3 in my little town of 50,000 people but after I got into I found that there’s probably 30 or more uni riders here.
Exactly. When you start riding sometimes it’s somewhat surprising as to how many unicyclists start coming out of the woodwork. Before I rode I had seen two unicyclists at my school and didn’t think that there were any more, but since I started riding everywhere I’ve had a decent amount of people who can ride stop me.
It’s just one of those things that you think you’re alone on until you actually get really into it yourself, then you realize that there are plenty more people out there doing the same.
Hey give me a shout sometime. I live in Dallas (well in a suburb of Dallas in cedar hill) I dont have one to lend you (not yet, i’m looking to get a second one soon though) but i’d be willing to let you give mine a try sometime. Its a torker LX 24". I may even be able to give you a hint or two (im not a great rider myself but i can freemount and i ride about 4 miles a night).
if you want to meet up some weekend somewhere (so long as your parents dont mind ) e-mail me at theron(dot)daniels(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
I live in pottsboro, right around the border of texas and oklahoma. I don’t know if I have a uni I can lend right off hand. I’m pretty into all the ones I have. I do, however. Can lend you a 16" jugglebug or somesort that I have
Wow thanks for the quick responses and good advice, guys. I’ll see if I can get a uni earlier than christmas, I hope I can convince my parents that it’s a worthwhile buy and that buying online will be helpful (they don’t like buying online unless it’s necessary, and they’ve never expressed any interest in the world of Unies).
To the couple of you who say you live around Dallas or at least relatively close to the county, thanks for the offers to actually help me out…I wasn’t expecting anyone to actually suggest coming to me personally and teaching me, ya’ll are really friendly. Problem is, I’m still only 16, as stated, and my parents would not want me to go riding with someone I met over the internet. I can’t blame them for being protective I guess, but I don’t think that would work.
Mark my words though, if I still find myself riding by the time I move out for college (which hopefully will be the case, I’ll use it to get around campus ), I’ll try to look a few of you up.
And thanks for the eBay suggestion, underdog, I’ll consider it. I’ll probably end up going with reliability over price and use unicycle.com, just to make sure I learn on a good one with no risks.
Im almost the exact same height as you, but around 130-135 pounds. I learned on a 24" and rode it for several years, but I ride 20"es a lot too, and recently got a 26". It depends on what you would use it for, personal prefence, etc. I really dont think it matters, for you either one would be good. You’ll just have to decide:)
On Thu, 29 Sep 2005 16:48:10 -0500, “dudewithasock” wrote:
>I’m in the 5’8"-5’9" area in height, not sure of my inseam, and probably
>~125lbs (yeah I’m a stick). Would a 20" be the right size?
For learning to ride, and thereafter for learning and doing many
tricks and skills, 20" is the best size indeed. For covering distance,
however, it is way too small. For proper MUni (mountain unicycling) it
is also too small, and the typical 20" isn’t sturdy enough either.
You see, it depends. Unsurprisingly, many unicyclists have multiple
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Wow. That’s a good percentage indeed. You too, Munidobs. I have a theory that unicycling is infectious. The more people you come into contact with, the more it spreads. I think everybody, somewhere deep inside, thinks unicycling is very cool. All they need is to see someone doing it to get them thinking.