converting people to uni ?

Every evening at the local park in downtown Montreal, I see more and more
kids coming to me as I play around on my monty uni. Most of the bmx riders
are really interested and yesterday a kid came and told me he dusted off
his old 24’’ uni he never really used to learn how to hop on things,ect…
I’m getting more and more chats about unicycling in the park now, so I
have to play in the remote parts :slight_smile:

I was wondering if many of you happened to trigger a ‘unicycle
illumination’ in neigbourhood kids.

opaugamATaptilonDOTcom !

Yeah seems the BMXers magically start to respect you once you’ve bounced
on rocks or climbed stairs. Same for skatters. Other people, even
interested, can’t seem to stop asking if it’s circus training.

I wonder if John Drummond got a sudden wave of orders from Montreal with
the massive unicycle.com publicity I make :slight_smile:

Oli-

-----Original Message----- From: Jeff Lutkus
[mailto:lutkus@unicyclist.com] Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2001 11:21 AM
To: Olivier Paugam; unicycling@winternet.com Subject: Re: converting
people to uni ?

It’s been known to happen. My experience is that young people tend to be
most receptive to trying such things. I started a juggling / unicycling
club at my college. It basically all happened in one afternoon when three
of us got together – two could juggle, and two could unicycle (yeah, I
was the cool one who could do both). Anyway, just from practicing one day
in the fall enough people stopped by and said things like either, “Oh,
that’s so cool,” or “Hey, I wonder if I can still do that.” Fortunately, I
had a pen and papeer on me, and took down names and e-mail addresses
before the night was over.

Back to your BMX conversion – I don’t know too many BMX people, but what
little experience I’ve had, once they see some trials related stuff on a
unicycle (my hopping up or down a set of stairs is usually sufficient)
they realize the similarities in skills. While I haven’t done much
converting, I have gotten a lot more people to respect the unicycle, and
see it as more than just a circus prop.

jeff lutkus

— “Olivier Paugam” <opaugam@aptilon.com>

> wrote:

>Every evening at the local park in downtown Montreal, I see more and

>more kids coming to

>me as I play around on my monty uni. Most of the bmx riders are really

>interested and yesterday

>a kid came and told me he dusted off his old 24’’ uni he never really

>used to learn how to hop

>on things,ect… I’m getting more and more chats about unicycling in
the

>park now, so I have to play in the

>remote parts :slight_smile:

>

>I was wondering if many of you happened to trigger a 'unicycle

>illumination’ in neigbourhood

>kids.

>

>opaugamATaptilonDOTcom !


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As I mentioned before, the boys and I find kids that want to try the
unicycles everywhere we go, soccer practice, after church in the parking
lot, around the neighborhood, etc. When we’re out and about, the kids
(and some adults) try the uni once or three times out of curiosity and
end up gaining great respect for the hard work and dedication it takes to
learn to ride. It’s the kids that follow us back to our driveway that
spend the time practicing that eventually make progress and nourish an
interest. Several neighborhood kids have shown up some days after school
and then most weekends for a couple months now and have become quite good
at riding in the driveway. So far, two of the kids have purchased uni’s
of their own.

Bruce

Olivier Paugam wrote:

> Every evening at the local park in downtown Montreal, I see more and
> more kids coming to me as I play around on my monty uni. Most of the bmx
> riders are really interested and yesterday a kid came and told me he
> dusted off his old 24’’ uni he never really used to learn how to hop on
> things,ect… I’m getting more and more chats about unicycling in the
> park now, so I have to play in the remote parts :slight_smile:
>
> I was wondering if many of you happened to trigger a 'unicycle
> illumination’ in neigbourhood kids.
>
> opaugamATaptilonDOTcom !

Hi,

Almost every day I’m getting emails from people (mostly people aged 10 to
17) asking how to get into unicycling.

-Kris.

— Bruce Edwards <REMOVE.TO.REPLYyoopers@inwave.com> wrote:
> As I mentioned before, the boys and I find kids that want to try the
> unicycles everywhere we go, soccer practice, after church in the parking
> lot, around the neighborhood, etc. When we’re out and about, the kids
> (and some adults) try the uni once or three times out of curiosity and
> end up gaining great respect for the hard work and dedication it takes
> to learn to ride. It’s the kids that follow us back to our driveway that
> spend the time practicing that eventually make progress and nourish an
> interest. Several neighborhood kids have shown up some days after school
> and then most weekends for a couple months now and have become quite
> good at riding in the driveway. So far, two of the kids have purchased
> uni’s of their own.
>
> Bruce
>
> Olivier Paugam wrote:
>
> > Every evening at the local park in downtown Montreal, I see more and
> > more kids coming to me as I play around on my monty uni. Most of the
> > bmx riders are really interested and yesterday a kid came and told me
> > he dusted off his old 24’’ uni he never really used to learn how to
> > hop on things,ect… I’m getting more and more chats about unicycling
> > in the park now, so I have to play in the remote parts :slight_smile:
> >
> > I was wondering if many of you happened to trigger a 'unicycle
> > illumination’ in neigbourhood kids.
> >
> > opaugamATaptilonDOTcom !
>


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I’m one of those Montreal kid’s that unicycles but I haven’t met anyone else who does… I have been practicing intensily this summer and I can jump stairs, ride with one foot and stuff. Trust me this does not make me look “cool” at shcool. but Hey! Its in my blood now I just can’t stop, no matter what they call me!

I will keep on riding and preach the unicycle Gospel!

When I got my first unicycle (an old Schwinn from a pawn shop), a friend of mine* and a neighorhood kid who both had unis but never learned to ride them finally crossed over (I guess it’s easier when you have company). We’d ride around a little, and eventually 3 of the neighborhood kid’s friends picked up unis. (They began to do some trials/muni, but have since lost interest).

After “upgrading” to a Savage (if you can call it that), I began to lend out the Schwinn to several friends who learned to ride but didn’t take it much further than that.

My freshman year in college, (by now having really upgraded to a united with miyata seat) a few guys on my dorm hall learned to ride but never got their own unis.

Then, summer 2002, during a weeklong mission trip to DC with my church, John Glazer got interested and pretty much learned to ride within a 24 hour period. Over the next few months, (after lending John the ol’ Schwinn) John converted Hugh, Sam, Houston, Nick, Trip, and at least one other guy whose name escapes me. These people now make up the core of what has become the “Hell on Wheel” unicycle gang.

All in all, I am directly or indirectly responsible for at least 15 uni conversions (Though only the Hell on Wheel gang has taken it to “extreme” levels). Kinda makes you feel proud.

Unicycle evangelist,
Frank Brown

*That first friend of mine who learned to ride with me eventually went to college in southern California, where he shared a dorm with none other than…Adam Ryznar! He said however that Adam had hurt his ankle pretty bad and had to give up the sport. Too bad, he was one of the pioneers.

Well, I did have a friend who got one at the same time as I did,but he was just posing: he never learned how to ride it!!!
I guess some people don’t have the guts and patience requiered!

Thanks, Kris. :slight_smile:

I think I was one of those kids, Kris. LOL
A lot of the time when I’m unicycling around town, these skaters are all like, “WHOA!” And the first few times it was okay, but now it gets annoying. I did find out, though, that a unicycle is faster than a skateboard.

but not faster than a little black boy. it was ‘preview day’ this saturday at UTA, and a lot of people’s younger sibs were there, and a lot of them decided that it would be fun to chase the guy on the unicycle. i took to dismounting and running whenever i saw them

This week, two more people in the neighbourhood have taken up unicycling and bought unicycles. :slight_smile: There’s now about 30 of us in Brisbane and 10 muni riders.

Andrew

I use my 20" freestyle Uni for systematic lending.
everytime I meet someone who is at least willing to endure some training
I lend him/her my uni … after sometime he/she must buy his own
because I have to lend it to someone else… and so on
for now 2 people learned but did not went as far to buy their own machine,
2 bought their own (muni) and I think #5 will buy many unis!

the uni is now worn out from abuse: the tire has no mark left, the saddle
(a viscount!) is repaired beyond recognition, a crank is welded with pedal,… but I don’t regret it!

bear

I’d like to think i helped convert some people to uni’s. one guy got one and his friends came over and tried to learn and they didn’t get it that well. one of the guys friends lived on my steet and he saw me for a while and they learned it was do-able now that im riding more street more bmxer are getting into it its coolcause I finally have people to ride with!