First MUni experience

Hi All!

While all the die-hard greats of MUni were in Santa Cruz this weekend, my sister
Tammy and I gave it a shot. We stuck some $5 WalMart MTB tires on our big, bad
24" Cyclepros and went to Newton Hills State Park for the afternoon.

The trails were probably very easy by all standards of MUni, and they were
certainly short!! But there were some serious ruts and loose gravel and it was
really neat after riding over a patch of vicious stuff that we were both still
on our unis! We kept expecting to get bucked off at any moment.

We even found a little stream (!) to cross. But not wanting to get wet and be
cold for the rest of the day, we opted for walking across it gingerly on some
logs, dragging our unis with us. :slight_smile:

We discovered that uphill is a lot more work, downhill is a lot more fun! We
talked to some MTBers and some hikers, and scared some horses (and probably
their riders, too) with our odd one-wheeled machines along with the singing we
were doing at the tops of our lungs.

Well, it was really fun, so for anyone yet to try it…go MUni!

~Tanya


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RE: First MUni experience

> Scared horses are big heavy animals with long legs for kicking , I try not to
> get to close to any horse unless I’ve spoken to the rider first, bit like dogs
> really. Only bigger, quieter, smarter, um not a

A word on horses. I don’t know from where they originate, but there are some
commonly accepted general trail rules promoted by IMBA (International Mountain
Biking Association). They have to do with sharing the trail and keeping everyone
friendly toward each other out there.

In the places where different types of trail users share the same trail (like
around Auburn, CA), these rules are especially important.

Specifically on horses, always give the horse the right of way. These are not
IMBA’s reasons why, but my own:

  1. Horse is bigger
  2. Horse is heavier
  3. Horse is faster
  4. Horse is scardier and the biggest reason of all –
  5. Horse owner on average has big bucks, more political pull, and more ability
    to get us cyclists kicked off the trail than other trail users!

Horse owners complain about erosion caused by mountain bikes. That may be, but
if anyone ever mentions it to you, ask them how many mountain bikers they know
who use the middle of the trail as a bathroom?

Stay on top (and avoid those obstacles), John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to
jfoss@unicycling.com) http://www.unicycling.com

“I’m okay, I crash like that a lot.”

  • Dan Heaton

Re: First MUni experience

>Greg House (ghouse@southwind.REMOVEME.net) wrote:
>
>: The tune of the I.O.U. theme song, no doubt…
>
>But greg, Tanya and tammy are U.F.O not I.O.U thats Simon and Lynda and Vern
>your thinking of.

Ah, but you are mistaken! Mild-mannered UFOers by day, we are actually American
members of IOU. If having the t-shirt is all that is required for membership,
that is. :slight_smile:

~Tanya


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RE: First MUni experience

> >: The tune of the I.O.U. theme song, no doubt…
> >
> >But greg, Tanya and tammy are U.F.O not I.O.U thats Simon
> and Lynda and Vern your thinking of.

But I bet neither I.O.U. or U.F.O. has a theme song. But the IUF does! We played
it at UNICON II, a theme written for the IUF by Joe Micals, the same guy who
composed and played the music I use in shows (not my old act from NUC). The tune
was based on the Chariots of Fire theme. Unfortunately I do not have a good tape
of this, and wonder if anyone else does…

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
http://www.unicycling.com

“I’m okay, I crash like that a lot.”

  • Dan Heaton

Re: First MUni experience

Tanya Marsh (tanyamarsh@hotmail.com) wrote:

: We discovered that uphill is a lot more work, downhill is a lot more fun! We
: talked to some MTBers and some hikers, and scared some horses (and probably
: their riders, too) with our odd one-wheeled machines along with the singing we
: were doing at the tops of our lungs.

Welcome to Muni, singing is a good idea around horses, talking to each other or
the rider is also good. Horses are not so good at seeing behind themselves or
regoniseing what a unirider is, the voice helps a lot. Scared horses are big
heavey animals with long legs for kicking , I try not to get to close to any
horse unless I’ve spoken to the rider first, bit like dogs really. Only bigger,
quiter, smarter, um not a lot like dogs at all really. Have fun, Polaris is good
fun. sarah

Re: First MUni experience

Tanya Marsh wrote in message <19991018204345.10980.qmail@hotmail.com>…

>We talked to some MTBers and some hikers, and scared some horses (and probably
>their riders, too) with our odd one-wheeled machines along with
the
>singing we were doing at the tops of our lungs.

The tune of the I.O.U. theme song, no doubt…

Greg

Re: First MUni experience

Greg House (ghouse@southwind.REMOVEME.net) wrote:

: The tune of the I.O.U. theme song, no doubt…

But greg, Tanya and tammy are U.F.O not I.O.U thats Simon and Lynda and Vern
your thinking of.

sarah who doesnt have a theme tune.