Got my first "Where's your other wheel" comment today.

For the first time I practiced in an area I knew would be open to lots of
other people. I wanted to see how many dismounts it took me to uni a mile
or two so I went to the high school track. The track was flanked on one
side by a football practice session and the other side by tennis courts that
were packed. As I made my last loop around the track the football team was
heading into the field within the interior of the track. Although I half
expected some comment, all I got from them were interested looks as I rode
by. From their parents I got some smiles and lots of just plain puzzled
looks. It was when I was back to the parking lot putting my uni back in the
car that an older, out of shape, gentleman with a tennis racquet asked me
where my other wheel is. I had thought I was in the clear and it caught me
totally off guard. All the comebacks that came immediately to mind were
more appropriate to a bike rider than a retiree with a tennis racquet. I
just smiled and let it go.

-Cubby
unicycler

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so, how many dismounts did you have before you hit the mile mark? congrats on the mile. what size wheel?

Aj

Re: Got my first “Where’s your other wheel” comment today.

“BigWheelTex” <BigWheelTex.sn0ge@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote
> so, how many dismounts did you have before you hit the mile mark?
> congrats on the mile. what size wheel?

5 if I fudge a little. My first quarter had several step offs. Then I did
a mile in 5 segments, longest was about 600 yards. Then I rode another
quarter in two segments. When I got off my legs were shaking. Need to
build up the stamina. I feel fairly confident I can hit 1/2 mile pretty
soon so my next real goal is 1 mile.

24" Torker (chrome one) with Viscount seat.

-Cubby

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Man, I’m gonna be riding 2.1 miles to school on a 20" up and down hills, and then 2.1 back the same way starting monday. If I didn’t have my experience, I don’t think I could do it. My stamina from swimming is also a major plus. I’m dreading how long it’ll take me to adapt to the 4+ miles a day. Hello, Exhaustion:(. I must say, though props to you. It took me well over 6 months to be able to do what you just did.:slight_smile:

I’ve had kind of the same experience, cause my unicycle club (consisting of about 5 people) went to the athletics track to practise racing. The organisers had told everyone that some unicyclists were coming, but everyone just thought that the organisers were playing a practical joke. When we did finally show up, everyone just gawked at us like we were from another planet. It was even more embarrasing when I found out that I was only going to be racing against two others, both of which were a lot younger than me. The hardest race that I found was the 800m, because of the way that the track curved, but it was good, because we made a rule at the start that we could remount if we fell off (even though I stayed on the whole time). The funniest comment that I heard there though, was when a girl and I were practising riding around on a hill near the track, and a lady came out of her house and told us to stop riding around. She yelled at me and when I asked her why (not in a rude way, just out of curiousity), she replied “If two of you start riding around up there, then everyone will start riding around up there.”

Anyway, congratulations to you Cubby, it takes a lot of courage to ride in front of everyone, especially when your by yourself!!!

a man said to me “i’ll buy you the other half for christmas” and his son was about 5 and he said “look mummy a girl on a wheel when i grow up can i have one?”

Re: Got my first “Where’s your other wheel” comment today.

which is why i firmly believe we should make it a standard bit of ‘newbie’ advice to browse the list of possible answers, pick one, and stick with it untill u feel ready for uni-repartee

:slight_smile:

I finally built up the confidence, and ability to ride down my neighborhood street. I passed one of the neighbors driving their car the other way. I waved, but all I got was a half amused grin. I am not even sure I want to know what was going through her mind!

I have been able to ride 1/4 mile without a dismount. My legs are jelly, but I can do it consistently. I have an adoption benefit ride in the Spring that is 20 miles, so I really have to build up my stamina.

I am curious if part of conserving energy is resting more in the seat so there is less stress on your legs?

Without a doubt.

More rear on seat=more miles on road :smiley: