Well basically I always knew i would someday learn to unicycle (of course I had no idea about trials, MUni, street, or freestyle) So one day as i was at a friends house he told me that they had an OLD uni in their garage. Ohhh i was so excited that i went to check it out. Any way i spent the rest of the time at his house trying it out. He said i could keep it so now 4 unicycles, 1 year, and 2 grades later i’m still unicycling.
As a five year old in Edmonton, Alberta, I saw a unicyclist riding through West Edmonton Mall. Since then I have always been somewhat interested in unicycling. I viewed it as the next step in the progression from tricycle to bicycle. As an eight year old in Alamosa, Colorado, I suddenly decided it was time for me to learn to juggle, although I had no idea how and had never seen anyone do it. From there I gradually progressed with my juggling until I became fairly good at it. After a six years of juggling I wanted a new challenge. Several of my juggling books had at least a cursory discussion of unicycling. Watching a unicyclist/juggler at the local fair also made me want to learn even more. I learned to walk on my hands, but that is pretty limited, so eventually I decided to make the sacrifice and buy a unicycle off Ebay. That was the best-spent seventy-five dollars ever!
Someone stole my bicycle last October, so I decided to make the most of the situation. I borrowed a friend’s MUni and over a long weekend got myself to the point where I could unicycle to class with a backpack. Interest in true MUni and trials came from watching One Tired Guy and Universe 2. I’ve been addicted from day one.
Almost a year ago, my brother gave me a unicycle as present for my birthday.
He had seen one in a shop where we always buy our rollerskating stuff. He
tought it could be something for me, a new challenge. And he said that I
could bring it back to the store and change it for something else, if I
didn’t like the present.
When I “opened” the present and saw the unicycle I thought “nice present,
but maybe I waste of money, because I might not going to learn to ride this
The first days I was only staring at the unicycle and tried to sit on it.
Even that was really diffecult. A few days later I had practice sessions
with my brother and a friend. Since we were able to ride the unicycle, I
was addicted to it from this point.
Then I started to ride longer distances, but I still couldn’t mount that
thing and I “googled” the internet to find tips. Then I discovered things
as muni and the 28" unicycles. I bought a 28" unicycle for the longer
distances. I went with my brother to a little hill and the downhille riding
was so nice that since this point also my brother was addicted and knew
that he wanted a mountain unicycle.
Now it’s almost a year ago and we are still unicycling a lot.
It was on a party of my cousin that I tried a unicycle for the first time. I didn’t go farther than some meters…
But after 4 years, I got my own unicycle. I learned to ride it…
I’ve been to some conventions, to learn some tricks…
But now I’m climbing some cols in Europe; Mont Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez…
As my girlfriend left me a year ago, I learned juggling due to much to much time. I also started walking on my hands, and improved my juggling during winter. In April 2004 a friend gave me the video ‘New World Disorder’. I saw Chris holm there, and after that it was clear: I NEED a unicycle. So I bought a cheap 20" uni, and after 1.5 Months, a QU-AX 24" and I am REALLY addicted to [m]unicycling, although I go to washington DC in 2 days for 8 months, it will go with me, as I need it.
I got into unicycling 3 years ago. My friend got one after seeing Kris Holm on Ripleys Believe it or Not. I decided to get one after and we’ve been riding since. Now we’re shooting movies. Once you get into this stuff you can’t get out…
Me, I grew up with unicycles, us five kids all know how to ride them. Nothing tricky, only my older brother tacked back-wards. Me, I went for distance more than anything, sometimes 10 miles.
That was over 30 years ago, I’m turning 50 this year. This summer I bought a mountain bicycle and could not ride it enough. Two days ago I bought a 28" sun uni.
I could ride the uni the first night, but am very shaky. Even with the bike riding my muscles need to improve. Also I need to learn to put more weight on the seat, and work on my unassisted mount. So far the biggest surprise is that I’m exhausted after 5 minuets of riding.
Back in 1984 I saw a guy on the Paris Metro wait for the train to stop, then jump on his uni and cycle down the carriage, then through the doors and down the platform! I was so impressed with how cool that was!
Then around 2000 I saw some of the contestants on Big Brother being given the challenge to learn to ride a uni. Some of them did it, so I thought “If they can do it…”
Then came the internet and ebay. After selling a few bits and bobs on it I thought “I know, I wonder if anyone’s selling a unicyle - you never know” ANyway there were loads on there, and 30 quid later I owned a brand new uni!
I got it this July and can free mount and tonight just rode round the playing field outside my house. How proud am I?
Now all I have to do is learn to turn right instead of left all the time!
It was the winter of 1995. No, that’s not when I started. I wish. I got a SNES for Christmas. That winter I rented a lot of games because I didn’t own many yet. One of these was entitled “Uni Racer”. It was a game where each player had a unicycle (with no rider) under thier control, and had to race it at high speeds, making appropriate jumps and maneuvers. This was when I first had an interest in them.
Eight years pass. I’d since seen more of unicycling, and thought it interesting, but I had truly never considered it something I would do. When I came home with a straight-A report card and with my birthday about a week away, my mother asked me what I wanted. I don’t think I’ll ever know what was going through my head when I mentioned a unicycle would be cool, but I’m thankful that’s what I said. She bought me a cheapo freestyle that afternoon.
Now I have a KH20 Trials and I’ve gotten at least three friends to start.
It all started a year ago. We were on holiday, camping, and one of our neighbours had brought a unicycle along, although she didn’t know how to ride it. I have always had an eye for a challenge, so asked to borrow it one night whilst babysitting the kids. There were no walls or posts to hold on to, so I just had to learn to free mount from the beginning.
With no-one there to instruct I had no idea where to start, and slightly wet grass wasn’t helping all that much. After attempting numerous starting positions, I found that standing in front of the unicycle, one foot on the pedal, then stepping back onto the other pedal and pedalling a quarter turn backwards, seemed to be the easiest way on the thing.
Anyhow, when my wife returned an hour and a half later, I could mount 1 in 2 attempts, and go forwards 5m off a really good mount.
That was it, our holiday ended, we came home, I didn’t think about unicycling again as I got back into the routine of everyday life. I am blessed to have a fantastic wife who knows me very well and decided to suprise me with a unicycle of my own for Christmas. What a great present! What a great wife!
Since then it has been uni all the way. It was an adult learners uni she bought me, I took it in to work over the quiet post-Christmas period and discovered a friend who had previously unicycled a bit. He didn’t take much convincing to buy one, so now we go out on them most lunchtimes.
Wel, It started cause I loved Hula Hooping, and I was browsing the internet looking for a fire hoop and came across a store selling uni-cycles, and I became obsessed with getting one. My parents finally bought me one for highschool graduation, and a year later I’m in love with it.
i moved to North Bend WA when i was 8. soon after moving i saw the Panther Pride Demo team in a parade and decided i wanted to learn. my dad bought me a 16 in unicycle and by the end of the summer i could ride and joined the demo team soon after school started and was on it for two years when i moved to Ct as a level 4. 3 years later and a few new unicycles i can almost pass level 5 and cant wait to see or ride with another unicyclist again.
My first uni we found at the local landfill. My dad jokingly said I should learn to ride it, so I ran out into the rain, and brought it home… That was when I was 20 years old. I learned to ride it, barely, it was too small, and too rusted to do anything about it. I kept saying that I was gonna get a real one, but never got around to it. Then last summer, at age 24, I got my second “trash” uni. This time a friend of mine who is a police dispatcher got it for me, it was abandoned and had been sittin in the police bike storage room for a couple years. Much better condition, I got it, learned how to ride it better, rode it all through the winter, killed the hub in the spring muni-ing and distance riding up and down steep hills, bought a Nimbus, and still haven’t fixed my mtn bike What can I say, I’m obsessed!
i first got interested in year five. we did this thing called a creative arts expo that had all different schools. we did the true story of the three little pigs. anyway, one of the narrators, a guy in year six had a unicyle. i thought it was great. i guess ive wanted one since then. he was also a friend of a friend of mine so ive seen him ride it one other time since then, but years ago. i havent seen him since. oh well maybe if i keep riding around he’ll say hello if he sees me. well yeah i bought a uni about two or three months ago, im not sure exactly, time flies when your haveing extreme fun.
I was a diver on the swim team at the University of Florida in 1964 but my first love was gymnastics. While in the gym one day I discovered a unicycle. I recall that it had a lot of adhesive tape protecting the seat. I made a few attempts and learned to ride about 50 feet in the gym but never really pursued it beyond that.
Fast forward to 1998. I got the urge to try it again and bought a CyclePro 20" from a friend who owns a bike shop. Gradually I got to the point where I could ride about a 1/3 of a mile but I had to hang onto something to get going. For the most part, the uni was relegated to the ceiling of the garage as I spent my time on the “two-wheeler”.
It’s now 2004 and I’m about to turn 58. I decided to get serious and bought a 28" Sun and installed an odometer. I finally learned to do a free mount (tricky when the saddle is higher than the crotch) and I’ve been increasing my ride lengths. Two weeks ago I did 12.6 miles after work averaging 6.6 mph with a top speed of 11.8 mph. Weather permitting I plan to do at least ten miles tonight.
Reading this forum makes me realize there is a LOT to learn and my skills are very basic but I’m having fun and I’m glad that after 40 years I’m getting the hang of it!
I started riding when I was 12. My brother brought home a unicycle. He didn’t find learning it very easy, so I tried. I learned by riding around my dad’s van he parked in the driveway. In a few days I was getting to the end of the driveway unassisted (20 feet) and in a few more days I was getting 30-40 feet at a time. After a few weeks I was riding everywhere (looking back I realize it was maybe 5-10 miles a day). Eventually my brother and I ended up with 3 unis (2 24" and a 20", all Schwinn). That was 30 years ago. I still ride, not as many miles, and very little in the past few years. Still have two of the unis (several tires and many inner tubes later).
I think Im like a level 2, there are a few things I would need to work on to get to level 3 (like hopping and riding on stomach). In all of the years I have been riding I NEVER met anyone (personally) who admitted to knowing how to ride. Until I found this group I didn’t know there were so many people in the world who could ride and that there are so many manufacturers of unis (how did people survive before the Internet?). I guess I live in a unicycle-ly depressed area (Baltimore).
Im making more time for the fun things. Im planning on getting a Coker one of these days. I have a number of rails-to-trails near by and Im thinking they would be great for riding a Coker on.
(Ive been lurking for a few weeks, getting a sense of the personality of the group. Nice crowd here. Too many of the other newsgroups/forums I read have too many jerks trying to prove themselves)