How do you know if someone is a unicyclist?

How do you know if someone is a unicyclist? I think I’m right in saying that it’s not an everyday thing to come across another unicyclist by chance. Normally the only way to know if someone is a unicyclist is to see them riding but how do we know the people we meet everyday aren’t unicyclists?

This came to my attention today as my son, who has a disability, was having a mobile arm support fitted to his wheelchair. In the process of routing the inevitable cables I happened to mention to the person fitting it I was trying to find the best route for the brake pipe on my unicycle. Up to this point, where he’d been working on fitting the mobile arm support for 2 hours, I had in no way suspected he was a unicyclist but he was.

After he had said he unicycled with a tone that said ‘wow another unicyclist’ the conversation changed somewhat to be more relaxed. Unfortunately he had to dash off but had enough time to see my unicycles and have a quick ride.

But how do we know if the person we’re talking to is a unicyclist? Just slip unicycling into the conversation somewhere :slight_smile: There’s nothing like a chance meeting with another unicyclist to cheer the day up.

Now back to the grindstone.

Cheers, Gary

Hand them a unicycle. The non-unicyclist who claims to be one will show up real fast. Pretty much as soon as they put a foot on the forward pedal to mount, you know who’s pulling your leg.

Unless they haven’t ridden for many years. Then it’s okay if they need a minute to remember…

Otherwise, unicyclist detection is as easy as you want it to be. How about “Hey, can you ride a unicycle?” :slight_smile:

Or you can wear unicycle T-shirts, have a license plate on your car that says “UNICYCL” (depending where you live), or stickers on the car to indicate your passtime. This has often generated conversations for me, including meeting lots of people who learned from Bill Jenack when I lived on Long Island. At that time, my license plate read “UN1CYCLE”.

Re: How do you know if someone is a unicyclist?

Check out their legs for shindentations and bruises. Only when I’m at uni meets and events do I meet people with as many bruises and scars as I have.
Other clues

  • laces tucked in.
    -They don’t do a double take whan you say you went for unicycle ride/play unicycle hockey ( or similar).
  • odder than normal tan lines, white hands above the wrist and tanned arms is a sign that they are a wristguard wearer.


Of course these clues are not infalible. Some cyclists tuck in laces , some people don’t listen very hard and wristguards or splints are worn by non unicyclsts too.

Check out their nalgene. If it looks like this:

They are probably a unicyclist.

PS. Tommy, as you can see my stickers came in! Hope you got my check reached you by now.

before Buc 11 I said to Paddy that im a unicyclist and not a juggler and he said whats the differnce? I couldnt really explain it to him but when he got thier he noticed a few things like.

Unicyclists getting up earlyier than Jugglers.
Unicyclists dont drink so much or none at all for riding.
Unicyclists cant juggle :stuck_out_tongue: only kidding :wink:


Look for a callus on the palm of their right hand (if they are right-handed).

I have developed a callus on my right hand about an inch down from my middle and ring fingers. It was not there before I started riding. I figure this is from catching the seat as I dismount (fall off?).

I find it quite funny at college, The arielists all have big bruises on certian parts of thier body from things like catchs and drops to certian places.

I noticed the other day that I have several scars on my shoulders, anyone else have these?


Very True. I’ve notied that too. In the UK its gone more that way over the last few years, I think its the sport side of unicycling coming to the fore.
That and trying to fit a LOT into a two day convention.
Go to an international unicycle event and things sem to start even eariler than at a UK one tho. Tough at Unicon 11 when we were staying 30 miles from the event centre and had to get there in time for a 9am start to the marathon. Werid at Unicon 10 when I heard my name being called for a race while I was still waking up in my room, dashed over the road, did the race then went and had breakfast and it still wasn’t 9am.


Look for something like this on their body.

Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

that, my friend, is an awesome tattoo. is it yours?


should have been a muni or a trials. how about that one on the bedford shirt. :smiley:

Thanks, yes. It is a 24" Schwinn, the unicycle on which I learned to ride. Hey Grant, the LBI Unithon (see my sig) is only a couple of hours north of you. You comin’ up?

Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

A unicyclist is better endowed…