RE: How many unicyclists?
> On Sun, 01 Oct 2000, yoda wrote:
> >I live in what would be called the greater St. Louis, Mo. area although I
> >live about 80 miles from downtown St. Louis.
> We don’t live too far apart, I’m in Wichita, Kansas. There’s at least one
> other online unicyclist, Mark Stephens, who lives in Tulsa, OK. Mark and I had
> talked last spring about taking a ride together, but my whacked out schedule
> has prevented it thus far. [Hope you don’t think I’m just flaking out on ya,
> Mark! I have been a bit intimidated by your clearly superior ability
Maybe about 200 miles or more. Mark wrote me also.
> >When I got interested in buying one I started calling around the closest
> >populated area to me, St. Charles, Mo. and could not find a bike dealer that
> >carried unicycles.
> I lucked out when I went looking. The first and only bike shop I stopped at
> had unicycles, less then half a mile from my house. AND the guy at the shop
> also rides!! I’ve subsequently seen them at Schwinn dealers as well, but
> generally much more expensive. I bought an inexpensive unicycle when I started
> because I wasn’t sure I’d stick with it. I’ve bought two since then, and I
> love it. I want at least one more at this point. My 40th birthday is coming up
> later this month and I’m kinda hoping for it then (but I’m probably dreaming,
> since the one I want is pretty expensive…)
You did luck out on finding a shop. I hope you get what you want for your
birthday. Maybe if you are a good boy till then.
> >I wish I’d have known about Unicycle Source before then.
> Yeah, me too! John and Amy have been wonderful to deal with. And I would have
> ended up with a unicycle I’d have wanted to keep instead of the one I got.
> BUT, I might still have made the same decision, since I wasn’t sure I’d want
> to keep doing it after an initial interest, so I didn’t want to invest much
> before I was sure.
I probably would have too, but I think I’d have gotten a better uni for less. I
did order a tape from them, the One Wheel No Limits. I had called them and got
the answering machine, later John called back and we talked for a while. He is
> >After falling from mine 2 weeks ago and landing on my tail pretty hard I
> >haven’t been on it much, just waiting for it to heal. And now I find that I
> >am nervous about it. I’m gradually getting back into it though. I’m not
> >giving up yet. I just hope that my sense of balance hasn’t deserted me, it
> >seems I just can’t get on to the sidewise balancing, but I guess it will come
> >eventually. If I had a sliding tether attached to a taunt cable above to keep
> >me from hitting the ground I’d have confidence and try more. It’s the fear of
> >falling that keeps me back. Old people don’t heal very quick.
> I fell off mine after about a week and sprained my ankle pretty good. Even
> though the injury healed quickly, the fear kept me from learning very fast
> after that and my progress took longer after that particular fall.
I’ve been pretty good about landing on my feet, but this time it was so quick I
didn’t even know I was going down. One second I was up and the next second I was
down. I was going to have her get a pic of me up on the uni, but she was a
little too slow on the trigger.
> One bit of advice I can offer you, Lowell, is to practice on a smooth, level,
> surface. The photos on your web page show you riding on grass, which I’ve
> found MUCH more difficult then riding on regular pavement, especially while
> learning. Go with the easy approach at first. Once you find that balance
> point, then get into the rougher terrain. That will probably speed your
I have to agree about the smooth surface, I thought the grass might be softer,
but at this time of year it’s getting rather thin and the ground is pretty hard.
Might as well have stayed on the concrete.
> Blessings, Greg