Thought I’d jump in on this one:
Unicycling should be as popular as possible. I have to say this, as I’m
president of the USA and IUF. But I think that’s fine. There are enough
limitations built in to keep unicycling from becoming too “mainstream.”
Basically anyone can learn to ride. This was proven at schools like St.
Helens in Ohio in the 70’s, and in thousands of elementary schools in
Japan. In many Japanese schools, unicycles are just another piece of
But everyone does not learn how to ride. As transportation it is
inherently far less efficient than a bicycle. As exercise it is far harder
than many other activities, if people just want a workout. Riding a
unicycle is hard. Even if lots more people do it, it always will be.
As a unicyclist, you will always be a member of a community that consists
of people who are willing to take on hard challenges, and who have proven
to themselves that they can do things they might have once thought
impossible. I think we’re a pretty cool group of people. I like
unicyclists, and I would like to have more around me.
Perhaps riding a unicycle makes you a better person. It certainly forces
your brain to work fast and hard. I think it’s good for you, mentally as
well as physically.
With my involvement in MUni in the last few years, I have seen much
greater acceptance of unicycling. That is, much less of the circus
comments and clown perception. Slowly, the unicycle is being recognized
more as a piece of sporting equipment and less as a circus prop.
I look forward to the day when people on the street will no longer ask me
if I’m in the circus just because they see me on a unicycle. Proud as I am
to be an occasional circus performer, when I am riding down the street I
am not in the circus.
Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America President,
International Unicycling Federation firstname.lastname@example.org