Introduction

  • Name: Peter Philip
  • E-mail: peterp@foe.co.uk
  • Birthdate: 1967
  • Location: London, UK
  • Occupation: Geographic Information Systems Officer at
  •             Friends of the Earth, the environmental organisation
    
  • Hobbies: Guitar, Juggling, Reflexology, Travelling
  • WWW: http://foe.co.uk (not me personally, just yet)
  • finally getting around to it… :^)
  • Hi,
  • The seed of unicycling was really planted in my brain around fifteen years
  • ago when I was walking through the town of Witney, near Oxford in England
  • and saw some guy come along the road on a unicycle with a big bag of
  • shopping in each hand. He went round a roundabout in the middle of the
  • traffic and swept out of sight so gracefully… I never saw him again,
  • but the image stayed with me.

I think that is so beautiful when something like that happens. I hope one day I
am an image in someones mind like that fellow is to you.

Cheers

Scott
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Scott HOne | the phone is ringing …oh my god!
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Chin up little juggler you’ll see that rainbow again.

shone@neumann.une.edu.au |
http://fermat.une.edu.au:70/0h/homes/ug2/shone/.www/homepage.html

Hi all.

I’d like to accept Beirne’s welcome and his invitation to introduce myself. My
name is Mark. I’m a 30 year old male from Louisville, Kentucky. USA. I got my
first unicycle for Christmas this year so I’ve only been riding it for three
months. I can already ride it up and down hills, over bumps, thorough the grass.
Sometimes I amaze myself at how well I can stay up. Before, I sound like I’m
bragging, I must admit that I’ve had a terrible time learning to free mount. I
can do it now, but it is still not “automatic” for me. I’m getting better
though, because I’ve been trying to learn how to idle and ride backwards. Of
course this means I constantly have to remount.

For the past couple of days, I’ve been reading the unicycling archive file of
past messages. I’ve got some serious eye strain, but it was well worth it. For
example, John Foss wrote;

>JF I enjoy examining assembled unicycles in shops to see if the cranks are
on
>JF the right sides, if the fork and seat are facing the right way, etc. It
does
>JF matter.

After reading that message I had to check my own uni, and can’t ya just guess!
I’ve been riding it with the seat on backwards for three months.

(Did I mention I’m studing to be a mechanical engineer?)

I had noticed that the right crank was stamped with a R. I just didn’t pay
attention which side it was on. Oh well.

Anyway, I’m able to tackle some pretty rough surfaces, and a hill that I nearly
can’t climb. This is because the sidewalks in my area are old and intermittant.
There are hills too, of course, and a busy section of roadway were I must walk
for a block if I choose to go that route. So what I’ve done is to develope what
I call a uni-cyclocross course. Some of the course is smooth and fast,
“sidewalks”. Some of the course is “off road”, grass, gravel or bumpy hills.
Some of the course I can’t ride, so I dismount and run. It is enormous fun. I
feel great (from all the exercise), and my skills are improving rapidly. I would
not recommend this to anyone, as far a method to learn how to ride. I got so
exhausted once from climbing hills, that I tried to stop/lean against a
telophone pole. I fell against the pole instead. I was picking splinters out of
my hand for the next two days. I tumbled down a hill once, no injuries, but it
was scary. Another time I ran into a guy wire for a utility pole. Like I said,
great fun!

So I like the UMX idea, and the Munis. I’ve been reading about Dennis Kathrens’
Muni project with interest.

BTW Dennis, if no one has yet said so, the pedals you described are made by
GT Bicycles.

The last thing I want to write about is an image I’ve had in my head for a long
time. When I was about ten or twelve I received “World” magazine. I don’t
remember much about it, except that it was written for kids, and it was full of
interesting things. In one issue there was a segment about unicycles. One of the
photos was of a man who had used a ramp to jump his unicycle over several
people. I remember it well. He was sailing through the air on blue giraffe with
white tire. I think it is interesting because my USA “Tidbits for Beginners”,
describes that photo exactly, as feat proformed by Floyd Crandall back in the
mid seventies. Also, after 20 years when I finally got my own uni, by gosh I
still wanted a blue one with a white tire.

Re: Introduction

Peter Philip <peterp@foe.co.uk> (PP) writes:

PP> saw some guy come along the road on a unicycle with a big bag of shopping in
PP> each hand. He went round a roundabout in the middle of the traffic and swept
PP> out of sight so gracefully… I never saw him again, but the image stayed
PP> with me.

Scott Hone <shone@neumann.une.edu.au> (SH) writes:

SH> I think that is so beautiful when something like that happens. I hope one
SH> day I am an image in someones mind like that fellow is to you.

I would be thrilled if my own enjoyment could serve as art and inspiration to
others. Every two weeks or so I ride around to the laundromat with a full large
backpack on my back and a laundry bag and bottle of detergent in my arms. Now I
just need to work on that “so gracefully” part…