When I was 13 years old I had a friend who did a paper route on his unicycle. He had a bag of papers wrapped around his shoulder, he would fold the papers while riding up the sidewalk, toss the paper on the porch, then back out to the sidewalk and resume to the next house.
I was impressed and bought my first uni, a 24" Schwinn (Were there any other types of uni’s available for sale back in '68?). Schwinn was the only manufacturer I knew of, it was THE b*cycle mfg co. back then.
I learned to ride distances within a few weeks, I never learned to idle or ride backwards for some reason I wasn’t interested in doing that, but I did learn how to ride one footed. That was it, I rode a few miles at a time and one footed, “No big deal!”. I liked to uni but I didn’t love it.
The years came and went and usually I’d pull out the uni sometime in the summer and putze around for 15, 20 minutes and put it back in the garage.
About the Schwinn, I hated those little wedge bolts that supposedly held the crank arm to the axle, “Yea, right”. I remember tightening those bolts more than anything. Finally when they got to the point where they wouldn’t tighten anymore, I got out my welder and welded those suckers to the axle. “There take that”. Obviously, forget about doing maintenance on it or changing the tire. ; )
Eventually it was tossed.
Fast forward two decades later, I got out of failed marriage, and decided to get another one. I bought a Savage 24" (Anyone hear of those things?) I still have it. I rode that one around a bit a few times each summer, nothing serious, just messing around in the driveway and up and down the street.
Fast forward to the present, about two months ago I pulled out that Savage and got to thinking with all the effort the body goes through to stay upright this has to be good for your core. Plus I read a couple of articles online that confirmed what I thought.
Now why this is significant for me? I’m 59, about 25 lbs more than I should be (215 lbs 5’-10") and I’ve had two back surgeries, the second one I had L1-L4 fused ie. 8 screws in my lower back. My core is weak and not toned at all.
So back in March I started riding the Savage everyday and started reading this forum which led me to UDC. I never knew about this world of unicycling! Early April I ordered my first 20", the Nimbus Equinox which I simply love. I have finally learned how to idle and am now working on going backwards and the Side Mount.
I simply love that 20"er. The only problem is is that you can’t go very fast. So last Tuesday I put together my first 29", the Nimbus Road which I also love. It definitely has a different feel to it. I’ve ridden it everyday along with the 20" and have done a few 3-4 mile trips. I know that’s not much but my muscles are still sore and it’s going to take time before I can put more mileage on.
After riding seriously for two months now I can feel my core muscles actually being used and getting toned!! This is awesome plus there is not a day that goes by that I don’t ride. I take my 20" with me to work and practice during lunch. I’m starting to get a little stupid about the whole thing but I think you guys will understand.
Anyways that’s my loooooooooonnnnnng story of unicycling.
Now I’m totally hooked.