My First "where's Your Other wheel?"

I did it, I ventured outside the gym for the first time, and managed a
series of 100 metre rides. On the third a guy says the dreaded line.
“Where’s your other wheel?”
Is this question likely to be a daily hazard when riding outside the sports
hall? Or just an occasional nuisance?

Actually I admit, it has long been my ambition to be good enough to be asked
that. So I gave him my prepared answer: " It’s probably still chained up
outside ASDA, along with the handlebars, chain and brake assemblies".
Wrong!!! the guy was an off duty policeman with a negative sense of
humour, even less idea of basic bicycle construction, and detained me for
fully 5 minutes whilst he ascertained I was not in fact riding half a stolen
bike.
I grinned my way through this inquisition and he then cautioned me about
riding on the pavement.

I do hope outdoor unicycling will continue to be this much fun!

Translations for our USA cousins follow

  1. Pavement: sidewalk
  2. humour: correct spelling of humor
  3. ASDA: Supermarket, Walmart
  4. Policeman: cop
  5. Metre: bit bigger than a yard, but looks the same. Makes the length of
    my rides sound more impressive to mathematicians and surveyors
  6. outdoor: in the UK, anywhere where you can feel the rain in your face.

Naomi:

Honest: I have a perfect hourglass figure…head full of sand and bottom
getting heavier by the minute.

Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

Daily. Hourly. Several times an hour…

Teehee… he must have been having a bit of an off day to take you seriously! :slight_smile:

Don’t worry, our American cousins have an impeccable grasp of conversion between different units. Impeccable. :smiley:

Phil, just me

OT: metrc vs. non-metrict

Phil, you point was clearly proven by the loss of the Mars Orbiter…

Have fun (and learn to laugh about frequent comments like “where is your other wheel”)

Fred

Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

Pretty much a daily experience. It’s annoying/boring because of
its predictability, but at least they aren’t throwing stones.

The ones I really hate are the laughs of derision. They laugh at
someone who can do something they can’t and that, IMO, means
the government should take urgent steps to remove them from the
gene pool. :slight_smile:

Arnold the Aardvark

If there’s one word that sums up everything that’s gone wrong since
the War, it’s workshop. - Kingsley Amis

Re: OT: metrc vs. non-metrict

Sorry about the typo, it should obviously be “your”.

Last week, a precocious girl, about 7 years old, watched me practice giraffe dismounts and commented to her friends: “Well, he can’t really ride, but he knows how to fall.” (I did not fall or UPD…). I elected not to respond.

Have fun,
Fred

>Last week, a precocious girl, about 7 years old, watched me practice giraffe dismounts …

u have to PRACTISE giraffe dismounts?!?

oh goodie!! that means i’m a natural at something!

:stuck_out_tongue:

On a personal milestone, I got rocks thrown at me for the first time (well, firt time that I noticed, anyway). I was doing a bit of backward riding and wheel walking for a group of kids in Memphis while being blown about by 30+ mph gusting winds. Given the circomstances, I was impressed by the little twerp’s accuracey.

This was a refreshing break from ‘where’s your other wheel?

-Christopher

Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

Ah yes, I remember reading about that somewhere Fred, something about one
half of the team working in metres per second, and the other in miles per
hour. I was amused by that too at the time, but disappointed that the mars
orbiter, as a consequence, did not achieve its aims. (or should that be aim
?)

I say bring back the groat, the guinea, the farthing, the chain and rood,
quantities we all understand. Get rid of all the foreign French metric muck
and we will all be better off… I remember when a penny was actually worth
a penny, and the pound in your pocket was not devalued, when we were
allowed to buy curved bananas by the pound and ounces. When zig-zags did
not have to be repainted as zag-zigs. When…OK OK I admit it: I
wasn’t British, nor even in Britain in those days but it sure sounded more
interesting than these boring decimals…
How much longer will they allow you to measure your unicycle wheel in
imperial units? If you can be jailed for selling carrots by the pound, what
chance has Roger got, selling unicycles by the inch? Join the campaign
now. Keep your feet and fathoms, get rid of the millimetres and kilograms,
and save the next shuttle launch from certain disaster.

Naomi

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> phil wrote:
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> > Phil, just me *
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> Phil, you point was clearly proven by the loss of the Mars Orbiter…
>
> Have fun (and learn to laugh about frequent comments like “where is
> your other wheel”)
>
> Fred
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Re: Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

Naomi,

This sounds like an interesting story so someone has to ask for it.

???

Bruce

Seems like a good place for a first post…

This summer I pulled an old unicycle out of the garage where it’s languished lo these many years. I’ve been riding it while my 5-year-old got ready to take the training wheels off her b### (sorry, is that a bad word?). We’ve been having a great time, although she’s getting a bit tired of waiting for me. Next summer I’ll get a bigger uni for me (or a smaller one for her :)).

I uni’d my daughters to school for the first time this week. My wife walked along with the dog, giving me that look… :roll_eyes:

When we got back I said something about how those people on the unicycle forum weren’t as hypersensitive as I’d thought about how often you get cracks about clowns and so on. She shook her head and said she’d counted four.

I think it just means that people feel some comment is warranted - which of course means that they’re impressed. Of course I often think people think highly of me, but then who could blame them?! :wink:

Tim Douglas
Ottawa, Canada

Only if it’s spelled b@#!

Bruce

I don’t seem to get “You’ve lost a wheel” too much. At least once per ride, but I think that’s getting off lightly. The annoying thing is that I rode past someone today who showed interest AND didn’t make bad jokes, and actually asked a good question, but I can’t even remember what that was now. That’s a great bit of cruel irony. Also, I get a lot of people talking about the lack of brakes, even though you can just pedal slower, but no one mentions the lack of steering. Odd?
For the metric thing, we’re probably not supposed to have unicycles measured in inches, but no-one important enough to do anything about it cares. Having said that, it would be quite impressive in a way. Never mind riding a 24, I can ride a 600. (or 0.6, depending on wether we’re talking metres or millimetres) Coker? Ha! But then crank sizes seem to be usually given in mm, just as a nice bit of variety.

Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

Not really: I came to Britain to take a two week course a few years ago, and
the company ended up hiring me. So I stayed and eventually became
naturalized.

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> > days…
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> Naomi,
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> This sounds like an interesting story so someone has to ask for it.
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> ???
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> Bruce
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Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

In article <lTKA9.3202$B92.543745@newsfep2-win.server.ntli.net>,
Naomi <Naomi_Sajeri@spamoff.hotmail.com> wrote:
)I did it, I ventured outside the gym for the first time, and managed a
)series of 100 metre rides. On the third a guy says the dreaded line.
)“Where’s your other wheel?”
)Is this question likely to be a daily hazard when riding outside the sports
)hall? Or just an occasional nuisance?

It will be consistent, especially when you’re riding around people who
are incapable of creative thought (such as policemen).

I had my best comment this week. I was riding my 29" with Reeder handle,
right hand holding the handle, left arm held raised in the air for
balance (create a mental picture if you’d like to understand the comment).
I rode by the local sports bar while Monday Night Football was on, and
one of the guys standing outside shouted, “You must be a Broncos fan!”
-Tom

Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

A tallented ironist in our midst:D

Re: Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

Yes, I knew it the moment I pressed the send button, thank you. Talented with one L:o

I’ve only had someone tell me I was missing a wheel once. Am I just lucky? But I’ve had soooooo much advice like, “Just keep your eyes forward.” (I’m the one who can ride a unicycle, not you.)

Re: My First “where’s Your Other wheel?”

johnhimsworth wrote:
> but no one mentions the lack of steering. Odd?

I’ve had a few people ask over the years how I steer. But it’s more common
with my bike (underseat steering) than with a unicycle.

> For the metric thing, we’re probably not supposed to have unicycles
> measured in inches, but no-one important enough to do anything about it
> cares.

Thankfully we’re not completely metric. It’s still an offence to serve
alcohol in metric measures in the UK - someone was successfully prosecuted
recently for serving beer in litres!


Danny Colyer (remove safety to reply) ( http://www.juggler.net/danny )
Recumbent cycle page: http://www.speedy5.freeserve.co.uk/recumbents/
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” - Thomas Paine

I finally had this asked of me on the Henry Hudson Trail where my kid and I have been riding on Saturday mornings. It was not by someone actually using the trail, but a fellow working on the roof of a house along it.

What he actually asked was, “Where’s your other tire?” (That’s tyre, in case Naomi has forgotten).

What I should have said was, “well I’ve only got one wheel so another tire wont be of much use”, but all I could think of was a “yeah, yeah”.

Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

A few days ago, I practiced in public for the FIRST time. The FIRST person I encountered asked me, quite earnestly –

“ARE YOU A CLOWN?”

And I just started laughing!

So this is how it begins…

uni57 (Dave)