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An old gentleman asked me a series of intelligent questions (could you fit a multi speed hub gear? How do you control it on hills with nothing to pull agains?) and then as he’s about to leave, says, ‘Well at least there’s less of it to clean!’

An old lady interrogates me as I ride past:
O.L. How far have you come?
Me 37 miles
O.L. Oooh! How many rests have you had?
Me 37.
Exeunt smiling.

As i was riding the Terry Fox run (15 give or take 'you’re missing half your bike, or something similar)

I passed a couple of ladies - one 40-ish, her daughter (I assume) about 7-ish

Mother to daughter…‘Look honey, a onebike!’

Honestly, were you not around 5 years old the first time you heard the word ‘unicycle’?

a onebike…that’s still my favourite!

Iv been called vampire while riding by little kids. Then they started chanting that i was a vampire…

Maybe you are…

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I once met some Koreans who kept calling it a unibicycle - they knew it was
wrong but couldn’t help it. Must have had something to do with the korean
translation of unicycle.

Alex

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Greetings

In message “Re: New comments”,
Alex wrote…
>I once met some Koreans who kept calling it a unibicycle - they knew it was
>wrong but couldn’t help it. Must have had something to do with the korean
>translation of unicycle.

Not really. In Korean I thnik it is ILLUNCHA, ONE-WHEEL-VEHICLE, same
Chinese characters as ICHIRINSHA in Japanese

Stay on top, Jack Halpern
Executive Director for International Development
International Unicycling Federation, Inc.
Website: http://www.kanji.org

i mentioned it in just conversation after i got my ‘language of unicycling’ shirt
the afrikaans word for unicycle
is eenwielfiets
(the linguistically gifted among u will see afrikaanse’s dutch and german roots in there)
een - one
wiel - wheel
fiets - bicycle
quite literally a ‘one-wheel-bicycle’

interesting to note (while we sidetrack ourselves) that the older afrikaans word for a bicycle is a ‘trapfiets’ or a ‘pedalbicycle’

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On Mon, 23 Sep 2002 08:49:56 -0500, GILD
<GILD.bfrma@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>i mentioned it in just conversation…
Well, thanks for crossposting it here then. I don’t follow just
conversation.

>… after i got my ‘language of
>unicycling’ shirt
>the afrikaans word for unicycle
>is eenwielfiets
>(the linguistically gifted among u will see afrikaanse’s dutch and
>german roots in there)
Firstly, are there German roots to Afrikaans? I’ve always been under
the impression it was of 100% Dutch descent. Secondly, “eenwielfiets”
is one of several valid Dutch words for unicycle. In German it is
“Einrad”.

>een - one
>wiel - wheel
>fiets - bicycle
>quite literally a ‘one-wheel-bicycle’
Not really because “fiets” does not specify number of wheels whereas
bicycle does. “Fiets” would more accurately translate as “cycle”.
Admittedly, usually a fiets is indeed like ó^o, i.e. two wheels, but
in “eenwielfiets” it does NOT imply two wheels.

>interesting to note (while we sidetrack ourselves) that the older
>afrikaans word for a bicycle is a ‘trapfiets’ or a ‘pedalbicycle’
That may be because a precursor of the modern bike was what we call a
“loopfiets” in Dutch. No pedals, you had to push yourself off the
ground left - right - left - right.

Sorry to ramble off-topic, if it is. Off-topic, that is. No, I don’t
say it is, but IF it… Oh well, shut up.

Klaas Bil (Dutch, as if you hadn’t guessed)

If you had this signature, I have forged it.