New Unicyberist

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G-Day, Thought I’d drop a quick message in while I’m still jacked
in:) Hi I’m Mick, 30yrs old living in the Austrian Alps,originally from
Australia(if anybody really cares) new to unicycling (2 weeks) My girlfriend
bought it for me a few weeks back,she found it gathering dust in a second
hand shop. I’m riding this 20" taiwan thing twitches & bucks under me but I’m
slowly getting this baby under control :wink: I can now ride approximatly 400m
(till my legs are about to fall off) starting to get 90° turns under control
& am even attemping the odd hop or two. This week I’ve managed to make around
70% of my mounts first time without my girlfriends shoulder to lean on. I
think she was really suprised how fast I’ve managed to pick things up. Every
evening I take the dog for a walk down near the river & at the same time this
gives me a good hour or two to practise. I’m still trying to get over is that
clown type syndrome that seems to go with anyone siting on a unicycle. People
look at me & instantly think he’s a circus escapee. I just really enjoy a
good challenge in life sometimes. Last year I picked up a Didjeridu & now
play quite well, I’m also interested in sleight of hand magic if anyone
cares… Anyway what I really wanted to say was" Hi" & I promise I won’t
dribble on so much in the future… ok CYA “my mind is screaming like a zen
master dreaming” Mick

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<HTML> G-Day,
<BR> Thought
I’d drop a quick message in while I’m still jacked in:) <BR> Hi I’m Mick,
30yrs old living in the Austrian Alps,originally from Australia(if anybody
really cares) new to unicycling (2 weeks) <BR>My girlfriend bought it for me a
few weeks back,she found it gathering dust in a second hand shop. I’m riding
this 20" taiwan thing twitches & bucks under me but I’m slowly getting this
baby under control :wink: <BR> I can now ride approximatly 400m (till my legs
are about to fall off) <BR> starting to get 90° turns under control
& am even attemping the odd hop or two. <BR> This week I’ve managed to
make around 70% of my mounts first time without my girlfriends shoulder to lean
on. I think she was really suprised how fast I’ve managed to pick things
up. Every evening I take the dog for a walk down near the river & at the
same time this gives me a good hour or two to practise. <BR> I’m still
trying to get over is that <U>clown type syndrome</U> that seems to go with
anyone siting on a unicycle. People look at me & instantly think he’s
a circus escapee. I just really enjoy a good challenge in life sometimes. Last
year I picked up a Didjeridu & now play quite well, I’m also interested in
sleight of hand magic if anyone cares… <BR> Anyway what I really
wanted to say was" Hi" & I promise I won’t dribble on so much in the
future… ok CYA <BR> “my mind is screaming like
a zen master dreaming” Mick <BR> </HTML>

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RE: New Unicyberist

Mick wrote:
>second hand shop. I’m riding this 20" taiwan thing twitches & bucks under me
>but I’m slowly getting this baby under control

Welcome to unicycling!

>I can now ride approximatly 400m (till my legs are about to fall off)

If 400m makes your legs fall off, it’s usually one or both of two things:

  1. Your seat is too low.
  2. You’re not sitting on it.

Try to raise the seat until your leg is most of the way straight with foot at
the bottom (like a bicycle). If it doesn’t go high enough, look into getting a
longer post, it makes a big difference and can be very hard on the knees if the
seat is too low.

Many adults learning to ride have a hard time sitting down. All of your weight
should be on the seat, with only enough on the pedals to make them do what
they’re supposed to. This may take practice.

A third possibility is a poorly designed seat, which is usually the case with
the Taiwan no-name unicycles. If your seat looks like the one on my old
Concord: http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/Unidb/qdesc/concord.html (with or
without metal bumpers), it’s a seat that isn’t very good for the legs either;
too wide in front.

Good luck and keep us informed of your progress. There aren’t many Austrian
unicyclists that I know of, and almost none were at the recent UNICON in
Germany…

John Foss

RE: New Unicyberist

> > I’m still trying to get over that clown type syndrome that seems to go with
> > anyone siting on a unicycle. People look at me & instantly think he’s a
> > circus escapee.

I got over the clown syndrome a long time ago. Unfortunately most of the
pedestrians out there are still just getting into it. It doesn’t matter if I’m
riding a muddy trail, working out at the track or putting one together in my
garage, I’m still “are you a clown?”

For this I usually give the standard answer: “No, are you?”

More often I get “Are you in the circus?” Which is equally ridiculous when I’m
on the trail or track. This to me is less insulting (perhaps because I used to
be). I reply “Sometimes”, “I used to be” or “Not at the moment”.

The only way to break unicycles free of the circus image is to overwhelm the
world with the fact that most unicycles are ridden outside the circus, by people
just having fun. This should happen if we can increase the unicycling population
by 10X or so. If lots of people do activities like mountain unicycling it will
help, because that’s pretty far removed from a circus image. The press loves
MUni, so join in!

This basic strategy worked for trampoline. Do you think circus when you see
someone on a trampoline? That’s where they come from. Now trampoline is
recognized as sports & gymnastics. We’re working on doing that with
unicycling…

jf

Re: New Unicyberist

> I’m still trying to get over is that clown type syndrome that seems to go
> with anyone siting on a unicycle. People look at me & instantly think he’s a
> circus escapee. I just really enjoy a good challenge in life sometimes.

I got that a lot, too, when I first started. People stopped staring quite as
much when I stopped staring back. At times, it’s fun to play up–if you’re in
the mood to show off–but other times, you just want to ride without anyone
bugging you.

Dan Fingerman !daniel.fingerman@yale.edu Spam protection: remove the !

Re: New Unicyberist

Foss, JohnX wrote:

&lt;snip&gt;

> Try to raise the seat until your leg is most of the way straight with foot at
> the bottom (like a bicycle). If it doesn’t go high enough, look into getting a
> longer post, it makes a big difference and can be very hard on the knees if
> the seat is too low.

Ditto. But save the shorter seat post, in case you ever try to teach someone
shorter. My first uni had a seat with a permanently attached post that was
too short. So I replaced both. However, I kept them. Now, I'm [slowly]
trying to teach my daughter to ride, and the too-short seat-and-post is
perfect for her.

> Many adults learning to ride have a hard time sitting down. All of your weight
> should be on the seat, with only enough on the pedals to make them do what
> they’re supposed to. This may take practice.

Also ditto. [John, forgive me for jumping on your bandwagon. &lt;g&gt;] Even now,
I sometimes find myself wanting to put too much weight on my legs, instead
of my seat. And I've been riding for over 4 years.

-Allan

Re: New Unicyberist

Foss, JohnX wrote:

> More often I get “Are you in the circus?” Which is equally ridiculous when I’m
> on the trail or track. This to me is less insulting (perhaps because I used to
> be). I reply “Sometimes”, “I used to be” or “Not at the moment”.

This I would have thought is one my most commen comment made to me… but
yesterday I rode into Stockton from my house as my cars are out of action. It is
about 2.5 miles each way. With all this discussion going on I thought I would
log the comments that I got as I went: “Wow” 6 “I want one!” 3 “Can I have a go”
7 Insane laughter 4(ish) these worry me, are these people normal! “Is that hard”
1 “Mate, your chain is brocken” 1 “It’s my bithday, can I have your uni” 1 “I
have got to get one of those!” 2

not one, “where’s your other wheel” and a surprizingly large amount of
envious comments… maybe my mission to get everyone in the world to
unicycle is working.

Roger

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Re: New Unicyberist

>“are you a clown?” For this I usually give the standard answer: "No, are
you?"
>
I was wobbling up and down the driveway a few days ago and a little girl about
6, asked me if I was a clown. I told her “My wife said I was a clown long before
I got this unicycle.”

Re: New Unicyberist

Ahhh…the “clown” thing. Unfortunately I started to unicycle as a result a a
friend (who is a clown) encouraging me to take up clowning and combine the two.
As you can see my email address is “uniclown@mcleodusa.net”.
Fortunately/Unfortunately I gave up clowning since it is just too hot and too
hard to combine the two like I used to. The baggy suit is hard to do tricks
in. Since I have so many email connections with my uniclown address floating
around, I guess I am doomed by my email identity. I don’t want to go
throught the trouble of changing the name. When someone asks if I am a
clown, I just tell them no, I used to be but I graduated. Now I can dress
normal and have fun.

Dan Fingerman wrote:

> > I’m still trying to get over is that clown type syndrome that seems to go
> > with anyone siting on a unicycle. People look at me & instantly think he’s
> > a circus escapee. I just really enjoy a good challenge in life sometimes.
>
> I got that a lot, too, when I first started. People stopped staring quite as
> much when I stopped staring back. At times, it’s fun to play up–if you’re in
> the mood to show off–but other times, you just want to ride without anyone
> bugging you.
>
> Dan Fingerman !daniel.fingerman@yale.edu Spam protection: remove the !


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