My daughter and I shared in the beauty of riding around together this weekend. It’s was really great. Even though she has a 20" wheel and I have a 24" wheel, we can ride together just fine. The 20% or so extra roll from my Uni can be adjusted for easily with pedal speed. I still need to help her mount to get started, but after that she can pretty much roll until she gets tired.
While we were out we received our first real smiles, stares, comments and heckles. Here is a list of what I can remember.
Look mommy he’s riding a Circus bike
You’re our missing a wheel
How’s that treat’n you? <- my personal favorite
Are you in the circus or what?
Keep it up!
My daughter got the, “You’re missing a wheel” heckler for which she replied, “That’s okay, I’m doing fine without it”. It was a snappy reply and I was proud.
Ever since I was a boy I wanted to ride the Uni. My neighbor had one when I was about 10 years old and that was my only exposure to them. I didn’t know where to buy one, or how someone went about learning to ride one. I also didn’t have any money (sympathetic sigh). Now that my daughter and I can ride together, I’m so pleased that it’s hard to put into words! But I have to say, I just don’t get it. I knew we would have a few stares and comments, but riding a unicycle really is considered Uni-versally an odd thing to do by most people? Also, I never in my life associated the unicycle with the circus or clowns (no offense to all you clowns out there). Until I had kids of my own, I had never even been to see the circus but one time, and I didn’t see any clowns riding unicycles. I guess I’m just surprised at how odd people act around unicyclists. When I think of the unicycle, I think of my neighbor riding around on his. He and his brother built custom bicycles in their garage and I saw many oddly shaped wheeled things come rolling down their driveway, the uni was just one of them. So… I guess we’re all clowns?
I took a nice long ride wearing a backpack on Saturday. The sun was shining and the blacktop was ready to receive me! I rode to the neighborhood liquor store, bought a couple cold beers- Steinlager, they didn’t have any cold Becks, and rode back home to enjoy the fruits of my bounty. I made it all the way home without stopping (just over 1/2 a mile). As I sipped my beer, I thought life just doesn’t get better than this.
I also uni’d over some dirt/gravel- successfully! It took two tries but I did it. I didn’t fair as well going over a 3-4" frost heave on the coastal trail I was riding. How does one maneuver over such a bump? I was able to grab my seat and quickly go over the smaller ones, but that one launched me off, up, out and sad to say down hard (ouch!).