>I recently bought a used unicycle from a local ‘antique’ store. They seemed
>amazed that someone would actually buy it. I have always been intrigued by
>unicycles and have hankered after one since I was a kid.
>My initial attempts at riding have been hanging onto the lamp post outside
my house with white knuckles, while questioning if I still have any
motor skills.

Welcome to the world of unicycling. If you have access to the FAQ, there’s a lot
of information in there on how to learn. An ultra-brief description:

  1.  Make sure it fits you. Raise the seat as high as possible, or until your
     legs are nearly straight with pedals at the bottom (of course your feet
     don't need to be able to reach the ground while the frame is upright . .
     .) Many unicycles don't come with enough seat post for the average adult
     to fit them. If you have a Schwinn, it probably has a 9" post. You can
     get a longer one, or uni. parts of any kind, not from Schwinn, but from
     the Unicycle Factory, in Kokomo, Indiana. Call Tom Miller (317)
     452-2692. He has the parts, your dealer probably does not.
  2.  Don't try to ride away from your place of support. Instead of a lamp
     post, use a wall, fence, or (someone else's) car. Don't try to ride away
     until you are completely bored with holding on, and can ride very well
     while holding. Some people learn in a matter of hours, other take a few
     weeks. The key thing is to never give up!

If you need advice, feel free to call me (before 11:00pm) any day.

>My wife suggested that I run away and join the circus to learn, but I suspect
>she has an ulterior motive.

You think your wife is having an affair? I don’t know if it’s appropriate to
share that information with strangers . . .

>On a more serious note, I am fascinated by all things uni, bi and tricycular.
>I’m president of a local recumbent bicycle club and participate in human
>powered vehicle events as often as I can.

I’m a former recumbent owner myself. I sold it a couple of years ago (didn’t fit
well in car or garage) to a guy in California. It was a cheap model, from De
Felice, but I miss it anyway.

Where are you? I take it from your area code you’re in the L.A. area. I’m
looking for fellow unicyclists in California because I’ve just moved out here. I
live in Rocklin, which is on I-80 northeast of Sacramento. Let me know if you’d
be interested in coming to a unicycle convention if it were held up here (not in
the near future).

Stay on top! John Foss, President International Unicycling Federation
(3) 624-4417


Thank you for your response to my posting. Yes, I do live in the L.A. area - I
have since changed my message footnote to be more specific. I work in downtown
L.A. and live in Playa del Rey, which is at the beach.

My Internet interface only gives me mail access so I can’t get to the FAQ. I’ll
see if I can borrow a friends ‘real’ ID to get to it.

Thank you for the tips- I appreciate them very much. My uni is a Cyclepro, and
it appears to be just a standard front fork with special bearings and axle added
on, with a uni seat. Whatever there is left seems to be normal bicycle parts.

I think it will be a good machine to learn on, and when (if ?) I get proficient,
I’ll move on to something nicer.

I would be interested in attending a unicycle convention in your part of
California - just let me know when it is likley to be held.

Thank you for your advice ------ Chris

                                                                    • Chris C.
                                                                      Broome ARCO Products Company, 1055 W. 7th St, Los Angeles,
                                                                      CA 90017 Tel: 213-486-0453 Fax: 213-486-8301