In another thread someone asked the question “…honestly who would try to steal an unicycle?” John Foss answered correctly, “A thief”.
Recently I was half way to being mugged for my ride while I was sitting in a central city square in my home town having lunch and reading.
I could spot the two guys vectoring in on me from miles away. Sure enough, they sloped up next to me full of fake smiles and, “Wow! that’s cool; You’re amazing to be able to ride that etc”. Then, from one of them it was, “Can I have a go on it?” I didn’t come down in the last shower and it was obvious his request was bogus. Non confrontationally, I replied I was busy eating and reading so the answer was, “No”.
Suddenly the guy’s face changed. As his double act buddy leaned in closer, he said, “OK then what if I just take it?”
With my foot on my wheel I looked him square in the eye and said, “Well, then we’re all going to have a fight…”
News was good, after our eyes were locked for a time he flinched. That said, he still tried to be half-arsed menacing. Before he and his mate slithered away he delivered the most inane comment possible: “Aww, nah. I don’t want the fckin thing anyway. Those things are for fckin homos.”
Its not pleasant to have to face someone down like that but at least its effective most of the time in life. But I tell you this, it really pissed me off and has altered my experience of riding around the central city. It sowed the seed in the back of my mind that a repeat is always a sorry possibility.
Not a positive post, but I find unicycling to be a pure deal where part of the world drops away when riding. This incident was a simple reminder that the world aint always as pretty as one might like it with such reminders always just around the corner…
Be interesting to know how common this sort of incident is for fellow riders. Hopefully it’s not.