RE: Starting a club
> 1. Join a bicycle club.
> 2. Pretend to be interested in 2 wheeled contraptions.
> 3. When they start to trust me, one at a time trickthem into trying unicycles.
> 4. Start a sub-group of unicyclists which remains in the bicycle club as a
Not to say your idea won’t work, but there isn’t a lot of crossover between
traditional “club” type cyclists and unicyclists. Your average (road) bike club
consists of people who like to put in lots and lots of miles on group rides.
Also they don’t have a gym or other place good for teaching people to ride or
Others may have had other experiences, but my endeavors here and there to get
bicyclists interested in unicycling have generally been disappointing. For the
most part, I believe the “bicycling” community has nearly the same interest
level in learning to unicycle as the rest of the active population in general.
Once I went to a BMX Freestyle competition (Long Island, 1986) and did a little
demo. Kids were doing the most amazing flatland and ramp tricks. But upon seeing
some unicycling, the first thing out of many mouths was “I could never do
that!” Even from kids who I’d just seen coasting on their rear wheels and doing
other amazing balancing feats.
Don’t get depressed yet. There are more potential unicyclists out there than
ever. But on average, most of them are not cyclists. You will have better luck
among a group of jugglers. Or college students. Or circus people. A little
better at a clown convention, but most “convention” clowns are older and not
interested in doing actual “skills”, believe it or not. Not to mention that the
better your clown shoes are, the worse they are for unicycling…
I’ve gotten a bit better impression from mountain bikers. Many people have seen
us on the trails and not only seemed interested in learning, sometimes even try
the unicycles on the trail. Plus I’ve met a few former unicyclists who were
still able to ride after 10+ years. For some reason seeing us on the trails
So to attract riders, I think the best thing you can do is expose it to the
general populace as much as possible. If you can, find a practice place that’s
public, where lots of people see. Go in parades. Hand out lots of cards.
Advertise in all the local bike shops.
Hope this is useful, and also generates some interesting arguements!
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (reply to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Not only found the MUnis, found the possible thief!