I don’t really understand all this talk of “pushing the sport forward,” as if that’s the ultimate goal. IMO, that ideal misses the point. Unicycling isn’t about pushing the sport forward, it’s about pushing yourself forward. I’m not opposed to the sport moving forward, I just think that having that as the highest goal is quite silly.
I stumbled across a “Learn how to Unicycle” book one day, and bought it for $1. Then, I went out and bought a 20" Sun learner at a bike shop, and practiced every day for two weeks until I could ride around the parking lot, and haven’t stopped riding since. It wasn’t until weeks after that that I found this forum, and saw some videos.
What I’m most concerned about is muni, or even unicycling in general becoming a “scene” sport…much like fixed gear bicycle riding has become. It’s no longer about the sport and the ride, but about making a fashion statement via your bicycle. When this happens, the price of equipment and components goes wayyy up.
I know there are legit fixie riders out there, but the vast, vast majority I have seen/met are just buying their way into another the hipster-fixie subculture, in a vain effort at being “non-conformist.” I fear the same may happen with unicycling.
Claiming that muni is dead because there are fewer videos than other styles is just silly. Muni isn’t, and shouldn’t be about broadcasting yourself.
Why can’t we all just ride, without worrying about who’s doing the latest crazy stuff that most people will never be able to do? Is there some inherent value in being “XTREME!!!” that I’m missing, beyond the fulfillment of person challenge?
The sport will progress on its own, as it happens. No need to force it. Just roll with it, and have fun