On a brief visit to Minneapolis in 2006, while walking downtown I happened to have a unicyclist stop and wait for a red light with me. That was the first and actually only time I have seen someone commuting on a unicycle. I asked him about it and he explained the benifits of the workout. A few days after that chance encounter I ordered a Torker 26" and have been riding ever since.
My primary interest in the sport was to improve my running, which I did. I finally qualified for the Boston marathon. I once read to run most efficiently you should imagine you are riding a unicycle. Well, after talking to the Minneapolis unicyclist, I realized I could do better than imagine, I could cross train on one.
Thanks to that chance encounter with an unkown unicyclist, I am not only a better runner but also having a great time unicycling. And I have taught my son to ride as well.
So, if you are out there Minneapolis Unicyclist, Thanks!