At 04:26 PM 1/21/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Got your letter ~ great stuff. Instead of putting it in as a letter to the
>editor, I’m going to make it into a Brief in “Shorts,” giving the contact info
I will be honored to be in your “Shorts”!
>We’ve gotten about 30 letters on Judge Peck (quite a few for a Shorts piece).
>Most of them were positive, but you might find it interesting to note that
>about 5 or 6 of them complained that he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
Didn’t that article cover two pages? I’m glad to know there was positive
feedback, and I hope those people will have access to the contact information if
they need it.
Here’s my take on the helmet thing. Do mountain climbers wear helmets? hikers?
whitewater rafters? When George rides, he goes a little faster than walking
speed, sometimes slower. The types of crashes that put a bicyclist’s head in
danger of injury are very rare on a unicycle, because you have a tendency to
stay right side up. It’s easy to jump away from it, which makes it safer than a
mt. bike on a cliffside trail. Last fall we hosted our California Mountain
Unicycle Weekend at the Northstar ski resort near Lake Tahoe. On their property,
helmets are required. The only complaints came from George, but unfortunately he
was not able to make it to the event.
I encourage the use of helmets for unicycling for two reasons. First, it can’t
hurt to wear one. Second, it makes a much better impression on observers when
they see a unicyclist is acting “sensibly.” Anything we can do to separate
ourselves from the circus stigma is good for our sport. I have nothing against
circus, and have made my living in that field, but the circus stigma keeps
people from thinking of unicycles as a piece of sports or recreation equipment.
At the same time, I’m not in favor of mandating helmet use among unicyclists
(outside where the law already mandates it for bikes, whether or not local
laws recognize unicycles). We have no history of head injuries or deaths in
our sport, and no sign of a trend as of yet. Freedom of choice works fine for
us for now.
>Your info will be welcome to many of our readers, I’m sure. Thanks! Stan
>Zukowski Managing Editor BICYCLING MAGAZINE Phone: 610.967.8908 Fax:
>610.967.8960 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Snail mail: 135 N. 6th St.,
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I look forward to reading more about unicycling in BICYCLING!
John Foss, Director International Unicycling Federation Host: California
Mountain Unicycle Weekend www.calweb.com/~unifoss/
Hey, unicycle newsgroup people, just wanted to give you a heads-up on some more
coverage for unicycling in BICYCLING Magazine. The December issue had an article
about George Peck, and I sent a letter offering contact information for
unicycling (because there was none in the article).