Violent pedestrians

>Further to the ‘stupid comments’ thread, what about physical stuff?
>
>We regularly get kids swinging sticks at our legs etc etc (we live on a rough
>estate…)

I think the worst I’ve had is someone trying to knock my off by kicking the back
of my wheel. I was riding around school and they thought it would be fun to
knock my over. It ended up working against them. I just spun around, ran over
their foot and continued on. No damage was done to either of us and they learned
a lesson, a uni can make sharp turns (especially with a little help).

 _ _ Doug Borngasser
(o)(o)             San Diego CA db db@ucsd.edu
                   <a href="http://www.salk.edu/LABS/mnl-o/doug.html">http://www.salk.edu/LABS/mnl-o/doug.html</a> \__/ You know
                   you're a unicyclist when walking feels strange.

Further to the ‘stupid comments’ thread, what about physical stuff?

We regularly get kids swinging sticks at our legs etc etc (we live on a rough
estate…)

One time, a kid swung his leg out in front of the Uke, and to prove that I
wasn’t phased by this, I reached out and grabbed his collar. He tried to pull
away, causing me to lost my balance. My other hand came round and I gave him a
hearty slap round the head at full force, completely by accident. I apologised,
but I was secretly delighted by such an amusing incident.


Steve Carter, shc103@york.ac.uk, http://www.york.ac.uk/~shc103

E_shoot me down if I tell a lie! We will never build a machine to recognise a

chair until we can program a computer to really understand a sore arse

Re: Violent pedestrians

>I think the worst I’ve had is someone trying to knock my off by kicking the
>back of my wheel. I was riding around school and they thought it would be fun
>to knock my over.

For those of you who ever need to do this (and who doesn’t want to do it to
their “friends” and some time or other?), don’t kick the tire. Simply put your
foot on the top of the tire just behind where it goes under the fork and press
down. Works every time! Be nice, and don’t do it to beginners.

>It ended up working against them. I just spun around, ran over their foot and
>continued on. No damage was done to either of us and they learned a lesson, a
>uni can make sharp turns (especially with a little help).

I have often had people think they were being “cute” by sticking their feet out
in front of me as if to trip me. Usually, they pull it back at the last second
because they don’t really want me to fall. This takes all the fun out of it for
me, so I stop before I get too close and ask them if they’re sure they want to
do that. Then they will often say yes, and promptly get their feet run over,
much to their surprise and no damage done. John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
unifoss@calweb.com

Re: Violent pedestrians

Andy Cotter wrote:
>
>knew about it. The point being that kicking a unicycle wheel is not going to
>upset the balance of most riders. But if someone where to put a stick in my
>spokes . . . .

On a tall giraffe, if somebody sticks something in your spokes you have a chance
of stopping (if you’re not already leaning forward) and going into an
idle. With luck you can maintain this position until

j) Someone removes the stick

or

k) You hop the unicycle over to the person who stuck it in, and fall on them.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone unifoss@calweb.com

Re: Violent pedestrians

> >I think the worst I’ve had is someone trying to knock my off by kicking the
> >back of my wheel. I was riding around school and they thought it would be fun
> >to knock my over.
>

While I never am too worried about anybody trying to ‘trip’ my on my unicycle
when I’m on my standard uni, I used to get a bit more concerned when I’m on my 8
foot. We do about 20 parades a year and I do most of them on my 8’. While most
of the parades the people are good natured and there is no problem (besides the
usual comments) except for one parade. This parade is at night in the inner-city
without much police around to keep people from getting into the parade route.
Usually we are farther back into the parade line up so by the time we go by the
kids are all hyper from the candy as well as getting a bit bored. Being in the
inner-city with all the kids being the way they are we call this the ‘Bring Your
Gun Parade’. Well anyway, the tall unicycles do what is called a bridge, holding
hands so that the smaller unicyclists can ride under the ‘bridge’. Well one time
while doing this familiar bit, a kid (kids were walking everywhere) came out and
kicked my wheel. The funny part is I didn’t even notice. It wasn’t until someone
told me later that I even knew about it. The point being that kicking a unicycle
wheel is not going to upset the balance of most riders. But if someone where to
put a stick in my spokes . . . .

-Andy


cotter@skypoint.com Andy Cotter Unicycling Society of America - Vice President
USA home page http://www.unicycling.org/usa/

Re: Violent pedestrians

> Andy Cotter wrote:
> >
> >knew about it. The point being that kicking a unicycle wheel is not going to
> >upset the balance of most riders. But if someone where to put a stick in my
> >spokes . . . .

I did that the other day to myself! I was riding home from work, carrying my
umbrella, folded cause it wasn’t raining then. the horseflys were a real
nuisance and one had bitten me down by my ankle, not sure how he managed to land
there with me spinning like crazy. anyway I went to scratch it with my umbrella
tip. Stupid I know. I slipped and the umbrella wedged perfectly between the
crank and the fork. I suddenly found myself standing 8 feet in front of my
unicycle. No damage but some scratches on the seat guard. I was in the middle of
a private road so no one saw me. So now I tell all of you. it is kinda funny in
retrospect.

Eric