In general, I’ve had good luck with comments. I think, though, some of
thiss just depends on where, and how I am riding. If, for example, I’m on
a public road, or park, chances are, I’m riding my coker. When I’m on the
coker, I’m in full bicycle outfit – helmet, biker shorts, etc. I look
like I know what I’m doing, and where I’m going. (Also, I’m going fast
enough someone would need a pretty quick wit to make fun of me.)
When I’m working on tricks on my 20" unicycle, chances are it’s on campus.
Here are lots of people the same age as I am, and for whatever reason, I
think that helps. There a reasonable amount of skateboarders around, but
most of them are actually working at developing skills on their boards,
and are therefore more likley to appreciate the skill involved in riding.
In fact, I’ve been stopped by skateboarders quite a few times, and asked
questions about riding which expressed genuine interest. (Probably also
helps when I try to ride the same obstacles they’re using.)
Incidently, I also have a shirt which reads “I hate clowns.” I think this
helps express to people I am not there to entertain them.
As for dealing with people yelling at you, I don’t have much advice to
offer. For the usual “where’s the other wheel,” and such, just remember
the comeback lines “what, you mean the training wheel?” Um, as for the
others, “I’m rubber, you’re glue”
> I just was at the park recently where i was really tormented! I had 2
> milk cartons thrown at me and the ice cream man, I couldn’t beleive my
> ears!!!, called me gay! I have enjoyed unicycling for almost 15 years
> now and find this to be the worst harrassment i have ever had! I think
> it is the kids these days or less unicyclists out there so they don’t
> see how cool it is. Skateboarders constantly yell profanities also
> telling me to “get a skate”. I can do any sport but find this sport to
> be awesome!
> Do you guys have these issues also?
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