Where to ride when the weather is bad

I assume that many unicyclists ride year round. Where I live that can
sometimes be impractical due to bad weather. I’m wondering what others do
when the weather turns bad. I know someone is going to suggest that I just
ride in the weather (and that’s a good suggestion) but I’m looking for
advice on where to go for indoor riding.

Thoughts?

-mg

shopping plazzas usually have wide, covered, smooth pathways. riding there is a no-no but i often go in the middle of the night when no one is there to bother me. theres no heat but thats ok if youre practicing hard. and its dry so no slipping off pedals.

Along the same lines as the above: parking garages. I particularly like the multi-story type. Some office buildings incorperate parking beneeth, which I find cool for both hocky and riding- in the middle of the night, of coarse.

On a less clandestine path, Churches are often sypathetic to Unicycling- it brings kids into the church. Schools tend to run in fear of anything that might impact thier insurance costs, but you might look into something there, as well.

Aside from the weather, getting a place to ride safely in a city can be hard. I personaly like downtown at night- well lit, no traffic. Travel in a pack.

Good luck,

Christopher LeFay

michael_j_grant@yahoo.com writes:
>
>I assume that many unicyclists ride year round. Where I live that can
>sometimes be impractical due to bad weather. I’m wondering what others do
>when the weather turns bad. I know someone is going to suggest that I
>just ride in the weather (and that’s a good suggestion) but I’m looking
>for advice on where to go for indoor riding.

It depends what you mean by ‘ride.’ If you want to ride extended distances
in ‘weather’free’ conditions, you may be out of luck, but the weather has
never stopped me – riding in snow is a blast. I hate riding in the rain,
but it’s still possible. If you merely want to practice, there are always
basements and your own living space (I taught myself wheel walking in my
old apartment’s basement and the lobby.

Then there are all the practical solutions others have offered, like
church basements and gymnasiums, etc.

Good luck.

David

                    Co-founder, Unatics of NY
                    1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
                     @ Central Park Bandshell

1: 30 start time after 11/1/01

Our unicycling club rents a gymnasium so that takes care of two hours a
week of riding opportunity. Otherwise, I personally don’t like riding in
bad weather so I find I just ride less outside in this time of the year.
One more reason to enjoy the arrival of spring!

Klaas Bil

On Sat, 10 Nov 2001 07:26:54 -0700, “Michael Grant”
<michael_j_grant@yahoo.com> wrote:

>I assume that many unicyclists ride year round. Where I live that can
>sometimes be impractical due to bad weather. I’m wondering what others do
>when the weather turns bad. I know someone is going to suggest that I
>just ride in the weather (and that’s a good suggestion) but I’m looking
>for advice on where to go for indoor riding.
>
>Thoughts?
>
>-mg
>
>


“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked
automagically from a database:” “ATF, Afghanistan, Sudan”

We got snowed out of the trails last year for pretty much all of Jan &
Feb. During that time we located a parking deck and rode in there. We also
ran the 5 levels of stairs and rode the UW for conditioning. Props were
made and setup for hopping & gapping. Stairs were available for hopping
and jumping. Some could also be ridden down while others ending quickly in
concrete wall. On the top level you could ride in the snow. On really cold
days (low 20’s and teens) we setup simple things in the basement and rode
on the treadmill.

Once a week we went over to a local college’s gym facility but got throw
out after about 2 months for riding down stairs and on the bleachers.

Trying to find a large heated commercial space proved unsuccessful. Pretty
soon the snow melted enough and we returned to the trails. Later.

Michael Grant wrote:

> I assume that many unicyclists ride year round. Where I live that can
> sometimes be impractical due to bad weather. I’m wondering what others
> do when the weather turns bad. I know someone is going to suggest that I
> just ride in the weather (and that’s a good suggestion) but I’m looking
> for advice on where to go for indoor riding.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> -mg

Klaas,

Same here…almost. Our club met outside at a city park but had to move
indoors somewhere for the winter. Our local elementary school district
allows non-profit organizations to use their facilities at no cost but
they need to reserve an open spot. The gyms generally stay pretty booked
up. I managed to secure a time and place in one of the gyms, then the next
hurdle was liability insurance. The district required us to purchase a
$1,000,000 policy and we managed to nail one down for $200 annually. It
pays to have a best friend who owns an insurance company. With all that
set, we now meet indoors. The next problem is a good one…we’re running
out of space! Typically, elementary school gymnasiums are not the biggest
and, in the three months our club has been in existance, we’re
experiencing 25-30 people in the gym. The best part, though, is that our
club meets from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. At 7:30, we send everybody home then my
wife and I and our two boys ride for another hour or so by ourselves.
Pretty nice!

Bruce http://move.to/daup

Klaas Bil wrote:
>
> Our unicycling club rents a gymnasium so that takes care of two hours a
> week of riding opportunity. Otherwise, I personally don’t like riding in
> bad weather so I find I just ride less outside in this time of the year.
> One more reason to enjoy the arrival of spring!
>
> Klaas Bil
>
> On Sat, 10 Nov 2001 07:26:54 -0700, “Michael Grant”
> <michael_j_grant@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> >I assume that many unicyclists ride year round. Where I live that can
> >sometimes be impractical due to bad weather. I’m wondering what others
> >do when the weather turns bad. I know someone is going to suggest that
> >I just ride in the weather (and that’s a good suggestion) but I’m
> >looking for advice on where to go for indoor riding.
> >
> >Thoughts?
> >
> >-mg
> >
> >
>
> –
> "To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been
> picked automagically from a database:" “ATF, Afghanistan, Sudan”

“Michael Grant” <michael_j_grant@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:<9PaH7.26$mV3.33520@news.uswest.net>…
> I assume that many unicyclists ride year round. Where I live that can
> sometimes be impractical due to bad weather. I’m wondering what others
> do when the weather turns bad. I know someone is going to suggest that I
> just ride in the weather (and that’s a good suggestion) but I’m looking
> for advice on where to go for indoor riding.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> -mg

There was something in a bike magazine recently about “riding London
Underground”, which is what I think you guys call a subway train. It had
pictures of people riding down the emergency stairs (at stations with
lifts there are very steep emergency spiral staircases) and totally insane
stuff like that.

If you know any skaters, they’ll probably know which underground or
covered car parks you can get away with using without getting hassle from
security / police. If you work somewhere with a big carpark, might be
worth asking if you could ride there.

You could get away with a lot in big train stations in the middle of the
night. If you’re lucky, you might get to play on the escalators. Does rely
on you being nocturnal though.

Students I’ve met who unicycle play around inside their halls of
residence. If you’ve got much space at home, you could practice some
carpetted terrain unicycling?

There’s always sports halls and things, although if you’re a total muni /
trials person the bits you can get permission to ride in are dull.

Joe

While as a group the Toronto Unicyclists do enjoy riding in the snow,
renting a gym is really important because it allows the newer riders
to learn in relative comfort. After work it’s just too cold and dark
to be going outside on a regular basis. As well, snow conditions must
be good for you to ride. Too watery and slushy snow is quite difficult
to navigate.

The Toronto Catholic school system has raised the rent for a gym this year
from $20/night (3 hrs) to $125/night. Our club is having a challenging
time passing this cost down to members. We’ll just barely swing it this
year, but next year this may not be possible.

The Toronto public school system rents their gyms for $150/hour. Needless
to say this is too expensive for our group. Most other non-profit groups
here in Toronto also find this too expensive, so the gyms stay unused
after hours.

It’s weird that it is our tax dollars that are used to build and maintain
these gyms, but it’s too expensive for us to actually rent it ourselves.

Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada
http://torontounicyclists.tripod.com

Michael Grant wrote:
>
> I assume that many unicyclists ride year round. Where I live that can
> sometimes be impractical due to bad weather. I’m wondering what others
> do when the weather turns bad. I know someone is going to suggest that I
> just ride in the weather (and that’s a good suggestion) but I’m looking
> for advice on where to go for indoor riding.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> -mg