Why a giraffe?

What’s up with giraffe riding? I find my MUni to be the most fun I can have on one wheel. I have never ridden a giraffe, although I hope to some day. Do you actually have fun riding them, or is it just some to ‘accomplish’?

I want to see some pics and movies of MUnraffes, and people riding them along the trails

beach

someone please post the link to the page that has some guys on a beach doing trials stuff–there is a guy that hops up a sand dune on a giraffe

Re: Why a giraffe?

Sofa wrote:
> I want to see some pics and movies of MUnraffes, and people riding them
> along the trails

I’ve got a photo somewhere of Roger Davies riding through a bombhole in the
woods on a giraffe at the first BMW. I shall have to fish it out and scan
it.


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Not to sound too stupid, but BMW?

It stands for British Muni Weekend, or for a car considered to be a status symbol in Britain, and a taxi everywhere else. ;0)

As for why a giraffe… well I’ve ridden one, and I want one, and as the jazzman said when asked what ‘swing’ means, ‘If you gotta ask, you ain’t got it.’ ;0)

Re: Why a giraffe?

Sofa wondered:
> Not to sound too stupid, but BMW?

British Muni Weekend.


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Re: Why a giraffe?

When I joined the USA the first issue of On One Wheel I received was the April 1999, MUni issue. I thought, that’s nice and looks like a lot of folks enjoy it, but it’s not for me. I was assured by some that this would change, but it hasn’t. I never enjoyed camping, nature hikes or any other of those outdoorsy kind of things and so MUni simply didn’t appeal. OF COURSE, OBVIOUSLY lot’s of uni riders love it and I make NO CLAIMS that it should be otherwise.

For me the circus arts aspect of unicycle riding is much more enjoyable and the giraffe is a natural part of that. Sure there is a great sense of accomplishment from having mastered riding it and almost having mastered freemounting it, but it is also in and of itself a whole mess of fun to ride. And once I can juggle while up there I feel that I will have achieved one of my personal life goals.

So in answer to your question, it is fun and it is something to have accomplished (although not “just”, i.e “merely”) as well as being a reflection of my own personal tastes regarding unicycling.

Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

Well there you go, that sounds resonable. Good luck with that. Oh, and I didn’t mean it like just

Agree with JJuggle

As was written, it’s all a matter of taste, but I agree with JJuggle here. Keep the muni, just give me a tightwire on which to practice. <eg>

it is great fun!
visually it is waaay more arresting than a ‘normal’ uni and as such it really pays off for performance work
if u’ve ever enjoyed walking on stilts u’ll have an idea of the fun of being that lil’ higher than everyone else
i did some contact juggling on the giraffe last night
kinda fun and it looks really weird
my juggling is also coming along nicely and i even managed to turn a corner or two while keeping a three club cascade going
freemounting is one of the most satisfying accomplishments in uni’ing and more than enough fun to keep me going for a while
i’m landing about 1/5 at the moment
not having practised for a week, it dropped from about 1/3
practise, practise, practise:)

i doubt if any non-uni’er would belive that these kind of divisions exist within the uni community
they see a ‘one wheeled bike’ and we see…well,…them

Did someone say freemounting a giraffe? How tall is this giraffe? I didn’t know it was possible. Maybe a slight variation of pole vaulting? And since I have never tried a giraffe, and before I buy one (or tear up someone else’s), can anyone estimate the probability of a broken ankle every time a low altituder falls off?

Jeff :thinking:

yes it is possible to freemount a giraffe,

try: http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/mg.html

although the page dosen’t mention it, its possible to do a rolling mount onto a girrafe, as demonstrated to me by a 13 year old kid at a juggling convention.

girrafes are actualy esiry to ride/idle on,
(due to the same reason that its easier to ballance a broom than a pen on your nose.)
but they look much more impressive to non unicyclists.

i 've not seen many tricks performed on girrafes,

i’ve got axle pegs on my girrafe and i intend to learn some daft things on it, but since i prefer trials riding it doesent get out much.