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
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.
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?