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  • #31
    Originally posted by simonb View Post
    EDIT: Just read your response about safety concerns and danger. Again, this is something that seems to be grounded in her perception of unicycling that isn't true.
    This reminds me of riding on the bicycle path and mostly old peeps going for a ride on their bikes going in a very big circle around me, even when they are oncoming traffic, they give me a lot of space as they expect that I will just tumble off. Sometimes I throw my hands in the air making them think I will fall off and I've also had that they end up riding in the grass beside the bicycle path. Quite funny. People are really scared when they see something they can't comprehend.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by wobblysteve View Post
      I asked today about her aversion to unicycles, and she genuinely worries a lot about me and the kids... She equates half as many wheels as a normal bike to twice as dangerous...I was the victim of a hit and run a few years back on a regular bike and had a serious concussion and retrograde amnesia. I didn't recognise her when she came to my bedside at the hospital... that had to hurt right.. all good now though thankfully.

      I have been married for more than 20 years.

      Looks like you have your ride in Sydney sorted... Unicyclists are a real accommodating bunch, so nice that Gockie can join you.
      IT sounds like she has some unresolved issues from your accident. I dont mean to overstep, but would she be willing to talk to a therapist?

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      • #33
        I bet this thread'll learn ya Steve!

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Gockie View Post
          Thatís awesome! Count me in
          And Iím sure a uni can be arranged for you
          Hi John,

          No worries mate! Between Gockie, a few others and myself you'll have your pick of the fleet.

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          • #35
            My neighborhood is surrounded by many contiguous parks and undeveloped areas. I am lucky not to have to ride in traffic. Do you have that opportunity where you live? I can understand your wife's concern.

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            • #36
              Hey WobblySteve, are there some unicyclists close to you that you can do a group ride with? Maybe if your wife spent some time with the group it would ease her mind.
              Unicycling is the fountain of youth.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by elpuebloUNIdo View Post
                My neighborhood is surrounded by many contiguous parks and undeveloped areas. I am lucky not to have to ride in traffic. Do you have that opportunity where you live? I can understand your wife's concern.
                Yes I'm lucky that i am within walking distance of plenty of places to ride. I emphasise the word walking because I can't actually ride yet. Still practicing about 15 minutes to an hour every day.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by lightbulbjim View Post
                  Hey WobblySteve, are there some unicyclists close to you that you can do a group ride with? Maybe if your wife spent some time with the group it would ease her mind.
                  I'm probably looking for a group of beginners cos I can't actually ride for more than about 5 pedal strokes yet. I don't think many people unicycle in Adelaide, Australia. It was not common to see cyclists in Adelaide prior to 1990. I remember when I used to cycle to work in the 80s, I would not see any other cyclists at all. The most common reaction I would get was motorists and other pedestrians yelling "Can't you afford a car?". haha

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                  • #39
                    Summary of responses so far...

                    Negative
                    wobblysteve
                    albertosaurus

                    Moderately Negative
                    setonix

                    Neutral
                    JimT
                    ruari
                    Richard C
                    monoguy on a mono wheel


                    Supportive
                    Canoeheadted
                    OneTrackMind
                    lightbulbjim
                    aj1500
                    wobbling bear
                    elpuebloUNIdo
                    mrfixit
                    Gockie
                    bigevilgrape
                    BruceC
                    johnfoss
                    Klaas Bil

                    So if you exclude the neutral it appears that the supportive beats the negative - 12 to 3
                    Last edited by wobblysteve; 2019-11-27, 06:52 AM.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by wobblysteve View Post
                      Maybe I need to take up a real dangerous sport like Base Jumping....
                      Reminds me of a conversation I had with Kris Holm's mom, on the day he was married. I asked her how she felt about all the nutty stuff he was doing on the unicycle, like riding on very high cliffs and bridge railings? This was 2003. Her response was a total surprise; she said she really worried more about Kris' sister, whose winter activity choice of activity was ice climbing!
                      Originally posted by wobbling bear View Post
                      Well you know her: she is (extremely) lightweight so she is built for distance running ... but now she only regularly practices jogging (and some indoor exercices in a gym)
                      Thanks! gym yes, but running/jogging definitely not for Jacquie. But we do love our rides together, she on her recumbent and me on my G36. I beat hear on the uphills and she creams me on the downhills. In between, I now struggle to keep up sometimes...
                      Originally posted by BruceC View Post
                      No worries mate! Between Gockie, a few others and myself you'll have your pick of the fleet.
                      Originally posted by Gockie View Post
                      Thatís awesome! Count me in
                      And Iím sure a uni can be arranged for you
                      That's very kind of you. Not sure who Dave was working with in the Sydney area, but Sunday 5 Jan. is also possible, or the 6th or 7th. Morning. Depending on the riders in the gruop, would love to go on a scenic and/or challenging Muni ride, or just meet somewhere in town and share our toys and skills. I'm at johnfoss at unicycling d com.
                      Originally posted by Gockie
                      .... donít fly Qatar. They are a pain in the butt and stole money and a phone from my partner. And the guy at checkin said my unicycle was going to damage his plane. Really?
                      Wow, harsh! If an airline employee told me my unicycle would damage their plane, I would ask if they have any stronger planes. Otherwise reminds me of my experience in China after Unicon X. After checking in and paying for everything, man at the luggage belt says I have to pay for them to take my luggage. His command of English was very limited, and I said we already paid. Having experienced similar examples throughout our trip, I then just stared back at him for a while, until he waved us through.
                      John Foss
                      www.unicycling.com

                      "Who is going to argue with a mom who can ride a unicycle?" -- Forums member "HiMo"

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by OneTrackMind View Post
                        She didn't really like how much space the unicycles took up in the garage but was much happier when I built a hanging rack.
                        Originally posted by Setonix View Post
                        She is fervently against me buying new unicycles because I have enough in her eyes, but as she never enters the shed where I have all of the unicycles.
                        Originally posted by wobblysteve View Post
                        Negative
                        wobblysteve
                        albertosaurus

                        Moderately Negative
                        setonix

                        Neutral
                        JimT
                        ruari
                        Richard C
                        monoguy on a mono wheel


                        Supportive
                        Canoeheadted
                        OneTrackMind
                        lightbulbjim
                        aj1500
                        wobbling bear
                        elpuebloUNIdo
                        mrfixit
                        Gockie
                        bigevilgrape
                        BruceC
                        johnfoss
                        Klaas Bil

                        So if you exclude the neutral it appears that the supportive beats the negative - 12 to 3
                        Maybe not as statistically relevant as wobblysteve's observation but maybe a clue is in the name "unicycle". If more than one (are in sight) the support wanes?

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                        • #42
                          My Mrs. is also fully supportive in unicycling and every other activity I take up. She is concerned about my safety and insists I wear at least a helmet and wrist guards, which I do wear, along with leg armour and elbow pads. When I first started she said not to get hurt because she didnít want to have to get the winters firewood by herself. She does want to try the unicycle herself this coming spring.

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                          • #43
                            My wife is definitely supportive, though with some misgivings -- she supports me, and since I unicycle and it makes me happy, she supports that too. On re-reading my earlier post, I can see why wobblysteve classified us as "neutral".
                            20" Nimbus (Black, White Tire)
                            26" Nimbus Muni (Duro Wildlife Leopard | Schwalbe Crazy Bob 2.35")

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                            • #44
                              Definitely positive comments from my better half

                              It really makes me sad to hear about yours and others lack of support! Learning to ride can be frustrating enough in the beginning even when you have a good support system, but when you don't...well I wouldn't be surprised if some people in such circumstances gave up too soon.

                              Hang in there!! If it's truly a passion of yours, don't let what anyone says deter you in any way. And hopefully once she sees you progress from learning to more accomplished riding she'll change her mind about it.

                              My better half of 18 years has been extremely supportive of my newly discovered passion of only 6 months now. She was very proud of me for pursuing this long time dream of mine and I can hear the pride in her voice whenever she talks about me with friends and family. I'm sure it helps that I always try to be equally supportive of her with her hobbies and new ideas as well.

                              Now don't get me wrong, It's not like I have a limitless amount of money I am allowed spend on unicycles and fill up our garage with them. We also have 5yr old twins, which doesn't always allow me the time I wish I could spend riding. But as long as I'm spending time with her and the kids she has been incredibly supportive.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by lowerstackmac View Post
                                My Mrs. is also fully supportive in unicycling and every other activity I take up. She is concerned about my safety and insists I wear at least a helmet and wrist guards, which I do wear, along with leg armour and elbow pads. When I first started she said not to get hurt because she didnít want to have to get the winters firewood by herself. She does want to try the unicycle herself this coming spring.
                                Same here, my wife may not be impressed by some of my adventure choices but she wishes me a good time and ask that i update her when i can. She requested i do not injure myself unicycling, skydiving, backbacking etc because she does not want to give up being a stay at home mom and go get another job to support her dumbass injured husband lol
                                For the most part, if you want to be cool, you might want to avoid unicycles. But if you want to ride unicycles, you're into a different kind of cool. We are not sheep! (Foss, 2017, p. 93)

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