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  • Originally posted by onebyone
    but you do a great job unicycle6869.
    I second that. He does, indeed!

    Do you troll or search regularly through search engines like *oogle etc?
    He does use Google News on occasion, but the bulk of his finds come from a commercial database called, Factiva (www.factiva.com) which daily indexes articles and stories from over 10,000 sources (wire services, magazines, newspapers, and trade journals) worldwide.

    It's hard to believe that unicycle6869 is not a librarian.
    Last edited by JJuggle; 2006-06-06, 12:48 PM.
    Raphael Lasar

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    • 'If You're Determined Enough': Unicyclist has different spin on fun. - from SouthBendTribune.com, June 4, 2006.
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      • Originally posted by JJuggle
        Said article:
        E-Mail Story | Print Story

        June 04. 2006 6:59AM

        'If you're determined enough'
        Unicyclist has different spin on fun.

        PEOPLE: HOW HE DOES IT

        Joshua Torrans is the head mechanic and unicycle specialist at the House of Bicycles in Osceola. Torrans, 27, owns six unicycles and has been involved in the sport for about 18 months. He spoke recently with Tribune staff writer Brent Forgues.

        What got you interested?

        I had a buddy that borrowed one from our pastor and he actually was practicing with one, and I thought he was fairly decent, and within about five minutes I could go about 5 feet without falling over. I wanted one for a gift for my birthday. It took about two years to get it, but I finally got one from my wife for Christmas.


        Where do you take it?

        Everywhere. In the woods, on the road. I'm getting ready to go down Pikes Peak in Colorado on Aug. 19. I go trail riding and mountain biking with it. It's pretty much anywhere and everywhere. I went 55 miles in one day. It took about six and one-half hours.

        What was it like the first time you tried to get on a unicycle? How did you learn?

        Difficult. I couldn't ride it. I just kind of messed around. Unless you're doing something pretty stupid, you land on your feet most of the time. You just kind of hang along a wall or a fence. Then once you get your balance and keep on going until either you keep on going or fall over. It's kind of a trial and error.

        Do you still mount the unicycle with the assistance of a wall or fence?

        No, I can static-mount ... where you pretty much keep the wheel in one position and step up on the pedal. It's a timing issue. It almost looks like you walk along and then you step on stairs and keep on pedaling.

        What do you have to learn?

        It's balance. It's pretty much like the evolution of balance or the art of balance. It is safer than actually riding a bicycle because there are no handlebars to get caught up in your legs if you fall. But you do need gloves, because if you fall you put your hands out.

        Is it much like riding a bike?

        The only thing that's really similar is pedaling. You have your balance of keeping side to side and you have to keep your balance forward and backwards. On one wheel, the whole idea is to stay on the wheel. It's more work and it's all abs. All abs and legs because it's balance and pedaling.

        What is it you most enjoy about unicycling?

        People who get on bicycles, you learn to feel like a kid. When you're on a unicycle, you even feel like a bigger kid. When I first learned how to ride a unicycle, I had to learn how to get on it. Then you have the whole factor of if you're determined enough. But it's fun. ... And you're like, "Dang it, I want to learn so I know how to do this."

        But the unicycle is the pure innocence of the kid, because it humbles you. A pothole can take me out. Even riding up a curb is a challenge. Everything on a unicycle is a challenge. You have to learn how to do it enough so it's less work, but it's always going to be work. ...

        You can do a lot of crazy stuff like jumping on a picnic table. If you wear headphones, you might as well not, because people are going to want to talk to you. It's just kind of cool. It just makes me feel like a kid, and it just makes life simpler. ... And now my wife is getting in on it, too.

        Know someone with a story to tell? Contact Brent Forgues at (574) 235-6137 or bforgues@sbtinfo.com.
        http://www.uniproshow.com

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        • Originally posted by onebyone
          I have not followed this thread much previously, but you do a great job unicycle6869. Do you troll or search regularly through search engines like *oogle etc?
          All I do is copy and paste any articles with links. This is due to the fact most links will die out sooner or later and so if I do a copy and paste, the article will be in this thread indefintely so new people (like you) can read old articles instead of clicking a link that doesn't work. I'm not sure why some people just post the link and not the article but I'm guessing it has to do with copyright issues for some people which I guess I'm not too worried about someone coming after me for.
          http://www.uniproshow.com

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          • Off to school on a wheel of fortune
            Bill Nemitz staff columnist
            631 words
            7 June 2006
            Portland Press Herald
            Final
            B1
            English
            Copyright (c) 2006 ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights reserved.
            He saw too many friends drop out of high school. He knows many others who didn't go on to college or, once there, said the heck with it and came back home.

            But young Max DeMilner, who rides his unicycle as if his life depended on it, will not go that route. And he just pedaled 720 miles all over New England to prove it.

            "After I withdrew from college, I just had this awful, stagnant feeling. Like I was no longer making progress with my life," said Max, 19, as he devoured his morning cereal and nursed his sore muscles Tuesday. "I didn't want to be a college dropout."

            That's where the unicycle came in. But first, let's backpedal.

            Max graduated from Mountain Valley High School in 2004. From there, he enrolled at Chester College of New England to study creative writing. He even won a scholarship to help pay the $22,000 annual bill.

            But money was still tight. And much as he loved the New Hampshire school, Max had "a revelation" midway through his freshman year: Four years at Chester would equal, gulp, tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

            So last fall, Max reluctantly stayed home and got a job in the pharmacy at the Hannaford Supermarket in Rumford. An avid unicyclist, he also got an idea: Why not unicycle to raise money for college?

            He thought first about riding 4,000 miles from Maine to southern California. No way, he decided after doing the math. But unicycling New England? That he could do.

            Enter the sponsors. Gilly's Gym in Waterville donated the custom, 36-inch unicycle. Unicel (they like all things "uni") gave him a cell phone. His big brother Kyle, a University of Maine graduate, built Max a Web site and became his biggest cheerleader.

            By the time he left Rumford on May 6, Max was already halfway to his $2,000 goal. By the time he returned Saturday, he had another $750 ready to deposit in his "To the Max College Fund."

            His six-state tour took him down the busy streets of Boston and New Haven, over the Berkshires and the White Mountains and through weather that only seemed to get worse.

            "It just so happens that the month I took this trip was the wettest month in history," he said.

            One day in Connecticut, he hit a van broadside after it suddenly turned in front of him. Another day, in New Hampshire, he hit a rut, stuck out his left arm to stabilize himself and thwacked the side of a passing tractor-trailer.

            "Two seconds earlier and I lose my arm," Max said.

            But along the way - and this is the part that still amazes him - people listened to Max's story, dug into their pockets and handed him a $10 or a $20. One person took his "Unicyclemax" business card and promptly mailed him a check for $250.

            Perfect strangers "actually gave me money for my education," he said.

            Max's next stop? The University of Maine at Farmington, where he hopes to enroll this January. Until then, he'll keep punching the clock at Hannaford, riding his unicycle and gratefully accepting donations at www.unicyclemax.com .

            Now, Max knows not everyone can ride a unicycle. But to those kids whose education will end this month with a high school diploma, he can only say you don't know what you're missing.

            "There's so much stuff I want to study," Max said. "I do love to learn."

            It helps him keep his balance.
            Raphael Lasar

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            • Originally posted by JJuggle
              Off to school on a wheel of fortune
              Said link.
              Last edited by steveyo; 2006-06-08, 01:14 AM.
              steveyo
              ...like having your own personal rollercoaster...

              - a few uni race write-ups
              - muni and kokopelli uni t-shirts, mugs and stickers

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              • Includes a bit on unicycling.

                Lots to do during Bike Month - from Burnaby Newsleader, June 8, 2006.
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                • Salt Fest is 'wheel' fun - from The Hutchinson News, June 12, 2006
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                  • Re: Unicycle articles (but wait there's more...)

                    On Tue, 6 Jun 2006 13:06:19 -0500, unicycle6869 wrote:

                    >All I do is copy and paste any articles with links. This is due to the
                    >fact most links will die out sooner or later and so if I do a copy and
                    >paste, the article will be in this thread indefintely so new people
                    >(like you) can read old articles instead of clicking a link that
                    >doesn't work.


                    Kudos to you for doing this job!

                    Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict
                    --
                    "I'm slowly but surely stealing Wales and bringing it back to my house on the wheel, frame and cranks of my muni. - phil"

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                    • Originally posted by JJuggle
                      Breaking the cycle
                      ...
                      ``Do a back-flip au.''
                      ...
                      UNICYCLE06
                      Har har, that had to come from NZ. I'd be certain that no one else would hear the word AU or even know what AU is all about AU. :P

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                      • One-wheel commute is joy ride - from Deseret News, Monday, June 19, 2006.
                        Raphael Lasar

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                        • Originally posted by JJuggle
                          Salt Fest is 'wheel' fun - from The Hutchinson News, June 12, 2006
                          Hey, that must be Hutchinson, Kansas. When I saw the picture of the guys using taped-up old tires as hockey sticks, I was reminded of a group that used to play this game there. I had some information about it from the late 80s or so. Apparently some of those riders had been playing unicycle hockey there since around 1962!
                          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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                          • Go figure.

                            Umbra asks: Where has Grist gone? - from Grist Magazine, June 22, 2006.

                            Last edited by JJuggle; 2006-06-23, 01:45 PM.
                            Raphael Lasar

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                            • Originally posted by JJuggle
                              Includes a bit on unicycling.

                              Lots to do during Bike Month - from Burnaby Newsleader, June 8, 2006.
                              Starting to get behind....for some reason I didn't get emailed when someone posted here? Hmmm... Anyways, here is the said link for when it is dead;

                              Or not, looks like the link is already dead and I was too late!
                              http://www.uniproshow.com

                              One Love Unicycle Club (Coming to Denver soon...)

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                              • Originally posted by JJuggle
                                One-wheel commute is joy ride - from Deseret News, Monday, June 19, 2006.
                                benson@desnews.com and faxes to 801-237-2527.


                                Recent Lee Benson columns
                                http://www.uniproshow.com

                                One Love Unicycle Club (Coming to Denver soon...)

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