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  • Originally posted by Tinkerbeau View Post
    Another interesting conversation typical of what I normally get in Glasgow; genuinely interested and encouraging comments. Miserable weather; nice people.
    OK, I admit it. My first nagging comment in Glasgow today; got the circus tune whistled at me by some passing golfing lads, and asked if they could hire me for their birthday party.
    But wait, does that mean that I am getting better? Always look on the bright side.

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    • I got a "Very cool man. Keep it up" from a group of mountainbikers last Sunday. They were very surprised to see my on one wheel and I did nothing fancy. I was just taking the KH26 for a spin and finding out that I was in bad shape when climbing an offroad incline. It has been raining nearly non-stop for the past 2 months and that doesn't stimulate me to go riding. Last Sunday morning had some dry hours, which I took advantage of.

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      • Originally posted by Tinkerbeau View Post
        asked if they could hire me for their birthday party.
        "You wouldn't be able to afford my rate."
        Unicycling is the fountain of youth.

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        • Originally posted by lightbulbjim View Post
          "You wouldn't be able to afford my rate."

          That thought crossed my mind but off the beaten track, only me vs two local lads, I decided to keep stumm. You never know how reference to disposable income is perceived in my diverse neighbourhood.

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          • Originally posted by Tinkerbeau View Post

            That thought crossed my mind but off the beaten track, only me vs two local lads, I decided to keep stumm. You never know how reference to disposable income is perceived in my diverse neighbourhood.
            That's a good point. My first (internal) reaction would be to suggest an 'alternative place' for them to carry their golf clubs -- externalising that might get you one round the back of the head though

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            • True, sometimes discretion is the better part of valour. Even if you're on a big wheel and could probably outpace them.

              To be honest I ignore inane comments. The most response anybody will get out of me is an eyeroll.
              Unicycling is the fountain of youth.

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              • Originally posted by Tinkerbeau View Post
                ...some passing golfing lads, and asked if they could hire me for their birthday party.
                But wait, does that mean that I am getting better?
                I guess the answer to that depends on their budget.

                Possible less-dangerous responses:
                • How much?
                • I'm not worth what I charge.
                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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                • Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
                  • I'm not worth what I charge.
                  You've got me down to a T, John.

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                  • At a Downhill Bike Park

                    I got hit with my favorite line, after riding the chair lift to the top of the mountain and halfway through my run:

                    "You're shredding more on one wheel, than I can with two!"

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                    • "You know they sell those with two wheels!"

                      I said, "Really? But that would be cheating."

                      Should have said: "Yeah, but this one was half off!"

                      Doh!

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                      • Originally posted by thorofareken View Post
                        "You know they sell those with two wheels!"

                        I said, "Really? But that would be cheating."

                        Should have said: "Yeah, but this one was half off!"

                        Doh!
                        or: "I haven't needed a training wheel since I was 12"

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                        • Got an old lady yelling 'Oh look, a standy-uppy bike!' this weekend Aren't all (non-recumbent) bikes standy-uppy?
                          It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.

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                          • Originally posted by Piece Maker View Post
                            Got an old lady yelling 'Oh look, a standy-uppy bike!' this weekend Aren't all (non-recumbent) bikes standy-uppy?
                            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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                            • Originally posted by Piece Maker View Post
                              Got an old lady yelling 'Oh look, a standy-uppy bike!' this weekend Aren't all (non-recumbent) bikes standy-uppy?
                              Her comment was probably based on what she saw as the rider's position/posture. On a regular unicycle, we are more upright than nearly any form of bicycle, because the pedals are directly below our seats.

                              A great response for her, not that I have learned it, is to jump up into stand-up gliding and say "THIS is standy-uppy!"

                              Best quote for a while, last weekend on the bike path in Folsom. The scene: We've just started riding, not on the main American River Bike Path, but a local one that's more sparsely populated. The first other cyclist we see is a guy on an electric BC wheel (with LED lights in it) coming the other way. he has headphones on, so all I get to do is point at his wheel and mine, and he smiles as he passes by. Shortly after that, two guys walking a dog. Second guy says "What, is this Unicycle Day?" A pretty quick thinking dude, as he had only seen me for a few seconds. I had no prepared response to that one, so all I got out was "Yeah!"

                              Better responses:
                              • Every day is Unicycle Day
                              • Nope, it's just Walk the Dog Day again
                              • Check out the next one! (my wife had already passed on her recumbent, and it was just us but they didn't know that)
                              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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                              • Yesterday I rode in the charity ride "MS Gong" raising funds for MS research. I was one of maybe just 3 unicycles in a field of over 10,000 bicycles. I was warned to expect a barrage of typical unicycle comments but instead received only a couple of "missing wheels".

                                The positive comments from bicycle riders and spectators was just over whelming, I couldn't respond or even wave in reply to most. From "respect", "legend", "amazing", "well done" to "I've just been passed by a unicycle".

                                Quotes of the day are:

                                At a rest stop at bicycle rider asked, "Can I get a selfie with you and your unicycle".

                                Lady passing me down a very steep hill called out "passing right", to which I say "you and everyone else". She comes back with, "well you just passed me going up the last hill".

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