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  • MrImpossible
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    From a ~4 yr old: "I can run faster than your unicycle! Look!"

    And off he zoomed, way faster than I can ride my 20".

    (he and his mom had walked past me a little earlier, and she had told him I was riding a "unicycle")

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  • lowerstackmac
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    Originally posted by wobbling bear View Post
    It took me two months to learn to ride and I have been trying to juggle since the lockdown started (so not 15 minutes!) and still failing ... (may be age is important when learning)
    I learned last year to juggle at age 66. It took me the weekend to be able to do a simple three ball cascade. I got up to about 20 catches by the end of that time, so more than fifteen minutes for me too. It took me a lot longer than two months to learn to ride though. Keep at er

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  • johnfoss
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    Originally posted by wobbling bear View Post
    It took me two months to learn to ride and I have been trying to juggle since the lockdown started (so not 15 minutes!) and still failing ... (may be age is important when learning)
    I can't speak to the age thing; almost all of my juggling students were in elementary school. Most people get too caught up on catching, and it interferes with learning the throws. Try eliminating the catching, and just watch the pattern, and listen to the balls/bags landing. Throws from your left hand should peak somewhere above your right shoulder (in front of you), and throws from your right hand should peak above your left shoulder. the throws, and the catches, should have consistent timing. the spacing of "throw - throw - throw" should match the spacing of "Plop - plop plop". Alternate your starting hand.

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  • Setonix
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    Originally posted by finnspin View Post
    "Look, he must have a great trauma surgeon"- one elderly lady to her friend, as I was just riding the gravel road to the trails.. I decided to stay polite, and (truthfully) said: "I have not needed one yet".
    You should put it on the Today (I Brag) thread :P I only wish I had your control.

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  • finnspin
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    "Look, he must have a great trauma surgeon"- one elderly lady to her friend, as I was just riding the gravel road to the trails.. I decided to stay polite, and (truthfully) said: "I have not needed one yet".

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  • Pagee
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    Never heard this one before, Older women riding up track parallel to the one I was riding down popped out from behind bushes and exclaimed "Are your thinking what I'm thinking" as they looked across at me.

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  • wobbling bear
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    Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
    Juggling is MUCH easier than learning to ride a unicycle. I can usually get people to that crucial third catch in 15 minutes or less.
    It took me two months to learn to ride and I have been trying to juggle since the lockdown started (so not 15 minutes!) and still failing ... (may be age is important when learning)

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  • johnfoss
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    Yesterday, on the bike path. Parks are officially open again; people still minding their spacing, which is great, and there are cars in the parking lots! It looked mostly normal out there. :-) Guy coming the other way said "That's one way... " He didn't finish, but it sounded like half a sentence. One way to skin a cat? One way to get from A to B? Whatever.

    Originally posted by Quax1974 View Post
    "Dat is vet!" Which means: "that's cool" but literal translation is "that's fat"
    In American English the expression "That's fat" is also equivalent to "that's cool", though now it's a bit outdated.

    Originally posted by Richard C
    Stock response: "I can't even juggle on dry land"
    Juggling is MUCH easier than learning to ride a unicycle. I can usually get people to that crucial third catch in 15 minutes or less. And it's cross-training; lots of bending over to pick up what you dropped.

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  • Richard C
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    So I'm now venturing out onto the roads in the village, and running into neighbours (at a safe social distance). In a few weeks I will stop being a novelty and just be a normal part of village life. I get a lot of "you should learn to juggle while riding". (Stock response: "I can't even juggle on dry land"). I've heard of two other unicyclists in the village, though I haven't had chance to compare notes with them due to lockdown.

    Amazingly, I was riding down our lane when I met a third neighbour coming the other way, carrying a 20" unicycle. He's taken it up as a lockdown project, still holding on to the wall for support. That's 4 unicyclists out of 800 inhabitants!

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  • UniMyra
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    Yesterday two bicyclists crossed in front of me on a pikepath. One of them shouted "You've lost a wheel!", and then crashed right in front of me. So I replied "Hey, you nearly lost yours!". That would have been perfect - if his wheel actually fell off. :-))

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  • Setonix
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    Yesterday morning when riding the 36", some old guy passed me saying "Dat is een vermoeiende bezigheid" ( That is an exhausting way to spend you time) I just told him that at least it was fun. he possibly doesn't know much about unis. Ok riding a bike is easier as you can just roll without pedalling, but I was on a 36", which is much less tiring than riding a 20". Then a bit later some road riders cycled passed and they said "Houd de moed erin" (which means something like "don't give up"). I don't think I looked so exhausted though. Rode about 18km in total yesterday, partly on the 36" and also on the 29".

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  • m00ms
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    today i was out on my hatchet and just heading back to my car when i saw a couple of guys and one had one of the wheels on a stick for measuring distances.

    the single wheel was really small and i just couldnt help myself so i said " o bless you have a little one" luckily he did see the funny side and said " mines sure not as big as yours"

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  • Quax1974
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    A fun / pun one from last ride:

    One girl to another, as I was passing in between them on their social distancing each-on-one-side-of-the-road walk:
    "Dat is vet!"

    Which means: "that's cool" but literal translation is "that's fat"

    My 3" tire is not that fat!
    My belly on the other hand...


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  • lowerstackmac
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    As I was riding today, I saw up ahead of me a girl walking her dog. As I approached she told her dog to sit and clipped it onto a leash. As I passed them I said “thanks”. The girl indicated toward the dog and said “she‘s still in training”. I replied “me too”. Nice of her to clip in the pooch.

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  • johnfoss
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    A glorious day on Sunday, with tons of people getting out and (mostly) keeping respectable space around them. Lots of comments but these stood out:

    - A guy, riding with a woman and one other person: "HOLY SHI--- wow."
    - From a cyclist going the opposite way (I think to his companion) "Two is hard enough!"
    - Haven't heard this one in years: "Good luck!" I don't find that inappropriate when trying to go fast on a 36" Schlumpf and avoid catching 'Rona...
    - From a mountain biker, on a dirt trail the day before: "You're making us all look bad." I replied "Don't feel bad, you're waaay faster than me on the downhills!"

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