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Old 2019-11-15, 09:05 AM   #8281
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I often get the same impression. I think dirt riders have more fun.
The good thing of road cyclists is that they are so fast that they are quickly out of view again, so let them feel high and mighty.
Unicycling is like sitting high and mighty on a throne. Ignorance is bliss.
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Old 2019-11-15, 09:20 AM   #8282
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I have got real good experience with MTBikers indeed.

Perhaps the lower difference in speed (compared to road cyclists ) plays a role as well?
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Old 2019-11-15, 10:19 AM   #8283
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i found that most walkers would say hi or give some impressive comment but cyclists seam to be very serious and either completley blanked me or look at you like "what the hell or you doing that for"
Interesting, because cycling commuters in Oslo are generally some of the most positive people I meet with regards to unicycling.
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Old 2019-11-15, 11:22 AM   #8284
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MTBers might be more technical than road riders and because of that recognise more that unicycling off-road can be quite a challenge.
I think in general I get more comments from Mountainbikers than by road riders
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Old 2019-11-18, 09:03 PM   #8285
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A passing jogger noted "well, that increases the degree of difficulty". How true he is, perhaps explaining part of the motivation for riding unicycles.
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Old 2019-12-07, 02:45 AM   #8286
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My neighbor walked past me in the park. "I see you're having challenges, today."

I had just spent a couple minutes trying to mount into a one-footed idle with both hands holding the seat. I kept dismounting after only a few idles.

I am not sure how to interpret the comment, "I see you're having challenges, today." The cynical side of me thinks that most onlookers only experience unicycling through the lens of success/failure. They don't know what one-footed idling looks like, but they do know the difference between getting it and not getting it. Maybe it just looked like I was having a bad day.

Later on, a woman in a parked car said, "Impressive." Not a particularly impressive quote of the day, except for the fact that I've received the single word "impressive" comment half a dozen times, and every time it was a woman. Do guys say "impressive"?

Guy: "Impressive!"
Me: "Quit staring at my package!"

Anyhoo, I was a bit annoyed by the woman's "impressive" comment, because all I was doing was riding forward when she made it. So, as if to say 'oh, you think that's impressive', I hopped a curb, stalled on the sidewalk then rode backwards off the curb. Not even a particularly good trick, but better than just riding.
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Old 2019-12-07, 04:33 AM   #8287
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Or...
Your neighbour knows you well enough to realize that you weren't as successful as you wanted to be right then.
The woman in the car was genuinely impressed as you were doing something that most can't.

...and ya, I say "very impressive" when I say it and I sure as hell aint looking at no package.

You're reading way too much into it, but hey that's human nature.
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Old 2019-12-11, 03:56 AM   #8288
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"I see you're having challenges, today."

In a somewhat similar vein, I was half-way through my ride and was busy free mounting to head back when a neighbor who had seen me before said, "I am surprised you are still at it."

My reply was "So am I".
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Old 2019-12-11, 02:38 PM   #8289
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Your neighbour knows you well enough to realize that you weren't as successful as you wanted to be right then.
I was not frustrated. I was not expecting to do any better. I knew I was practicing something at the edge of my abilities. So, I was, in fact, as successful as I expected to be. It may have appeared to be otherwise, however. BTW, I practiced the same technique again yesterday, and I was able to idle for more than 20 seconds. The huge improvement happened, but not without having to endure the inept stage witnessed by my neighbor.

In other news, yesterday I ran into a neighbor in the park, an 18 yr. old young man, a neighbor and classmate of my daughter from elementary school. We have had several long conversations in the park. Yesterday, however, at one point in the conversation he stepped closer to me, put his hands on top of the unicycle seat and said "I think I want to ride your unicycle." Luckily, I had my 5mm tool. I was riding my 300mm long-neck Equinox; I had to lower the seat all the way down. After experimenting with some launching spots, he found the pole for the basketball hoop and launched from there. I let him use my helmet.

I told him not to launch until he felt somewhat relaxed. Without any prompting, he rode with one hand on the seat handle. I think that had something to do with the saddle. I have an Impact Naomi saddle on my 20". It doesn't have a lot of padding. He must have sensed the need for extra stability.

Anyhow, within 10 minutes, he had ridden the distance from the pole to the edge of the blacktop, 12-15 feet. He rode in a slow, controlled fashion. I think that had something to do with his hand on the seat. He had no awkward dismounts (because of the hand on the seat, I think). I was so stoked, I offered to lend him the unicycle until he could find one on CL. At the last minute, he declined, telling me that unicycling seemed pretty hard. I wish I had told him that it took me a few days of practice to get as far as he did in 10 minutes. Maybe he'll change his mind.
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