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Old 2019-10-21, 08:10 PM   #8251
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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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Old 2019-10-22, 09:43 AM   #8252
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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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Old 2019-10-22, 09:47 AM   #8253
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asked if they could hire me for their birthday party.
"You wouldn't be able to afford my rate."
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Old 2019-10-22, 08:08 PM   #8254
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"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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Old 2019-10-22, 09:10 PM   #8255
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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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Old 2019-10-22, 09:21 PM   #8256
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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.
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Old 2019-10-23, 05:44 AM   #8257
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...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.
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Old 2019-10-28, 12:51 PM   #8258
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  • I'm not worth what I charge.
You've got me down to a T, John.
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Old 2019-10-28, 03:09 PM   #8259
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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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Old 2019-10-28, 04:26 PM   #8260
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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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Old 2019-10-28, 05:47 PM   #8261
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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!
or: "I haven't needed a training wheel since I was 12"
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Old 2019-10-28, 11:08 PM   #8262
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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?
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Old 2019-10-29, 01:32 AM   #8263
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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?
Lol
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Old 2019-11-01, 04:51 AM   #8264
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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?
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)
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Old 2019-11-04, 12:48 AM   #8265
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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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