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Old 2014-06-24, 03:06 PM   #1
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I never quit riding. I just took a 30 year break.

“What’s that Grandpa”?
“My Unicycle” I said.
“Can you ride it”? asked my best buddy.
“Sure” I said. But it no more got past my lips and I knew I was in for it now.
“Show me Grandpa!”

Way to go I thought. Been 30 years, got a flat tire, wired up pedal and I am in the grass in the back yard. Here goes nothing. Hit my free mount first time, rode across the yard and dismounted like it was yesterday. When I heard “COOL GRANDPA” I knew I was back. Break time was over.


Two new Uni’s and safety gear $700.00

Registration for the NAUCC next week, hotels and expenses $1500.00

“COOL GRANDPA!” PRICELESS!
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Old 2014-06-24, 03:22 PM   #2
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Howdee DaUniGuy

That's Brilliant !

One "Cool Grandpa "

Oh, and Welcome to the Forum

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Old 2014-06-24, 04:08 PM   #3
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Nice to have you back DaUniGuy!

Greetings

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Old 2014-06-25, 06:14 AM   #4
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I learned when I was 12 on a Schwinn 24”. The day after my ride for the grandson I was on the phone to all the bike shops in town and I picked up a Sun Flattop 20”. Three weeks later I am on unicycle.com and bought a nimbus equinox 20” street and added a Kris Holm street saddle.

I can’t believe how quickly it has all came back. I can pretty much hop on and ride until I want to stop. I have ridden almost every day for the last eight weeks. Until I had a poorly executed UPD last Saturday while doing idling practice and jammed my big toe. Been on the injured reserve list the last few days but I may try a short ride in my steel toed work tennis shoes in the morning.

When I rode as a kid that is all I did, ride. Everywhere. I didn’t have a clue about any tricks. This time I am trying to become a unicyclist. I have learned to hop a couple of times and I am working on idling. I even have done a little muni light, riding on some of the chat mountain bike trails by the house.

When I got on utube I was amazed at what you guys are doing on these things now. Makes me wish I was a few years younger.
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Old 2014-06-25, 09:10 AM   #5
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how about creating a club "GranPas On One Wheel" ? (GOOW)
for my grand-children this is considered normal (after all 50% of GranPas ride a unicycle )
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Old 2014-06-26, 11:21 PM   #6
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how about creating a club "GranPas On One Wheel" ? (GOOW)
I'm in. My grandkids are aged two to ten.
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Old 2014-06-27, 04:49 PM   #7
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I would say we have the beginnings of a new not so secret society and I am in! Isn’t getting old great? Best part is you start to care less and less what others think. With the exception of the grand kids that is. Maintaining the “Cool Grandpa” status is a top priority in my book.

My bags are packed and I am heading up to Minnesota in the morning for the NAUCC. I am fired up. I have never ridden with another unicycle. I am looking forward to meeting new folks learning new things and watching the youngsters do incredible things on one wheel for my entertainment.

I may even try to find a class II-III white water river in the area so that I can skip over one day, rent a boat and run me a river. Now if the Fedex guy just shows up today and leaves me my new Kris Holm gloves and leg armor I will be set. I just need to figure out what shoes I want to get and I should be geared up. When I was a kid I rode in sandals and cutoff jeans. Now I look like Robo Cop with a my safety gear.
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Old 2014-06-29, 06:57 PM   #8
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20 year hiatus

Regrets. I've had a few. But then again, too few to mention. My 1987 24" Schwinn unicycle was a busted hunk of junk but it got me the centerfold in my college yearbook. I got into mountain biking because it was easier than teaching my friends how to ride a unicycle. Beer money took priority around my junior year. Don't tell my kids but I vow to keep them in quality unicycles regardless. Our recent addition of a 36" Nimbus Nightfox for my 11 year old daughter is a start. Money well spent. I wish my Dad would have done that for me. Of course, as Kris said in his book, back then $!,000 was not unheard of to customize a mountain unicycle that would not break.

Welcome to the forum DaUniGuy! Congratulations on the creative username. I see you are in Kansas City. Go Chiefs! My company had season tickets when I lived in Overland Park. From what I remember it was fairly bicycle friendly with asphalt paths here and there. Nothing like what Louisville boasts today, but you could kind of get around.

My story is similar to the OP. It never occurred to me until my kids were old enough to ride scoot bikes in the cul-de-sac out front. Ordered 24" Nimbus MUni sight unseen. Hop up and pedal. Just like riding a b*ke.
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Old 2014-06-30, 09:39 AM   #9
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what about creating a Strava group "GrandParents On One Wheel" where we will report our progress and (extraordinary) feats!

(edit: my own handle on Strava: "bear Amade")
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Old 2014-07-04, 03:12 AM   #10
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Thanks David but I can't take credit for the name. There is a little guy maybe 3 or 4 years old who I run into on the trail with his mom. Every time he sees me he yells Mommy "Mommy its DaUniGuy"! I liked it so I stole it from him.
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Old 2014-07-04, 03:34 AM   #11
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I am not sure what a Strava group is Wobbling bear but I am game. As to reporting on our progress and (extraordinary) feats I will start.

I have been at the since Saturday NAUCC. It is my last night and I leave in the morning.

I have learned to walk into my static mount. I can now do a rolling mount as well. I have learned to idle, need more practice but I feel I will have it down in short order. And I can hop! WOOHOO! They showed me how to ride seat out front as my next assignment. I need work but I think I will get it soon.

Never having ridden with another unicycle before and having hundreds around was awesome! I envy you folks with clubs. But I will happily go back to riding alone again. I will be in Wisconsin next year. You can count on it!!!
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Old 2014-07-08, 11:34 PM   #12
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Old 2014-07-12, 01:54 PM   #13
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Been 30 years, got a flat tire, wired up pedal and I am in the grass in the back yard. Here goes nothing. Hit my free mount first time, rode across the yard and dismounted like it was yesterday. When I heard “COOL GRANDPA” I knew I was back. Break time was over.
No idea how a free mount would feel like after a break of 30 years. But, ha, that made me LOL.
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Old 2017-04-22, 04:03 PM   #14
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After a 15 year break, hopped on and rode...

So nice to bump into DaUniGuy on the KC trail yesterday, hope to ride with you soon!

I started riding in 1973, rode until the Sears unicycle bushing and axle was cut through and the pedal fell off Then did not ride again until I wanted to teach my kids, went to a bike shop and rode across the room first time, knew that "I was back". Now 4 of us in the family ride, my youngest daughter learned when she was only 4, her first week of kindergarten show and tell is still remembered by many

KC is growing many miles trails, everything from super smooth 9' wide cement trails to off road and big hills. It's great. I hope to ride across Missouri on the converted old rail road Katy Trail, soon connecting from Kansas City to St Louis.

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Old 2017-04-22, 04:32 PM   #15
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So nice to bump into DaUniGuy on the KC trail yesterday, hope to ride with you soon!
I live in California, but spend part of my summer in K.C. and on Table Rock Lake. DaUniGuy and I are contemplating some gravel bar riding on the shores of Table Rock Lake, this summer. There was some discussing about the right unicycle for that kind of riding; Maybe a 20" fatty.

The Katy trail ride sounds like a real challenge. 237 miles. How many miles/day you want to attempt? If you don't do so already, I suggest learning to ride with handlebars before attempting such a long, multi-day ride.

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