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Old 2018-10-08, 08:47 PM   #8026
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All of them with loooong cranks.
Yes long cranks and maybe(?) only one with brakes. I guess that makes sense.
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Old 2018-10-10, 06:00 AM   #8027
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5 year old boy seeing me riding past: "He's riding on one wheel! How is he doing that?"

Made me laugh.
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Old 2018-10-10, 06:01 AM   #8028
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Sometimes when I see people noticing me, I try to beat them to the punch.

"Tomorrow I'm going to try 2 wheels"

Corny I know.
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Old 2018-10-10, 10:00 AM   #8029
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Sometimes when I see people noticing me, I try to beat them to the punch.

"Tomorrow I'm going to try 2 wheels"

Corny I know.
I do the same. I would say something like "Look I can even do it hands free."

And I should really just give a loud "Booh!" with both hands towards those scared looking people as they pass me by.
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Old 2018-10-11, 08:51 PM   #8030
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Today.
"What the thing are you?" – from several guys in the city park.
"Where is chain?" – some time later.
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Old 2018-10-12, 06:05 AM   #8031
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"What the thing are you?" – from several guys in the city park.
"What the thing you are?" may be more correctly.
My English is not so good, sorry.
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Old 2018-10-13, 02:54 AM   #8032
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Yes long cranks and maybe(?) only one with brakes. I guess that makes sense.
Oh yeah! I forgot that was one of the reasons for longer cranks back in the day... Now you only need them for going UP the hill...
But my DM had (relatively short) 150s on it; only size that one ever had. In 2003 I got my Wilder, with 170s. Later I changed those to 160s, which were still too long and finally 145s, which are still on there now.
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Old 2018-10-13, 04:24 PM   #8033
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Oh yeah! I forgot that was one of the reasons for longer cranks back in the day... Now you only need them for going UP the hill...
But my DM had (relatively short) 150s on it; only size that one ever had. In 2003 I got my Wilder, with 170s. Later I changed those to 160s, which were still too long and finally 145s, which are still on there now.
That's wild. I don't think I've ever had a unicycle with longer than 145's on... Both my 36er and 29er came with that size pre-installed, and my cheapo eBay special 24" I started on had 125's on I think!
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Old 2018-10-19, 12:38 AM   #8034
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Some guy asked me to show him a mount. Afterwards he said, "You know you have your own Facebook and Instagram pages?"
"Really?" I replied. I haven't made social media accounts.
"No." He said. So why even bring it up?


My friend thinks there is a page somewhere, but I haven't looked for it yet.
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Old 2018-10-19, 03:39 AM   #8035
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"That's not cool, that's just weird!"
My reply to that would be "Thank you."

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...I rode the tandem the last hundred metres or so to the ferry slipway by myself. On getting there a guy made the observation, "You've lost your other rider!"
I would say "Dammit, that's why it got so quiet. She's gonna kill me!"

BTW, I used to have a tandem that could be steered from the back seat. That really messed with peoples' heads. It was found by my dad on the annual "special pick-up" trash week back in the 70s. Somebody had Frankensteined it together from two or more old clunker bikes.
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"This makes me think of a song." (ie. 'Daisy') -- that time I just agreed and stopped myself saying "Is your name HAL?" as the 2001 reference might not have been as well known as I'd like to think
You would have outed yourself as a major nerd, and probably left the guy confused. Gotta sing that one looooowwww and Slooooooooow.

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Also, sometimes while unicycling the paths people appear sort of scared, like they're afraid I'll fall. They tend to get off the path or hug its side to make room. Maybe they're doing it to be nice, or I guess (my) unicycling looks unstable?
Some are terrified, and some are trying to be polite, while some are both. Some people make faces that seem to say "How dare you endanger the general public by riding that thing around people!"

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My friend thinks there is a page somewhere, but I haven't looked for it yet.
Probably that other tie-wearing, baseball-playing cat-headed dude out there...
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Old 2018-10-28, 04:01 PM   #8036
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Today as I went riding about 24km I had a mountainbiker behind me and he asked if he could video me. He had never seen anyone ride on one wheel over the sandy forest paths. So he rode behind me for a while and I did extra my best not to UPD as the path was quite sandy and there were annoying roots here and there. And then all of a sudden he was gone, so I couldn't ask if he would post it anymore.
Then 15 mins later some old guy just had to make me aware of the fact I lost my wheel. But nearing the end of my ride there were three youngsters gawking there eyes out saying "wow" and "respect". That was kinda fun.
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Old 2018-10-29, 04:16 PM   #8037
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Yesterday I rode down my driveway and out onto the dirt road. I saw a pickup truck approaching. I dismounted when it stopped close to me. My neighbour unrolled his window and said “you’re missing your other wheel”. I just had to smile and agree because after all, it was my first ‘ymyow’. Wow, I’m really starting to make progress into the uni world.
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Old 2018-10-31, 06:25 AM   #8038
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A Lycra Loony said I must only be able to afford one wheel to his mate.
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Old 2018-10-31, 07:38 AM   #8039
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A Lycra Loony said I must only be able to afford one wheel to his mate.
That reminds me, there were some kids at some point that wanted to know more about my unicycle and also remarking "Why don't ride a normal bike. That is much easier" and I told them I didn't have money enough for 2 wheels. And then to think I bought at Schlumpf at some point together with a KH 26. I would never spend so much money on a normal bike. Hilarious.
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Old 2018-11-16, 01:30 AM   #8040
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Call it what it is...

Little kids tend to get excited when they see a unicycle for the first time. "Look, Daddy, look, Daddy, look!" Some parents say "That's a unicycle. It has only 'one' wheel." Other parents either ignore their kid or say "Yeah, I see it." But they don't say unicycle.

My next door neighbors are very nice, educated millenials. They have almost 2 year old kid who is picking up language quickly. The dad, when talking to the kid, referred to my unicycle as a "bike".

I'm trying to understand why some parents don't call the unicycle by its name when their kids take notice. Are they unable to remember the name? Do they think the word unicycle is too difficult? As their child's first teacher, do they consider learning the name of the unicycle an unimportant lesson? Do they find unicycling stupid and are trying to discourage their child from ever riding by neglecting to say unicycle?
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