Unicyclist Community

Go Back   Unicyclist Community > Non-unicycling Discussion > Just Conversation & Introduce Yourself

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 2015-02-11, 03:16 PM   #1
beastrider
unicyclist
 
beastrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: larimer county, colorado
Age: 58
Posts: 10
Frankenstein --- the Beast --- and Beyond

My love of unicycling began in 1968 when I was age 7.

The unicycle of note was a 20” that my older brothers rode around the neighborhood… And then they rode at my school's halloween event while wearing a head-to-toe Frankenstein costume. Wham! I was completely hooked on unicycling. Watching them ride was the funnest thing I’d ever seen

I learned two years later at age 9. The delay? I was short for my age. Way too short for the uni. I tested the fit multiple times per week and wished my legs were longer. Finally my anxiousness led to enlisting help to shorten the post so the seat bracket could go all the way down to the frame.

And then *every day* I tried to reach both pedals. Finally the day arrived where my legs were long enough and I was stoked!

Seven days of determination later I reached my target: the monumentally distant corner of the block down the street. And while pushing towards that goal I didn’t even realize how much control was being developed. From that day forward I could ride for hours and though I was skilled at having fun, unicycling set a new standard.

Next came 15 years of frequent riding, various uni milestones and a ton of fun. Then I foolishly allowed adult life to overtake my unicycling.

That was 30 years ago.

Now after getting some safety gear and a Nimbus Oracle 36er, I’m back!

And once again I am having a ton of fun.

——————————————————————

My current activities are:

* Wearing out the *original* tire on my 1980s Schwinn 24” uni while regaining good balance and control

* Riding and optimizing my big beautiful amazing beast 36er (my legs fit with a Nimbus shadow handle base, a shortened post, 138s and about an inch of post to spare)
__________________
1970 20" -- 1978 6' -- 1983 24" -- 2015 36"
beastrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2015-02-12, 02:23 AM   #2
eastenn
Unicyclist
 
eastenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Tennessee
Age: 33
Posts: 66
Nice story, thanks for sharing!
eastenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2015-02-12, 07:45 PM   #3
beastrider
unicyclist
 
beastrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: larimer county, colorado
Age: 58
Posts: 10
Really am back to good unicycling

Quote:
Originally Posted by eastenn View Post
Nice story, thanks for sharing!
Thanks eastenn!

It's really amazing how one never forgets how to ride unis.

I've seen my brother jump on and ride after twenty years of not riding, and have watched a complete stranger do the same.

Last weekend included going out on a bike trail and riding 6 miles.

Like I said, I'm having fun riding again.

And truly I have not ridden so much since having the honor and privilege of spending a few hours at John Foss's place circa 1994. John even let me try 2 of his unicycles that day. Good times!
__________________
1970 20" -- 1978 6' -- 1983 24" -- 2015 36"
beastrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2015-02-13, 01:03 AM   #4
eastenn
Unicyclist
 
eastenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Tennessee
Age: 33
Posts: 66
Hey I like your signature too! Mine would look something like this

December 26" -- January 20" -- February 24" I hope this hasn't become a trend for me
eastenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2015-02-21, 08:38 PM   #5
beastrider
unicyclist
 
beastrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: larimer county, colorado
Age: 58
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by eastenn View Post
Hey I like your signature too! Mine would look something like this

December 26" -- January 20" -- February 24" I hope this hasn't become a trend for me
Impressive. And quite the dilemma you have to deal with. There are people that strongly believe you *cannot* have too many unicycles
__________________
1970 20" -- 1978 6' -- 1983 24" -- 2015 36"
beastrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2015-02-21, 09:19 PM   #6
beastrider
unicyclist
 
beastrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: larimer county, colorado
Age: 58
Posts: 10
30+ year old tire retired

I finally made a change to my 24" and had my LBS install a new tube and schwinn tire.

The original tire just couldn't handle any more riding!
Attached Images
 
__________________
1970 20" -- 1978 6' -- 1983 24" -- 2015 36"
beastrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
beast, frankenstein


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Freewheel unicycling beyond the fence 12-14-2013 waaalrus Unicycling Videos 6 2013-12-17 05:59 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2001-2019 Gilby
Page generated in 0.08671 seconds with 14 queries