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Old 2011-12-08, 11:10 PM   #1
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Why a Unicycle

I am working on a report about unicycling for school and need to know the story of why you ride a unicycle. Stuff like how you got started and what keeps you from coming to your senses. Thanks.
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Old 2011-12-09, 12:32 AM   #2
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  • a challenge
  • gets me outside
  • a unique skill
  • ego boost
  • commraderie with other riders
  • great conversation starter
  • always another challenge
  • improves balance
  • improves core strength
  • an "excersize" that's fun!
  • fun that is also excersize!
  • less risky than skydiving :-)

When I was about 7 years old I saw another kid ride by on a unicycle. He wasn't very good at it but I thought it was SO cool. Fast forward many years...

When my oldest kids started riding I tried it, but it was "too hard" and I had enough on my plate just raising kids. When my youngest learned to ride I figured I had better try harder and stick with it longer this time, it would be something we all could share. Six years later my kids only ride infrequently but I'm working on Level 6. I love it, it's like being back in P.E. class every time I ride. I love teaching the kids and having them teach me. Doesn't hurt that I stay in good physical shape as a by-product.
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Old 2011-12-09, 12:35 AM   #3
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what keeps you from coming to your senses. Thanks.
Do you think that helps in getting more response?
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Old 2011-12-09, 12:59 AM   #4
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Do you think that helps in getting more response?
Maybe not quantity but it certainly helps the average quality by weeding out the responses from the uptight who can't consider a little whimsy in a remark.

Blueharmony hit all the points for me! I've been riding for almost exactly a year now. I'm an avid mountain biker and I've really taken on Muni as a compliment to the bike. I believe both activities give me skills that apply to the other. I also see the core/trunk exercise as important to build up strength for later life - I'm 42 and I can just barely see my 60's out on the horizon
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Old 2011-12-09, 01:21 AM   #5
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what got me started was an editorial in a bike mag. were the editor was writing about teaching himself to ride an unicycle and I mentioned it to my wife and she got me one for my birthday 6 years ago, stated with a 20 " then a 24" and now on a handmade 29" muni , there is no feeling quite like riding on a wicked bike trail on one wheel
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Old 2011-12-09, 02:30 AM   #6
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gotta say, blueharmony hit it all for me. i have been out of the loop a whole year and just started back on the forum. Been running for the last couple months and am going to jump back in the saddle tomorrow. Thanks for the tread, got me thinking uni again!
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Old 2011-12-09, 07:41 AM   #7
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Why would I want to come to my senses, after 32 years of heathy fun, meeting great people, traveling all over the world to ride, and a lifetime of unique experiences? I'm happy here.
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Old 2011-12-09, 09:04 AM   #8
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Main reasons I ride a unicycle:
-its different. I don't like to be just like everyone else
-It is FAR more enjoyable than riding a bicycle
-it actually takes less energy for me to ride a unicycle than a bicycle.
-I love having both hands free. I can eat a sandwich and sip a coke while riding a unicycle with no problems
-everyone in my close-knit community knows me by it, and I like that.
-Simplicity. I have no chain to fall off, much less will rust on my unicycle, and there is less to break.
-portability. I can take it everywhere. I can even put my 20" uni in check luggage and take it on the airplane with no issues.

I actually live in a bicyclist community where everyone rides beach cruisers. We also have a terrible salt spray from the ocean because it is a small tropical island. As a result, everyone's bikes are rusted and they constantly break. People's chains fall off if they hit a bump or go too fast. Meanwhile, I easily ride past them on my shiny unicycle because I have almost no friction compared to the fat tires and rusted moving parts of a beach cruiser bicycle. I can also keep my uni inside so that it doesn't rust and stays looking new. It is almost maintenance free.
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Old 2011-12-09, 10:01 AM   #9
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I was into BMX as a kid and there was an article on unicycles in my BMX mag. A BMX mate of mine got one, I tried it and was hooked.
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Old 2011-12-09, 11:04 AM   #10
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what keeps you from coming to your senses. Thanks.
Immediately, I thought Fishstaples was speaking for all the people who have that response to those of us who take up this insane activity. He was not really asking the question, but was repeating the reaction of those who do not unicycle.

1- I get a huge kick out of being different.

2- I love a challenge, and REVEL in proving I can DO it.
I don't know of a more thrilling challenge than riding a unicycle.

3- Remarks like "You're crazy," or "What keeps you from coming to your senses?"
are motivation for proving I can do it.

4- I like the attention. I interpret remarks like "Where's your other wheel?" in a positive way...
as in "Hey, you can do something I can't do, which is pretty cool."

5- If the whole world could unicycle, it wouldn't be different,
and I think it would lose some of it's appeal.

6- What better way is there to get some good exercise?

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Old 2011-12-09, 04:21 PM   #11
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Forgot to state the "Why I got started" part:
To prove I could do it after trying mostly unsuccessfully 45 years earlier.

PS -
Possibly "I get a huge kick out of being different," could be better stated, as...
I get a huge kick out of being able to do something that amazes other people.

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Old 2011-12-09, 07:33 PM   #12
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My reason is why not?
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Old 2011-12-09, 08:47 PM   #13
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Old 2011-12-09, 09:39 PM   #14
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I am 57 years old and have been faithfully exercising since I was 16. I ran for over 30 years, swam and rode bike for the last ten. I absolutely hated almost every day doing it. (I don't regret it however) I always knew I needed to stay in shape.
I just started unicycling last february. I can say with out a doubt I love unicycling and am addicted to it. I rode 12 miles last saturday and I can't wait every day until I can get back on it. It is a rush that I never have gotten from any other exercise.

Mike A.
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Old 2011-12-09, 10:03 PM   #15
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I have to agree with madams, though my approach was different.
I wasn't much into sports, but in the lucky condition that i was in good shape without much exercise. When i started unicycling i instantly knew that with riding my uni i get exercise in many aspects, it's fun, it can spread fun when others see you, it hasn't be expensive and it's easy to transport and maintain.

Greetings

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