Upcoming Wobble Sightings

Healthy Kids Day at the Butler YMCA is Friday, April 28th from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. This is a free community event that showcases all that the YMCA has available for kids and families. We'll be there, with unicycles, giving brief riding lessons.

Friday nights during the warmer months we participate in "Unicycles are a thing" in Pittsburgh. This event is sponsored by Thick Bikes and is essentially a mobile beginner unicycle event, but all levels of riders are welcome to attend. There are unicycles there for you to try, as well as assistance and instruction, but feel free to bring your own. We meet at the South Shore Riverfront Park, around 6:30 pm (weather permitting).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

April 1st is Coming- No Joke.

Since Daylight Saving Time has hit, indoor attendance has been down.  So, April 1st will be our last session at the Butler YMCA for the season. Never fear, we will return to the Y in November.
If you want to try unicycling for free in the interim, we will be working with Thick Bikes at their #UnicyclesAreAThing on Friday nights at Riverfront Park starting in May. We will also be at Open Streets PGH in the Summer.
Thanks for such a great season!

Get outside and ride!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 - The Year of the Uni

Photo courtesy of Mike Briggs
It's the first day of 2017.  2016 is behind us.  Isn't it time you learned to unicycle?  We'd LOVE to see more people give it a try this year.  For now we're at the Butler Y every Saturday through the end of March from 4:30- 6:30pm.  As always, due to the generosity of the Y, unicycling is completely FREE!  You don't even have to be a Y member!  You do need to fill out a waiver  (under 18 needs a parent's signature) and wear a helmet.  We have extra helmets, and extra unicycles.
As the year progresses, we'll be at a lot of other events as well, but for now, let's keep it simple.  Y on Saturdays.  If you're new to unicycling, you can do it if you can ride a bike. Make it a point to hold to this resolution of learning to unicycle and join us.
We need more people for the pyramid. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

We're back!

It's that time of the year again - time to move back inside to ride!  That means we'll be starting at the YMCA in Butler this weekend!  (Saturday, November 19th).  We'll be there every week on Saturdays from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

You don't need to be a member of the YMCA to participate, but you will have to fill in a simple form for them.  Bring a helmet and unicycle if you have them.  And if you don't have them, not a problem - we do!

These Saturday sessions are great for learning, practicing new tricks, playing uni basketball with others and socializing with other riders.

And if you can't make it to the Y, we can be found at the Wheel Mill (Pittsburgh's Indoor Mountain Bike Park) on Friday nights too.  Don't let the idea of riding in a Mt. Bike park hold you back - there are plenty of beginner friendly areas.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Where Did Summer Go?!

Summer's come and gone. 

We've still been attending events and riding in spite of the lack of content showing up here. It's been a lot of the usual- #UnicyclesAreAThing with THICK, Open Streets, NAUCC, and the occasional round of general shenanigans.

And now it's late September.

Time for the Month of Mud races series. This is the premier series with a unicycle class, cash prizes each race, and swag at the final party for the overall top 3.

We warmed up for it last weekend with an awesome event- The Race to The Moon. That's where Mike Briggs took another bunch of excellent photos- some of which we're using here.

If the Month of Mud sounds like your thing, check out www.monthofmud.org  or find the races on bikereg.com. Yeah, we hang with our biking friends. It makes for better events. We all win.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Join us in June!

Photo by Emily Walley for Open Streets PGH 
We've still been riding. Have you?

Friday nights have been beginner/hang out sessions at Riverfront Park with Thick Bikes from 6:30-8:30pm (weather permitting).
We also are part of Open Streets PGH. The May date has come and gone, but you can join us on June 26th from 9am to 1pm. We're moving a couple of doors down the street this time from our usual location. Bar Marco has been a big supporter of Open Streets and has graciously provided us with their nice flat parking lot for try a uni demos!

We're also doing some muni too.  Several of us raced the 6 Hours of Brady's Run at the beginning of May as solo unis.  We're going to be racing the Fat Tire Challenge in Sigel on June 18th as well.

We've had several people over the past few weeks tell us that learning to unicycle is on their bucket list.  We can help you scratch that one off.  Join us!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring Has Sprung

Next Saturday, April 9th, will be the last indoor session at the Butler Y for the season.  We will be back in the Fall.

Still want to ride? Unicycles Are a Thing are Friday Nights in Pittsburgh.  It's free too.  Check www.thickbikes.com for details.

Hooray for Spring!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Wood Fest Recap and the (R)Ides of March

First up- New News:

Lumber Cross, the indoor cyclocross race at The Wheel Mill will have a unicycle division.  We will be racing a bit later in the evening.  The uni race will be sometime after 7pm.  http://www.thewheelmill.com/lumber-cross-2016/

That means our Y session most likely will only be from 4:30-5:30 on the 5th so we can head to Pittsburgh to catch some of the bike racing fun as well.

The next weekend, March 12, the YMCA will be having an evening event requiring both gyms so we will not be meeting to ride indoors.

Now- The Wood Fest Recap:

To say this was an AMAZING event would be an understatement.  The contests were a blast for both the bikes and unis (sometimes both at the same time), the uni demos were a success, and the hanging out was off the hook- and went well into the next morning.  Since this was year 2 with camping, it's looking like it's an annual event.  If you ride unis or bikes or both, you should plan on making the trip next year.

Jesse was the ONLY rider, bike or uni, to clear the skinny in the first contest of the day.

The next competition was a the game of Uni (or MTB or Bike as it is sometimes known).  It involved a rider marking a line, and then riding it.  If they did and another rider didn't, the rider not clearing the line got a letter.  The line setter rotated through those in the group.  Once a rider got Uni (or MTB), they were out.  This continued until there was only one rider left.  We unfortunately didn't get any uni pics of this event, but here's one of the bikes:

(Don sometimes does ride a uni, so it works.)

While unis of all wheel sizes from 12"-36" were available throughout the day, courtesy of THICK Bikes, we had specifically set aside 3pm as the learn to ride session.

Fun for kids-

And bigger kids.

Suz and Jen came specifically for the uni demos!  They ended up riding for well past the scheduled hour and look forward to adding unicycling to their pedaling experience.

Next up (4pm) was the Footdown contest:

Daniel ended up winning the next 2 bike/uni mixed rounds.

After that was over, it was on to the Swap Meet and a chance to hang out for a while.

The final (official) contest of the night was the Cross Country Time Trial.  If you've ever seen video of spectators at the Tour de France lining the streets and making a ruckus, you know what this looks like.  Except this was indoors, and possibly louder and even more concentrated fun.

After this was over and the non-campers packed it in for the day (around 9:30 or so), the real shenanigans began with the Second Annual Indoor Disc Golf Championships of the Milky Way Galaxy taking place.  After that, there were s'mores.  And Karaoke.

Then some of us tried to sleep, while others fought it off until at least 3:30am.

Either way, the coffee and pastries Harry picked up from Zeke's for the overnighters were quite welcomed the next morning.

Last year's Wood Fest was fantastic.  This year it was even better.  We can't predict how the next one will go, but we can assure you we'll be in attendance.  We hope you will be too.

(Thanks to Sarah for the pics (3 and 4) and the videos.  Thanks to the Wheel Mill for pics 1,2, and 5.)