Upcoming Wobble Sightings



Friday nights during the warmer months we participate in #UnicyclesAreAThing 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).


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

USA! - The Unicycling Society of America AND #UnicyclesAreAThing

As we noted in the last post, we're all about people trying unicycling for free.

So are our friends at  #UnicyclesAreAThing.  They are friends in real life and not just virtually (as many things go these days). And, while they are now one of the newest Unicycling Society of America affiliated clubs, they already have some positive press in the Post-Gazette Uni Story that ran recently.

And though they are now a new official club, they've been functioning for a few years with the same mission as we have: get people to try unicycling for FREE!

There's a good chance that if you're reading this and are in the Pittsburgh region that you've already had the opportunity to join them or us (Butler Wobble) to try riding.

I know I've mentioned the FREE aspect a whole lot recently. As with anything though, there is a cost incurred somewhere by someone.

In the case of almost anything in our society, there are times when liability insurance is necessary. If you have a home or a car, you know this exists. It's an American thing that people tend to get litigious in a hurry. And while you might not be that person, anytime there's something that involved a perceived risk, there can be a need to protect against that person who may try to sue.

So. Here's what you can do about helping the unicycling cause. Please consider joining the Unicycling Society of America. It's only $20 a year for an Individual Membership or $35 a year for a Family Membership (all at the same address). If you ride with us (either #UnicyclesAreAThing or Butler Wobble), please specify us as your club when filling out the form. Having the people who ride with us and help us with demos members allows us to have liability insurance when we need it at no additional cost to any of our members. Neither Butler Wobble nor #UnicyclesAreAThing have any other dues to be members.

If you ride a unicycle, you should join the Unicycling Society of America. They are interested in connecting unicyclists with each other as well as sponsoring events and supporting USA affiliated clubs.

Seriously, if you've ridden with us, think just how awesome it's been to try something for free. How often else can you do that beyond a couple of initial classes. In the grand scheme of life, unicycling is cheap. Please help keep it that way.

Consider joining the Unicycling Society of America. If you need a direct link to the membership page: it's here.

We've been on a mission to get people to learn about the fun of one for free. So are our friends at #UnicyclesAreAThing. Please help us keep it that way. Your support helps us when we need insurance to be at events with unis so that more people can try unicycling.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

More of the Same

The last post was about 3 months ago. That DOESN'T mean we haven't been riding and active.

Quite the contrary, we've just got a routine. And it's a pretty good one.

From the Autumn Daylight Saving Time to Spring Daylight Saving Time we've got regular beginner (and everyone else is welcome too) FREE sessions at the Butler Y on Saturdays. We also ride Friday nights at The Wheel Mill indoor bike (and uni) park.

But, it's not that time of year.

It's early July. And since the last post we've had FREE uni demos at the Y's Healthy Kids Day. And we had FREE uni demos at Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest (PA version). We also had a pretty fun group ride there as well.

On our advanced rider end, we also had a pretty fun reviewing of the NAUCC 2013 Marathon course one fun Sunday. We also raced 6 Hour's of Brady's Run as a wobble of uni solos.

And there's been FREE beginner unicycling with #UnicyclesAreAThing every Friday night from 6:30-8:30 (weather permitting) sponsored by THICK Bikes at South Shore Riverfront Park in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

And some are getting ready to head to NAUCC 2017.

And we've had FREE uni demos at Open Streets Pittsburgh (and will be at Bar Marco again for this year's finale on July 30th- YAAY!)

And after that we'll be racing the Month of Mud again in October.

And then back to the Y and The Wheel Mill for another round of fun!


SO- if you're looking for the most regular updates of where you can ride with us, you can find us on Facebook. Or, you can just look for us in person at any of the usual places at the usual times. Or, just send an email.

We're keeping consistent with our mission:

Unicycling is fun for everyone!


PS- If you're looking for more unicycling info, check out The Unicycling Society of America. We're one of the many affiliated clubs in the USA. 




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!