Upcoming Wobble Sightings

Friday Nights at The Wheel Mill: 7-10pm. Discounted admission for families and unicyclists! It's for beginning to expert riders. Want to learn? There are extra unis there that you can borrow for free!

Note: For the Spring and Summer we'll still be going to The Wheel Mill some Fridays, but not all of them. We will resume our indoor sessions at the Butler YMCA around Daylight Saving Time in the Fall.

The short version: Now that the weather's a bit nicer, you'll find us outside!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Changing Seasons

Tomorrow, April 19, is our last indoor day at the YMCA for the season.  We'll be back in the fall, but until then our indoor riding will mostly consist of visiting The Wheel Mill for Friday Night Family and Uni Nights.  Speaking of those, with the nice weather on its way we won't be there every Friday night.  If you're hoping to catch us, it would be best to contact us via email (put our name first (at)gmail.com- you can figure it out) or via our facebook page.

One last definite YMCA appearance is for Healthy Kids Day on Friday the 25th from 3:30-6pm.  It's always been a good time, and we expect nothing less this year.

Indoor season coming to a close in no way means we won't be riding.  Actually, we'll probably be riding more.  It's just that most rides will be outside on trails and roads.  There will be some group rides for sure, but we won't be bringing loaners for the most part (unless you ask nicely).

There's always and exception of course.  Dirt Fest is in a few weeks.  We'll be there with some loaners for a learner session and a group ride to follow.

If you're really disappointed we won't be indoors at the Y, don't worry.  It's outdoor season.  We'll be back to indoor riding around Daylight Saving Time in the fall.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April- Here's the Skinny

No joke: this Friday- April 4th, is the Wheel Mill Uni Skinny Contest (part deux).  Showtime is 8:30 pm and entry is FREE with your paid park admission (it's Family and Uni Night so there's a discount from regular price too!)

There will be multiple categories.  Last time G-Form generously sponsored the event with pads for the male and female winners!

If you're not interested in The Wheel Mill riding, then don't forget we're at the YMCA in Butler on Saturdays- for a few more weeks.  We plan to end the winter indoor season on April 19th.  We'll resume Y time in the Fall.

Until then there's a growing list of fun on one to check out.  Expect to see some more group rides- and general tomfoolery.  We've also got events on the calendar- 6 Hours of Brady's Run, Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest, the Fat Tire Challenge, NAUCC 2014 (in MN), and UNICON 17 in Montreal!

Don't miss out!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Marching On

What's wrong with this picture?

Hopefully we're heading out of Winter soon.  Very soon.  If you're not looking forward to it being over, you might want to see a doctor.

With Spring come a few changes to the routine.  We'll be heading back outside a whole lot more.  That means our YMCA indoor time will taper off (typically in April) and we'll hopefully have more group rides outside.  Until then, it's business as usual- Friday Nights we're at The Wheel Mill, and Saturday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 we'll be in the gym. 

Thanks to the many new riders who joined us and learned to ride this Winter.  It's our hope you'll continue to ride unicycles throughout the snow-less months and join us for some other rides.

If you've enjoyed unicycling with us at the Butler YMCA, please consider giving back.  The YMCA has been gracious to keep unicycling absolutely FREE to those in the community.  In appreciation, as the unicyclists, we'd like to give back.  The YMCA is a wonderful organization that gives on so many levels.  One significant way they take care of the community is through the Strong Kids Campaign.  It provides scholarships for those who can't afford YMCA services.  They do a much better job of describing what they do so Read all about it here.

If you choose to contribute, please note on your donation with "I'm with the Uni Club" on the form or in the comments.  We have been challenged to see if we can raise $1000 as a team of unicyclists.  That's a big challenge, but totally doable.

As always, we as the Butler Wobble not ask you for money.  We also do not receive any financial compensation from the YMCA for unicycling.  They help us out with giving us a space to practice and that's been the essential element needed for unicycling to grow in our area.  All of the funds given during the Strong Kids Campaign go directly to the YMCA.  All we ask that if you choose to contribute, please note your affiliation so they can see how we do appreciate the YMCA's role in our community.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter Time Fun

Last Friday night's trip to the Carnegie Science Center was an all around good time.  It was a good thing we had a crew of around a dozen of us to help as we had 200 people sign waivers and give unicycling a try.  Once again, 0 injuries.  Overall, unicycling is a relatively safe venture.  And as many people discovered, it's challenging and FUN!

If you were there that night and are now reading this, we hope you'll join us again in a bigger space (The Wheel Mill or Butler YMCA) to really get the feel for riding.  As always, we don't ask that you give up anything else you may already pedal.  We just ask that you remember that unicycles are more than just circus props.

As I sit here and type this, we're in the middle of the coldest day of the year.  Let's hope this is it and Spring is around the corner.  Let's look forward to riding comfortable again outside.

Here are a couple of events you may want to keep in mind:
1. 6 Hours of Brady's Run- May 10th.  This is a great race for Intermediate/Advanced riders.  It's a mountain bike race, but there are Uni Solo and Uni Duo classes.  The laps are in the 8-9mi range with a fair amount of climbing.  Registration opens Feb 1st here: https://www.bikereg.com/Net/6-hours-of-bradys-run.

2. Dirt Fest- May 16th-18th.  This is a great event for all levels of riders.  We've been there every year.  This year we will again have uni demos (like the Science Center nights) and a mUni group ride.  If you decide to go, register under Group Camping and use Butler Wobble as the name of the group.  If we have 8 or more (like we did last year) we get a site to ourselves.  Ask anybody who has gone to Dirt Fest about how much fun it is.  The trails at Raystown are unlike those around here.  They're fast and swoopy and not super technical.  More details can be found at www.dirtragdirtfest.com.

One last item: we're still on throughout the winter for Fridays at the Wheel Mill and Saturdays at the Butler YMCA.  This Saturday is the first Saturday of February, so we'll be going to The Chop Shop for dinner after practice.  We hope you'll be joining us.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fridays and Science!

Photo: Come hang out with us and have a good time at our #uni skinny challenge starting at 7:30pm!

Last night's overall winners of the Skinny Contest were Daniel Collins (for the males) and Danielle Millett (for the females).  A huge thanks to The Wheel Mill and G-Form for inventing and sponsoring the event.  G-Form awarded a set of pads for each winner!

The 15 minute jam format was a lot of fun, but the contest was only the beginning of the evening's good times.  Hopefully we'll get to see the official pics from the contest sometime soon.  Friday night mUni nights at The Wheel Mill have indeed turned out to be fun for the entire family.  Last night we had riders ages 10 and up.  Up didn't stop at 40 either.

As much fun as it was, many of us are going to be taking a break from The Wheel Mill this Friday the 24th to be part of a 21+ Night at The Carnegie Science Center.  The theme is Circus Science!  While we don't personally do many circus-like activities with our unis, we do see the connection.  We also can't resist the chance to ride our unis around the Science Center and share the fun of one with people who might not think it's for them otherwise.  We'll bring some loaner unis so people can give it a go.  It's always fun to give adults the chance to try something new.  (Please do note, the night is for those ages 21 and over.)

Hope to see you there.

As always, don't forget we're at the Butler YMCA indoors on Saturdays from 4:30-6:30.  Feb. 1st is coming soon and we'll be heading out to eat that night after riding.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wrapping Up 2013

I'm pretty sure we did save the best for last.  The Friday night Wheel Mill session was excellent and the Saturday session at the YMCA was AMAZING to say the least.

It's not the unicycles, it's the unicyclists that make it that.

The only thing better than last Saturday will be this Saturday.  Happy 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Yes, We're Here!

First up, the schedule: we'll be at The Wheel Mill tonight and every Friday night (unless the weather gets too dicey to make the drive) from 7pm to close.  You are welcome to start earlier as unicycles are welcome when the doors are open.  If you only have one uni, you may also want to note that we have loaners available for FREE while you're there.  Ask at the desk.  There are two Trials unis and two 24" mUnis in stock at all times.

As far as the Butler YMCA time goes on Saturdays- we'll be there every Saturday through at least early April from 4:30-6:30pm.  It's free to ride.  A waiver needs signed and a helmet needs worn.  We have extra loaner unis there too.

That brings us to the next point: the Y time has been extremely popular the last few weeks- so much so that we've had almost all of our dozen loaner unis in use!  That's AWESOME!  However, please be patient with us as sometimes we have to share the loaner unis.  We're so thankful that this has gone incredibly smoothly this year and everyone has been understanding of the situation.  With that being said, we're guessing that a few of those who have been borrowing have moved to owning unis over this holiday season.  Excellent!  We need to remind you that unis being ridden inside the YMCA must have plastic pedals (on the ends) and plastic guards on the seat to protect the floor.  Most unicycles come this way so it's not usually an issue, but if you have a knobby tired mUni or trials uni, it may be.

Remember: tomorrow is the last chance to ride with us in 2013 at the YMCA!  The first weekend of the New Year we go out to dinner after the YMCA session- so plan accordingly.