Tomorrow is the ONLY Saturday we won't be at the YMCA for practice. We will be in the Spirit of Christmas Parade for Butler Light Up Night.
Next week we'll be back to the usual shenanigans:
If you can't wait that long, we'll be at The Wheel Mill on Friday Nights. Rumor has it there may be some uni hockey in the works the first or second Friday of Dec.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
It's about that time of year again. Daylight Saving Time kicks in this Saturday. Looking for something to do to stay moving? Interested in staying warm? Every thought of riding a unicycle?
Join us. We start our weekly meetings here in Butler, PA at the YMCA every Saturday from 4:30-6:30pm. If you have your own uni- great! If not, no problem- we have extras. You will need to wear a helmet (we have extras of those too, but you should bring your own). You will need to sign a release too (parents need to for those under 18). We welcome all ages- especially 12 and up. For those under 12 we often accommodate, but a parent will have to stick around while we practice. So Mom and Dad you might as well give it a try!
Unicycling is for everybody. It's fun. It's relatively safe- on a 20", you're about as high up as standing on a stair.
If this isn't your first time to our site, you've heard all of this before. The message hasn't changed.
What has, is our schedule- just a bit. In addition to Saturdays at the Y, we're going to be at The Wheel Mill in Pittsburgh almost every Friday night throughout the Winter, starting Nov. 8th. Both the Y and The Wheel Mill can accommodate all levels of riders, but the Y is a gym, and The Wheel Mill is an indoor mountain bike (and uni) park. Trust us, it's totally doable.
What we're hoping is to get more people riding with us in situations like this:
We LOVE the Y and will never leave. However, we also hope to see the sport of unicycling move forward. Part of that entails raising awareness that unicycles aren't just for the circus and parades. We need more off road riders. It's a skill that can be learned. Ask any of us. NONE of us were riding 10 years ago- much less off road.
We just wrapped up another successful Month of Mud series- this one with the most unis EVER! Isaac completed his second full series, and Kevin his first. With Dave, that makes 3 total full series riders (and a couple who made part of the series). We can add an official unicycle class if we have 5 total.
That would really change things- for the better.
That would make us part of the first mountain bike racing series- at least in the Mid-Atlantic/ East Coast region- that has a unicycle class.
So, join us at the Y. Learn to ride. Then head outside.
Note: We won't be practicing indoors on November 9th due to a basketball tournament. We're back on for the 16th.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
It's not secret we like the Butler Family YMCA and The Wheel Mill. From the top down both have not just tolerated unicycling, but welcomed it in their facilities. It's been a bit of a paradigm shift for some to see unicycles as not just clowns, juggling, and the circus (although there's nothing wrong with those things), but rather an activity that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
The Butler Wobble was founded on the principle that unicycling is fun and you should do it. It can be incredibly athletic if you want it to. You can enjoy a cruise around the neighborhood or local rail trail or you can enter charity events and races populated with bikes. We've tried to keep an open mind to what those who join us to ride want to do so we end up in many places with our unicycles- including some parades and basic demonstrations.
But what most of us who are heavily involved in the Butler Wobble like to do is ride unicycles for sport.
The YMCA has and will always be a vital part of what we do. Teaching people to ride is essential. However, that's not the end. We've been spending a lot of time since the beginning of Summer at The Wheel Mill honing our skills, gaining confidence, and pushing each other to ride better over bumps, ramps, skinnies, and drops. We've had the opportunity to meet other riders whom we might have not met otherwise.
It's been a complete win for us.
Now, it's our chance to get involved as The Wheel Mill moves forward. They're looking to build a pump track, but need funds to do so. Follow this link to find out more. While a pump track will be of a bit of use to unis (but admittedly much more so for bikes), it allows The Wheel Mill to build ridership to generate capital to build more areas that we ALL can enjoy. The planned new beginner area is really exciting for beginner to intermediate unicyclists looking to improve their skills. There are other plans for more advanced features that we can't even talk officially about too.
We are excited about the prospects of The Wheel Mill moving forward. We ride there. We don't profit financially should you choose to contribute to the campaign. We do benefit, like everybody else does in the region, from an indoor pedal park where we can ride throughout the dark and cold days of Winter.
And, should you want to try unicycling for yourself you can find us there every other Friday (the odd days) in October and most every Friday after that throughout the Winter. If you want to learn to ride, we can teach you. If you want to try a uni, there are two Trials unis and two 24" Munis that live there and are available to use for FREE (with paid admission).
We don't ask you give up biking. We do ask you try unicycling.
Monday, September 2, 2013
September has just begun. The days are getting shorter (and hopefully cooler) and we're entering our 3rd season of the year. For us, that means several things:
Item #1- The Month of Mud race series begins. In the past we've had several riders compete in this series. We've had good times. Hopefully this is the year we can get 5 riders to each race to make an official unicycle class. Check the link for dates. Note: you should be an Advanced level rider to race all but the cyclocross race. As far as cyclocross goes, you must be able to control your uni and freemount. If you can do those things, join us on Oct. 20th!
Item #2- The Wheel Mill mUni Mondays are shifting to Fridays to join Family Night! This is exciting as we can get the whole family to try unicycling at The Wheel Mill. For September and October we're committing to being there every other Friday (the odd dates), although the discounted admission and welcome mat is out every Friday for uni riders. We're alternating so we can still do the downtown rides here in Butler until Daylight Saving Time kicks in. Once that does, we'll be carpooling to 6815 Hamilton Ave. weekly!
Item #3- November 2nd is our first day indoors at the Butler YMCA. As always this is a FREE to you adventure. We have extra unis. You will need a signed waiver and a helmet to ride. We have extra helmets, but you are better off with your own. Without the Y we wouldn't be the Butler Wobble.
So if you're currently a unicyclist, join us for as many of these events as you can. If you are not yet a unicyclist, please give it a go either at The Wheel Mill (there are unis there you can try for free after paying your admission) or at the Butler Y.
As always, we ride because it's fun. It's also good exercise and good for learning balance. It's relatively safe too. We don't ask that you give up other activities that you enjoy, we just ask that you give unicycling a try. Who knows?- maybe you'll like it.
Just ask Trina:
Monday, July 29, 2013
The 2013 edition of the North American Unicycling Convention and Championships is over- minus the cleanup. As far as that goes, after we get a few trailer loads out of a school parking lot, we'll be good.
For those who have been part of the shindig: Thanks for staying, thanks for playing. Thanks for making it all happen. Please take some time over the next few weeks to post your pics and videos. Facebook and YouTube are great sources along with unicyclist.com forums. If you have video and pics from The Wheel Mill field trip, please use #thewheelmill. If you don't know what hashtagging is, that's fine, spread the word how you can.
We (as the Butler Wobble) put on the best possible NAUCC we could imagine. The hundreds of hours of work putting into getting the ship out of the harbor were well worth it from our perspective. We're glad it wasn't the Titanic. We hope you agree.
We wanted to make this the best possible convention for the registrants and then invite the public to watch some amazing world class unicycling. We wanted to showcase the resources of our region: both the natural resources and our amazing neighbors. We wanted to attract sponsors to the sport.
In the end, we got much, much more than we bargained for. We expected locals to be amazing hosts- we experience that on a daily basis. We expected the unicyclists to put on world class performances- we've seen those at prior conventions.
What we didn't expect were the bonds that formed between the unicyclists and the non-unicycling local public. Friendships have been made. The world has become a lot smaller.
And "uni" most definitely is found in community.
The journey's not over. It's mUni Monday. We start with indoor time at the YMCA November 2nd.
For the locals we hope to ride with you soon. If you can't yet ride, we'll work with you to make it happen. After all, the more riders, the better the wobble of unicyclists is.
For those of our friends who aren't geographically local, we'll see you soon. A year from tomorrow at the latest- at the start of Unicon 17.
We'll be there.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
NAUCC 2013 is coming soon. Really soon. Even the roads agree. We had nothing to do with this pic. This is an actual utility marking on Sunset Drive. No joke.
The fun starts Sunday the 21st and goes through Saturday the 27th.
Even if you don't ride a unicycle, you should show up to watch. Check the schedule for dates and times. Some really spectator friendly events are in the evenings.
After all, it's FREE to watch. Where else are you going to see World Champions perform for FREE!
Friday, July 5, 2013
Here's a pic from ONE of yesterday's parades we hit. Yes, there were 2 parades and another appearance we had on the 4th. That's good. This one was on the Miracle Mile in Monroeville with the Pro Bikes bike decorating contest contestants following behind. We've been doing this parade annually for at least 3 years now and it's always awesome. It fits us well as we still remember the joy of bike riding at a young age. Since then we've added unicycling to our repertoire, but it's all still pedaling.
From the pic above, you can see it is all about the bike- AND the chance to ride it in a parade!
The pic here was of the winner of the bike decorating contest. The pinwheels spun when he rode, and you can't even see the rocket taped on the back. His smile is big, but what was really amazing was to see how fluid this guy was when riding his steed. Seriously, he had smoothness that many adults have never had.
While some of us were taking pics here, another group was at a parade in Zelienople- the sister (or brother) town to Harmony- the main base of NAUCC 2013. Word has it that things went well there too.
On the way home after the Monroeville parade, we stopped at the Derailleur Bike Shop's open house on the Butler-Freeport Trail. They aren't open yet (1 year from yesterday is the goal), but they wanted to share their progress on the major renovating project. They also wanted to share secret recipe lemonade and cookies!
Today we're on our own, but tomorrow we're again at the Carnegie Science Center for the BIKES: Science on 2 Wheels Exhibit from 12-2. Hope to see you there!