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 (with paid admission). Ask at the counter when you check in.
Note: Now that Winter's about over, we will be riding outside more frequently. If you want to make sure we'll be there, email us to check.
Do you want to learn how to ride?
Unicycles Are a Thing runs Friday evenings in Pittsburgh into September. It's also FREE! Check out THICK Bikes fb page for more info.

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.)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wood Fest 2016

Join us at The Wheel Mill for Wood Fest.  The late breaking details are: There will be Uni Demos from THICK Bikes (they're a Unicycle.com dealer), a learner session, and Uni Categories in the contests throughout the day.  As of now that will entail a Skinny Contest, a XC Loop Time Trial, and a Foot Down.  We may even have another contest or two as well.

We'll also be camping out.

We went to the inaugural Wood Fest last winter, and it was the BEST DAY EVER (at least for the middle of winter)!

For more details (and to snag a camping spot), follow the link:  http://www.thewheelmill.com/wood-fest-2016/

Join the fun of one!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Changing Seasons

A wobble of us (yes, a wobble is a collection of unicyclists) just finished the Month of Mud series.

So, what's next?

Regular indoor sessions at the Butler Y on Saturdays starting November 7th.  Also, we'll be hitting up The Wheel Mill on Fridays.

Want more details?

Look at the header.

See you soon.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Month of Mud 2015

Mike Briggs' photo
It's that time of the year again.  The Month of Mud is just over 2 weeks out!  Last year was the first year we had an official unicycle class- with cash prizes at each race and trophies for the series!  This is one of the very few series races in the United States with an official uni class.  If you'd like to join the fun, we encourage you to do so.  Cyclocross is for almost everyone who can ride a uni and freemount and ride through grass.  The other races are not short lap races and require the ability to ride through the woods for 5-10 miles (you can get off and walk or run as needed), so you should be an Advanced or Expert level rider.

After each race we usually find a nearby spot to grab a bite to eat and hang out together for a bit to recap all the fun.  

If you'd like to join in the fun you can pre-register here.  Our start times are usually similar to the bikes so likely there will be some 2 wheeled friends on the course when you are riding.  It's nothing to panic over as they're all quite friendly and we work to minimize potential problems.  The exception to the similar start times is the Ohiopyle season finale.  We usually start about an hour earlier.  Check in closer to the date to be sure.

If you're looking to join us and you'd need a place to stay, we can help with that.  Shoot us an email.

For those not really into the outside racing, we'll be starting indoor Saturday sessions at the YMCA in early November.  We'll post the date once it's solid.

But for now, we race.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NAUCC 2015 Uni CX

Milk and cookies.  Peanut butter and chocolate.  Unicycles and Cyclocross.  Every now and then you find two great things that go together.

There's no way that we can pretend to have invented CX.  Bikes were doing it for years.  A quick Google search turned up that some people were doing Uni CX in 2006- a few years before we got a hold of it in Pennsylvania (I think our first uni toed the line in 2008).

In spite of those early efforts though, it didn't really catch on at a national (or international) level until we added it as an event when we hosted The North American Unicycling Convention and Championships in 2013. (NAUCC 2013)  Since then it's been improved through another NAUCC and a Unicon to arrive here at NAUCC 2015.

As you can see from the pics, We're not only getting the racing dialed, but the fun factor is through the roof as well.

A LeMans start is mandatory.  It's in the rules.

We've got hand ups - cheese balls in this case.
Hand downs- Swedish Fish anyone?
High 5s!
Fun barriers
Fun with barriers
Not so much fun with barriers (he's OK)

Some serious racing
Some more serious racing

Free Hugs- from a Pirate, a Parrot, and, umm... ?
And a whole lot of racing selfies:

 So while we won't try to claim we invented Uni CX, we will admit that thanks to Carl, Isaac, Steve, Bruce, Danielle, Amy, Eric, Jamie, Jesse, Sarah, Rusty, Claire, David, Jenni and Liz (for photos), and Dave- we OWNED it this year at NAUCC 2015.

A HUGE thanks to all the set up crew, riders, spectators, and picture takers for making the 
NAUCC 2015 CX the best Uni CX event thus far!

Uni CX - over the top fun for everyone!!!