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: since we're out of Winter at this point, we won't be there every week. It's best to shoot an email if you want to be sure we'll be there.

The last day of our season 2014-2015 YMCA season will be Saturday, April 11th.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2014-2015 YMCA sessions finish line in sight

Saturday, April 11th will be our last YMCA session of the 2014-2015 season.

It's been a great indoor season at the Y!  We've seen a number of you go from timid riders or learners to shooting hoops, playing games, and learning new more advanced skills.  We've had a number of newbies pick it up, or at least give it a try - and all ages too!  But the Winter weather seems to be a thing of the past - which means it's time for us to go outside and ride.  And after being cooped up all Winter, we know that you want to be outside more too.

We don't disappear in the warmer months - quite the opposite.  Many of us live to ride in the great outdoors.  Racing season has started. Many of the local series and single mountain bike races offer a uni class.  We are also looking forward to Dirt Fest in May, the upcoming Muni Weekend with the Butler Wobble in June (June 26 - 28) as well as NAUCC (North American Unicycling Convention and Championships) in Madison WI in July.

If you feel like going for a ride, you know you can contact us.  Many of us are often up for an adventure.

Again, it's been a great season, we hope to see you over the next two weeks, but April 11th will be our last indoor session of 2014-2015.  After that, if we don't see you outside, we'll see you back in the gym in October.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

June 26-28, 2015



Save the dates.  Nothing too fancy yet.

Just prepare to ride your face off at the first ever Butler Wobble muni weekend.

What you need to know (for now):

Friday night: Wheel Mill Extravaganza.

Saturday morning and early afternoon: Moraine.  After we're tired of riding we can throw disc golf.  We'll be a couple months ahead of the Disc Golf World Championship stop at Moraine.

Saturday evening: Grab some grub at someplace awesome.  Then some more shenanigans.

Sunday: Heading Towards the 'Burgh.  We'll hit some trails to the south.  Which ones? TBD at this point.  Too many choices.

Cost?  Pretty cheap.  You need to support the Wheel Mill on Friday and we may have t-shirts available.  Probably $25ish for all that fun plus you'll need money for food.  We can most likely find a place for you to sleep if you're not a local.

This weekend will be focused on fun.  No formal racing.  If you want to do that, we've got those in the queue too.

Stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Still Winter. Still Riding.

First, a video of some tricks from our Canadian friends Ed, Emile, and Hugo.  They're not only great riders, but great guys as well.  You may have seem them in our region before.  They were here for NAUCC 2013 when we hosted it in the Harmony/Zelienople/Portersville area.



Next, a quick documentary:



Hopefully these inspire you to get off the couch and get on the wheel (yes, we do some tricks and play basketball).  As always, we meet at the Butler YMCA on Saturdays from 4:30-6:30pm until late April.  Friday nights (around 7 or so) we ride at The Wheel Mill in Pittsburgh.  Occasionally we even break out the hockey sticks there for some crazy uni hockey.

If you don't have a unicycle, we have you covered at both venues.  The YMCA keeps all riding free, and The Wheel Mill offers discounted admission for unicyclists on Friday nights.

Winter is still here for at least a bit.  Might as well pick up a new skill or two.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015


Some people have asked us "What's up?"  This:

We're still at The Wheel Mill Friday nights.  If you haven't joined us, you're the one missing out.  The sessions have been awesome, and we've almost got ordering pizza figured out.  You may laugh at that last sentence, but we've had nights where we have to figure out how much to order for more than a dozen people.

Last week some of The Wonders, the closest unicycle club to us, joined us for some fun.

Chris at THICK Bikes still offers to bring demo unis to supplement what we bring. Since THICK is a Unicycle.com dealer and they make sure they have a good selection, so it's pretty easy to try out anything up to an Oregon.  If you want to try something in particular, call them before they close at 6pm on Friday.

We're still at the Butler YMCA every Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  It's completely free, but if you feel inclined to donate to the Y, do so.  They've always been incredibly supportive of what we do.  Without them, the Butler Wobble would not be nearly as rad.

As far as what's up goes, we're already making plans (and registering) for Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest in May.  We're also going to be participating in the 6 Hours of Brady's Run again.  NAUCC 2015 will be held in Madison, WI- AND IT WILL BE AMAZING!

We may also have a late June mUni weekend in the works.

Make 2015 incredible.  Ride a unicycle.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wheel Mill Fridays/ YMCA Saturdays



Last night was Jesse's first time aboard a 36.  Finding one to fit him at this stage of his life is a bit of a challenge.  Thanks to Unicycle.com and Chris at Thick Bikes, the planets aligned and a Nightfox was available for demo.  The world won't ever be the same.



As you can see, the week before was chocked full of good times too.

You can join the fun.  We are at The Wheel Mill most every Friday night.  There's a discount for uni riders. We've got free loaner unis available (Trials and 24" muni) all the time.

Last night we got to meet a new rider who has been riding for less than a week.  Ashley's already riding around the nice big open Beginner Room upstairs and working on her freemounting.

We're at the YMCA in Butler on Saturdays from 4:30-6:30pm as well.  It's FREE to learn there too.

Can't ride yet?  It's time to learn.  Why?  IT'S FUN!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The 2014 Month of Mud

Photo by Mike Briggs - He RULES!!!
Once again, it's time for the Month of Mud.  Not only is this series 25+ years old, it's been home for regional off-road unicycle racing since 2008.  Since then we've been welcomed.  This year things are a bit different.  We've got an official uni class.

This is huge.

First off, mark your calendars and plan to attend:

9/21 - Moraine State Park Cross Country
10/5 - Brady's Run Cross Country
10/12 - North Park Cyclocross
10/19 - North Park Cross Country
10/26 - Ohiopyle State Park Super D/Enduro

Now that we've got the dates established, let me explain why this is a big deal.  Outside of unicycling conventions such as NAUCC (the North American Unicycling Championships and Convention) and Unicon there aren't a whole lot of races that have official unicycling classes.  (Around here, we're lucky to have 2: The Fat Tire Challenge, and 6 Hours of Brady's Run.)  When you throw in the word Series, the number shrinks to nearly none.

Once again, the Month of Mud comes through.  If we have 5 or more riders per race, we've got the class.

While racing isn't all unicycling is about, it's important that it exists.  Competition pushes riders to best themselves.  It pushes the sport forward as not only is unicycling for performing, but it's also an intense athletic endeavor that happens outside.  For us, partnering with bikes makes sense.

One of the reasons partnering with the Month of Mud makes sense for us is that the races are already a reasonable length.  The series is not only a place for the local fast folks to have a run at it, it's a gateway series for many riders.  The races are family friendly with the courses at the beginner (and uni) level designed to be relatively short- 10mi or less vs. the 15+ mile races that are common to mountain biking.  They were originally designed so that people could race in the morning and be home in time for the Steeler game.

Another major reason for partnering- we've already got experience working together.

The Month of Mud has played an important role in moving off-road unicycling forward already.  The NAUCC 2013 Muni course was at Moraine, the site of many excellent MoM races.  We drafted a bunch of our local MoM regulars to help make Moraine Muni a success.  Moraine is challenging terrain, and it opened the eyes of some (both riders and spectators) to what unis can do.

Without MoM Cyclocross, specifically Matt Tinkey, it may have been years before Unicycle Cyclocross happened at the National and International levels.  Since his work in debuting it at NAUCC it's become a regular event at NAUCC, and now Unicon.  Around here we knew unicycles and cyclocross made sense, but it took the efforts of locals to bring it to the worldwide stage.

So this year, it makes sense we keep pushing forward.  With a series, it encourages multiple days of racing.  It hopefully attracts riders who haven't ridden the series before.  Having prizes (other than medals) in unicycling is rare.  The Wheel Mill has been excellent in this arena with 2 uni contests this past Winter.  Having prizes at the conclusion of the series will also hopefully attract riders.

Regardless of whether or not we get people to travel to the races this year, we're business as usual:

Fun. Fun. Fun.

Join us.  If you're unsure of your abilities, it should be noted that Cyclocross is for EVERYONE who can ride a uni and freemount.  The Cross Country and Super D races require some technical ability and a level of fitness to ride several miles of single track trails.

Registration isn't up just yet, but when it is we'll disclose the details.  For now, consider making it to one or more of the races and collecting some High 5s from local unicyclists and bikers.

The Month of Mud is packed full of awesome people.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Unicon 17 and Other Conventions


The 6 of us who attended Unicon 17 will remember the trip for years to come.  Beyond amazing is an apt description of the experience.  If you want to see some of the pics, go here. If you want first hand accounts, just ask Connor, Danielle, Dave, Isaac, Lisa, or Steve.  We'll be glad to tell you as few or as many stories as you want.

If you just found out about the Butler Wobble, you may not know we hosted the North American Unicycling Convention and Championships (NAUCC) in 2013.  A big reason we did was to encourage people to experience a unicycling convention.  We had around 300 people participate.  Among those were Benoit and Hugo, the two primary organizers of Unicon 17.  Long before we met them in person we could tell that Unicon was going to be phenomenal.  After getting to know them between the start of NAUCC 2013 and the end of Unicon 17 we found them not only to be tremendous organizers, but fantastic people as well.

At Unicon we not only competed, traded T-shirts, made new friends, and had way more than our share of poutine, we also left the Butler Wobble mark.  We got disc golf discs with our logo on them to a few friends from around the world and got Butler Wobble buttons onto 5 of the 7 continents in the world (we're still missing Africa and Antarctica).  We also brought Unicycle Cyclocross to the party.

We didn't invent cyclocross.  It's been in the biking world for quite a long time.  We probably weren't the first to have unicycles in a cyclocross race either (I've heard it's a big part of keeping Portland weird).  What we did do is take our experience from helping with the local Month of Mud series and debuted Unicycle CX at a major unicycle convention with NAUCC 2013. (Thanks Matt Tinkey!)  It went over so well, we did it again at NAUCC 2014.


By the time we got to Unicon we knew CX was fun. From our experience we also knew that unicyclists have a way of being extremely athletic, and ridiculously fun at the same time.  See for yourself:


And that was just one of about 30 events.  On the competitions side, world records were broken in the 10k and Marathon (yep, 26.2 miles in 1:19:07), as well as the High Jump (137cm or 53.9in).  The beauty of Unicon though is that while records were being broken, many people were racing for personal bests (or firsts, as in Gigi's first Marathon) and having fun doing it.


Competitions were great, but the convention aspect was at least as equally as awesome.  Old friends were seen again.  International friendships were made.  Everybody got enough High 5s to have sore hands by the end of the 2 weeks.

Unicycling is full of fantatstic people.  When 1100+ of them get together, it's bound to be an amazing experience.

Short story- if you've never checked out a major unicycling convention, you need to.  Mark your calendar now for NAUCC 2015.