Upcoming Wobble Sightings

Healthy Kids Day at the Butler YMCA is Friday, April 28th from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. This is a free community event that showcases all that the YMCA has available for kids and families. We'll be there, with unicycles, giving brief riding lessons.

Friday nights during the warmer months we participate in "Unicycles are a thing" 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).


Monday, March 29, 2010

In Through the Out Door

Quick exciting update: Last weekend we had a muni ride with 4 people from the really local area. Isaac, Nate, Andy and I had a great ride on Saturday before the YMCA time. The Butler Wobble is heading outdoors. For me it was almost great- #2 of 2 Gazzaloddis decided to not play nicely with the Large Marge on the Conundrum. This left me with not only a lonely walk home, but it left me out of the downhill where Isaac attempted to fly. Unfortunately he didn't miss the ground. Fortunately he wasn't hurt.

We'll be adding more to the tribe when Tony's wrist heals.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Marching On

We've had a great run of unusual weather around here. March usually isn't in the high 50's or low 60's and sunny. Now that the snow is gone (it went from unrideably deep to non-existent in less than a week) we've been heading outside more and more. Pockets of unicyclists have been springing up around town. That's good.

Since we're unsure how long this weather is going to last, we're still maintaining Saturdays at the YMCA until probably the end of April. While it's tough to head indoors when the weather's so beautiful it does have its advantages. Flat surfaces lined with walls and bleachers are ideal for learning to ride. Our trend of having new riders each week continues. Last time I checked our YMCA roster was around 30 or so. That's fantastic.

The list of people who can check of the "Can ride a unicycle" box on a job application is expanding. Recently we've added Ben, Kelly, Brett, Adam (#2), Matt, Dan (thanks to Lisa for bringing the last 3), and Bruce.

Bruce is amazing. He's definitely the most "Experienced" of the lot- as in he's taken the most laps around the sun. You can ask him how many when you meet him. He's the guy in Butler on one wheel.

Oh wait, that could be any number of people.

Friday, March 12, 2010

At the YMCA, but not the Parade

There's a part of me that is a bit bummed about skipping out on the Pittsburgh St. Partrick's Day Parade tomorrow. There's a part of me that thinks 45 deg F and rain doesn't sound like much fun in parade mode. 70%+ chance of rain and 18mph winds just don't sound like much fun when you're moving slowly at best. Nate and I are the last 2 standing as Isaac has a case of death (not really, but I'm getting my zombie defense kit in order in case he swings by).

We'll be at the Butler YMCA later in the day. Unlike the parade, they have a roof and walls.

Sorry Wonders Unicycle Club. Ride on.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Unicycle Racing - and Parade?

The snow's beginning to melt. Planning is underway.

At this point we're still kicking around ideas for unicycle racing classes. EVERYONE should plan on entering the Time Trial and Crit. We're going to accomodate all ages and wheel sizes. The road race we'll be looking at possibly a 1 lap option for 24-29inch wheel sizes and 2 or 3 lap options for the 29 and above set. We're also considering the geared and ungeared debate.

Mid-March is when things really pick up.

Don't forget, March 13th we'll be joining The Wonders for the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade. We'll have more details soon.