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, September 19, 2011

Brady's Run! Month of Mud is ONNNN!

Hey everybody! it's nate!

Dave, Isaac, and I just finished up our first race of the Month of Mud season. I'll admit that I was dreading the task, having been a bit of a slacker, missing many opportunities to ride this year. Dave says the better shape you're in, the more fun cycling is. Fortunately, unicycling is a fun way to get into shape. I don't know anyone that regrets going out for a ride once they get out there.

The thing about Month of Mud is that it is a great atmosphere for anyone who wants to challenge themselves. Mountain bikers are always welcoming to new riders, and are especially impressed by anyone on a uni.

Brady's run itself is a tough course with plenty of extended climbs, which is why Isaac and I have avoided it in the past. We enjoyed most of the race riding neck and neck, passing each other only when one of us would get hung up on on a root. Its been good to see how much Isaac has improved over the last year. He certainly gave me a run for my money. I think if he'd had the same size wheel as me, it would have been a whole different race.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season unfolds. Oct 2nd is the Cyclocross race at North Park. It should be the perfect course for beginners and for spectators. Hope to see y'all there!
http://monthofmud.org/

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday and Friday Night Rides

There has been some discussion as to what we've been up to lately. We've been playing outside. You're welcome to join us.

Thursday evenings, around 6:30-7pm, we've been spotted at Ritz Park in Butler. The park has tennis courts and a basketball court that we use for practicing skills. We use the grass, gravel road and small trail for beginner off road practice. It's a good little park to practice uphill and downhill and mixed terrain. Especially for the beginner who wants to try all those things but is intimidated by the traffic on the road or the difficulty of you standard mountain bike trail.

On that note, if you are a beginner and working on any new skill, don't be intimidated by our skills...we love watching and helping others learn new skills. We are always willing to lend a shoulder or arm (It's called "being a post" or just "post") - should free mounting be what's holding you back from practicing other skills. BTW, the tennis courts are a great place to practice free mounting.

On Friday nights we join the Butler Bicycles and Unicycles Friday Night Group Ride. It meets at 6pm in the parking lot on Main St. across from Pizza Joe's & Flynn's Tires. The bicyclists follow the approved bike routes through town. The Unicyclists take a different route, to use a few less traveled roads and practice hills. We also do a few laps at Memorial Park. This is a great way to learn road uni riding, while not being on the main roads. Again, beginners are welcome. If free mounting or fear of road riding are holding you back from joining us, please put those aside and join us! We are always willing to offer a shoulder and be a post to get you started. No matter how many times you UPD (Un-planned dismount). We frequently try the same section of road over and over again, taking turns, just to figure out how to get up the hill, over the pot-hole or past a section of bricks.

If you'd like to join us for either ride, please remember that helmets are strongly recommended - as they are mandatory for our inside rides and outdoor competitions it just makes sense to wear them any time you ride.