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, July 29, 2013

Post NAUCC 2013 Post



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

Less Than a Week Away.



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

From the 4th to 6th.




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!