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.