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    Mountain unicycling and you

    Hey guys, the cold weather is here. For those of you looking for something fun and challenging to do until the nice weather comes you should check out unicycling, the benefits are amazing.

    Anyone in New England, i have a few unicycles you could borrow if you want to learn and would be happy to give pointers

    Benifits:
    Propreception- the awareness of where your body is in space
    This is what most people mistake for hand eye coordination. Most people have better hand eye coordination than they think. What they lack is a natural awareness of where their extremities are in relation to their center of mass. Balancing on one wheel over rocky terrain will build this skill like nothing else.

    Lean muscle - lower body and core
    Because a unicycle has a fixed wheel you need to add resistance to the pedals to go down hill. This works out a whole new set of muscles not involved in biking. On uneven terrain a unicycle rider needs to make literally thousands of microadjustments per second and will build muscle in the legs and abductors that you will find helpful when riding a motorcycle. Hanging off will be noticeably easier with a well developed core and lower body.

    Urgent optimism - you failed for the 50th time but will try again with the same expectations for success you had the first time
    It takes about 40 hours of falling off a unicycle to be able to ride it at all. If you can deal with that mentally, you will be prepared for just about any amount of failure.

    Tranquility - unicycle are often used by monks practicing Thai chi because of the amount of focus required to ride one. The only way to ride a unicycle is in a total state of serenity; frustration and anger are usually a distraction that make you fall off. Add in the beautiful scenery, relaxed pace, and guaranteed runners high as you propel yourself up a mountain determined not to fall off, and you have a very soothing experiance.

    It is a ridiculous sport but I have really fallen in love with it. Niche things like this usually have their own benefits and the propreception is probably the largest in unicycleing. If it's something you enjoy, there is also always unicycle basketball, football, hockey, etc that can really challenge you. If anyone is interested, I'm in nh and have a few unicycles I would loan out/sell/give away if anyone wants to try it. It is way too underrated and a huge benefit in my opinion, I would really like to see someone else out there on one wheel soon.

    If you have any questions, ask, but I have to believe it is a lack of knowledge that keeps people away right now. The feeling of freedom is very similar to a motorcycle and I have to think many of you would enjoy it

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    Don't know you, but did I see you riding down the Tuckerman Ravine trail once? I've hiked that trail a million times but only seen a unicycle going down it once. I still tell people of that story. You sick man.

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    Is this really a thing? I kinda want to try it now it sounds crazy. Clipless pedals??

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    I might take you up on this sometime. That sounds fun.

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    That's awesome and very nice offering to share. If I were closer I'd probably take you up on it. My grandfather had a unicycle and I have distant memories of riding around his dirt driveway on a unicycle playing the trumpet. Both of which I sucked at...

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    I was never able to ride a bicycle with no hands on the bars.
    Unicycle? Forget about it.

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    I was never able to ride a bicycle with no hands on the bars.
    Unicycle? Forget about it.
    So is this called “Urgent Pessimism?”

    You make it sound fun and engaging. Then again, you own a K bike....

    Sure be a lot easier to carry than a bicycle.

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    this IS crazy stuff


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    I’d have to kick my own ass.

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    Real men would wear clip in shoes!

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    Quote Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
    Real men would wear clip in shoes!k
    And go uphill....

    What a development tool for hockey!

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    Having to grab that knobby dick hanging off the front of the seat is a gating factor for me.

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    I'd likely fall down less doing 8 shots of Tequila then running through the woods blindfolded.


    Man, that's impressive if you can do it. Bravo.

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    Quote Originally Posted by NPDCPA View Post
    Having to grab that knobby dick hanging off the front of the seat is a gating factor for me.
    i'd constantly be grabbing the wrong thing!

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    good way to tear your gootch

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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    I poked around looking at prices, holy crap $400 up to almost $1300! How do so few parts get so expensive?

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    Supply and demand I guess.

    Throw a two smoke on it bub

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    Throw a two smoke on it bub
    Come on man, this is an application screaming out for an electric motor



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    Re: Mountain unicycling and you

    Haha I wasn't expecting so many comments. Ill have to let you guys try it if I see you at the track, I usually bring it to get around. As for Tuckerman Ravine, that was not me, I have not been there yet.

    $400 is a cheap good mountain unicycle, but you start with a $60 street one. The money is mainly for the rim, which is usually some expensive ally so you don't crush it on big drops. When you cant land a big drop anyway no point in an expensive uni. And yes, the real men do use clip on pedals but if you try that too fast you wont live long enough to try again. If you guys are actually interested a "Sun" brand 12" unicycle is considered an excellent starter and should be $60 on amazon. That's where I started and once you can ride it a little its not long before you can go anywhere, and pretty quickly; I pass bicycles in bear brook state park on mine.

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