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DS    421
1 minute ago, The Fat Unicyclist said:

Is it safe to ride wearing a tuxedo?

Ha, ha,,,well, I was not exactly like that dressed but apparently somehow associated with James Bond :D

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Maximus    331

First camping trip of the year this weekend and even better, first trip with the unicycles!  Could barely ride with the number of people stoping us to ask about them.  It was the most conversation I've ever had with complete strangers, but everyone was great and were so excited. My favorite thing to say to kids is that "I'm from the future", it's perfect :efee6b18f3:

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RooMiniPro    331
16 hours ago, Maximus said:

My favorite thing to say to kids is that "I'm from the future", it's perfect :efee6b18f3:

Hehe yes.  Another version to try for young kids is "Don't tell anyone, but I'm from the year 2032.  I'm here to save the president and I'm running out of time!"

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kour    233

the other day i was practicing on a basketball court at a community center and five or six boys, probably about four or five years old, saw me and ran up, shouting excitedly. they were like, 'how can you do that!? how can you do that!?' so i stopped and turned off the wheel and told them to hold it there. i demonstrated how it would pitch forward and backward with the power off, then turned it on so they could feel how it stabilized. then i told them if they ever rode one that they would have to wear a helmet! they were cute.

a week before that i was riding down my street (hill), wearing my helmet, and some guy shouted something at me, about my helmet/a helmet... i couldn't tell what he said but it sounded like a reprimand, like, something along the lines of 'you'll need more than helmet if you fall off that thing!' haha

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kour    233
41 minutes ago, RooMiniPro said:

Recently one young woman with her friends seemed genuinely interested in the wheel, but approached the interaction in a very brash, rude way by screaming "hey I need one of those! Come back here!  I wanna know what that is!" and as I passed her on the way back she shouted repeatedly again and tried to block my path, even putting her hands out to try to stop me

crazy!

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Maximus    331
1 hour ago, RooMiniPro said:

Something else I have noticed is that when I wear a backpack I get more respect and my guess is that it's because I look like this is simply my preferred mode of transport, not just a recreational toy.  I'm simply travelling to work to some destination and instead of a car or a bike, I use a more modern piece of tech to get there.  When I'm just riding in a T-shirt and no backpack people assume I'm just out having fun on some gadget, messing around.  So now I wear a small backpack on every planned ride, even if it's empty.

I like that.  Seems like there's always something useful that could be kept too, such as extra clothes, charger, phone etc.  Win, win!

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LanghamP    895

Today I was accosted by a large group of black kids in the 14-16 age who shouted at me and came onto the bike path from their pedestrian path. They almost got me too, and I think this is an exceptionally dangerous situation but my wheel was too fast (lead intercept not lag intercept). I avoid any large groups of young male minorities and this shows exactly why. They will try to knock you off your vehicle and rob you. It will happen and so just prepare yourself mentally for that eventuality. I am as reasonably careful as I can and yet today I had a serious close call that makes my blood run cold.

Dunno about the aggressive young girls that stop you. I've already got a few phone numbers and felt up more than a few but one or two felt sketchy like they weren't mentally all there, or they had very poor impulse control.

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Dingfelder    889
17 hours ago, Maximus said:

First camping trip of the year this weekend and even better, first trip with the unicycles!  Could barely ride with the number of people stoping us to ask about them.  It was the most conversation I've ever had with complete strangers, but everyone was great and were so excited. My favorite thing to say to kids is that "I'm from the future", it's perfect :efee6b18f3:

All that sounds like a blast. :)  I look forward to getting surprised looks when my new EUC comes in.  I've never seen one in real life, and I'll bet I'll be one of the very first if not the first in my small city (30k) driving one around.

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Dingfelder    889
2 hours ago, RooMiniPro said:

Hehe yes.  Another version to try for young kids is "Don't tell anyone, but I'm from the year 2032.  I'm here to save the president and I'm running out of time!"

That's hilarious!

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Dingfelder    889
50 minutes ago, LanghamP said:

Dunno about the aggressive young girls that stop you. I've already got a few phone numbers and felt up more than a few but one or two felt sketchy like they weren't mentally all there, or they had very poor impulse control.

Problem is, girls often come with guys that you just haven't seen yet.

The world can be a difficult place to navigate.  Most people are nice enough, especially one on one.  But in a group dynamic, aggression and competition often come very quickly into play, and Jeckyl's can turn into Hyde's at the drop of a hat or for no real reason at all ... just because there's someone around to be competitive with.  Maybe things don't get super-aggressive, but they can start to take an unpleasant turn.

Maybe it's just my limited perspective, but there seems to be less smiling and casual friendliness going on between middle-aged or older people and people in their teens and 20's than there was, say, ten years ago.  I used to be happy to see a smile from a young person but not very surprised.  And it was easy to smile first or smile back. Now I'm still happy to see a friendly young person, but more surprised if I do.  It's getting to the point where I feel a little less casually friendly myself, which I regret a bit and try to catch .... 

 

 

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radial    269

I was practicing on the basketball court in a small neighborhood park yesterday when two very young girls crossed on their way to the picnic tables.  They were smiling and looking and nudging each other like I was the most interesting thing ever.  When I smiled back, the older one said, "I just love it so much!"  :efeeec645d:

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Dingfelder    889
2 hours ago, RooMiniPro said:

What I have found is that the best way for me to deal with people is to ignore them if I am moving.  I have stopped a few times and answered questions, but once they ask their usual 2 or 3 questions and say "well cool, man" they walk off and I'm left to get back on my wheel and set off again.  And all the people who shout things seem to think they are the only ones to have made that remark that day or to have asked a question.  But they are just one in a long list.  I do not have time to stop or to reply every time someone shouts something, thinking they're smart and funny or that I should give them my time, only to be dismissed when they get what they want.  So I ignore almost everyone now and carry on my journey.

Something else I have noticed is that when I wear a backpack I get more respect and my guess is that it's because I look like this is simply my preferred mode of transport, not just a recreational toy.  I'm simply travelling to work to some destination and instead of a car or a bike, I use a more modern piece of tech to get there.  When I'm just riding in a T-shirt and no backpack people assume I'm just out having fun on some gadget, messing around.  So now I wear a small backpack on every planned ride, even if it's empty.

When I used to play poker in Southern California casinos, I noticed a lot of people wearing headphones.  Lots of them were not listening to music.  Or anything.

I sometimes brought some and listened to music ... but also started doing the same thing, just to keep the distractions and lousy conversations to a minimum.  

I wonder if you might benefit from the same tactic.  Put some on but don't listen to any music.  People will likely assume you can't even hear them, and some may not bother to say anything to you at all. You should still be able to hear street noises just fine.  They even have them at the dollar store now ... just string one into a pocket or your backpack even if you have no player attached ...

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Bonzo    15

"Is that a safe?"

"I thought it was an oxygen generator"     <---lol, I still had a black electrical cord I was using for a training strap on the handle of my ACM.

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kour    233

this past sunday, the 21st, i was embarking on a trip to the community center and its surrounding streets from my house. i still can't nail mounting, especially 'scooting' up a hill (which has really given my left glute a workout let me tell you..), so it took me a couple of attempts to get going. the family a house up across the street was evidently having some sort of gathering and bunch of them were on the front lawn. after i'd finally started off they all clapped! haha

see also helpful stretch:

http://www.exrx.net/Stretches/GluteusMaximus/Seated.html

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kasenutty    683

I had a clapper too when I got started. A very supportive random jogger at the track cheered me on. I'd like to thank him now for never letting me give up. Thank you jogger dude.

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