When do you come out of the uni closet?

When do you come out of the uni closet?

Post by ntappi » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 08:06:32


So I'm looking for info on trails in KH and Guilin, and Thailand, and
people are giving me some pretty alright information. Stuff like be
careful of the spiders the size of 29ers and the like.

I'm wondering though at what point do most people come out and say they
are unicycling and not biking.

I don't want them to limit the trails because they think unis can't do
them, but they are also saying things like, it would be good if you got
together with some other riders and rented a bus, and since I'm going
alone, I don't want to hold people back.

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Post by skilewis7 » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 09:26:45

I "came out of the closet"  as soon as I could ride around my
neighborhood.

Just go and don't worry about what others are saying.  Once they see
you ride I think you'll dismiss their misconceptions.  I agree about
the concern of riding w/ bikers though, you'd be hard pressed to keep
up w/ them, even on the uphills.

If it were something more like riding the lifts at a ski resort in the
summer, I'd just get your tickets and show up to the lifts like you
belong there.

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Post by UniDudeD » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 09:39:39

I "came out of the closet" as soon as I could ride well enough to free
mount and ride smoothly.

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Post by ntappi » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 12:06:49

I hate to be insulting, but for some reason I get the idea that neither
of you read what I wrote. Yes I ride plenty around my neighbourhood and
in many other places. I'm talking more about planning trips, and
speaking with guides and the like.

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Post by zfreak22 » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 12:34:30

Do you really need to say that your unicycling and not biking? What
types of accomadations would you need to make for the uni instead of
the bike? I would think it would just be that you cover less mileage a
day, nothing that really should change much of what they will tell you.
Since your going it alone I really don't think you need to tell them
that you uni instead of bike unless they ask you.

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Post by Denal » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 13:35:06

I'd say keep it in the closet till you're there and ready to go. They're
only gonna laugh at you and think you're another one of those "crazy
white hippies" (in Asia, that is).

If by going alone you are paying a much higher price, then you may
consider teaming up with the 2-wheelers. Or tell the guide, you're
riding a trick or a novelty bike that will make things slow (maybe give
him a speed estimate) and see what he comes up with.

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Post by ntappi » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 13:42:44

Quote:

> I'd say keep it in the closet till you're there and ready to go. They're
> only gonna laugh at you and think you're another one of those "crazy
> white hippies" (in Asia, that is).

> If by going alone you are paying a much higher price, then you may
> consider teaming up with the 2-wheelers. Or tell the guide, you're
> riding a trick or a novelty bike that will make things slow (maybe give
> him a speed estimate) and see what he comes up with.

mm some good ideas there. I will look into that.

Thanks for the good response Sid.

It is a shame that others can't read the thread correctly and come up
with an intelligent response.

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Post by Jerric » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 14:31:57

As what was said before, I think the only difference would be speed.
Some trips people think you will be traveling pretty fast, and can plan
for you to be done by x ammount of hours so your next things starts at
hour X and have the trip organized like that.

On a unicycle, you will be going much slower, so the only thing I would
make sure about, is when traveling at a low speed, you wont end up on a
trail taking you msny hours and causing you to ride late into the
night. or having you end up on the trail over night.

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Post by Klaas Bi » Thu, 27 Dec 2007 06:11:16

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> Or tell the guide, you're riding a trick or a novelty bike that will
> make things slow

I would say "novelty cycle" not "novelty bike". Why lie?

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Post by kington9 » Thu, 27 Dec 2007 06:26:05

i know what you mean, i often reffer to my hobby as 'cycling' until the
time is right to break the news, so to speak. Other tactics, tell them
you're really unfit so will be slow, or that you ride a single speed or
fixed wheel cycle, it's not a direct lie and will get your point
across. In situations like this i make extra sure i will be able to
handle whatever I'm planning to do, because obviously relying on the
opinion of someone else who is misinformed is a bad idea.

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Post by Care » Thu, 27 Dec 2007 07:11:37

My recommendation is to let them know what you will be doing as soon as
they see you as a credible and reputable customer.  

For one thing, the logistics of a unicycle trip will differ from and
bicycle trip and they will need to know what they should adjust.  The
legs will probably be shorter, the stops may be closer together, there
may be no need for specialized transportation support, you are limited
in what you can carry yourself...etc.

Once you get to that point in the discussion, email them a picture of
you from some other *** location with your  Coker (or other fine
unicycle) so they can get a sense that you are a serious customer.
They may even be e***d to help you.  The big difference is that your
standards of safety, support, medical care, quality of accomodations
etc. may well be different than theirs.  Good luck.

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Post by johnfos » Fri, 28 Dec 2007 02:50:20

Funny how the first few responders had no idea what you were talking
about. But people did finally start to get it. Those first guys
probably never had the experience so didn't know how to respond
anyway.

For general inquiries about "where are the best trails/rides," don't
mention the unicycle. No matter what you say, some people will
automatically change their answers because they assume you can't handle
the "big stuff." Just keep it mountain biking initially. If you are
going to team up with others, they'll at least need to know you're
going to be slow. Don't know if they need to know any more than that.
Especially if it's a downhill ride, in which case you might be "very
slow."

Yes, time and time again I've explained to people that my friends and I
are experienced, serious mountain unicycle riders who prefer the
hardest trails you've got. No matter, they just assume we want the easy
stuff.

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Post by skilewis7 » Fri, 28 Dec 2007 07:50:14

lol.

I didn't see a connection between the title and subject matter.  I
thought it was just a weird ? to start off from.

A while ago I read of a few people here who didn't tell anyone they
knew about their unicycling for a long time.  In one case it had been
over like 3 yrs and his parents still didn't know.

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