Saturday, June 25, 2016

7th Unicycle Anniversary!

I haven't been riding lately.  Busy busy.

But my family remembered it was my unicycle anniversary today.  Syd spent a long time making a sign on the driveway.  She's awesome!!

It sounds like we're also having Volcano!!! for dessert.  It's basically brownies and vanilla ice cream formed into a volcano that we had when we were at the Rainforest Cafe at the Disney Animal Kingdom.

Friday, April 15, 2016

And... We're Back!

I finally got back out riding.  I hadn't ridden since last August when Robi was in town.  Life got busy and then the winter wasn't inviting.

Robi was in town again, today.  We rode at Webster Park.  The trails were muddy here and there where it was expected at this time of year.  I brought my saw in my pack and I recruited Robi to clear one downed tree.  We heard a chainsaw in the distance and thought maybe someone was also clearing.  We didn't bother clearing any more, though we never did encounter any one with a chainsaw, nor any evidence of one.  I'll probably bring my saw and do some more clearing next time.  Generally I didn't see nearly as much fallen trees as I have after past winters.

After not riding for about 8 months (wow, that's a lot), I was a bit worried about how I'd do.  It turns out my brain still knows how to ride.  There wasn't really a skill problem.  My muscles on the other hand were not quite up to the task.  I haven't been working out or really doing any exercise since maybe a few weeks in November or December.  My legs would start burning way earlier than when I'm in shape, even on generally tame terrain.  Muni is hard work.  It makes me appreciate the winter workouts I've done in the past when I try to stay in shape.  It pays off at the beginning of the season.  Maybe next year.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Robi Comes To Town 5

There's fungus among us
Another month, another ride with Robi.  He got his tattooing done yesterday and we rode this morning.  I was kind of hoping that Jim would be available again and we could all ride the Hardcore 24 race course at Ontario County Park.  I thought maybe we'd all enjoy it and possibly want to do that race next year.  This year's race happened several weeks ago.  Unfortunately Jim couldn't make it so that option was slightly less appealing.
I also considered trying the new Black trail.

Robi and I decided to give the Black trail a try.  Early into our ride we both felt far from 100%.  As we rode more we found the trail was a big contributing factor.  I've mentioned before that the trail surface at OCP is riddled with rocks so it's constant work.  The Black trail was a workout too.  We walked more sections that either of us typically do.  Some days are like that.

It was good to get out riding again and good to hang with Robi.

.GPS track

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Robi Comes To Town 4

It's that time of the month again!  Robi came to town yesterday for more tattoo work.  This time he drove in early, spent the whole day getting tattooed and stayed overnight.

This morning we went to Dryer and rode muni.  Robi's good like that.  Just because he was tortured with needles the previous day doesn't mean he can't ride.

Jim met us there.  Diane couldn't make it this time.

It was a great ride.  We rode some of the good trails I usually ride there and a number of harder trails I had never ventured down, like Black Widow and The Den.  They're mostly rideable but with a number of more difficult drops or log obstacles.  Jim managed most of the obstacles.  Robi was surprisingly strong despite being tortured the previous day.  I did well too, even though I hadn't ridden since the Empire State Muni Fest... and entire month ago.  Yikes.  Life has been busy.

Here's a good picture for a caption contest:

Here's some of Robi's tat coming together:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Railing and Welding

With Kessa learning to ride I wanted to rebuild the railing I once had in the driveway for Sydney.  That one rotted and is long gone.  I decided to use my skinny as the base, some old trampoline poles for supports, and some spare railing mounts that were once sent to me in error.  The railing is number two of two that was once in the basement stairway.  I might cut down the poles at some point.

One of the unicycles Kyle has been riding on occasion is the Barracuda I bought on craigslist over 3 years ago.  Unfortunately one of the cranks was loose tonight.  I went to tighten it and found the bolt spun.  The threads on the spindle were stripped.  I think I recall tightening this bolt years ago and feeling it start to give just at the end.  So now with no way to tighten the crank and with it being a cheap uni, I decided to fix it by welding the crank to the spindle.  I did both while I was at it.  With no training, I've "successfully" welded about 4 or 5 items at this point using an arc welder.  My welds are embarrassing, but I expect that will hold for driveway riding.  If not, I'll hit then with the welder again.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Unicycling Anniversary

Amy and the kids surprised me with a unicycling anniversary cake!  I had forgotten!

Before cake we had a unicycle jam session in the driveway.  Syd's been favoring my 20" trials.  Kyle's been riding more and is more stable.  He free-mounts sometimes too.  Unfortunately he's so tall he wants my seat post raised too high for me, so it makes sharing difficult.  Perhaps he needs a uni of his own!  He does ride some of the cheaper 20" unicycles I have, but the seats aren't nice.

Kessa's tiny unicycle that I got her for Christmas 2013 is actually too small.  It's too bad the seat height isn't adjustable.  It was a cute uni and very well built, but not at all versatile.  It's good if you can actually get a 3 year old to ride it, but that's not realistic.  I didn't expect her to, but I thought it would still be rideable at age 5.  A few weeks ago at the Empire State Muni Fest, Robi let us borrow his small uni, which is actually a 12" wheel like Kessa's.  I swapped the cranks with Kessa's, which were slightly shorter, and shortened a seat post from Syd's first 16" uni.  This made it an acceptable size for Kessa.  I too can ride it! lol  I think I had more fun on it than Kessa so far.