Monday, April 29, 2013

Unicycle at Red Arrow Park


Unicycle!  Yes, you read that right!  Wouldn't you love to try something new?  If you can ride a bike, surely you can learn to do it on one wheel...with the right equipment...at the right location...for the right price...and with lots of encouragement!  Why not?

Red Arrow Park normally is my go to place for ice skating, but now that the outdoor rink is turned back to concrete, it was refreshing to see the space being used by a group of unicyclists of varying talents.  It's a great place to learn to unicycle, and some MSOE students were wise to figure that out.  With the gates closed, you can hold on to the bars surrounding the rink and do a continuous loop for as long as you like.  There were some beginners, holding the rail (and wearing helmets), but there were also a few able to cycle like they'd been doing it for years.

There's a Facebook page that announces unicycle group "meetings", and you don't even have to bring a unicycle.  There are unicycles available at the park during group times, and they vary in size.  You should probably bring your own helmet though.  If you go to that link, you can also see some great photos of them in action.

If you'd like to try it, or just want to grab a coffee at the Starbucks at Red Arrow Park and watch, go there on Thursdays from 12-2 pm or Tuesdays from 5-7 pm.  They will be there throughout the month of May.

Here's a short video clip from what I saw Thursday afternoon, featuring riders: Jeff Hanson, Stephan Skibinski, and Korey Christiansen.



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