If you’ve seen me at University, you probably already know this, but if not, there is a post for you… It is about my recent involvement in the vast unicycle conspiracy.
It all started last summer when I, once again, pondered the unsuitability of the bicycle for the campus commute. You see I’m terrible at getting to class on-time, and so am in dire need of a efficient mode of transport to and from class. And, as you could probably guess, the usual choice didn’t suit me.
On campus bikes are a pain. To use a bike on campus you need to make all sorts of accommodations for it. Bikes need storage space; you need to use bike racks at each of your destinations (any of which can be crowded, inconvenient, or both). You need to lock them up everywhere, they usually require municipal registration, you can only ride on bike paths, and they demand the use of a helmet.
Blech, riding a bike would mean making all sorts of inconvenient compromises – not things which I’m keen on doing…
Now back to my pondering- I had considered trying the skateboard, it’s small and quick, but also a bit dangerous to use on a crowded footway. Remembering once seeing a student ride a giraffe through our engineering quad, I had also joked to my brother I should see about using the old unicycle in our garage. But for the most part I resigned myself to plodding to and from class on foot.
Long story short, when I returned home that summer from California my brother had picked up the unicycle and was prepping to bring it along with him to school. It took me a few more months, but by November I had a new unicycle in had, a few more weeks subsequent I was pedaling about on the ultimate class commuting machine.
Coming soon: The internet-famous, wild parties, and traffic incidents!