2014 New York Unicycle Festival

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Yes people, it is again that time of the year in New York. That’s right!  It is time for the 2014 New York City Unicycle Festival.  This annual event produced by the Bindlestiff  Family Circus keeps getting bigger and more popular each year. This year it will be held from Friday August 29 – Sunday August 31.  Organizers of this festival aim to out do previous attendance records from past unicycle festivals. As in past years  the festival will kick start with the celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. The celebration begins with a unicycle ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. Many of the unicyclist will continue riding on a tour through Brooklyn organized by the Unicycle Bridge Tour group. The tour will m make visits to Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park then onto to our final destination of Coney Island via the Ocean Avenue bike path. Activities at Coney Island will be announced soon. All are welcome to join us at Coney Island for activities there. No unicycle is required to participate at Coney Island amusement park. Altogether there will be at minimum of about 13 miles of unicycle fun. All wheel sizes are welcome to participate in the ride across the bridge. However, a 24 inch or larger wheel would be highly recommended for the ride onto Coney Island. Quite a few unicyclists have completed the ride on a 20 inch sized wheel.  One rider has even completed the ride on a 20 inch giraffe unicycle. Moving  forward to main festivities on Saturday and Sunday. You need only to hop on the free ferry over to Governors Island from either the Brooklyn or Manhattan ferry terminals to arrive between Noon to 5pm. Two consecutive afternoons  of unicycle activities including races, unicycle sport competitions, unicycling and juggling shows and Beginner and advance skills unicycling learning workshops. There will be raffles on both days and vendors available including Unicycle.com. Come on out and join the fun. As it is quite expensive to present these free activities I encourage every one to help support with what ever financial support you can afford. While purchasing Tee shirts and raffle tickets is helpful a direct tax deductible donation to the cause goes a whole lot further. The activities schedule with few exceptions will mirror previous years festival so I will refer you to the event’s website for further details To reach Governor Island there are ferries leaving  from Brooklyn and lower Manhattan check out the ferry schedules and plan accordingly. Helpful event links: Additional detailed information can be found at the following websites. NYC 2014 Unicycle Festival  website for event details and Coney Island ride route map. You can follow some of the latest event developments on the Festival’s Facebook page. You are encouraged to invite your facebook friends via the Brooklyn Unicycle Day Facebook event page. The Trust for Governors Island website for island information including ferry service schedules from Manhattan and Brooklyn. National Park Service Governors Island web page for additional information about island events and directions. Governors Island Map.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ August 7, 2014

Third Annual Visit to Just One Wheel

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For what has now become an annual tradition, Members of the New York Unicycle Club took the trek out to Melville, Long Island to visit with Just One Wheel for the third consecutive President's Day.

Located on the campus of the Driftwood Day Camp, the Just One Wheel balance program is a fun place to hang out and ride both indoors and outdoors. The heavy blanket of snow covering the 12 acre site kept us for enjoying the outdoor areas of the camp on this visit. However, that did not stop us from having an incredible afternoon of riding inside their 10,000 square foot facility. Click on the above photo or the this slide show link to see the photos taken during our visit on the NYUC Flickr site.

Adam Cohen of Just One Wheel is looking forward to inviting NYUC members to return to the camp in the late Summer so that we may enjoy riding around throughout camp without being hindered by lingering snow. Pay attention to our calendar or join our email group by submitting your email address via the Contact page.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ February 21, 2014

Best Photographs of 2013

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After sorting through the over 1200 photographs uploaded to our Flickr page throughout the year. I have pulled together 130 of them to form the Best photos of 2013.  Just follow this link to see all of the photographs that have been selected for this album. In the featured photograph is Emily, who is quite an athlete as well as an unicyclist.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ December 28, 2013

NYUC Rolls Through Parade

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For the third year in a row, members of the New York Unicycle club participated in the African American Day Parade. For 2013 eight unicyclist brought out a variety of unicycles and rolled with the  Local 79 Laborers union parade float from 113th street to 136th street along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.  There was a wave of union members marching to the music being played by the on float disc jockey. We had a great time riding a performing for the crowd.  We hope to have even more members participate in the future. It is really a lot of fun. Click on the photo to check out the few photos taken throughout the day on our Flickr page.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 15, 2013

Unicycle Festival in the News

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The 2013 New York City Unicycle festival made some local news stories.  Epoch Times Snaps section posted  a nice selection of photographs from the festival.  I cannot link directly to the photograph selections so please follow the link above. It is worth the click.

Next up  is the Brooklyn Paper where Will Bredderman posted an article about the fourth annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day and the Unicycle Festival.Click the link or the photo to get to the article.

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Next up we have the Sheepshead Bites where Willie Simpson posted and article with several photos of the unicycle ride through Brooklyn to Coney Island.

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Finally Ali Wolf reporting for Brooklyn News 12 who posted a video of the kick off of unicycle festival beginning with the initial group of participants crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. Click the link to go the page with the video.

Of course there is nothing like being at the the unicycle festival but if you could not make it the articles and our own reporting will give you a taste of what it is like. Perhaps you will come out next year.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 15, 2013

2013 Festival Complete

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The 2013 New York City Unicycle Festival was as fantastic a festival as years past. We had 69 unicyclist cross over the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. Once across the group you see pictured above continued riding to the first stop at Grand Army Plazza. The ride did not end there.  We continued to ride through Prospect Park and onto Coney Island. Check all the photos that I took throughout the day and evening in the Brooklyn Unicycle day Album.

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At Coney Island we were joined by even more unicyclists, friends, family and jugglers who enjoyed a ride on the Wonder Wheel, a unicycle  and juggling entertainment show and topped off by the Friday night fireworks show. But the fun did not end there we still had two more days of unicycle fun on Governors Island.

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Saturday on Governors Island we had a host of unicycle activities that was just so much fun. We had a tremendous turn out.  We had a unicycle show and the Hell on Wheel trials course.  As always the learning center was busy throughout. Check out the photos that I took in the Saturday Unicycle Festival Album.

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Unicycle.com brought out their mobile unicycle trailer store. All types and levels of unicycles and unicycle parts were available for purchase.

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On Sunday we capped it off with even more activities including unicycle sumo wrestling, unicycle football demo and an unicycle pinata. Overall a good time was had by all and it would be hard to compare which of the four unicycle festivals were the best. I was so busy doing and seeing and conversing I did not get around to taking any where near the amount of photos for those of you that could not make it.  However, take the time to also check out the photos I did take in the Sunday Unicycle Festival Album.  I hope this gives you a taste of what goes at the three day Unicycle festival and I hope that many more of you can make out next year.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 8, 2013

2013 NYC Unicycle Festival

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It is again that time of the year. That's right!  It is time for the 2013 New York City Unicycle Festival.  The annual event produced by the Bindlestiff  Family Circus keeps getting bigger and more popular each year. This year it will be held from Friday August 30 - September 1.  As in years past we will try to out do the previous years attendance of participating unicyclist. We will start by celebrating Brooklyn Unicycle day by riding across the Brooklyn Bridge then across the borough to Coney Island making brief rest stops along the way. This year in addition to the opportunity to enjoy the rides and activities at the park, there will be unicycle stage show at 8 PM. There will be a $15 general admission price for the show discounted to $10 for Brooklyn Unicycle day participants with free unicycle parking. Tickets will be available at the venue: Coney Island USA annex, 1204 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11224

Flash forward to main event festivities on Saturday and Sunday. Just hop on the free ferry over to Governors Island from Noon to 5pm. for two days of unicycle activities including races, unicycle sport competitions, shows and learning workshops. There will be raffles on both days and vendors available including Unicycle.com.

Come on out and join the fun.

As it is quite expensive to present these free activities I encourage every one to help support with what ever financial support you can afford. While purchasing Tee shirts and raffle tickets is helpful a direct donation to the cause goes a whole lot further.

The activities schedule with few exceptions will mirror previous years festival so I will refer you to 2012 festival's post further down the page or the event's website for further details

To reach Governor Island there are ferries leaving  from Brooklyn and lower Manhattan check out the ferry schedules and plan accordingly.

Helpful event links: Additional detailed information can be found at the following websites. NYC 2013 Unicycle Festival  website for event details and Coney Island ride route map. You can follow some of the latest event developments on the Festival’s Facebook page. You are encouraged to invite your facebook friends via the Brooklyn Unicycle Day Facebook event page. The Trust for Governors Island website for island information including ferry service schedules from Manhattan and Brooklyn. National Park Service Governors Island web page for additional information about island events and directions. Governors Island Map.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ August 12, 2013

Unicycle Season in Full Swing

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We have begun having  a few well attended meetings for the this unicycle season. Even if you cannot attend one of our meetings, you can always get a sense of what went on and who showed up by viewing the photographs taken that month on our photostream on Flickr.com. Flickr has recently changed the design of our photostream front page to provide more of a collage of photographs. You can still access individual albums on a page that looks similar to the front page. If you would like to look back at earlier annual collections of photo albums you will now have to click on the elipse "..." on the top right of the screen to get to them.  Click this link to check out a slideshow of  photographs record at the May meetings. Pictured above in Olga Glazman, a new member that is an excellent unicycle rider and juggler.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ May 26, 2013

2013 Unicycle Season Riding on One Wheel

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A few 2013 upcoming unicycle events are upon us. In addition to our local happenings like our twice per month unicycle club meetings, there are major events that are scheduled to occur. Check out the events highlighted on our Calendar page and make your plans to attend. I wish you all a healthy and fun unicycle season. First up is the North American Unicycle Convention and Championships (NAUCC). NAUCC for this year is scheduled for July 21-27 2013 in Butler County, Pensylvania. This year’s event is being hosted by The Butler Wobble in conjunction with the Unicycle Society of America (USA). Riders will be competing in a number of events including races, freestyle competitions, track and fields events, hockey and basketball. New this year will be an event called Coker MUniCross just for those that like to ride 36 inch wheels off road. Specific event details and registration and be found on the NAUCC 2013 event website. The final regional unicycle event of the Summer will be the Fourth annual New York City Unicycle Festival.  The three day event will take place August 31st-September 1st. Culminating with a ride across the Brooklyn bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. The ride will continue onto Coney Island amusement park. This will be  followed by two days of unicycling activities  taking place on Governors Island. The event is being put together by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Please note that The New York Unicycle club's meeting for the first Sunday in September will take place at the festival. Details about the event can be found on the event website.

Lastly we have  the 15th annual Long Beach Island Unithon scheduled for Saturday  September 28, 2013. This ride usually takes place in  June however due to the damaged inflicted by super storm Sandy  it has been moved to  September. It is a 19 mile unicycle ride across Long Beach Island New Jersey from the southern end of the island to the northern end. After all of the damage done by  Super storm  Sandy, the organizers are really hoping to get a lot of people to come out and support this event. Details and directions to Long Beach Island can be found on  the  LBI event website.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ May 19, 2013

Best of 2012 Photos

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="337" caption="Best of 2012"]First of July 02[/caption] Check out some of what I have chosen to be this past year's best photographs that are in this Slideshow from our Flickr page. For this year I chose a photograph of myself. I find this choice to be ironic since I am the one who is usually behind the camera rather than out in front of it. In this photo I am riding my 36 inch unicycle on the day I received it. I had spent years flip flopping on the idea of having my very own 36 inch unicycle. For more than ten years I have been taking short rides on every 36 inch that someone brought to a meeting. I would like to thank Renie Cohen of Just One Wheel for taking this photo and allowing me to add it to our collection. The photographs that are in this slideshow are just a small portion of the photos that were taken this past year. Since I really do not always concentrate on taking photos at every meeting,  I am always amazed at how many I have taken by the end of the year. Each year it is so tough to reduce such a huge amount of photographs down to less than 150 of the best photos taken. I attempt to include the best photos of just about everyone that has attended a meeting or event throughout the year.  I also make an effort to give the viewer a sense of the breadth of events that have taken place. If you would like to see all the photos from 2012. You will find them all gathered on the 2012 collection page.You can click on each set and then click on the word "Slideshow" Throughout 2012 I have witnessed the popularity of unicycling continue to rise.  The participation at the unicycle festival this year was again tremendous. I hope this year turns out even better.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ January 26, 2013