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The 2015 New York City Unicycle Festival

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That’s right unicycle enthusiasts!  It is time for the 2015 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 has been expanded to four days. It will be held from Thursday September 3rd – Sunday September 6.  Organizers of this festival aim to out do previous attendance records from past unicycle festivals. New this year is Thursday's big wheel ride. On Day one at 10:00am unicyclist who would like to participate with unicycle having 26"  or larger wheel will meet up at Battery Park. From Battery Park we will ride up the west side bike path and over to and around Central Park. But, the ride will not necessarily end there. Part two of the ride will continue over to the east side of Manhattan and ride back down to Battery park. Part two of the ride will take place mostly on the streets so if you are not comfortable riding in traffic you can opt out and take the subway back down to Battery park. Day two of this year's festival will be the annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. The celebration will commence with a unicycle ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. Many of the unicyclist will continue riding on a 13 mile 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. For those that do not want to ride unicycle all the way to Coney Island can take the subway and meet us there. Moving  forward to main festivities on Saturday and Sunday. You need only to hop on the $1 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 donation of whatever 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 2015 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 18, 2015

Highbridge Crossing.

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A few of us Unatics decided to take up Bob Hickman of Unicycle Bridge Tour's on his invitation to the Highbridge Festival at Highbridge Park. It was an opportunity for us to traverse one of the oldest pedestrian bridges in the country. It is the oldest bridge in New York.  The HighBridge had just recently been reopened to pedestrians after being closed for more than 40 years. It has undergone a tremendous $61 million renovation by the New York City Parks department. The renovation was worth every penny. The work they did on the 125 foot high bridge is incredible. The bridge that is a pleasure to travel upon. There are places to sit and enjoy the views of  the water and the skyline of Manhattan.  Without having to compete with motorized vehicles. People can leisurely walk or ride between the island of Manhattan and the only borough that is actually on the main land of the United States, The Bronx. We had a great time hanging out at the festival, riding back and forth multiples times across the bridge.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ August 18, 2015

An Interview with Kris Holm

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I received an email from Mads Phikamphon about an interview that he conducted with the most famous unicyclist on the planet, Kris Holm.  He wanted me and our members to check out the interview as it may be of interest to us all. I thought it to be a brief glimpse into the life of Kris and his love of unicycling.  I suggest that you take a look at the posting on the website and maybe leave a message about what you think of the piece.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ August 18, 2015

Visit to Just One Wheel 2015

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For the fourth consecutive President's day, members of the New York Unicycle club traveled out to eastern Long Island to have a little fun riding indoors with Just One Wheel. Just One Wheel balance facility is located on the campus of the Driftwood Day Camp. As you know, this club does not have an indoor venue. So we are always stoked to be able ride indoors for a change. When better to experience that indoor riding fun but when there is snow ice and freezing temperatures outside. We did not have the opportunity to ride around the Driftwood Day camp campus because of the ice and snow. However, that did not diminish the amount of fun we had by one bit.  We are thankful to Adam, Renie, Ziggy and Ikey Cohen for continuing to invite us out for a day of unicycle fun. In addition to the Just One wheel and  NYUC members in attendance we were joined by Kip Jones of the King Charles Troupe. The Troupe is currently touring the country performing with the Ringling Bros. Circus gold group.  Kip having just completed his recovery and rehabilitation from knee surgery and was eager to get back on his unicycle. We were more than happy to have him riding with us.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ February 22, 2015

2014 NYC Unicycle Festival Results

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The 2014 New York City Unicycle Festival organized by the Bindlestff Family Cirkus, began on August 29th with the celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. This has been the fifth annual three day unicycle festival that has taken place in New York City. At just before 3:00pm, 66 unicycle riders gathered at the City Hall park just across from the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge walk way awaiting the signal to head over the bridge into Brooklyn. After making it to the Brooklyn side of the bridge, 46 unicycle riders decided to continue on riding through Brooklyn with Coney Island being the final destination. The tour across the  bridge and through Brooklyn was organized by Unicycle Bridge Tour. It was an incredible day weather wise with warm temperatures with low humidity and a gentle breeze.

Upon reaching Coney Island riders were greeted and joined by a host of additional participants ready to continue with the day's festivities at Coney Island. We gathered at Nathan's Famous on Surf Avenue to fuel up for the evening. Some took advantage of the free ride on the Wonder Wheel after posing for the group photo below.

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A little later that evening an incredible array of talented performers put on a show for large crowed that gathered at the Shooting Gallery Art Annex. The performers, performed nine separate acts in front of a packed house. Everyone was wowed and entertained by the dancing, riding, acrobatics, balancing, juggling and magic acts that the group performed. The show was hosted by Kyle Petersen also  known as "The Brooklyn Juggler".

Days two and three of the festival took place on Governors Island. Day two being the main day of the festival, was chock full of activities with DJ Sky King mixing on the ones and twos providing music in the background  for both days.

Available activities included: unicycle basketball, unicycle hockey, a trials course, unicycle sumo, unicycle skills performances and a whole lot more.

Staff from Just One Wheel were on hand to help teach both kids and adults how learn to ride in addition to the well attended learning center. Unicycle.com brought their trailer full of unicycles, unicycle part and accessories for purchase.

After the performances, a raffle was held where lucky ticket holders won unicycle parts and unicycle accessories. The grand prize was a brand new trials unicycle courtesy of Unicycle.com.

A great time was had by all who attended. Many expressed their appreciation for the festival and all of the activities that took place. The photos above are just a small sample of the photos taken over the three days of the festival. I hope that you take the time to view all of the photos on our Flickr site. The photo may provide a better sense of the activities that took place. I would have liked to have taken many more photos however, there was just so much to do at the festival. In any event, while you are there on the site,  you can see and enjoy all of our photo albums. Additional photos are posted each month.

This year's festival, as has the previous festivals are provided at a great cost. As such the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is continuously looking for additional funding and sponsors. If you, someone you know or, some local company r vendor would like to participate or contribute to next year's festival, do not hesitate contacting them via their website. Any assistance to having this event continue annually will certainly be appreciated.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 16, 2014

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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African American Day Parade 03

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