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2017 Tour de Bronx

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
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On Sunday, October 22, 2017, three club unicyclist, Rodrigo Sanz, Abdullah Wright, and myself set out from 161st and Grand Concourse for a 25 mile tour of the borough of the Bronx. First established in 1994, this event has continued to grow over the years to the point where this year there were approximately 7,000 registered cyclists.  There are a litany of sponsors for the Tour de Bronx event, some provide funding some providing fuel, swag or volunteer participation. Enthusiastically leading this all day event is the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr. The Borough President gives an inspirational speech to launch the each branch of the tour.  The 25  and 40 mile tour routes scenically wined their way through the Bronx on the streets, through parks and cycling paths. There are a few rest stops along the way where tour sponsors provide water, bagels and protein bars. The circular route ends to a big welcome rally at the New York Botanical Garden we  were welcomed by a live musical performance, Dominos pizza, water or energy drink and free Tour de Bronx t-shirt. It really is a fun ride that I have had the opportunity to participate in this tour for the third consecutive year. Throughout the ride we receive a lot of awesome support for the sport of unicycling from our fellow cyclists. This year we were almost excluded from riding due to a misunderstanding of unicyclists ability to ride long distances by the tour's organizers. We like to thank Olga Luz Tirado the executive director of the Bronx Tourism Council for patiently listening to the three of us collectively lobby for our inclusion by pointing out how we have been participating in supporting cycling in the Bronx by completing this event multiple times. Seeing the photo albums of previous tour events on our Flickr site, sealed the deal. In addition to the photo above, you can check out additional photos recorded at this year's event by clicking on the photo above or following this Flickr link. In addition, The photo below of our participation was included in an online article on the Riverdale Press website. My thanks to their Chief Photographer, Julius Motal for including us in the following photo that links to the Riverdale  Press article. You can enjoy more of Julius' work by checking out some of Julius' blog posts.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="510" caption="Photo courtesy of Julius Motal, Rivedale Press"][/caption]

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ October 29, 2017

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Best Photos of 2016

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

The year 2016 was another full year of unicycle events and meetings We did have a few meetings that did not take place due to weather conditions. Throughout the year I posted to our Flickr site 3,096 photos from meetings and other events. With so many great photos it was extremely difficult to select just a few to be considered "Best of". Last year, for 2015 I was able to select 71 photos in contrast to the year before where in 2014 I selected 163 photos. This year I started with a pool of 200 photos that I intended to reduce down to 175 or so. If you click the photo through to the 2016 photo album, you will see that I settled on 185 photos for the 2016 year. As you can imagine I found in necessary to exclude a tremendous amount of great  and interesting photos taken throughout the year.

Each year I select one unicyclist to represent the "Best of " album. This year it was pretty obvious who it should be. Elias Sanchez who, at the beginning of the year was already a talented athlete and unicyclist, worked hard at a number of balance skills throughout the year including roller bolla, slack rope and yoga. Within this year he has learned to ride two exotic unicycles built by Tom Miller of the Unicycle Factory. One unicycle that pedals backward to go forward and another (depicted) that goes sideways as you pedal in either direction. He also learn to ride the vertical two wheel unicycle.

I had a great time recording all of this photographs and attending all of the unicycle events throughout the year. I am looking forward to doing more of the same in the coming months.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ December 31, 2016

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The Fall after the Festival.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Third Saturday, September 2016"][/caption] After another successful unicycle festival we do not put away our unicycles for the season. We still congregate for unicycle meetings and for a few riding events.  Above is one of many photos taken that day within the photo album on our Flickr site during the September unicycle meeting. For the month it was the only meting that took place at our usual meeting venue. The first Sunday meeting occurred as part of the unicycle festival. Clicking on any photo in this posting it will take you to the album of the photos recorded at that particular event. So if you have the time click though and check them out. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="453" caption="2016 African American Day Parade"][/caption] On September 18th, the day after the meeting, five of members of the club, John, Calvin, Jerlin, Ken and Abdullah, rode along with the Labor Union Local 79 float up Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. from 112th street up to 136th street for the 2016 African American Day Parade.  We rode our unicycles entertaining the crowd to the music being played by the disc jockey on the float. We had a wonderful weather and a good time in it. As you can see we had unicycles of different sizes and Abdullah even brought along one of his pythons that became the main attraction and attention of the crowd as we rode the parade route. The ride itself is relatively short. However, we basically spend the entire afternoon watching the parade participants and hanging out with the crowd. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="453" caption="2016 Tour de Bronx"][/caption] We did have a couple of meetings in October that were not as well attended as the September meeting. You can check out the October album on the Flickr site to see a bit of what went on during those meetings.  However, On the 23rd of October four of us, Ken, David, Abdullah, and Rodrigo, completed the 25 mile route of the 22nd annual Tour de Bronx. I have to give a shout out to John who started out the ride with us at Harris Park on a 29" unicycle but had to drop out along the route. The tour is a popular well attended cycling ride with thousands of cyclist participating in both the 40 mile and 25 mile routes. The tour is sponsored by Bronx Borough President's office in conjunction with many commercial sponsors. the Current Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr. actually participates riding the 25 mile route.  As you can see in the photo above the four of us all brought along our big 36" wheels to get us safely through the route. The route took us through the streets and the various bike paths through out the Bronx making a few rest stops to fuel up on water, bagels and granola bars. The ride concluded at the Bronx Botanical Garden where there was pizza, energy drinks and a T-shirt waiting for each rider that completed the ride. As always we will continue to meet throughout the coming months. We may even get together for additional rides if we happen to be blessed with nice weather. Come out and visit at one or more of our meetings. If nothing else it will likely get you off the couch and outside to get some air.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ November 8, 2016

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2016 President’s day visit to Just One Wheel

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

2016 Just 1 wheel 43

For the fifth consecutive year, New York Unicycle club members have been invited to visit by Adam and Renie Cohen to visit the Just One Wheel balance facilities. This, as in the previous two years we visited them on the campus of the Driftwood Day camp. As you may remember, the last two years we experienced really rough winters that were really cold with a lot of snow. This year's Winter we thankfully had milder temperatures and no snow on the ground. So this year we took advantage and did some riding both indoors and out. Yes it did snow that afternoon. However, in the early afternoon with just a dusting of snow on the ground a bunch of us ventured outdoors to ride around the campus. We had a great time. I would like to again thank Adam, Renie and the Balance Brothers, Ziggy and Ikey for inviting us out to spend the afternoon with them.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ March 13, 2016

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Best Photos of 2015

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

2015 July Saturday 63

Each year I, Ken Springle, record hundreds of photographs at New York Unicycle Club meetings, unicycle rides and events. These photographs are posted in albums on our club's Flickr.com site soon after each event. At the end of each year I go through all of the albums to select what I feel are the "best of" for the year. With so many photos to choose from it is always a tough call as to which one are to be included within the album. It is even tougher to decide which of these photo should represent the album as the cover photo. For there at least a dozen photos that could considered the best one depending on the criteria being used.  For 2015 I chose this photo of Jason Katz, one of the clubs most skilled riders demonstrating one foot idling on a five foot Giraffe unicycle. Take some time to check out the entire Best of 2015 photo album and see which photo you think is best.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ March 13, 2016

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Ride through Northeast Queens

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Kissina Par Velodrome

Five senior members of the New York Unicycle Club set out for a 18 mile unicycle ride though northeast queens. The route of the ride started in Flushing Meadow Park and continued via the streets and bicycle paths onto the Vanderbuilt Motor Parkway Greenway to Alley Pond Park. It was a sunny brisk October day that was excellent for the ride. The above photograph was taken along the outside railing of the Kissena Velodrome located in Kissena Park. We visited the velodrome during the last leg of the ride that ended back a the Willets Point train station back at Flushing Meadow Park. It was a great ride. We all look forward to doing more rides like this throughout the five boroughs.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ March 13, 2016

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Third Annual Visit to Just One Wheel

Friday, February 21st, 2014

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

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Best Photographs of 2013

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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

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NYUC Rolls Through Parade

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

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

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Unicycle Season in Full Swing

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
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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

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