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Best Video and Photos of 2019

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

For 2019 our meetings were not as well attended as I would have liked. As a result we just did not have an abundance of meeting photos as we have had in the past. Most of the best photos that I recorded were at the 10th annual New York Unicycle Festival.  I did not do an article for the festival as I have done in the past. I apologize for that.  I hope that you have had a chance to check the Flickr site and see the festival photos there. For 2019 instead of selecting a single member to highlight, I have chose to select a photo from the NYC unicycle festival that had a number of odd unicycles and odd bicycles for the attendees to try out.  Stay tuned for news regarding the 2020 NYC Unicycle Festival.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ February 29, 2020

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2018 Best Photographs

Monday, January 21st, 2019
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This years best of photos mark the first year of the second decade of recording photographs at unicycle meetings and unicycle events. While we have had less attendance at many of our meetings then I prefer, we have had many visitors to New York stop by and  ride with us. We have also had many unicyclists right from the New York area stop by, visit and ride with us for the first time. The 2018 New York City Unicycle Festival was tremendously fun as it has been each year of its existence. For the 2019 festival I vow to take better photos at the festival. Usually I am doing so many things at the same time at the festival that I cannot focus on photography.

For the 2018 album, I have chosen to recognize and highlight Callum Cooper Nissen.  I have witnessed Callum having a tremendously fun 2018 in the sport of unicycling. He would show up at a meeting and ride every unicycle available. At the 2018 Unicycle Festival, I don't think he gave a moments rest going from cycle to cycle of every type available.

Each year it has been difficult to restrict the number of photos to a reasonable number. This year was a little less difficult as I was being being much more discriminate in my selection criteria over a smaller amount of photos overall.  I was able to keep the selection down to just 125 images which is larger than last years 100 photos selection. I hope that you enjoy them. At your leisure, take the time to look at some of the other albums on the Flickr site . You can click on the above image or the following link to go to directly to a see a slide show of the entire Best of 2018 album. We now have so many best of albums that I decided to gather all of the albums into a Best of Collection. You can review all eleven of the annual best of albums.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ January 21, 2019

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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.

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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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2016 President’s day visit to Just One Wheel

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

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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

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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 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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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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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 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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Best of 2012 Photos

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
[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

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