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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 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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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.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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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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Backpedaling Unicycle Debut

Monday, March 5th, 2012
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Making it's New York Unicycle Club debut at the first Sunday of March meeting is the backpedaling unicycle invented and built by Tom Miller of the Unicycle Factory. Tom Miller is the creator of the "Crab cycle" a unicycle that rolls sideways as you pedal and the side by side double wheeler, put together this new one of a kind unicycle  that requires you to pedal backward in order to go forward.

As you can see in the above video, the unicycle operates much like a double wheel unicycle where one wheel rests on top of the other with the top wheel driving the second. The major difference with this new unicycle is that you are riding a lot closer to the ground with only one wheel required. Having extensive experience mounting and riding his own double wheel unicycle, David was able to ride this unicycle immediately . This latest unicycle joins his exclusive collection of Tom Miller unicycles pictured below.

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No one else at the meeting demonstrated an ability to ride the new backpedaling unicycle. However, all attendees of the club meeting had a good time riding and hanging out.  Check out the slide show of all of the photos taken at the March meetings.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ March 5, 2012

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Uptown Unicyclist Into The Spotlight

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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New York Unicycle Club  member, Calvin Wright (right) and his his unicycle were highlighted in an article entitled Harlem's Unicycle Man Keeps Peddling written by Paul Smith. The article appeared in this weeks copy of the Uptowner,  a  local Manhattan newspaper that focuses on the neighborhoods of northern portion of the borough o Manhattan, New York. This article gives a snap shot into Calvin's life as a unicyclist in New York.  The photo at the beginning of the article was taken at the African American Day Parade that took place in Harlem, on Sunday, September 11.  At the parade Calvin was joined by seven other unicyclists. Five of the unicyclist were  fellow members of the NYUC in addition to the two unicyclist from King Charles Troupe that were mentioned in the article.  The eight unicyclist had a good time entertaining the crowd riding behind one of the floats.  Check out some of the other photos that were taken on the day  of the parade in this slide show on our Flickr page.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ October 20, 2011

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Visit By The Unicycle Bridge Tour.

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

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After having made the George Washington bridge the 200th bridge crossed since beginning their quest to cross every bridge in New York on a unicycle, the Unicycle New York City Bridge Tour group stopped by the New York Unicycle Club's 3rd Saturday meeting in May at Grant's Tomb. We had turn out of 15 club unicyclist welcome the weary unicyclist who rode down from the GW bridge crossing several other overpasses along the way. You can follow their continuous progress of bridge and overpass crossings on their website. Click on the photo above to check out the slideshow with all of the photographs taken in May of 2011.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ May 21, 2011

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