I purchased my first unicycle over 26 years ago with money from a paper route. At the age of 10, it only took a day to get rolling on the old 20″ Schwinn. I rode almost daily for a few years, but my interest waned after I bought my first good road bike. As I got more serious about two-wheeled competition, the unicycle was put into storage.
Fast forward 20 years, and I’m back to riding the unicycle daily. In March of 2007 I was riding my cyclo-cross bike on some local trails. Just as I was finishing, I spotted someone on a unicycle riding the same trails I had just completed. But… on one wheel! We struck up a conversation and he let me try his KH 29. In that brief moment I was hooked. The unicyclist was Team Rollercoaster’s Steve Relles.
Soon after my encounter with Steve, I purchased a new KH 29, and with relentless prompting from Steve, started riding off road. Within 3 months, I was racing the uni in local mountain bike races with Steve and Roland. And less than one year later (with a few more races under my belt), I was off to Nova Scotia to compete in the 500 mile 5-day unicycle race called Ride the Lobster.
The next challenge is our expedition to Panama. I’m really looking forward to riding with such good friends.
I’m a 36 year old software engineer and owner of GalleryDriver, Ltd. I’m lucky to have a supportive wife who doesn’t think unicycling is too crazy. We live in Albany, NY with two dogs and 3 or more cats.