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Mountain Unicycling

Unicycling - a sport long relegated to clowns and weirdos - have gone hardcore: a small but growing cadre of unicyclists have "ruggidized" (is that a word? It is now!) the whimsical device and created the new sport of Mountain Unicycling or Muni.

Instead of blazing down a trail at top speed, a muni rider often moves a few feet at a time, pedaling hard, rolling and hopping from rock to trail, finding the “line,” or the ideal path down the trail.

Riders will often cover the same ground repeatedly, seeking to perfect their lines.

“Muni is a sport for minimalists and problem solvers — people that don’t mind working over and over at something until they succeed,” Holm wrote. “A trail that would be boring on a bike can be totally enthralling on a muni.”

All of which makes mountain unicycling a nearly contemplative exercise.

“Mountain bikers do it for adrenaline,” Aharoni said. “This is a more focused, technical sport. The amount of concentration it takes is akin to meditation.”

David Gelles of the New York Times has more: Link - via Metafilter


My alma mater has a large unicycling contingent. (It's Harvey Mudd College, and I never did the unicycling thing).

Back in the '90s, I went for a bike ride with an old friend, and he was very excited about his Mt. Unicycling hobby...

...which tells me that this really is an engineer's sport, rather than an adrenaline-junkie's sport (despite appearances otherwise)
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I have a friend who does this kind of thing. I wonder if he has lost all feeling in his lower extremities or he has a stronger threshold for pain.
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Ever heard of Kris Holm? These parts are from New World Disorder 1 and 2. About 8 years old now.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2hZzYg9YlMo

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1uPznTbus3g

www.freeride-entertainment.com
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