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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 10:45 
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Dave Lafferty reports in the "MEN" :lol: :lol:

Only in the UK .. :roll:

A stunt cyclist told GMP to go get on their bikes after they warned him not to ride in Macclesfield town centre.

Charity unicyclist Pete S was given a "stop" order whilst he was standing next to his bike on pedestrianised Mill Street.

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EH? He was not not riding it Officer... Blimey.... crime that low in Macclesfield .. warrants that classic age old line.. :roll:

Pete (21) claims he is not a cyclist when on his unicycle 0- but a pedestrian on wheels as

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the unicycle like a pedestrian as it has no brakes and no direct drive!


:roll: :roll: Yeah ... not sure I see this ... I do not know much about unicycles or penny farthing riding though - but I don't think I quite understand that. In my mind - he's just the same "danger" as a rollerskater/rollerblader as a "pedestrian on wheels" :wink:

Student Pete protests! He's never been stopped before.

young Pete wrote:

I asked him why he was stopping us. He replied he had seen me riding the unicycle in the pedestrian area and that we were a danger to the pedestrians.

I am hoping for an apology from the officer and would ask he sponsors me form my bikathon in aid of East Cheshire Hospice


Insp Simpson of Cheshire Police wrote:

There has been no prosecution and I think the officer dealt with in appropriately with no fine or fixed penalty - just a "stop" order. We wish the young man luck in his charity event


Yes.. I think all on here do. Very worthy cause.

But how safe is a unicycle? :scratchchin: I've never tried one...

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I have tried a unicycle, and I was no good at it, but a few points:

"the unicycle like a pedestrian as it has no brakes and no direct drive!". Well actually all it has is direct drive - the pedals are locked to the wheel so all foot movements translate directly to wheel.

It is nothing like roller skates or skateboards, because a unicycle doesn't build up serious momentum, the fastest that they can typically go is a moderate jogging pace, but they are far more likely to be "stationary" which is more of a case of the wheel moving backwards and forwards on the spot. In fact probably the closest thing that a unicycle is like is a pair of stilts, and about as much danger to other pedestrians, and also about as visible. Even the lowest unicycle will place the rider head and shoulders above everybody else so they should easily see him.

I know Macc fairly well, and a quick check of the map confirms that he had to be in the wide open pedestrianised area at the top of the hill (anywhere else is not exactly suitable for a unicycle as Macc is quite a slopey place). Even on the busiest shopping days there is plenty of space here, and I cannot see how anybody would think that he could be a danger - unless they had some sort of target to meet of course.


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We have another article about this rather remarkable young man - he cycle down Snowdon for charity.

I think policeman was a little too hard on him myself. I think I would have been entertained und enchanted by seeing this. After all - we did pay to the circus und were entertained by some really amazing feats on these things. Und in Macclesfield - shoppers got to see for free! :wink:

Mad Doc bring to attention as ist story which he think worthy of comment like yours :lol:

Have not tried one.. it looks like fun 8-) 8-) - und ist skill involved in keeping a balance. 8-)

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I once visited Mount Evans near Denver, Colorado in April just when the roads were reopened after the winter snows. After going to the top of this 14,000ft peak in a precarious car ride, we stopped at 10,000 ft at a diner for a coffee. Looking out of the window as we huddled over the hot drinks we saw a unicyclist making his way up the peak. My mind was suitably boggled but the Americans seemed to think this was normal.

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Well apart from a good sense of balance and co-ordination the two main requirements for a unicyclist appear to be a sense of humour and an alternative outlook on life.... It is not really a practical transport mechanism.


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Rewolf wrote:
Well apart from a good sense of balance and co-ordination the two main requirements for a unicyclist appear to be a sense of humour and an alternative outlook on life.... It is not really a practical transport mechanism.


Depends...I've seen people commuting on them in London (business suit, small rucksack, etc.). If you've got one with a big enough wheel and you're good at it, there seems no reason why you couldn't use one like you'd use a bike.
I can't ride one, by the way.

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It has to be better than a pogo stick - especially after a heavy breakfast or a bottle of coke!!

I can pogo no handed playing a harmonica, but never tried a uni-cycle. I would love to have a go though! :roll:

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