Where do you live?
Tokyo, Japan (originally from QLD)
When did you start unicycling and how did you get started?
I was probably in my late teens or early twenties when I spotted an old circus unicycle in a second hand shop. I purchased it on the spot and went straight out the front of the shop to test it out - landed flat on my back! I spent the next year practicing every weekend or so. There was no internet at the time and nobody else around who I could talk to about unicycling. Eventually I became good enough to ride to the shops and around the place a bit. It was lots of fun! One day the unicycle got "eaten" by Kevin's dog (chewed the seat off and the plastic components too) and was not replaced. Years later, on one of my work trips to Japan, I found unicycles in the department stores. It was so amazing! I purchased a unicyle each for Gemma (Pink 16" Bridgestone) and Kevin (Yellow 18" Bridgestone) and brought them back to Australia. From there we started the unicycle import business.
What is your style of riding?
I like mountain unicycling, but where I live is very flat and kind of boring. My riding style is kind of urban commute, mixed with off-road and occasional mountain unicycling.
What brand and type of unicycle do you ride?
I ride a QU-AX Cross 24" which I upgraded to a QX-series Cross 24". It's a really nice little unicycle, and very tough! Although after riding Kevin's QX-series 26", I think I might switch in the not too distant future.
What do you like most about your unicycle?
I just love everything about it! Unicycles are very clean, compact and efficient vehicles, there are (generally) no greasy chains, complicated gears and brake cables to worry about.
What do you like about unicycling in general?
Unicycling is a great sport, and really good for exercise too. It's always fun to ride with other unicyclists. The whole family can enjoy unicycling riding, and it's easy to fit a few unicycles into the boot of a car.
What is your favorite unicycle trick?
I'm pretty lame when it comes to tricks! I'm kind of a brute force rider, try to plough through something instead of just hopping and jumping.
Where do you like to ride?
I like to ride single track in Brisbane and Toowoomba in QLD. The Gap has lots of excellent MTB tracks and there are a bunch of smaller tracks located around the Underwood and Daisy Hill area. Picnic Point and other parts of the range in Toowoomba can be fun too.
How often do you ride?
I try to ride every day, at least once a week, but this is not always possible due to work and life etc. I used to plan my rides a bit, but have now settled on just getting out the door with my unicycle, even for a quick ride to the park and back, it does wonders for me.
What do you hope to achieve in 2012?
I would like to ride harder and faster, and without waving my arms about in the air! I should probably learn to hop and jump a bit too.
And to wrap up... God or no god?
I believe in God. The human mind cannot comprehend the exisitence of nothing, nor the extent of eternity, is not capable of fully understanding, but is constantly searching for knowledge and looking for answers. This has always fascinated me.