Over the last several years I’ve helped a number of folks get started on a unicycle through Second Gear, the outdoor shop I co-own in Asheville. I offer a few tips for anyone who purchases a unicycle. My lesson with my latest pupil this morning, 87 year old Charlie, was by the far the most interesting.
Charlie’s hoping to wow the crowd in a talent show he participates in annually. If we can get him riding, he’s a shoe in for the blue ribbon. As you can imagine Charlie’s a character with an interesting background. Here’s what he told me: he’s from Drexel, NC, a small factory town about 60 miles east of Asheville. After serving as a Navy pilot in WW II, he went to dental school and practiced in the area until he retired in the 1970s, though it looks like he’s kept himself busy ever since.