Freshman Dylan Benedetto rides his unicycle in his freetime

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When did you learn how to ride a unicycle?
When I was 10 years old, I got (a unicycle) for Christmas from my grandparents.

How long did it take you to learn how to ride?
My neighbor was really good; she used to ride the six-foot-tall (unicycles). She taught me how to ride them and it took me a few weekends before I picked it up.

What was the most challenging part of learning?
Getting up on my own without having to hold onto something for balance.

What advice would you give someone learning how to ride a unicycle?
Don’t give up. It’s a bit of a challenge at first, but you have to keep with it.

When do you usually unicycle?
At home when my friends come over. If they notice one of my unicycles in my garage and bring it up, I ride it for them just to show off.
Have you ever injured yourself riding a unicycle?
I haven’t seriously hurt myself, but when I was learning I would fall off and get scraped up.

Are there different types of unicycles?
Yeah, there are three general types. They make normal (unicycles), which I ride, tall (unicycles) which can be 6 feet tall or more, and extreme (unicycles). The extreme ones are fitted with a bigger tire so that you can go off-road riding.

How many unicycles do you own?
I own two. My cousin recently gave me another one.

What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever done while riding a unicycle?
In the sixth grade I did the Carmel Middle School talent show. I started by putting my ramp and box on the stage and I rode up and finally hit it for the first time. Then, I rode around for a bit before I picked up a jump rope. For the record, I can’t actually jump rope on a unicycle, but I can throw it under the tire and ride forward.

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