We've seen some slightly crazy stuff attempted on unicycles before, but attempting to race a pickup down a mountainside on one wheel definitely has to rank up there in the pantheon of 'funniest prospective things to write on the insurance claim form'.
To a surprising number of engineers and innovators, the future of transportation has only one wheel. But the future, at least when I'm driving, is pretty wobbly.
First of all, I'm not even sure I would walk down some of these stretches of the mountain. And yet these guys decided to unicycle down the mountains of Moab because there's nothing as nuts as taking on mother nature with just one wheel between your knees.
Watch daredevil Flaviu Cernescu crossing a 170-foot-high Romanian aqueduct using a unicycle and no safety gear whatsoever. Try not to scream when he falls forward. Fortunately, he kept himself on the wood path, which was only a few inches wide.
What does Darth Vader do on his days off? In this video, he enjoys a pleasant one-wheeled cycle through the streets of Portland (of course) while providing his own Imperial March theme music (after an extended bout of the Star Wars main theme). So which is more difficult, riding a unicycle with a bagpipe in your…
Segways are nerdy and awkward, there's no way around it. This solowheel, a "self balancing electric unicycle" is just as nerdy as a Segway but slightly less awkward. The Solowheel only weighs 20 pounds and comes in a relatively small package and is definitely no where near as unwieldy as a Segway. Plus, it doesn't…
As long as your feet are cloaked in skates, the FlyRad unicycle can then be used to drag you along at up to 40km/hr. You can even sit on it, or stand—it's a plethora of silly transportation options!
This man can do things with a unicycle that you would never have dreamed of. And not just because you don't dream of unicycles on general principle. It's because Max Schulze can uni-shred.
It's a neat-looking concept Corbin Dunn came up with, as far as cycling death-traps go. But in this economy, it's also practical for couples who'd rather not splurge on extravagances like a second wheel. UPDATED: Now with instructions and video!
Check this cool bike out. It was a concept last year, and now it's a reality. Pretty amazing, huh? Yes? Well, WRONG. Check it running and see why:
The Electric Self-Balancing Unicycle, or SBU, uses gyroscopes, accelerometers, and good clean electric power to make everyone's favorite one-wheeled method of transport accessible to those who don't want to bother with all that messy balancing and pedaling. Sure, unicycle purists will scoff, but now you can finally…
Here's video of Murata's Little Seiko balancing robot up to its tricks on a unicycle. It's a smart little thing: as well as balancing on that single wheel with nifty gyro and counterbalance robotic action, it can do collision avoidance. And boy, if it isn't the cutest little robot you ever did see. [Bot Junkie]
The words "extreme" and "unicycle" should never be uttered in the same breath—unless you are referring to British mountaineer Steve Colligan. Starting next week he will attempt to traverse a 600-mile stretch of the Himalayas from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal, via Everest base camp riding on a mountain…