Sunday, 24 April 2011
U is for Unicycle
A unicycle, as everyone knows, is a bicycle with one wheel. You can buy one very cheaply (presumably because you're only paying for one wheel), and beginners' unicycles are apparently freely available, often made in Taiwan.
This is great news for some (although I suspect rather a few), but I for one cannot for the life of me see the point. A bicycle has two wheels, and when you have mastered it, it's fairly easy to ride. A unicycle has only one wheel, and is not (easy to ride). A bike is a useful mode of transport. A unicycle is not. Why would anyone want to own, never mind ride one? Yes, it's quite clever. But so (as someone once said) is farting 'Annie Laurie' through a keyhole. Clever, but not particularly useful.
So I, for one, shall not be buying one.