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Tuesday, 14 September 2004

Whatever Will They Think Of Next?
CREDIT: © CNN/AP/BicycleCommuter.com/BicycleCommuter.com
WHERE: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. WHAT: monocycles - life inside the wheel.
MAP: Xi'an. Thumbnails pop-up source page with larger images, and details.

Monocycles © CNN/AP/BicycleCommuter.comMonocycles © CNN/AP/BicycleCommuter.comWe found these, something Spike Milligan would have classified as 'Transports of Delight'. We were unable to track down any more information than appears on the source page. We once hit a car broadside on a bicycle: these contraptions do seem to offer some protection, and at least there is no danger of flying over the handlebars like we did, as our knees still attest. The machines raise many questions. What are the handling characteristics? What is their mechanical efficiency? Does the reported price of $350 dollars mean they are playthings for China's nouveau riche capitalist running dogs? Will we ever see monocycle racing? Is there a fat tire version?

  
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)