Published on August 21st, 2009 | by Jeff Kart6
An Electric Unicycle that Recharges while Rolling Downhill
If you want to cut your carbon footprint, you can ride your bike a little more. If you want to cut it even further (from all that exhaling while pedaling), meet the EniCycle. This one-wheeled ride has a range of just under 19 miles on a charge. But it recharges when you ride it downhill (if you dare).
Obviously, the EniCycle doesn’t appeal to everyone, including those who’ve never ridden a unicycle (or never been able to).
The EniCycle is still just an invention for now, according to the bike’s Web site, from Slovenia in Central Europe. But production is planned.
A video at the Web site shows how the bike is ridden, without pedaling. Just give it a push with one of your legs to accelerate. Lean back a little to stop. You steer with the left and right foot rests.
The EniCycle is an improvement over the unicycle, the site says, because it’s self-balancing and gyroscope stabilized. You can learn it in 30 minutes, the inventor says.
The wheel is wider than the typical unicycle, if that gives you any more confidence.
(Image Credit: EniCycle)