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It must have worked reasonably well, since a Swiss engineer by the name of Gerdes set of with a Motorouta machine for a rather grand trip from Switzerland to Spain in 1931.We know that he made it to Arles in the south of France, but whether he ever reached Spain is unclear. | airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | cool ads | funny | food | futurism | gadgets | russia | japan military | music | nature | photo | sci-fi | signs | space | sports | steampunk | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird Our "Future Tech" contributing writer Paul Schilperoord, whose recent book on "exciting innovations in transportation" you can order here, showcases today the various mono-wheel ideas, covering their development till the 1930s - modern ones will be featured in Part 2. Food Funny Pics Futurism Gadgets Health History Humour Internet Link Latte Military Music Nature Photography Quotes Science Signs Space Sports Steampunk Technology Trains Travel Vintage Weird Exclusive: Interviews 2017/16 2015/14 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 Link Lattes Feel-Good &Biscotti Issues - SF&F Reviews - SF&F Toplists - SF&F History - Rare Pulp Magazines DRB Travels DRB Writing DRB Music DRB Artwork Feel-Good!
John Archibald Purves from England, who seriously believed that one huge wheel encompassing five passengers was far more efficient than a car with four (smaller) wheels.Georg Bergner from Washington, Missouri managed to get to the patent office with his ‘Monocycle’ design just hours before Allen Greene and Elisha Dyer from Providence, Rhode Island showed up with theirs on that summer’s day of June 22, 1869.And there was even a third American monowheel patented that year by Richard C. All three of these monowheels are hand-cranked, only the Greene & Dryer patent has a number of bulging wheel spokes which make it quite an acrobatic manoeuvre to get into the contraption, while two support struts stop it from falling over.No, this was not a reference to the propeller-driven machine by D’Harlingue: on the front cover was a monstrous monowheel creation by a Professor E. The centre wheel was powered by a 250 hp airplane engine, which Christie hoped would give this “Mother of all monowheels” a top speed between 250 and 400 kph.Although the front cover of Popular Science Monthly from April 1923 depicted it on a racing track, we have no idea what ever happened to Professor Christie. The 1920s, however, also saw the introduction of a few more ‘sensible’ motorized monowheels, which were really aimed as useable one-wheeled motorcycles.