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Noun, Verb

A one-wheeler is a unicycle trick where the rider balances on one wheel for a short period of time.

Example usage: 'I saw a one-wheeler from that unicyclist yesterday, it was pretty impressive!'

Most used in: Skate parks and urban areas.

Most used by: Unicyclists and BMX riders.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Track stand, Bunny hop, Wheelie, Endo,


What is a One-Wheeler?

A one-wheeler is a type of cycling where the rider is on a single wheel. This type of cycling is also known as unicycling, monocycling, or single-wheeling. It requires great balance and skill, and is a popular form of recreational cycling.

One-wheelers are typically used for tricks and stunts, but some riders use them for transportation. Unicycles come in a variety of sizes and styles, from kid-sized BMX one-wheelers to adult-sized mountain unicycles. The most common type of unicycle is the “standard” unicycle, which has a seat height of 20-24 inches.

In the United States, unicycling is becoming more popular. According to a survey conducted by the Outdoor Foundation, unicycling was the sixth-most popular cycling activity in 2020, with over 2 million people participating. The survey also found that the majority of unicyclists are between the ages of 18 and 24.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced rider, one-wheeling is a great way to get out and have some fun. With a little practice, you can master the basics and start exploring the world of unicycling.


The Origin of the Cycling Term 'One-Wheeler'

The term 'One-Wheeler' was first used in the late 19th century as a way to describe the act of riding a bicycle on one wheel. It was first used in England and the United States, but quickly spread to other countries as the popularity of cycling increased. The term was used to describe a variety of stunts, including balancing on one wheel while pedaling, balancing the bike on one wheel while in motion, and jumping over obstacles.

The term 'One-Wheeler' was first recorded in the 1894 book 'The Bicycle and Tricycle: Their Use and Abuse' by H.S. Thomas. In the book, Thomas described the act of riding a bicycle on one wheel as 'a feat of skill and daring that has been accomplished by a few scientific riders'. The book also included instructions on how to perform the stunt.

Today, the term 'One-Wheeler' is still used to describe many cycling stunts, such as wheelies, endos, and nose wheelies. It is also used to describe the act of riding a unicycle. The term has become a part of cycling culture, and is still used by cyclists around the world.

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