The Olympic Ceremony Monowheel
With its spinning outer ring of bright LEDs surrounding a shadowed cyclist at the center, the monowheel mesmerized spectators as it streaked around the â€œBirdâ€™s Nestâ€ stadium at the end of the Summer Games. Riders can put on the same show at home by positioning themselves on the padded seat within the inner ringâ€™s circumference and gripping the handlebars for balance.
Operating the pedals rotates the outer wheel, which is surrounded by a rubber tire that maintains contact with the ground as it propels the monowheel forward. Steering is controlled by leaning in the desired direction, while braking is achieved with the riderâ€™s feet.
The braided tubes of LEDs between the two rings emit a brilliant light (can be switched off in daylight), powered by a protected rechargeable 1,800-mAh lithium-ion battery. The monowheel is constructed from steel and durable ABS plastic and accommodates riders up to 6′ 2″ and 230 lbs.
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