The monowheel cycles that were used in the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing appear to be for sale online. The cycle is called the “Monovelo” and they appear on a website which is offering them for just under $1700 US, which is a pretty good deal considering 1) the cost of high end bicycles can easily reach twice or even three times that; b) that it’s the first human powered monowheel cycle made and 3) they were used in the closing ceremonies of the Olympics!
According to the site that’s selling them, riders have to learn to ride all over again as it requires an innate sense of balance since movement of the body in any direction will change the center of gravity and turn the bicycle. The Monovelo frame is made of steel, while the monowheel itself is made from ABC Plastic and rubber. The Monolevo can reach a max speed of about 13mph and weighs in at around 84 pounds.
In the closing ceremonies, the Monovelo looked really cool with LED lights that really illuminated the monolevos, making them easier to see, and there’s no reason that this wouldn’t be a good way to ride the cycles at night.