One-Wheeled Vehicle

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A man operates a one-wheel vehicle sitting inside the large wheel
J. O. Lose of Patterson, N. J. One-wheeled vehicle. N° 325,548. Patented September 1, 1885.

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A man operates a one-wheel vehicle sitting inside the large wheel, protected from bad weather by an umbrella affixed to the device. This contrivance was described as follows by its creator, John Otto Lose:

My invention relates to a unicycle or one-wheeled vehicle, without spokes, which will carry one or more persons, as well as a bicycle or tricycle, and which is operated from within, carries the passenger inside, and only one wheel touching the ground. I attain these objects by the means of the devices illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
When the machine is not in operation, it will stand by itself, for the treadle and driving wheels being heavier than the idler-wheel H, H will rise and the front part of platform will drop, and the treadle-wheels will rest on the ground.

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