Wheel power

Four wheels good, one wheel better. Derek Rodriguez catches up with NTU students and professors who whiz around campus on two wheels or less

One for the road
Rachelle Koh, 22

She picked up her unusual hobby – unicycling – while studying marketing and human resource consulting at the Nanyang Business School. The Class of 2014 graduate maintains her fondness for the single wheel even after graduation.

How did you pick up unicycling?
A former colleague who is a member of the Singapore Unicyclists introduced me to it. As a group, we play unicycle hockey, do mountain unicycling on off-road trails and go for long-distance rides together.

What’s the best thing about it?
It has given me plenty of amazing memories and friendships with people from all walks of life.

How is a unicycle better than a bicycle?
It’s a lot of fun because it’s challenging to use and it gives plenty of freedom – no handle bars, no gears and no worries about dropping the chain. It’s also easy to maintain and carry around. On the other hand, there are things you can't do on a unicycle, for example, coasting and shifting gears when riding conditions change. I guess it’s hard to get the best of both worlds.

Heard any funny comments?
Once, when I was riding at East Coast Park, a cyclist rode past me and asked: “When are you going to buy the other wheel?” I have also been asked if I have “lost my other wheel”.

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