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What is a Gauswheel?

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The Gauswheel Spirit certainly won't be mistaken for anything else

The Gauswheel Spirit certainly won’t be mistaken for anything else (Credit: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag.com)

 

At first glance, it’s certainly possible to think that the Hungarian-made Gauswheel Spirit is sort of a low-rider unicycle, or that it has a motor. In fact, though, it’s an inline two-wheeler that’s entirely human-powered. It’s also a unique alternative to a skateboard, scooter or roller blades (or perhaps a combination of all three), that’ll definitely get you noticed. We recently had a chance to try it out for ourselves.

The Spirit has a sturdy ABS body with a 20-inch bicycle-style wheel in the back, and a swiveling 6-inch polyurethane roller blade-like wheel in front. There are grip tape-covered foot platforms to either side of the main wheel, and a carrying handle above it. On some higher models, a hydraulic disc brake can be activated via a lever in that handle. The base model Spirit Stage 1+ that we received, however, was brakeless.

Users start out with their right foot on its platform, bracing the inside of their calf against a high-density foam pad on that side of the Gauswheel. As would be the case with a skateboard or scooter, they then kick along with their left foot, bringing that foot up onto its platform once they’ve gained sufficient momentum. From there, it’s a matter of maintaining one’s balance while swooping and carving along the pavement.

In order to give the Spirit a fighting chance in this review, we recruited an experienced local 12 year-old skateboarder by the name of Robin to try it out.

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Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).