I decided, however, to try out the F-wheel, which I am promised will allow me to break the strike without breaking a sweat.
This is a bold promise. But at a extremly low price, I’d also expect it to to make me a cup of tea.
It describes itself as an electric unicycle. But you sit on most unicycles. You stand on this, as if it were a Segway – but without any handles. You charge it up for two hours and it will take you, apparently, 20 miles.
It is an unnerving experience at first. Indeed it is incredibly difficult to get to grips with, not helped by the fact that the machine keeps going even after you fall off, spinning around like an angry, wounded fox chasing its tail.
But once I – finally – mastered the art of balancing and leaning gently forward to build up speed, it was fantastic fun. I even mastered the art of the gentle stop.
As a way of breaking the tube strike, however, it had severe limitations. The biggest one is that it is just not very quick.
I live about 6 miles from the Telegraph offices, which are situated in Victoria. To cycle right across London to reach them, takes me about half an hour because of all the endless traffic, and the red lights. That time does not include showering and changing when I arrive nor the hassle of remembering to bring in a spare set of clothes on the previous day.
I sometimes run into work. This takes me about 50 minutes.
But the F-wheel took about an hour. And caused me a minor injury.
The roadworthiness of an F-wheel is a legally grey area. Segways are banned from the UK’s roads, and most experts believe that you should not take an F-wheel on a road, which meant I had to keep to pavements (which is also questionable. You are not really meant to take motorised vehicles along pavements). And it has a downside. Unlike running, it was very difficult to circumnavigate all the endless commuters travelling to work on foot because of the strike. Along a clear path, you could build up speed, as I did along the Embankment. But along a crowded one, it was impossible. And trying to overtake a pedestrian without slicing off their ankles was a very tall order.
It also can’t cope with curbs. Hit a pothole in the pavement, or a rogue paving slab, and you go flying, as I discovered to my cost.
The F-wheel was fantastic fun, but really not a sensible option. The next time a strike comes along, hop on your bike.
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