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The unicycle was invented shortly afterwards. Here's a patent from 1869, for an over-complicated unicycle with a treadle mechanism instead of pedals on cranks. https://patents.google.com/patent/US87355

Many of the objections about how complicated the bicycle is don't apply to the unicycle. The Romans could have made a perfectly good one out of wood with brass cranks. But maybe it was even less obvious than the bicycle that it was possible to ride.

If unicycles had come first, would bicycles have ever surpassed them?

I don't think so. I use both and there are use cases for both, but the bicycle is generally safer and faster.

What is the use case for a Unicycle?

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