It is not an uncommon sight to see a student riding their bicycle or skateboard down the streets. However, there are a few who decide to forgo any other wheels and just stick to the unicycle.
While normally associated with the circus, the unicycle has become a favored tool to ride across campus with for Aaron Adam.
Aaron Adam, or ‘A.J.’, is a St. Ambrose freshman from Iowa City, IA. He currently lives in Bechtel Hall on the fourth floor and is majoring in biology and education.
Helping to get from class to class is his own custom-made unicycle, inspired by his brother.
“My older brother went to Iowa State and joined a unicycle and juggling club,” Adam said. “When he came back, my sister and I were interested in riding a unicycle ourselves.”
The unicycle riding has continued ever since. Many students would have seen him going down the concrete paths of the campus to go from building to building. He has gotten his fair share of people staring at him as he rides by, which is understandable for Adam.
“They haven’t seen anything like it before, so it’s alright,” Adam stated. “I’ve seen a few people who seem interested and like to try it too.”
Adam is already going through the process of forming a unicycle club on campus. While working on that, he has been teaching some of his friends how to ride a unicycle in the 4th floor hallway of Bechtel Hall.
“The hallway has enough room for practice,” he said. “They can stretch their arms out to the walls to keep their balance. It definitely helps.”
So far, Adam is having a good start for bringing the unicycle to the St. Ambrose campus. While there have been a few interesting stares from fellow students, there have been those who are interested in learning how to ride it.
Don’t be too surprise to see a few more students riding the unicycle in the next few months.