You may have missed the story in class due to the machinations of the international bicycle wheel lobby, an organization with members professionally incapable of recognizing a bicycle without wheels–including the Canadian design.
But consider the genius behind the machine.
No bearings, no wheels, no moving parts–just a reshaped and inverted bicycle fender propelled by a flattened stick.
Some folks call it a canoe.
It’s simple. Efficient. Capable of long-distance transportation of people and freight and designed, like all bicycles, for the specific terrain at hand: in this case, water.
Where do you want to go?
Across the Great Lakes? Take a canoe.
Hudson Bay? Canoe.
From Chicago to New Orleans? Canoe.
Eleven-mile road loop west of Chillicothe, Illinois?
Okay, not a canoe.
The solid portion of the Earth really does seem to demand the complexity of a bicycle with wheels.
But a pair of fenders still goes a long way.