Cardio From The Comfort Of Your Couch
It looks like a whole lot more people are going to be getting into shape. At least if the Couchbike ever gets mass-produced and marketed. Because if there's one way to get people motivated to exercise, it would be to make exercise as effortless and utterly lazy as possible. And pedaling from the comfort of your sofa is one way to do that.
It's a two-seater, but it's no tandem. It has two sets of pedals and a chromoly steel frame; only instead of leather saddles, it has a leather couch It actually moves and functions like a bike--albeit a little less savvy around tight corners.
Unfortunately, the Couchbike is a DIY hack. Also unfortunately, it moves, which seems to destroy the purpose of building a Couchbike...i.e. a stationary bike that you could pedal while enjoying the comfort and familiarity of your living room.
But, someone on Instructables has issued a call to arms to build a second couch bike here in the States, Denver to be exact. And, I can't imagine it would be that hard to convert a moving couch bike into a stationary couch with pedals by putting bike stands on the wheels or lifting it off the ground. So maybe there's hope yet that a creative braintrust will build a bike that you can lay back and watch TV on. And if they could go ahead and build a pedaled recliner in, well that would just be swell.
In the meantime, you can rent the original Couchbike (and a couch to go with it if you didn't bring your own). Bicycle Forest, the mad scientists behind the Couchbike, also have all kinds of interesting pedal-powered creations for rent. And if you're interested, be sure to read the epic tale behind the Couchbike's construction and maiden voyage. Or just watch some video of it--
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