We all know that kid. The one who sits on his ass all day and plays video games whilst eating Cheetos (and coating the game controller with "cheetles" (that's the glowing orange Cheeto dust). And slowly... ever so slowly... this kid turns into a fat blob.
I have nothing against video games; in fact, I'm an avid gamer. I'll sit on my butt all day and play a game-though I've not had time to do that for quite a while... There's nothin' like a good Halo session with pizza and beer...
Gymkids has come up with a solution to the kid blobiness:
Eat your heart out, Lance Armstrong. Where's YOUR air conditioning? Oh... You don't have any? Really... So sad... And I'm gonna have a slice of pizza and a beer while riding... Hah! In your face!!!!
This is The GameRider. Essentially it is a bike racing simulator that connects to Gymkids' Spinrider bike system.
And you use it with this:
Quite benign looking for a torture device...
The Spinrider is exactly what it sounds like: a spinning bike. You know, the kind of bike that crazy people get on in a gym-usually in groups-and then pedal like hell until they are nearing a cardiac crisis. I've been told it's actually a healthy exercise. I'm not particularly keen on having a heart attack right now, so I'll just take my girlfriend's word on the beneficial aspects of such an activity and enjoy my bacon double-cheeseburger.
While I can't see this as being as much fun as blowing away zombies with a futuristic shotgun (really... it's hard to beat that sensation), I can totally see the appeal of this toy.
Like the Wii, this combines the coolness of video gaming with the non-blob-making aspect of... heaven forbid I say this... exercise. It's geared toward kids between 8 and 16 years old-a really good demographic when it comes to the gaming crowd.
GameRider comes complete with software, necessary cables, and instructions. Other games are available for use with this system. You can find GameRider and SpinRider at Gymkids.
(Update: Gymkids is no longer active and these games are no longer available. If you are looking for a virtual cycle, the Taxc Trainers are worth considering. If you are looking for good virtual reality cycling dvds, perhaps one of these may work?)