The first time you see an ElliptiGO coming at you down the street you
will be wondering just what is coming at you. Is it a bicycle? No. Is it
a skateboarder? No. What the . . . ? Then you get close enough to see
that it is an ellipticalElliptiGO Elliptical Bike machine on wheels. What an awesome idea! At
least this was the process in my mind the first time I saw one.
The ElliptiGO was invented by Brent Teal, a graduate of the University of Colorado. This means that he spent his college years pursuing engineering in the city of Boulder, Colorado -- one of the fittest communities in the country. The city is home to thousands of runners, bicyclists, and skiers. Many do all three. It is also home to me, but I am an exception to the rabid horde. Teal was able to marry his engineering talents with the needs of the community here.
ElliptiGO Elliptical BikeHis invention takes the low impact qualities of an elliptical machine and takes it out of the gym and puts in out in the fresh air. This is great for runners who need to dial back on the battering their bones and joints take. They can still do their usual route on bike paths and in bike lanes without the pain. There won't be any stress fractures here!
People call this a lot of different things including elliptical exercise cycle, stand-up bike, mobile elliptical trainer, mobile cross-trainer, and outdoor elliptical trainer. Whatever the name it is still the same: a two-wheeled conveyance that is ridden outdoors and is propelled by an elliptical running motion.
Studies have shown that when people exercise outdoors they do so for longer periods of time, get a more intense workout, and exercise more consistently.
Riders of the ElliptiGO find that they are well-balanced and that, being upright, they have a better view of the scenery and of the traffic around them.