Want To Really Go Through A Laundry Cycle? Get A Bike

Anyone who has ever done laundry knows that there is a lot of cycling going on with a washing machine -- the wash cycle, the rinse cycle, and a couple of spin cycles. So it seems only natural that inventors and designers would take this to the next level and create a bicycle that does the laundry while you exercise. The latest design to enter this strange competition is actually a stationary bicycle and not a refitted street bicycle.

 Bike Washing Machine (Image via Techly)Bike Washing Machine (Image via Techly)

Pedaling your way through the laundry does double duty as you save on electricity and are heavily encouraged to get in shape. Perhaps this is even triple duty since you are multi-tasking and getting two things done at once to save time. Considering the amount of energy it takes to not just wash a load of laundry, but get it through the spin cycle, would take more than a casual cyclist to get through. Perhaps if you are creating enough energy during the wash cycle then the machine can take over during the spin cycle.

I would hope that this bicycle would be versatile enough to be able to run without the rider for those times when you just can't cycle your way through a load -- like when you break your foot falling off your high heels, or when there is more laundry to be done at one time than your tired legs can handle. The location of the cycle would also be limited by the need for plumbing to get water in and out of the machine.

Bike Washing Machine (Image via Techly)Bike Washing Machine (Image via Techly)

There isn't a lot of actual information out there on this intriguing design since it is still in the concept stage. The designers are Xuefei Liu, Di Fang, Linhao Su, Zhanbing Li, Xiaoyu Gao Xueyi Wang, Wen Fan, Liying Zhu, Deqian Zhao, Huan Li, Mengmeng Hu and Weiwei Li of Dalian Nationalities University.

Overall, I really like the idea of this design. I just have some questions about the viability, but there are probably some really smart engineers on this team that can work all of them -- and more -- out to make this a go. With electricity getting harder to supply in some areas, the time may have come for this type of invention.

Sources: Techly, Tuvie