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Walk, Walk, Walk Your Bicycle

The article here the other day on a rowing bicyle in Row, Row, Row Your Bicycle, which to most folks seems like a pretty cool idea, made me think of another variation of the bicycle that I think is pretty novel.

Treadmill BikeTreadmill Bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's is a treadmill bicycle. Merchant says "Have you ever wished you could get a quality treadmill workout without paying expensive gym prices? Look no further than the Treadmill Bike". (See treadmill bike here.)

In extolling the benefits of the treadmill bicycle, the merchant says "Today's urban landscape is increasingly dominated by large SUV's and multilane roadways. The Treadmill Bike's elevated running platform means you'll be seen over the hood of even the most heinously overbuilt motor vehicle." (Yes, the image of sitting in traffic on my treadmill bicycle with the large SUV's in multi lanes of traffic makes me wiggle with excitement.)

Umm, I personally don't get this product. If I wanted to walk my bicycle, can't I just get off my bicycle and walk with it? Isn't this the nightmare of most folks that they end up in several miles from home with a flat bike tire and have to walk the thing home? I realize "this is different" as it's a treadmill on top of a bicycle. ...but is it really that different? You're walking, and you have a bicycle you are pushing home and it will make you very tired.

What do you think of it?

Amused and Bemused
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Comments
Aug 13, 2006
by Sharon Bender (not verified)

Cool!

Great find Amused and Bemused!

Keep the good stuff "rolling!"

Aug 13, 2006
by bottleslingguy
bottleslingguy's picture

Tempting Karma

I don't feel right putting out negative vibes but that thing is ridiculous. The great thing about normal bikes is that they can go faster without you putting out an excessive amount of energy. the Treadmill Bike looked like they were putting in waaaayyy too much effort for the amount of speed they were actually travelling. I think that was one of the things that makes bikes so popular in the first place, you can travel farther and faster and still have energy left. The treadmill bike required you to put out a lot of energy compared to the distance traveled. The energy you'd have to put out riding to the end of your block on the Treadmill Bike would be like a Tour De France on foot.

The problem it seems is that a lot of energy is lost due to friction. Solve that, work out some gearing issues and you might have something. If I could walk at say a one mph pace and move the bike five mph, they might have something.

Something that requires no gearing at all is my invention at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Aug 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Good News, Bad News

The bad news is that this product sucks. The good news is that if the inventor actually has any luck selling this product, then all the inventors with the stupidest (or wackiest) product knows they have a good shot at selling their product.

Aug 13, 2006
by Matt Wood

Hmmm...

I think it's weird... The idea behind a bike is to have less strain on joints, but getting the same kind of cardiovascular workout. Plus, you can travel a lot farther and see a lot more things in the process. I don't really see what the great thing about this bike is... If you want to run, why don't you go run? That's what we made sidewalks for.

**shrugs** Still a good bit of inventing, though.

Aug 14, 2006
by Yeah, thats stupid (not verified)

WTF?

This is horrible. I mean really. There are some hills that are so steep that you HAVE to walk a bycycle, now you can walk...the walking bike up a hill? wtf is wrong with people....If i saw someone riding one of these I would definatly point and laugh...

Aug 16, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Helmet?

He has a helmet on to "ride" a treadmill, but the guy on the Row Bike doesn't?

Another idea: Maybe Francesco can find a way to put the row bike on the treadmill bike OR the treadmill bike on the row bike, plus add a track to ride it on--call the finished product "Millrows Pace".

Feb 28, 2008
by Anonymous

it sucks like simion cow it

it sucks like simion cow it is the worst than that eny one has ever invented

Feb 28, 2008
by Anonymous

it sucks like austin james

ha ha ha ha it sucks