Kinda don\'t know what to say. At first it seems like a stupid idea, but then i think it might be a lot of fun.. hmmm then again I only like mountain biking, but maybe this would make road biking fun.. IDK.. I think I would have to try it. Pitty they couldn\'t make it drive the wheel directly or perhaps an internal planetary gear in the hub.
It\'s sorta impossible to connect directly. being there is a frame to work around, and some geometric constraints involving levers and lengths for the leg, the torques involved...but I saw the first model on Greenlake in Seattle and thought it an efficient fairly simple/eligant design.
Dear Gizmag- you maybe did not Lie, but you certainly misled me. Saw the forwarded headline and I thought they had added a compressed air tank, a sort of a powerboost passing gear...NOT. Thanks for the idea tho
low kinetic human hybrid project
Pate should have tried a recumbent bike. They\'re not perfect, but they solve most of the problems he cites such as back and neck problems. And there is a much wider range of models available, quite a few at much lower prices than the ElliptiGO. This is more of an exercise fad machine, sort of like the Rowbike. I\'d also be wary of the high and forward center of gravity. While the upright posture may give him better visibility, it also makes the machine more liable to topple forward if the rider hits an unexpected pothole or has to make an emergency stop.
Looks pretty much okay, but the weight and price is really disconcerting. And what about riding on a hill?
Hope we can find one to test drive in Minneapolis. This looks like a blast to ride.
I see a couple of negatives:
1. Price: 3 speeds for $1800? Too much for a circus toy.
2. Weight: 42 lbs! Ouch!
3. Replacement parts: How long are they going to stay in business?
4. Wind resistance: Standing up like that would be like putting out a sail. Going 25 mph would only be possible down a steep hill or in a stiff tail wind.
I\'d go with the recumbent bike before jumping on one of these.
I\'ll wait for the $179.99 Wal-Mart knock-off.
i will go with the recumbent bike. It is with-out a doubt the most comfortable bike you will ever ride. If you have had an operation for Postrate cancer it is impossibe to ride a conventional cycle. The narrow seats cause so much pain. A new seat design please some-one. Being an old fart I like my comforts.
\'RECUMBENTS FOR EVER\" YEAH\"
Cheers John M
I can\'t see why people who want their cycling to be more like running don\'t just run.
I appreciate that Bryan Pate found \"cycling\'s riding position to be somewhat alien and uncomfortable\", but with a little more practice, or by trying a recumbent, he\'d have become used to it (as hundreds of millions have before him) and saved himself the time and effort of producing this heavy, expensive novelty. Time he could have enjoyed cycling.
I agree with coryatjohn and John M - recumbent ftw! Too bad that the market has so few of them and that they cost so much. Maybe you guys know of a good dealer located in EU and with shipping to EU countries?
Just think of all the gas you would save by not driving to the gym to spend time on an elliptical trainer. In fact, if you used this to go to the gym, you could possibly offset the time it takes to get there using this by not having to use one at the gym.
Kind of a fad idea, if you like attention, this would get you tons.
Visibility is not really an issue of upright or seating position, I think.
It\'s more about what kind of high visibility gears we use on the bike. Clothing, lights, reflective stickers, etc.
I checked out the videos online. Awesome. This seems elegant and fun. I\'ll be riding one soon. I gave up my titanium $$$ Quintana-roo for a heavier, inexpensive, used Giant. Who cares if I\'m not as aerodynamic and light if my primary objective is fitness and fun? This seems heavier, less aerodynamic, but even more fun and even better workout. Evolution in action.
Pate doesn\'t run anymore because he can\'t. The article says he has knee and hip injuries. Blow out your knees and you\'ll never run again. Many runners who\'ve destroyed their knees switch to bicycling because its zero-impact, continuous rotary motion is not only easier on the knees, it can actually heal them a little bit.
My only real beef is the price. It does look kind of fun. Who knows? If it flops (sadly, it probably will; novelty exercise machines litter the dustbin of history) and I can pick one up for $500, I\'d give it a shot.
Yes, the price is difficult, and I\'d need the 8 gears for our hill, but with bad knees (and I wasn\'t a runner) I need to alternate activitesi: Nordic Walking, then Trikke riding and now tried the Elliptigo, too, for a few days and indeed: my knees didn\'t hurt at all... So, there is something to the lack of impact using this device. It is well designed, and is quite efficient and fast to learn to use... once you get the hang of getting going. More stable than the Trikke, goes faster, and gets just as many comments and \"Way cool bike\" comments... If price were lower I\'d order one... I really did enjoy riding it and it is on the need to get list... I\'ve not yet ridden in traffic, but you are far more visible on this than even on a bike, really... even if you\'re short like me!
Too expensive outfit....& the the three-speed internally-geared hub has been on the market for years.....Get it manufactured in the far east or India to bring down your costs... unless \'they\' pirate it!
Safety hazard- stopping on a dime on a bicycle is done because of the ingenious mechanism of a crank. For this elliptical machine, stopping is problematic because motion relies on inertia. Although on a bicycle, one may instantaneously stop without concern of pedal inertia, for the elliptical machine like at the gym, when you need to stop quickly, there is a slow revving down and heavy imbalance meanwhile. With this lack of control children, animals, or anyone in the pathway of this machine may be run over.
John, what 'safety hazard'? The article stated that the new model uses "...linear-pull rim brakes". inertia is a function of mass, not the type of drive train. Inertia is no more of an issue for this elliptical cycle than it is for any conventional bicycle of the same mass.
While the crank was what converted a snails-pace scooter into a wild mustang called a bicycle, the free-wheeling hub tamed the crank. The single speed coaster-brake bicycle has the word 'coaster' in its name for a reason.
Your concerns about air resistance are valid and the company knows it. It's not a racing bicycle. It is a workout machine on wheels and the people buying this machine know it.
How about no leverage, no gears, all you, not half of your body doing the work to propel. The Trikke doesn't use your arms just to steer while your legs do all of the work, you get a full body workout. Great for riders with knee, and back problems. Not a dealer, just a happy 10 year, 75 year old trikker.