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Treadmill Bike lets you go for a jog without getting your shoes dirty

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March 28, 2010

The Treadmill Bike ... for people who like the feel of a belt beneath their feet

The Treadmill Bike ... for people who like the feel of a belt beneath their feet

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Not too dissimilar to the Rollator we featured late last year on Gizmag is the Treadmill Bike, which leaves as much to the imagination as the movie Snakes on a Plane. Unlike the Rollator, the Treadmill Bike has only two wheels, looks a little more robust and lets you take it “off road” according to its designers, though why you wouldn’t just go for a jog has got us puzzled.

Available through Bicycle Forest, the Treadmill Bike is for people who love the feel of a treadmill beneath their feet but don’t want to be stuck inside pounding away when it’s a beautiful day outside. Bicycle Forest says the creation has the same fat-burning benefits of a conventional treadmill without the gym membership fees (although you do have to buy the bike).

The company says you go running through evergreen forests or strolling down country roads thanks to the rugged design and all terrain tires on the revolutionary Treadmill Bike. The bike’s hard-wearing belt provides grip “while protecting your feet from dirt and other contaminants commonly found on the earth's surface”. If that’s your attitude, don’t forget your helmet, knee pads, face mask, gloves, oxygen bottle, etc.

The Treadmill Bike has a variable resistance feature which means people of all ages with a semblance of balance and fitness should be able to ride the device. Just be careful when taking those sweet jumps.

According to the video below, you can even purchase some "bling" for your wheels - sweet! The Bicycle Forest is a group aiming to promote bicycles and other human-powered vehicles as a viable form of transportation. It’s available from Bicycle Forest for around CAD$2,000 (US$2,450 approx.).

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8 Comments

what is the point of this, why not just go for a bike ride? its smaller and burns more calories. This is the dumbest idea yet, it makes gizmag look dumb.

Neel Patel
28th March, 2010 @ 07:34 pm PDT

So... is it geared? My main problem with outside jogging is when it is hot, humid, and windless, the movement doesnt provide any cooling. I pick a bike on such a day. But if this thing is geared so a slow higher resistance jog might produce some real speed, then the device as a certain appeal.

Bob Ehresman
29th March, 2010 @ 08:21 am PDT

what do you mean "though why you wouldn't just go for a jog has got us puzzled."

duh. because you can coast down hills.

let us know whenever else you are puzzled, looks like we could help.

letmethinkaboutthis
29th March, 2010 @ 09:51 am PDT

@ Neel Patel / Bob Ehresman / letmethinkaboutthis:

Are you kidding me ? This Thing is obviously a too early April Fools joke. I mean come on, 0:32 You can take it on the bus ?; 0:40 the speaker is laughing and so on.

I dont want to insult you, but maybe you guys (and girls?) are a little bit naiv.

Rubinek
30th March, 2010 @ 12:16 am PDT

It looks totally impractical and stupid! You can almost hear the commentators on the video trying not to laugh!

On the other hand the concept of using a running action on a bike seems more reasonably implemented by the Elliptigo http://www.gizmag.com/run-while-you-ride-on-the-elliptigo-bike/10076/ which has now progressed to a commercial stage http://www.elliptigo.com and seems to make sense. I think it would make a great city commuter, although they have used it in numerous long distance rides as well.

Ken Morrison
30th March, 2010 @ 04:47 am PDT

Neel Patel is right !!! This thing is so DUMB!! It's bad enough that joggers run in the middle of the road and dare you to run them down because Sidewalks aren't good enough for them! Also what side of the road are they supposed to be on?? Are they runners (facing traffic) or cyclist (with the flow of traffic) I'll let the cops sort that one out when one gets crushed.

DADDY JIM
1st April, 2010 @ 10:20 am PDT

Not only is it an idiotic product, but treadmills can be very bad for your joints - if your alignment is not just right, you can end up with hip pointers etc. The way the people are using this "treadcycle" looks very, very bad for the physique.

Goldwave
12th April, 2010 @ 07:29 pm PDT

0:20 lucius malfoy?

Dva Tri
5th May, 2010 @ 05:32 pm PDT
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