Ariel Schwartz

Treadmill Bike is a Creative Workout on Wheels

by , 04/05/10
filed under: Green Transportation

sustainable design, green transportation, treadmill bike, bicycle, biking, bicycle forest, green design, eco design

We’ve seen plenty of human-powered vehicles — from velomobile bikes to helicopters, and even hovercrafts — but the latest contraption to come down the pipeline is perhaps the strangest one yet: the treadmill bike. Designed by Bicycle Forest, the bike offers a a creative alternative to both traditional biking and running on a treadmill in the gym.

So why would you ever ride the treadmill bike instead of a regular bicycle? Maybe you want the leg workout that a treadmill provides but don’t want to be stuck inside. Or maybe you just like attracting attention from passing cars. Whatever the reason, Bicycle Forest assures us that “The Treadmill Bike’s hard wearing belt offers a sure grip while protecting your feet from dirt and other contaminants commonly found on the earth’s surface.”

The treadmill bike doesn’t come cheap — it’s $2,486. But think of it this way: anyone who might try to steal a regular locked-up bike from the sidewalk wouldn’t even know what to do with this thing.

+ The Bicycle Forest

Via Treehugger

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4 Comments

  1. Mark_g April 6, 2010 at 11:42 am

    WOW what a ridiculous idea. They have taken the totally impact-free act of running and added a machine that requires energy and resources to produce yet it does not improve the efficiency or usefullness as a mode of transport when compared to walking or running.

    This can not be considered smart or green design by any stretch of the imagination.

  2. yawn April 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Wow! This is so much better than the last time we saw it… 4 years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hmVQc91yVE

  3. d_roo April 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I love the Bicycle Forest! I once saw their Couchbike out on the street and it made my day.

  4. sammyBoy April 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    If only I could run out side…..

    April the first people, THE FIRST. At least try and be on time.

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