Walk on a moving belt while it’s rolling along? Yes, it’s called a treadmill bike and it’s one of the silliest gadgets you’ll ever see.
It’s sort of a bicycle all right -- it’s just missing a seat, the pedals, a chain drive, a water bottle holder .. and your sanity.
Let's take a look at these new contraptions to see what they are all about.
The bicycle treadmill works like this: the rider hangs onto the handlebars and walks on a small tread belt which turns the rear wheel and propels you forward.
For safety, you are provided with a handbrake to stop the front wheel -- not that the bike actually works up any speed without a terrific amount of running on the treadmill belt.
But there’s nothing to prevent you from losing your dignity if you are seen in public on this thing.
There are a few companies that make these treadmill belts, but one of the originators is Lopifit, who call it an Electric Walking Bike.
The current model is called the GEN 1 and is manufactured in the Netherlands. It weighs about 125 lbs. is 77" long and comes in four different colors.
The treadmill bike costs around $2,500 to $2,900 on sale, so it's far from cheap.
Sysinn is another company that makes the Treadmill Electric Walking Bike, for about $3,400 on Amazon. It comes in 5 different colors.
Bike Forest is another manufacturer, although it looks as though they might be out of business as the site has not been updated for quite some time.
But a half-bike, half-treadmill? Why does everything have to be amalgamated into one bicycle treadmill gadget?
Granted, the companies have produced these contraptions with tongue firmly planted in cheek and they know how ridiculous it is. Watch their “promotional” videos and you’ll soon be in on the joke.
At least, we hope you’ll pick up on it.
What’s really amusing about the noisy treadmill bike is that there’s no real speed to the thing; you move slower while running on the belt than you actually would walking on the ground at your regular pace!
Then consider that the bicycle treadmill is heavy, it doesn’t go off-road or uphill very well, it doesn’t turn or steer easily, and it’s a traffic hazard. (“Traffic hazard,” as in, drivers may be laughing so hard at the sight of you that they might drive off the road.)
If you really plan to invest in one of these things, to the tune of $2,000 or more, you need your head examined.
Buy a bicycle, or a good pair of running shoes, or send your hard earned $2,250 to that Nigerian Email Scam guy, whatever, but skip the treadmill bike. At least until they come out with the TV model.
UPDATE: Winter Treadmill Sales are on!
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