Cycling gets Elliptical
There’s something stately about striding a bicycle and taking a leisurely ride through the city. But only with the handlebars up high. Crouching down like a beetle arched for coitous is hardly flattering, which is why I do not enjoy racing cycles. But, lately, I’ve seen a range of cycles that use different forms of locomotion.
The Elliptigo is what you might expect it to be: an elliptical cross-trainer on wheels. You stand and move yourself forwards as you might at the gym.
Cycling while standing might be a better posture for the body than sitting but it does make you look as if you’re exercising outdoors and couldn’t afford a gym membership.
Fitness enthusiasts will be happy to know that using the Elliptigo is less energy efficient than a bicycle, meaning you will burn more calories using one. However, this makes me pine somewhat for the elegance of design of the humble bicycle. Call me a Purist.
The product is pitched at a variety of users but one group that might get the most out of it will be ex-runners with knee and joint injuries who want to recapture the feeling of pounding the pavement without the consequences.
Plus, the experience doesn’t come cheap at over $2,000.
While the Elliptigo uses handle bars to brace yourself, the StreetStrider takes the Elliptical analogy all the way – and uses alternating, moving vertical handlebars… just as would an actual elliptical. The end result really is taking your gym on the road.
You look pretty stupid riding one but you’ll feel better because you’re getting a decent work-out.