Seen Today While on A Bike Ride
I guess you can say it's a riding machine. Well, it's got wheels, but you don't sit down. It's like a bike, but it's also like one of those elliptical exercise machines so many people "ride" in gyms all over the world. Call me crazy, but I saw one of these today while riding my bike north on Route 10, just across from the Hanover Country Club golf course.
I caught up with the rider of this contraption who smiled at me as I pulled alongside. She asked in a gentle British lilt if I knew what it was. I said I'd never seen one before. She said it gets her out of the gym and outside into the fresh air. I told her that, in concept, I thought it was a brilliant idea. She smiled, going on to say it's easy on the joints and it's easy to ride and steer. Okay, call me a sucker for a smile, but I was hooked. Plus, she was riding pretty fast, at about 18 mph on the flats.
Models range in price from $999 on up to $3,499 on ElliptiGO's website. Pictured is the $999 model.
As soon as I got home I jumped online and found the ElliptiGO is made by a California (where else?) based company that has created an elliptical trainer on wheels. They call it "elliptical cycling" and tout it's many benefits including low impact on joints, a higher calorie burn rate than bicycling, easy on the lower back, and a great core workout, too. Okay, now I'm really hooked.
On its website, the company goes on to say:
Elliptical cycling combines the best of running, cycling and the elliptical trainer to give you a fun and effective way to exercise outdoors. Because it is a low-impact exercise, elliptical cycling builds cardiovascular fitness, while being easy on the joints, which makes it great for everyone – young or old, health conscious to elite.
It was odd to see an elliptical trainer outside the gym, and particularly one on wheels being ridden at a good clip. It's sort of like seeing a moose. It's just something you don't expect to see, and it always takes me by surprise. But this was no moose. It was svelte, stylish, and speedy. To me, it may just be the next wave in outdoor fitness adventure.
Footnote: I have no interest in selling ElliptiGO's. Nor am I advertising for it. But, you just might see me riding one someday soon if I can come up with the money to pay for it!
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"The Power of Water." A short hike shows deep scars from flooding in the Union Village Dam Recreation Area in Thetford, VT.