Bizarre New Treadmill-Bike Lets Gym Rats See the Outside World

By Smriti Rao | April 5, 2010 4:10 pm

treadmillbike2If want to go out for a jog outside but don’t want to get your sneakers dirty, here’s a unique solution for you. Now you can work out to your heart’s content on the new treadmill bike, a treadmill that has been rigged up to a bike–to offer a workout that can only be described as unnecessarily complicated.

Describing the contraption, The Red Ferret Journal writes:

Built with rugged design and all-terrain tires, this 2-wheeled wonder will take you anywhere a standard bicycle will, and give you a great cardiovascular workout with the burn of that walking treadmill you’ve got a love-hate relationship with in the gym.

Gizmag reports that by taking the workout outside, the machine makes sure you are buff and not bored:

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 [which sells the machine] 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).

Treehugger adds the bike is good for people who don’t actually like being outdoors.

“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.”

And by “contaminants on the earth’s surface,” they mean dirt and dust and in some cases, depending on where you’re running, horrifying crushed bugs.  Treehugger writes the machine sells for $2,500 Canadian, which seems like a lot of money just to fight boredom and to keep your sneakers clean.

Here’s a video of the treadmill bike in action.

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Image: The Red Ferret Journal

  • Cameron

    Wow! Looks like a fantastic workout. Afterwards, you could relax on a Couchbike.

  • Aaron

    That looks really unstable, and also completely unnecessary. I prefer to run on pathways over a tredmill anyway.

  • Rashmi

    If you wanted to run, but didn’t want to be cooped up inside on a treadmill, wouldn’t it make more sense to just run…? I’m not sure I understand how the treadmill offers more flexibility and fun than just running on your own two feet.

  • Evan Harper

    If it was an elliptical trainer, that would at least make SOME sense.

  • Gary

    It looks ugly but is great invention of the combination treadmill and bike.

  • Greg

    This was totally something the Mads brought to invention exchange on MST3K.

  • giniajim

    Very creative invention. But not all inventions are destined to succeed!! :)

  • Albert

    I can see one purpose. I have an injury to my hip which effects the alignments in my knees and makes bicycling impossible, but walking is not a problem. If this machine worked like a bicycle to transform the energy of walking into greater forward motion, it would make a lot of sense for someone like me…

  • Frank

    How the heck do you balance on that thing. Only has 2 wheels…

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    It’s just stupid. In the last image, the horse doesn’t even look real.

    I will share with my friends !

  • Cardiotech Treadmills

    Wow, that is pretty cool! Could be a whole new market………

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  • Anonymous

    Great review… I’ve learned a lot. If you ever need Treadmill, be sure to visit… these guys did me right. I got a great deal here.


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