The ElliptiGO

ElliptiGO in Sausalito

I was driving down the street sometime in late 2010 when I saw this guy and his friend riding on some sort of bike looking contraption. At first I am thinking that this is another one of those San Francisco bike rental gimmick things like those stupid Go Car scooters. Then when I got a closer look, I see that these people are actually working hard on this thing.

So I take a quick video and photo with my new iPhone 4, which has a bitchin’ camera and video. So I can look into it later. Which I do. Now here is the info I found out:

It’s called the ElliptiGO.

YES – You stand on it. You don’t sit.

YES – it’s like an elliptical machine at the gym. It’s more like a running and climbing motion than cycling. So it’s low impact, outdoors fun.

YES – it can do what most bikes do.

"Looking at me?" You can see his GF in the rearview

YES – it has brakes.

YES – you can coast.

They put this bike up to the challenge when they did the Death Ride near Lake Tahoe in California. It stayed in the game with most bike riders. While it wasn’t out to win the race, they sure proved that it can stand up to most riding conditions and similar endurance distances.

YES – it has gears. Eight of them on a Shimano Alfine internal hub system.

YES – it is expensive. $2,499 will get you going on this interesting machine.

If you’re not into riding and really like running but can’t take the impact, this is nice alternative to staring into a screen at the local 24-Hour Fitness. I guess if I’d spend that much on a bike but wasn’t buying the bike and I really liked running I would get this. As with anything, a few more revs won’t hurt. The product is relatively young. The first was built in 2007. Keep an eye on this as another way of getting around that’s cooler than a Segway.

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About Ramon Garcia
I am an Art Director and Designer in San Francisco. I live and work in a town I love.

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