Given that today is April 2nd, directly following April Fool’s, it seems like an ideal time to bring up the treadmill bike – a odd piece of exercise equipment which appears to be legit, but could very well be a hoax.
So what is a treadmill bike? It’s rather self-explanatory, really – “a treadmill on wheels.”
And what’s the point of this gadget, you might ask?
According to the company selling the product, Bicycle Forest:
“Have you ever wished you could get a quality treadmill workout without paying expensive gym prices? Look no further than the Treadmill Bike by the Bicycle Forest. The Treadmill Bike offers the same fat burning benefits of a conventional treadmill without the membership fees!”
I guess I have two points of opposition to this marketing pitch:
1) If I want a treadmill workout without paying “expensive gym prices” I could just purchase my own treadmill, which would provide me with exactly what I want: a treadmill workout.
2) An even easier and cheaper alternative is to go for a walk or jog outside – like a treadmill workout, but much more enjoyable!
Further, as the treadmill bike is selling for $2500 online, I’m not convinced it is really such an inexpensive alternative.
Lastly, while viewing their comedic promo video (see below), I get the impression riding/running(?) the treadmill bike would be rather uncomfortable. Imagine running on a normal treadmill while holding onto the front the whole time. If you’ve ever tried it, you know how awkward this feels.
On a day like today, just save yourself the $2500, and go for a nice long walk/hike/jog with your loved ones. That’s my plan! Enjoy the sunshine!
(Thanks to @ferrisjabr for bringing this silly gadget to my attention)