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August 24, 2010

Ciclotte Stationary Bike


Bryan Gardiner reviewed it as follows in the September issue of Wired magazine.


Bowflexes, Roman chairs, those things Suzanne Somers was hawking: Most exercise equipment looks like it belongs in a dungeon, not a home gym. The Ciclotte stationary bicycle, on the other hand, wouldn't appear out of place in a museum. Which is exactly where its aesthetics hail from. Designer Luca Schieppati took his Ciclò — a concept bike that the Milan Design Museum liked enough to include in its permanent collection — and transformed it into an exercise machine. (Nice move, because the penny-farthing-from-the-future geometry would make it nearly impossible to ride.) Push the pedals and the epicycloid crank system—a set of eccentric gears like you'd find in a pencil sharpener—spins the magnetized main wheel. This in turn generates a magnetic field and plenty of thigh-burning resistance. Just remember to stop ogling it and, you know, ride.


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I was just introduced to the Octane XR3 the other day. Not fit for a museum, but much more affordable and probably more comfortable.
It suited my friend, who seems to have some difficulty with knee flexion which most bikes cannot seem to accommodate.

Posted by: bubbub | Aug 28, 2010 2:34:59 AM

It's beautiful but I'd be much more convinced if I saw an ordinary human being on it. And the pointy handlebars make me nervous.

Posted by: Becs | Aug 24, 2010 6:50:44 PM

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