There are still many who prefer cycling. The indoor exercise cycle was invented some decades ago, to make it possible for people to get their daily dose of exercise while watching TV or in the comfort of their homes during inclement weather conditions.
As the scientific study of bio-mechanics has evolved, better exercise solutions have emerged. These are aimed at improving the efficacy of the workout while minimizing the risk of damage to the body.
The Stationary Epicycle from Ciclotte is amongst the latest pieces of exercise equipment to hit the market. Inspired by the unicycle or “monowheel” from two centuries ago, this gadget relies on an epicyclic transmission and magnetic resistance to provide intensive workouts.
A single revolution of the epicycle’s pedal is converted to four rotations of the flywheel, which engages the rim of the cycle. The enclosure around the rim has six magnets, with a touchscreen display controlling the intensity of magnetic field created by the magnets; 12 levels of magnetic resistance are available.
The cycle weighs about 50 Kgs, and it can support riders of up to 130 Kg. The handlebars are made of carbon fibre, which can be adjusted for reach.
You will periodically need to plug the cycle into AC mains to charge the batteries that power the touchscreen display. The stationary epicycle costs $12,000 (£7,900).