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Old 01-02-06, 08:26 AM   #1
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No Pedal Bike

A few months back, a Phoenix, Arizona bike builder appeared on Fox & Friends and demonstrated a bike without pedals. Instead, it was more of a stepper on wheels.

Considering the condition of my knees, I thought it looked like a way to get back on the road.

My problem is that not only are my knees going, but my memory seems to be slipping a gear now and then as well. I cannot recall the name of this new fangled bike.

Can anyone help refresh my memory?

Thanx.
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Old 01-02-06, 10:21 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the platform-stepper type of bicycle drive. I just tried searching on google but couldn't come up with anything. Perhaps it rings a bell with someone that will respond later. It will be interesting to see, to say the least!

You may also want to consider the possiblity of elliptical chainrings, which I believe help with some knee problems.
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Old 01-02-06, 12:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for trying. I finally stumbled across it here:

http://www.staircycle.com/it26-gsp.html

Took awhile, but Google finally led me to it.
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Well isn't that the darndest thing! How cool! I was wondering the seat was -- but I guess you don't even need one!

I wonder how the steering is . . . since you would be resting on your arms pushing up and down with your feet (while standing)? I'd love to see one in action. Going to check out the rest of the site.
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Old 01-02-06, 02:53 PM   #5
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Hmm. A kickbike with stairstepper drive. I guess that makes more sense than the

Treadmill Bike .

Another possibility that's supposed to lessen the strain on knees is Rotor Cranks .
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Old 01-04-06, 09:40 PM   #6
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Knee touble? You might also consider arm-powered bikes/trikes. Some have rotary cranks and some are push-pull. I witnessed the starts of two transcontinental armpower record runs on trikes. The first was rotary by a heavy 'Nam vet. took 69 days. The second was push-pull by a guy who had won the LA wheelchair marathon. Took him 18 days coast-to-coast. I drafted that guy on Death Valley by Moonlight once. He was pacing a RAAM winner at 18 MPH on arm power.
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A few months back, a Phoenix, Arizona bike builder appeared on Fox & Friends and demonstrated a bike without pedals. Instead, it was more of a stepper on wheels.

Considering the condition of my knees, I thought it looked like a way to get back on the road.

My problem is that not only are my knees going, but my memory seems to be slipping a gear now and then as well. I cannot recall the name of this new fangled bike.

Can anyone help refresh my memory?

Thanx.

Hmmm, you can go up stairs, but not ride a bike? Have you ridden a bike professionally adjusted to your build and size and is the bike geared low enough?

I can ride a bike but stairs are not my forte'. But they are getting better since I started riding the bike.
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You might have liked the lever-drive 1930s Terrot in Pryor Dodge's bicycle collection. That's right, there ain't nothin' new ...
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A few months back, a Phoenix, Arizona bike builder appeared on Fox & Friends and demonstrated a bike without pedals. Instead, it was more of a stepper on wheels.

Considering the condition of my knees, I thought it looked like a way to get back on the road.

My problem is that not only are my knees going, but my memory seems to be slipping a gear now and then as well. I cannot recall the name of this new fangled bike.

Can anyone help refresh my memory?

Thanx.
There will be more pressure on your knees with that thing compared to a bicycle. With the bicycle you have most of your weight on a seat and you can control how much pressure you put on the pedals by shifting and changing your effort. Unless you know specifically about a problem with the bike just skip the stepper. If you want to see what the stepper will do to your knees just ride your bicycle standing up for a while. It's not the same motion but it adds pressure to your knee like the stepper will. It will be a lot like climbing stairs.
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There will be more pressure on your knees with that thing compared to a bicycle. With the bicycle you have most of your weight on a seat and you can control how much pressure you put on the pedals by shifting and changing your effort. Unless you know specifically about a problem with the bike just skip the stepper. If you want to see what the stepper will do to your knees just ride your bicycle standing up for a while. It's not the same motion but it adds pressure to your knee like the stepper will. It will be a lot like climbing stairs.
dang! I meant to say that!
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dang! I meant to say that!

Next time it comes up you can go first!
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