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My rowing bicycle

Old 01-24-23, 09:05 PM
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My rowing bicycle

Some of you were asking me questions about my ROWGLIDER rowing bike.
I simplified the design. I am currently making the prototype with wood. See attached jpegs.
If it works, I will then make it in carbon fiber square cross section tubing.
It cost me $400 complete for my 2020 chromoly prototype. You can see it on YouTube as ROWGLIDER

Is anybody manufacturing an affordable rowing bike?
I only know and

My design uses standard components. So it was super cheap.
It is fast and smooth. My bike does NOT use a bungee cord for tensioner.
So I have the most energy efficient design. You don't squander your rowing energy into stretching a bungee cord.

If anybody has any question, feel free to ask.
Regarding its weight, it's chromoly steel, so it's a little heavy.
If everything was made of aluminum alloy it would weigh somewhere between 26 pounds & 30 pounds (12.7 kilos?)

I hope all of you beautiful people in this bikeforums community have a wonder 2023.
Once again, I want to thank all of you in this community. who made my rowing bike possible
You helped me a lot when I had questions during the prototyping stage in 2017.


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Nice! That's a clever design!
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Nice! That's a clever design!
Harks back to things that were patented in the late 1800s.
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I don't think I could concentrate on rowing, biking and avoiding dog poop, so I just row at home and bike outside.
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I still want one of these. Too lazy to build one, though.
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Originally Posted by KerryIrons View Post
Harks back to things that were patented in the late 1800s.

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When I was a kid we had a contraption known as an "Irish Mail." Looked similar to this, as I recall.

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Irish mails are pretty simple. The ones I've seen (a guy in our club has a couple of them) have 4 wheels, wooden seats, and are steered by foot. Champiot is a current manufacturer.
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