Although cycling may be a great form of cardiovascular and lower-body exercise, it doesn't do a whole lot for the upper body. As a result, we've seen bikes that are pedalled not just by the legs, but also by the arms. Well, the Cardigo takes a different approach. Its front end slides forward relative to the rest of the bike, helping to propel it while also reportedly offering more of a full-body workout.
Designed by cyclist Dan Ogden, the stainless steel-framed Cardigo can be pedalled just like a normal bike.
Turning a knob on the top tube, however, allows the rider to push the front end forward by 10 inches (25 cm) then pull it back in again – ball bearings keep the movement smooth. Pushing it forward turns a chain drive that engages the main drivetrain, thus augmenting or even replacing the rider's pedalling power.
The amount of push/pull resistance is dictated by which of its three gears the bike is in.
Plans call for the Cardigo to be the subject of a Kickstarter campaign starting sometime next year. We're told that retail pricing will be in the range of US$750 to $1,250.
It can be seen in action, in the video below.