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Has anyone here ridden a Rowing Bike?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by PrettyboyTim, 5 Mar 2008.

  1. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    I've looked with interest at various rowing bikes:

    The RowBike by the guy who invented rollerblades:
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    The SkullTrek
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    The RowingBike
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    I quite like the idea, if only for my own vanity. I've noticed that cycling has given a rather handsome set of thighs and a pretty flat tummy, and it'd be neat if I could get the top half of my body to follow suit without the bother of going to a gym.

    I like the look of the RowBike as it's the cheapest one and it also not stupidly long. It does concern me how close to the ground the power bar goes during a stroke though. The RowingBike looks like the best one but at over £2500 is bloody expensive.

    Anyone had any experience of these?
     
  2. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    It'll never catch on! But looks a lot of fun. Steering might be a problem. That dude in your bottom pic has been on the same straight stretch of road for 35 mins no on my screen ;);):angry:

    10 minutes later edit... man, he's still going! That sure is one long road!
     
  3. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I twould be cool for upper body work...but I wouldnt ride one in Essex if I were you.
     
  4. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I'd like to see a 'fixed' version going downhill! ;)
     
  5. OP
    OP
    PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    The Rowbike works by dragging a chain back and forth around the rear derarilleur; I don't think you'd be able to get far on a fixed version ;)

    The cheapest rowbike is single-speed, though.
     
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    I've had a go on a trike version - it was too big for me, so I couldn't really get a feel for it. It had a rather odd electric steering set up, controlled by a rocker switch, and at least one friend ended up in a field beside the cyclepath before he got the hang of it.

    That Rowbike girl - she'd get much further if her wheels went round....;)
     
  7. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    i'd like to ride that top one!
     
  8. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Honestly, this is supposed to be a family forum. There's a place for filth and smut like that.;)

    Is it just me or are her wheels throbbing or something? Weird set of images.

    Oh, and *wants*
     
  9. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    they're engorged, distended even.
     
  10. rikki

    rikki Veteran

    Thanks Prettyboy Tim

    (I don't believe I just typed that)

    I hadn't seen the first 2 before, but have always fancied trying the RowingBike.

    The weight transfer involved in each stroke on the RowBike and SkullTrek must affect braking, steering and roadholding. Weight transfer in a badly rowed scull is pretty counter productive, but boats don't have brakes, steer through their hulls, nor do they balance on rotating wheels.

    I've seen reports that the RowingBike is pretty (that word again) effective for covering distance.

    Has anyone here ridden any of them?
     
  11. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Anyway, where does your cox go? :biggrin:
     
  12. rikki

    rikki Veteran

    Singles don't have coxswains.

    But if you need someone to look the other way you can try this
     
  13. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    Location:
    East London
    Why not just take up rowing? :biggrin: It's a fantastic sport and complements cycling really well. My club, Lea RCare based in East London, not at all snooty (quite hard if you're based in Hackney) and are super welcoming.

    There's a Sunday morning learn to row course that's just started that I could probably sneak people onto if anyone's interested.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    Feel free to call me 'Tim' or 'PBT'... :smile:

    My Wife works on a Sunday, so I have to look after the kids which limits somewhat what I can get up to. Besides, the thing I liked about the rowbike idea was that I'd get the benefits of rowing without having to spend any extra time doing it - I'd just be using the row bike for my commute.
     
  15. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    They're touching helmets! :evil: