More often than not we bring home a fancy exercise bike, workout for a week or two, and then forget it completely. Thereafter, the good old stationary bike serves the purpose of hanging clothes at best.
To make the investment put into your exercise bike more worthwhile it needs to serve some other purpose too. So, what better than having a Motocompo-like two-wheeler that is a compact commuter by day time, and an exercise bike when it is time to get in the zone and flex those muscles.
Designer: Raymond Wu
Meet the GYMO-FIT concept motorbike that has the typical urban commuter vibes, and a sturdy exercise bike to keep fit. The uncertain times in the last couple of years have prompted people to go for home fitness setups – that’s why exercise bikes have grown in popularity in recent times. But as I said, the excitement to use this fitness equipment quickly fades away. So, isn’t that a waste of money?
This concept bike doubles as a two-wheeler at least, and doesn’t sit in a lonely corner in your living room, in case you give up on your fitness regime. It’s a combination of an electric bike with aerobic and anaerobic fitness equipment. GYMO has three different modes when parked sturdily on the stand. It has the obvious exercise bike mode for strengthening the leg muscle group, rowing machine mode for working out the back and shoulder muscles, and the abdominal exerciser for strengthening the core.
In the rowing and abdominal exercise mode, the pedals jam up to provide stability for the intended actions. The rowing action can be performed by pulling the stiff elastic handles and bands, while in the abdominal trainer mode the seat cushion is pulled with the feet to a slightly lower position. This way the user can perform the vital exercise to stay in shape.
Dashboard UI design of the GYMO bike toggles based on the action performed. While commuting, the Ride mode is activated -displaying the current speed, GPS navigation interface, electric battery level, and the current weather conditions. In Exercise Mode the user sees all the workout modes, the calories burnt, and the different setups. In both of these exercise modes, the user can connect to the online community to keep motivated and move up the leaderboard.
The designer has created a 1:3 model of the unique motorbike and exercise bike combo, to prove its viability in real-world settings. Whether or not it’ll speed up beyond this scale modeling stage and turn into a real prototype, and eventually into a commercial product is still uncertain.