The Livestrong Limited Edition Indoor Cycle differs from all other stationary bikes in just one way: It looks totally bad-ass.
The bike, which comes in the trademark yellow-and-black colorway, will cost $1,700, $1,000 of which goes to Livestrong, Lance Armstrong’s cancer charity. Just 500 will be made, and there are several Lance and cancer-themed design flourishes: the number 28 on the fork represents the “28 million people living with cancer,” and the “seven stars on the seat post represent Armstrong’s record-breaking seven Tour de France wins.”
But what you really want to know is just how fit can you get, without even going outside on a real bike? The answer is “pretty fit, if you don’t use it once and dump it in the basement, next to the Bullworker and the in-line skates.” Up front is a 40-pound flywheel, spun via a belt-drive, and the seat and handlebars are adjustable for height. And what handlebars they are! More like a bristling nest of stag-beetles than a regular bike cockpit, there are enough hand-positions to sate even the most ADD of “riders”.
There’s also a computer to tell you every piece of info you might want: heart rate, time, distance, RPM and a calorie-counter.
Of course, you could get all this from an actual bike. An old beater with a cheap cyclo-computer would keep you just as fit, and stop you from getting bored as you ride. But then you couldn’t pretend to be Lance Armstrong, on your way to a “record-breaking seven Tour de France wins.” Or more correctly, “Tour de Spare Bedroom wins.”