It's already August! If you're like me, that means you're wondering where the heck summer went. If you're in Chicago, you know that not did summer fly by, but also failed to show up half of July. But you're also thinking, "What am I going to do with the rest this fleeting summer?"
One recommendation is to hop on an elliptical bike.
The family & I were given the opportunity to test drive one earlier this summer. And it was...different. We all had fun, but this machine gets some getting use to. We also only spent 30 minutes on them, so a longer test drive is still in order. It's quite the experience!
The weirdest thing is that there is no seat. See the picture to your right...Yup, so seat. So you need to stand up tall at all times. I tended to lean into the handlebars. And yes, it is an elliptical machine built into the bicycle, so your thighs are going to get a work out. Because you are standing, you are way higher off the ground than on a regular bike. They are also longer, so when I was riding behind my then-9-year-old daughter, I felt a mile away from her. Last quirk...dismounting is half-way between a fall and jump. It takes awhile to get use to that.
If you have the cash to buy one, go for it. For the rest of us, you can rent these babies from Fitness Experts on Clybourn (non-Chicagoans, just use your fave search engine for you local place). Pretty convenient location as they do have street parking and a garage. Plus it's just a few minutes to the lake front on the bike.
If you do try it out, let me know! And yes, you still have to wear a helmet.