I was on a bike ride with my family a couple of days ago and got passed by a guy riding this thing called a Street Strider. The thing was bright yellow and really stood out but I was really intrigued even though you may look crazy riding one.
The really great thing is that it looked to move along really smoothly and the guy riding it seemed to really love his machine!
Here is a video on how to use one and what they look like
Riding a bike gives you some quiet time to think and after seeing this street strider contraption it made me think about the kind of exercise you would get. This is basically an outdoor version of an elliptical trainer except this is outdoors and has brakes (good thing). I can imagine that it would be a nice way to exercise and with the size of the wheels I suspect it would work even on a fairly flat trail.
Would a Street Strider be a Good Workout?
I would love to actually try one of these things but I can tell you from what I saw that they seem to move pretty quick and they would likely give you a great hip, leg, and upper body workout. You would feel great and tired after an hour on one of these I suspect and it would not be boring like an indoor elliptical trainer at all.
The trouble is that these street striders are a bit expensive. The price ranges from about $1,000 – $2,000 which is a bit steep for me but I am sure would be affordable for lots of people that live in an area where they can exercise outdoors all year round (it snows here 5 months a year).
What do you think? Would you try one of these streetstrider things? Have you tried one in the past? I would love to hear opinions on this.