Caron Bicycle: the bike that lets you pedal six different ways
There’s no shortage of cycling gear on crowdfunding sites, but the Caron Bicycle is one of the barmiest we’ve seen. It’s the world’s first modular pedalling bike, and it aims to work lots of your different leg muscles.
It lets you pedal six different ways. As well as normal pedalling, you can move either foot up and down individually, or through 360 degrees. You can move both feet up and down at the same time, or through 360 degrees in sync. Or you can move your left foot up and down and then right, and alternate between the two, as if on a step machine.
The idea is that each type of pedalling works a different muscle group, so you get a more all-round workout. The makers claim that pedalling in such ways will work not only your legs, but your shoulders, arms and abs too.
To change your pedalling style, just press the thumb shifter to switch from N (normal) mode to Multi mode.
The key tech at work in the bike is the Caron Uniset, a six-way pedalling crank. To switch to Multi mode, the crank and the left/right clutch ring separate.
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A children’s version of the bike is available too.
The project has raised more than $22,000 in seven days, and has 34 days left to reach the remaining $7,000 target. The bike starts at $795 (£511) for the adult version and will ship in October.