Stand-up bike puts runners on wheels

Photo by Nick Procaylo, The Vancouver Sun
Christy Lynn takes the ElliptiGo out for a ride in Coal Harbour.

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun

Level 2

It has no seat.
So, you cannot sit down.
You must stand up to ride it.
It has no pedals.
So, you have to push or pump the foot platforms up and down.
Then the bike moves.
People look at Christy Lynn on the bike.
They are surprised.
Some say she seems to be running.
Lynn says drivers in cars can see you easily.
And you can see them better, too.

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A special bike
This stand-up bike was made for people with “bad” knees.
Bryan Pate cannot run anymore.
He hurt his knees.
But he wants to exercise.
Seven years ago, Bryan and a friend worked on the project.
They made the stand-up bike (or ElliptiGo) in California.
Now there are a few in B.C.

All about the bike
The popular 8-speed model costs $2,600.
For $1,800 you can get a 3-speed.
The ElliptiGo weighs 18 kg.
It can go 48 km/h on flat roads.
The brakes and gears are on the handles.

No high heels, no bags
Lynn says you could ride it to work.
High heels are not a good idea, she thinks.
But, you could wear a skirt.
The bike cannot carry a lot of bags like road bikes.

Want to take one for a test ride?

5 thoughts on “Stand-up bike puts runners on wheels

  1. I saw the bike story, but I mean the teacher’s notes from the paper newspaper available at the library…

    • I’m not sure if part of your message is missing, as I don’t understand the comment. Feel free to comment further, if you have a question.

      • Further to the previous comment: Teacher’s Notes are not available with the free copies at the library. They are sent to groups subscribing to the print version.

    • Teachers’ Notes for the print edition of our newspaper can be downloaded on this site actually.
      1) Go to the “For Teachers” at the top of the home page.
      2) Click.
      3) Scroll down and find the notes for the particular month that you’re looking for.
      The Teachers’ Notes are available in PDF format.
      If they don’t download properly, try a different browser (such as Firefox, Safari or Explorer).

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