Cycling is healthy for the legs, but what if you could give the arms a workout as well? Meet Twicycle, the two-wheel-drive bicycle.
Twicycle is a bike that doubles cyclists’ exercise by incorporating arm cranks in addition to regular ones – but more than that, the dual action crank systems – arms drive the front wheel, legs the rear – can increase acceleration – to the point the Twicycle’s performance has been likened to an e-powered bike.
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Twicycle went into an initial manufacturing run early this year and was displayed publicly for the first time at the world’s largest cycling trade show, Eurobike.
Despite initial production delays, early adopters have been overwhelmingly positive about the machines.
Twicycle showcased carbon fibre and aluminum versions of the bike to showgoers at Eurobike in Germany last month. Industry professionals were able to test the bike mounted on dual turbo trainers which allowed them to simulate both leg and arm propulsion.
The company was also able to demonstrate to onlookers the extra acceleration possible with dual crank systems.
Since the crowdfunding, Twicycle has only been offered for sale online, through the official website and numerous bikes have been shipped worldwide directly to end users. However, Twicycle has been in talks with bike distributors and retailers with the intention of stocking the bikes in physical shops worldwide. The first distributor and retailer is Bar-Tek in Germany, with more to follow.
An upcoming video will showcase the Twicycle being ridden through the Italian, Swiss and Austrian Alps, German Bavaria and along the Croatian coastline.
TwiCycle is aimed at people who enjoy cycling, the outdoors and would like to workout their full body equally well including their arms, chest, and back.