GlideCycle — The Weightless Running Bike
GlideCycle — The Weightless Running Bike
GlideCycle is the world's finest running bicycle for everyone. It is beyond a low impact elliptical—it is weightless running.
GlideCycle is the world's finest running bicycle for everyone. It is beyond a low impact elliptical—it is weightless running. Read more
About this project
It may appear to a be a really crazy bicycle, but look closely...there are no pedals! It is actually a bicycle specifically designed for runners. Runners who want to run with wheels.
Imagine running with a fraction of your body weight. Imagine the health benefits and fun of running really fast for miles, passing other runners and smiling all the way because... it doesn't hurt to run with wheels.
That's because the GlideCycle has a proprietary Pelvic Suspension System and natural spring arch frame that lifts 70% to 90% of the runner's body weight comfortably. This allows what we like to call, "weightless running," with full ground contact, minimal joint impact and lots of fun exercise. No matter what your physical condition, you can get the hypnotic padding of a realistic run...the athletic sweat, the deep breathing and the endorphins that make your day. All of the gain without the pain.
Propel yourself with true running motion, but with the body weight of a child and the muscle power of an adult. With a GlideCycle anyone can experience the virtually pain-free exhilaration of running five to eight minute miles for short or long distances, what ever you prefer. Sprint workouts are extremely efficient. For example, a three mile course of wind sprints in 20 minutes adds the perfect interval intensity to your workout week and can drive off excess weight. GlideCycle every day if you want without the usual post-exercise pain.
GlideCycle is truly the world’s finest Outdoor Running Bike. It is here to start: The Weightless Running Revolution for everyone.
A GlideCycle explosively enhances the running ability of any user at any level of fitness, age, weight or ability.
- If you have stopped running or walking because of joint pain, injury or just because you think jogging is too hard on you
- For neurological and sports rehabilitation and orthopedic applications
- Professional athletes and Olympians: recovery day training and training through injuries; and incredible distance or interval workouts
- Virtually anyone wanting to run more often, run faster, really far or just run all day long without the usual post-exercise pain
- X-Runners of any age who want to "feel" the exhilaration of running again, get outside on the trail again or run/commute to work daily
- Anyone seeking weight loss, fitness, exploring new places with pain-free recreational touring/running for hours
- Runners and cyclists: for effective cross training, injury recovery and working hams, glutes and the core like nothing else can
- People who don’t like bike riding because of balance risk and high speeds....GlideCycle's have two wheels/two feet stability and are slow compared to bicycles at equal heart rates
Watch this clip of GlideCycle users:
The GlideCycle is easy to use. It takes just 20 minutes to learn basics and after your first 20 miles you will have GlideRunning mastered. You go at the pace you want, you adjust the suspension to fit you, and you steer the GlideCycle much like a bicycle, but you "feel" like you are running with the weight of a child. It can be used on bike lanes, paved and unpaved roads, woodland trails, hills and even hard sand beaches. Be careful on steep and rocky mountain bike trails.
There are currently three GlideCycle models to accommodate user size. The smallest user can be 4’6” while the largest user can be up to 6'8", 330 lbs. and each size overlaps the smaller or larger size. At the present time, we do not have a cycle built for small children or users under 4’6”, but a prototype is in the works.
The GlideCycle is constructed with a light, chrome-moly-steel frame that is guaranteed for five years. Quality paint or double powder coating, zinc and chrome plating bring quality and durability to the GlideCycle.
Weighing in at just 37 pounds, the GlideCycle is easily disassembled for transport in our custom backpack carry bag. This allows you to easily transport it in your trunk or cargo area of your vehicle and store it anywhere.
The GlideCycle X-Runner 2016 is available for pre-order only here on Kickstarter. There is also an electric motor option available for any model to assist riders wanting a little boost.
Problem: Gravity Over 50 million Americans go running each year and 116 million more folks walk outdoors for fitness. Each year up to 70% of these runners will experience an injury needing rehabilitation. 1.5 million of them and countless walkers will quit and head for the gym or the couch for good. Gravity is the root cause, as so many runners and walkers simply can’t bear the pounding of 2.4 times their weight in ground reaction force. (BYU Study)
Solution: Weightless Running Revolution A Brigham Young University sports research study found that, “runners using the GlideCycle experienced an 86% reduction in ground reaction force (GRF).” Our patented suspension system lifts the body by cradling the pelvis (no crotch pressure) into the natural spring arch frame and allows clients to achieve a closer motion to actual running or walking than any other equipment on earth. Running with wheels means running fast, far, and as hard as you want without impact pain.
The unit slips together from its carry bag in two to three minutes, including seat set-up. Watch the video below for unpacking and the first assembly.
We designed the GlideCycle so that more people will have the opportunity to run outdoors and have fun while getting fit. We want the GlideCycle, which provides Body Unweighted running and fitness, to be available to everyone.
We are gearing up and producing inventory now. We have a great production system in place that represents a great deal of design work, planning, and collaboration built from our early production runs. We currently distribute on our website platform and through trainers who own a GlideCycle. We will expand into specialty bike stores with our new design. Our GlideCycle has been tested and approved by Riddley Engineering in the U.S. and Fairing Industrial overseas to meet tough international structural standards for bicycles.
We are ready to build our new GlideCycle X-Runner 2016 and expect a March/April delivery in 2016. We know that we can do it with your help here on Kickstarter. We will use your pledge money only for the production of the 2016 GlideCycle X-Runner.
Thank you in advance for getting the world outside running again with your Kickstarter pledge and for helping us start the GlideCycle Weightless Running Revolution.
- Newspaper, Mail Tribune (click to read)
- Television, ABC News San Francisco & San Diego 6 (click to view)
- Radio, Jefferson Public Radio (click to listen)
Click on the titles below to watch additional video testimonials:
Hi, I’m Dave Vidmar and I invented the GlideCycle because, like so many people, my legs and knees can really hurt when I run too often or too far. I began dreaming at night of running without pain again, as fast and as far as I could imagine. After an amazing first experience running weightless on a banana basket monorail in Central America, it hit me - what if I could recreate that weightless running experience with wheels?
Well, after several years of challenging design evolution, we can. I personally run 10 to 15 miles almost every day on this amazing breakthrough in weightless running technology we call, “GlideCycle.” I’ve logged more than 12,000 miles of weightless pain-free running on beaches, bike lanes and mountain trails with friends.
Now, the GlideCycle takes weightless running to the beautiful outdoors for everyone. Our website is filled with videos showing people of every age, size and ability, hitting new fitness goals and having fun on their GlideCycles. Their success is the reason we are committed to bringing GlideCycle Weightless Running to everybody. Please join us and make your pledge now.
Anyone can run again with a GlideCycle, and running will bring good fitness and healthy legs to them all.
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Risks and challenges
We have spent years testing and developing the GlideCycle. It's been widely accepted and is of the highest quality. It's been adopted into medical centers around the United States for therapy and is revolutionizing fitness. Our products have proved to be safe, effective, fun, and desirable to customers.
Our delivery time on the 2016 model may vary, but our goal is March/April 2016. We will do everything to keep you informed of our progress and any challenges we face.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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