Look, on the road. It's a bike. It's an elliptical. It's ElliptiGO.
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.
Clad in protective pads, a helmet and sunglasses, Tracy Terry glides through her Granite Parke neighborhood on a bright green ElliptiGO.
The ElliptiGO, an elliptical bicycle, is the new fitness machine Terry uses to exercise. After selling her old bicycle on eBay and saving money for almost a year, she purchased it around Christmas.
"I ride it whenever I can," Terry said. "It's going to be my main source of exercise."
But now Terry, 46, doesn't want to be the only Gainesville resident enjoying the benefits of the ElliptiGO. She wants to start a club for ElliptiGO users in the community.
"There's no one to train with," Terry said.
Terry said she has looked for ElliptiGO training clubs around Florida, but she couldn't find any.
And although she has seen a few people riding around Gainesville on ElliptiGO bikes, Terry said she would like to coordinate a cohesive group to train and ride with in places such as the Hawthorne Trail or near the Tioga Town Center. She said she also wants to create a Facebook page for local ElliptiGO owners.
Terry, who was a runner for 20 years, turned to bike riding after suffering a back injury.
"Running just kills me," Terry said.
But regular bikes still left her uncomfortable.
One day, after seeing a man riding an ElliptiGO, she researched them and became set on owning one. Now an avid user of the elliptical bike, Terry said she goes about 12 to 16 mph on the eight-gear bike. She said she plans to ride it in events such as the Santa Fe Century and the Clean Air Ride.
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Dr. Gregory Snodgrass, a Gainesville eye doctor, said he has had his ElliptiGO for three years.
He said after a patient told him about the bike, he looked into them and tried one. Soon after, he purchased his eight-gear ElliptiGO.
"It's the next-best thing to running," he said. "It's really good cardio."
Snodgrass said that when the weather is warm, he will ride three to four times a week. And although he said they're a little overpriced, he enjoys his bike and would be interested in joining an ElliptiGO riding group.
Kevin McDaniel, a manager at Evolve Bikes in Celebration, said the shop began selling the ElliptiGO about a year and a half ago. There are no authorized ElliptiGO dealers in Gainesville.
McDaniel said former runners with injuries are the main consumers of the elliptical bikes. Because of the low impact, riders can use the ElliptiGO to reap the same benefits they would if they ran, he said.
The ElliptiGO — first introduced in 2010 — comes in three types: a three-speed, eight-speed and 11-speed. The prices are $1,800, $2,500 and $3,500, respectively, McDaniel said.
The injury risks for an ElliptiGO are the same as a bicycle, McDaniel said.
But Paul Schmidt, owner of Bikes and More in Gainesville, said the ElliptiGO might be bike-related, but it is not a bicycle.
Schmidt said he would consider using the elliptical bike to be low-impact running on a mobile exercise machine and that a person would get a different kind of workout from the ElliptiGO than from a traditional bicycle.