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A desk that lets you bike while you work

Why just sit at your desk and work when you can sit at your desk, work, AND generate electricity?

Yes, folks, it’s all possible thanks to this handy invention: the “Big Rig” bicycle desk, a custom-made $2,000 workstation from New York-based Pedal Power.

Bike enthusiast who hates to let those wheels stop turning? Can’t get outside to exercise? Eco-conscious consumer? This is for you. You can sit at your desk and pedal your way to health. Want to charge your laptop, smartphone or other mobile device? Buy the $400 electric generator kit. Shipping costs depend on the destination, and the manufacturer warns production can take up to four months.

A HT to John Metcalfe, a staff writer at The Atlantic Cities, who highlighted this clever invention.

In a town filled with multi-taskers always striving to do more with their 24 hours — it seems like an excellent fit.

From the Pedal Power Web site:

Our Big Rig is designed for off-grid applications and features a work surface, ergonomic seat for comfort, quick adjustments for different riders, a flywheel to smooth pedaling, a wide range of gearing, and an all-steel, hand-built frame. An average adult can use it to generate 100 watts of electricity, pump 5 gallons of water per minute, grind a variety of grains, as well as operate an air compressor, a hydraulic pump, most any hand-cranked machine, and a variety of small shop tools. It has been found to be particularly suitable for small scale agricultural applications such as cracking grains, churning butter, and pumping water.

Clever. Clever. Clever.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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