The Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center at the University of California, San Diego conducted a metabolic study to determine how riding an elliptical bike compares to running and traditional cycling. They determined that elliptical cycling burns, on average, 33% more calories than riding a conventional bike at the same speed. The study also found that going 16.5mph on an ElliptiGO elliptical bike was equivalent in effort to running at an 8 minute per mile pace.
Not at all. In fact, elliptical bikes are sort of the opposite of recumbents. Recumbent bikes usually have a pretty big seat with a back rest, whereas elliptical bikes have no seat at all. Recumbent riders pedal with their legs parallel to the ground, while elliptical bike riders pedal with legs that are perpendicular to the ground. The recumbent rider’s visibility is usually limited because they are lower to the ground, making it both harder to see them and harder for them to see around obstacles like cars, bushes, walls, etc. In contrast, the elliptical bike rider’s visibility is unusually good because their line of sight is elevated and their whole body is visible, making them easier for drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists to see. The high riding position also enables an elliptical cyclist to see over cars, trucks and SUVs, reducing the likelihood that they will have their vision blocked by obstacles. Finally, the recumbent bike rider pushes pedals in a circle to propel their bike while the elliptical bike rider takes strides that are similar to walking or running to propel the bike forward.
We’ve never seen any. There are several different outdoor exercise vehicles that are propelled by different methods, but we’ve never seen any two-wheeled cycles designed to replicate outdoor running without the impact. There’s a three-wheeled elliptical tricycle on the market, but again, it’s quite different from the ElliptiGO.