How did you first hear of ElliptiGO? My colleague, Malinda Walker, introduced me to ElliptiGO in 2014. We were talking about needing an adventure, getting away from it all, maybe walking or biking across the country. Malinda did not want to sit on a saddle for 3,000 plus miles but, as part of the running community and the wife of a track coach, she had seen an ElliptiGO and suggested we try them out, which we did. We have not crossed the country on them (yet) but we have certainly had some adventures.
Lamorna Brown Swigart
Lamorna Brown Swigart
Lamorna is a UK native, lured to the Bay Area by research work at UCSF. She got her first ElliptiGO just before she turned fifty; before then she did not have an exercise routine beyond walking her dog and gardening. Lamorna will tell you, she is not a runner or cyclist, although did both when she was much younger. As she approached fifty she decided to improve her fitness to counteract her sedentary day-job as a cancer researcher and some not-so-great genes. She started going to the gym and enjoyed a strength training class but, apart from that, she had not found a form of exercise that she really enjoyed. The ElliptiGO changed all that for her; over the past six years she has rode over 12,000 miles. She now loves to get out and ride. “I like the challenge of conquering a new route or hill and I enjoy the conversations that the ElliptiGO elicits. I may not be getting younger but my ElliptiGO has made me feel younger and fitter.”
How Do You Use Your ElliptiGO For Fitness/Exercise? In a normal week I will ride 5, 8 or so miles after work once or twice a week and one or two longer rides on the weekends. I like to ride 15 to 25 miles but will go further, if I have time, as the season progresses, and I get in better shape. Occasionally I use my ElliptiGO for part of my commute and I hope to do that more often now that I have an E-assist kit on one of my ElliptiGO bikes.
What do you love most about riding an ElliptiGO? I love that I can get a great workout outside without getting too sore. I love exploring my county, enjoying the sights and sounds, the sunshine and breezes. I love being tall, seeing over the fences or hedges rows. I love that I can work hard up a hill and then get the thrill of flying down the other side. Sometimes, when the wind is behind me, it feels so effortless; I am dashing along, the wind whistling in my ears and a huge smile on my face. It’s just glorious!
What is your favorite ElliptiGO bike?
My long-stride 11R is my favorite. I keep it in my car so it is always handy for a ride or demonstration. I take it on vacation with me whenever I can. Having said that, I am really enjoying the extra comfortable range I can get with the e-assist 8C. I can embark on a longer ride without being anxious about having the stamina to finish it.
What is your favorite local ride?
My favorite ride is a 34-mile route from Fairfax with a good climb in the first few miles, rolling hills around the Nicasio reservoir, an old (flat) railroad trail through the redwoods of Samuel P Taylor State Park, then a steady grade back to White’s Hill and a screaming descent down into Fairfax.
What is your longest or most memorable ride?
I have ridden the entire coast of California, in two segments. I rode from the Oregon border to San Francisco over a two-week period, with my husband acting as SAG and my 16-year old daughter riding about half the 440 miles with me. That was part of my training for an 8-day, 525-mile charity ride from San Francisco to LA organized by the Arthritis Foundation. Once I finished that I continued from LA to the Mexican border on my own – what’s another 150 miles!
Ready to Try an ElliptiGO Bike?
Whether you are new to ElliptiGO bikes and looking to test ride or a current ElliptiGO Owner in the Marin County, West Contra Costa (Richmond, north Berkeley), Lamorna can help, 415.613.7825
ElliptiGO bikes available to test ride:
Stand up Bikes: MSUB
Stationary Trainer: Rock and Roll Trainer setup
For questions or assistance, please contact Lamorna at:
415.613.7825 [email protected]