Editor’s Note: John Van Barriger won our “Ultimate Marathon Pack” bike giveaway earlier this year. We checked in with him recently to see how he’s enjoying his new ElliptiGO Arc.
I love the Arc! It was easy to learn to ride and is a great way to get exercise. After being unable to ride a bicycle due to a back injury in the early 1990s, plus a few knee surgeries in the interim, I am thrilled to get back on two wheels again!
Earlier this summer, I was preparing for a 500-mile kayaking trip on the Yukon River, so I didn’t get to ride it as much as I wanted, but it helped me get in shape for the trip and I am thankful for that. I plan on using it a lot more in the future because it’s such a great way to exercise and get in shape. I’ll also use it a great deal this fall and next spring as I’ll be kayaking the entire Yukon River (about 2,000 miles) as part of a charity endeavor to raise funds for firefighters, search-and-rescue units, and other first responders in 2017. The ElliptiGO will definitely help me prepare for that as well!
The thing that I most enjoy about the Arc is that I can bicycle again. After being unable to do so for so long, I felt like a kid again when I went swooping back-and-forth down my first hill on it. It’s also designed well, and has a rock-solid build, which I really appreciate.
The thing that surprised me most is how easy it was to ride and get comfortable with it. I was expecting a longer learning curve, but I watched the online videos and that was really all I needed.
I would absolutely recommend that people try an ElliptiGO bike. It will allow a lot of people who are unable to ride a traditional bicycle to get back out on the road again. I love it, and can’t say enough good things about it!