Jim Wood Uses his ElliptiGO 11R to Commute to and from work in Central London…

November 16, 2016

Jim Wood Uses his ElliptiGO 11R to Commute to and from work in Central London and has shared his ElliptiGO ‘journey’ with us…

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“I love the occasional day when the ElliptiGO and I break out for the countryside…”

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ElliptiGO News is usually filled with amazing feats of elite athletes riding across America, or up the Alps. I am an ElliptiGO enthusiast at the other end of the scale:  I’m a London EllptiGO commuter.

After 20 years of cycling to work, I had to give it up because of an injury to my neck (herniated disk).  I then had a couple of very grumpy years on the London Underground, until my wife spotted an ElliptiGO on the street, Googled what it was, and arranged a test ride for me. After buying the ElliptiGO, I was hooked…

My route to work is around 10 km long (6-miles) and has 60 traffic lights on it, so it doesn’t offer much for the committed racer!  But even so, commuting on the ElliptiGO is fantastic.   The upright position is a real asset in traffic: you can see over ordinary cars, and to put it mildly, it has a tendency to attract attention.  You can’t be too visible on a London street.

And that’s linked to an unexpected pleasure of ElliptiGO commuting: fellow commuters are extremely curious about it. London is a crowded city, and when Londoners are squeezed into a tube carriage or a crowded lift, we like to pretend there are no other people around.   It’s certainly not the done thing to start a conversation.  But the ElliptiGO is an icebreaker…

Taxi drivers, cyclists and tourists all want to hear about it: where does it come from? (California of course); is it fun? (it’s fantastic); is it hard work? (it’s a great work out); how much does it cost? (can’t say, it was a present)!  The only other time this happened to me in London was years ago when I used to walk around with my baby son – and middle aged ladies would stop and chat.

So, whilst I love the occasional day when the ElliptiGO and I break out for the countryside,  being an ElliptiGO commuter is a great start to the day.  We’re a rare breed though: the only time I saw another one, we nearly fell off our bikes with surprise!   It would be great to see a few more in the city one day!

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Jim Wood,

London


For some additional insights into what riding through Central London on an ElliptiGO can look like, have a look at this video, taken of a London ElliptiGO commuter following his favourite morning routes through the city centre rush hour…

 

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