Stationary exercise bikes are a great way to stay in shape, but can be a bit mind-numbing. Hong Kong’s Snailcle is looking to brighten things up with a feature-rich – and adorable – smart bike with automatic height adjustment, terrain-mimicking resistance and app-based virtual routes.
Jumping on a real bike and cycling outside can not only give you the workout you need on the flats, climbs and turns, but can also present a feast for the senses.
However, these activities are often weather dependent, which means some dedicated road runners also have a stationary exercise bike in the spare room at home. These can definitely help you stay in shape, but can also be a bit boring unless you’ve invested in something like a Peloton or another smart cycling platform that includes streaming spin classes. or virtual routes.
The Snailcle Smart Bike – which has been in development since May 2021 and is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter – falls into the latter camp and is designed to make exercising at home engaging and fun.
This model will need to be plugged into a wall outlet for the on-board systems and EMS resistance to work. The resistance level can be manually adjusted through 36 levels using a traditional dial (which includes LED status lighting), but the snail-shaped bike is also said to offer “realistic terrain effects” aimed to reproduce the sensation of climbing and sprinting downhill by automatically modifying the resistance to the pedals according to the routes selected via an iOS/Android mobile application.
The startup is working with Unity to provide weekly cycle route updates to keep things fresh, and riders can view ride scenes on-screen via a smartphone anchored in a cradle in the middle of the handlebars to help them navigate. enter the zone (although users can choose to cast the visuals to a big screen TV as well). There’s no cornering lean that you get with some setups, though.
The development team has worked out an additional method for resistance adjustment: on-board sensors can detect the position of the cyclist. So leaning back will ease the resistance while adopting a forward stance with your elbows close or resting on the handlebars to let the system know you mean business. and the resistance is increased accordingly.
If there’s more than one stationary bike user in the household, individual profiles and riding histories can be stored in the companion app, meaning riders can continue where they left off without too much hassle. And the Snailcle also includes motorized seat and handlebar height adjustment, which can be manually controlled using buttons on the handlebar side arms without needing to get off the bike, or can be applied from settings. saved in these stored profiles.
The Snailcle team turned to Kickstarter to raise production funds, where pledges currently start at 3,915 HKD (about $500). If all goes as planned, shipping should begin in November. The video below has more.
Snailcle Bike Features _get a taste!