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Pedalo Hard disk

Stay fit while running your pc
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Connect a pedal system to your hard drive via a system of cogs, to keep fit whilst running your pc. Fit a device to increase the RPM and you're there.
An emergency back-up would kick in if the RPM fell too low.
NickTheGreat, Sep 08 2002

Redundant? http://www.halfbake...ed_20Health_20Clubs
I'm sure there's been a few other ideas of the Use-A-Bicycle-To-Power-X kind. [Guy Fox, Sep 08 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]


       Take care you don't slip a disk.
FarmerJohn, Sep 08 2002

       Cute. I like the situation: lewisgirl spots an extr. fit gentleman in the park with quadriceps in bas-relief -- sidles up -- "Hi there. This may sound odd but... you interested in baking, at all?"
"Somewhat, cutie. But not as interested as I am in boning."
General Washington, Sep 08 2002

       We done this one, I'm sure. I'll go look for it.
DrCurry, Sep 08 2002

       I second DrCurry's suspicion..
yamahito, Sep 08 2002

       I'm pretty sure we haven't done a direct mechanical connection.
jutta, Sep 09 2002

       Wow, +2... I thought I just made this up then never posted it as it seemed like it was going nowhere.
One of my better mistakes.
NickTheGreat, Sep 09 2002

       At five to fifteen thousand RPM you're going to need some wicked gearing.
phoenix, Sep 09 2002

       Will my MP3's play like 45's at 33 when I get tired?
Mr Burns, Sep 09 2002

       why not just a pedal-powered monitor ?
bumhat, Sep 10 2002

       [bliss] Hard drives have steppers.   

       You could have a stiction setting to adjust the workout rigor . . . .
bristolz, Sep 10 2002

       I can't wait defrag my hard drive with this system. Or better yet, I'll do a virus scan, defrag, and chkdsk. I think the device needs to be easily removable for it to be truly useful because even if the emergency back-up kicks in while I'm not exercising, I don't want this pedal equipment in my workspace.
wan-fu, Sep 10 2002

       //You could have a stiction setting //   

       Is that in the options menu? ;)
Mr Burns, Sep 10 2002

       I think it's standard in the IBM Ultrastars . . .
bristolz, Sep 10 2002

       Shucks... I just had an idea very close to this and found this one while searching for redundancy. My idea was pedal power for a TV, like [UB] said. For all those couch potatoes who say they *want* to exercise but swear they have no time to. All ya need is the right motivation...   

       This seems to be in the wrong category.
jivetalkinrobot, Sep 02 2003


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