Computer: Storage: Drive
Pedalo Hard disk   (+6, -3)  [vote for, against]
Stay fit while running your pc

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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