The Hindu | EDUCATION PLUS | May 2, 2016 | Engineering students design treadmill cycle | |
Walking on the treadmill is quite taxing as it is boring. However, two mechanical engineering students have designed a treadmill cycle that moves on the road as one walks, and in the process drives away boredom associated with indoor running. Kapil Kumar Awasthi and V. Krishna, students of Avanthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Guntapally, Hyderabad, were inspired by a video of a walking bike that runs on electricity. But instead of using electricity, they designed a new cycle using manual gear mechanism. It was designed in such a way that people can get a feel of walking on a treadmill but still use it as a cycle to move on the roads.
“The walking bike based on an electrical gear hub mechanism costs Rs. 1.31 lakh, and we thought of making an affordable one at Rs. 13,000 that even a common man can buy ,” said Kapil. “When we walk a step on the treadmill, the back tyre rotates three times. We used the method of meshing gears for power transformations, i.e., conversation of backward rotation to forward rotation of our cycle’s rear wheel,” he said, explaining the engineering aspects involved in it. It travels about 15-20 kmph and one can run at a steady pace on the rotating belt. The length of the cycle is about 2.6 metres, while the height is 1.3 metres with a ground clearance of 100 mm. The frame is made of iron and aluminium. “We wish to make it commercially viable to benefit maximum number of people if any industry is willing,” Kapil said.
It is designed in a way that people can get a feel of walking on a treadmill but still use it as a cycle. – Courtesy