WILMINGTON -- A new invention could have you kissing the gym goodbye and taking to the streets instead. Spinning and stationary bikes have nothing on the Terra Fulcrum (view picture). Imagine taking the best part of the gym and mixing it with the outdoors. One local man did and the results are quite impressive. From the pedals to the chain to the handle bars this bike works your entire body. Marcelo De la Cruz took the bike for a spin and it wasn't long before he felt the effects. De la Cruz said, "In 10-15 minutes you start to feel how your body's working. You feel how you are pumping muscles. Shoulders, arms, biceps, triceps, forearms." The man behind the bike is Wilmington native Alex Hunt. He wanted to create a bicycle that would give a great upper body workout while peddling on the open road. Hunt said, "What's different about this bicycle is you power with the handle bars and your feet which work in synchronization which give you extra power and it gives you a workout." With the wind at his back Hunt and his crew combined years of research and knowledge, and developed the Terra Flucrum in four months. Hunt said, "I've always liked products and inventions and the idea of being able to power a bike by rocking handle bars has always been a great thing that excited me." De la Cruz said, "It's really fantastic. I like it, I do, I feel it in my shoulders." In order to make his creation top-notch Hunt traveled to the Far East looking for the best materials. "Finest brakes, sprockets and gears for the bicycle so that the owner will have the best componentry possible." Tracy Hazeltine is the team's engineer. His inspiration came from one of the first modes of transportation: the locomotive. Hazeltine said, "Actually, we really thought about the old train cars with the push up and down thing where you rode on the train tracks. We wanted to use that concept to put into the bike to develop a better mode of transportation basically." What makes the bike go is called a trapezium. Hunt said, "That allows the handlebars to come back almost level while the lower dry rod is rotating about an axis so it gives you a leverage advantage." Hunt has big ideas for his bike. He believes it's the people here who will help his invention take off. Hunt said, "Wilmington is a wonderful town and it's a great environment for cycling enthusiasts and its a very healthy and exciting place to live." Hazeltine said, "Everybody that sees it loves it, wants it. We've just got to mass produce it and set it out there and see what happens." His trip to the Far East was so successful that he has three bikes in production including a tricycle for the handicapped.
For more information visit: http://www.terrafulcrum.com/