Larriba’s prototype is fitted with counterweights, so you’re only working against the weight of your own body. She left the bicycle’s gearing intact, too, so you can customize your ride. You can work up a sweat and climb quickly or take it easy and glide up and down at a nice, leisurely pace.Those of you who work or live in a multi-storey building, what do you think? Would you like to be able to pedal your way from floor to floor on a Vycle?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Want to move from floor to floor in a building under your own power? You can take the stairs or maybe climb a ladder in some cases. Some day soon, you may even be able to pedal yourself up and down.This is Vycle, a human-powered elevator shown off recently by Elena Larriba at the Royal College of Art’s exhibition. It’s a sort of missing link in the urban movement chain. When you move horizontally, you can walk, you can power a vehicle (like a bike or skateboard) or use a vehicle with its own power source.Vertically, your options are a bit more limited. You can take the stairs or maybe climb a ladder, or an elevator or escalator will do the moving for you. That’s where Vycle fits in.Take a bicycle. Lose the wheels, weld the stem tube in place so the handlebars don’t turn, and rig the rear sprocket up to a good long length of chain. Mount tracks on the wall you need to ascend, pop the frankenbike onto the rails, and you’ve got Vycle. This one’s a one-seater, but surely a tandem model is possible.
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