Bike Washing Machine combines cycling with laundry

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, the Bike Washing Machine seeks to combine your indoor workout with washing clothes.

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In an effort to revolutionise cycling and washing your clothes, students of the Dalian Nationalities University have decided to combine the two activities in the 'Bike Washing Machine'.

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Excess electricity is used to power the display screen

Graeme Obree famously used washing machine bearings in his Hour Record conquering bike 'Old Faithful' but this concept takes the act of combining a washing machine to a bike to a whole new level.

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When ridden, the inventors claim that the pedaling motion will cause the drum of the washing machine to rotate, at the same time, the superfluous electriciy generated can be used to power the display screen or stored for future use.

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Here we see different views of the invention

Interestingly, this is not the first time inventors have sought to combine the two machines. In 2011, Richard Hewett from Sheffield created a bike which enabled you to wash clothes, whilst riding outside. The intention was for use in developing countries, with limited electricity.

Having not tried the invention for ourselves, we speculate that added motivation could be drawn from having to pedal faster and longer, in order to remove particularly tough stains. If this is the future, then perhaps less fit cyclists will be identifiable from their less clean clothes?

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.