Is this the most ridiculous invention ever? Treadmill bicycle lets you cycle to work by WALKING

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First there was the single-geared ‘fixie’ bike, then there was the unicycle, and then the electric unicycle.

But hipsters could be ready to one-up themselves again with a new take on wheeled transport, which uses a treadmill instead of pedals.

For riders of the Lopifit, getting from A to B is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other, with its quirky design enabling users to ride around by walking.

Dutch engineers have created an the electric bike which lets riders get about by walkin on a treadmill (pictured). Called Lopifit, it is a blend between a scooter, an electric bike and a treadmill

Dutch engineers have created an the electric bike which lets riders get about by walkin on a treadmill (pictured). Called Lopifit, it is a blend between a scooter, an electric bike and a treadmill

Designed by Dutchman Bruin Bergmeester, the electric walking bike called Lopifit is a blend between a scooter, an electric bike and a treadmill.

According to Lopifit’s website, bike enthusiast Bergmeester came up with the idea while training in the gym, pondering: ‘How can I use the treadmill outdoors? What about a treadmill on wheels?’

Four years ago the initial concept was created in the Netherlands, now the Utrecht-based firm is distributing the bikes to several countries, including the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The bikes use a motor to assist the treadmill, so using the bikes takes ‘no more effort…than a walk in the park’.

As the rider walks, sensors register the turning treadmill and kick the motor into gear to assist the movement and set the wheels in motion

As the rider walks, sensors register the turning treadmill and kick the motor into gear to assist the movement and set the wheels in motion

Lopifit is a combination of three words – ‘lopan’ (Dutch for ‘walk’), ‘pi’ for the technical aspects, and ‘fit’ for healthy living.

It uses a motor to assist the treadmill, so using the bikes takes little effort.

Sensors register the turning treadmill and kick the motor into gear to assist.

The bikes can travel 30 to 50 miles on a charge and gears enable the user to change the pace.

It can achieve speeds between 4–17 mph (6–27 kph).

The bikes are available for $2,495 (£1,980) in a range of colours.

Outside of Europe, the bikes ship to the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.

As the rider walks, sensors register the turning treadmill and kick the motor into gear to assist the movement and set the wheels in motion.

According to its makers, the bikes can travel 30 to 50 miles on a charge and a selection of gears enable the user to change the walking pace from a leisurely stroll to a brisk walk.

Depending on terrain, gear selected and how energetic the user is feeling, it can achieve speeds between 4–17 mph (6–27 kph).

On downhill stretches a freewheel kicks in, so users don’t have to break into a sprint to keep up.

Lopifit’s bikes come with a hefty pricetag, at $2,495 (£1,980) per bike. But bikers can customise their walking bike with a range of colours.

According to OddityCentral, the company is currently struggling to keep up with demand.

Its name comes from a combination of three words – ‘lopan’ (the Dutch for ‘walk’), ‘pi’ for the technical aspects, and ‘fit’ for healthy living.

The bikes can travel 30 to 50 miles on a charge and gears enable the user to change the pace

The bikes can travel 30 to 50 miles on a charge and gears enable the user to change the pace

Depending on terrain, gear selected and how energetic the user is feeling, it can achieve speeds between 4¿17 mph (6¿27 kph)

Depending on terrain, gear selected and how energetic the user is feeling, it can achieve speeds between 4–17 mph (6–27 kph)

On downhill stretches a freewheel kicks in, so users don¿t have to break into a sprint to keep up

On downhill stretches a freewheel kicks in, so users don’t have to break into a sprint to keep up

A Kickstarter page from earlier this year said: ‘Our goal is to make the electric walking bike available for as many people as possible. We want to change the way people move.

‘We wish that everyone can benefit from a greener and cleaner way of transportation that simultaneously improves your health.’