Now THAT'S aspin cycle! Exercise bike washes your dirty laundry as you pedal
Finding thetime to exercise when you've got heaps of housework - and laundry - piling upcan be difficult, but this piece of gym kit means you've got no excuse not towork up a sweat.
Chinesedesigners have developed an contraption called the Bike Washing Machine thatcontains a washing machine drum in its front wheel.
When ridden,the pedalling motion causes the drum to rotate, churning your clothes insidelike a traditional washer.
A generator inside the bike also creates electricity which can be stored forfuture use.
The designers,based at Dalian Nationalities University,do not say whether the bike will automatically fill and drain with water too.
Instead, the detergent and water may need to be added and then drained beforemore water being added for a rinse cycle.
They say,however, that the device could be a solution for those who want both a washingmachine and an exercise bike but cannot find space for both.
Alternativelyit could also help shave a few pounds off your electricity bill by using pedalpower to do the laundry.
The invention could also find use in remote areas where people do not haveaccess to reliable supplies of electricity.
Students atthe university are now building a prototype of the machine.
The groupsubmitted the design onto the website Tuvie,which allows designers to sharetheir ideas.
They said:'Riding a bike is a popular exercise, washing laundry is something that youmight do on daily basis or at least once a week, unless you keep buying newclothes and underwear, so why not combine them into a single usefulequipment/appliance?
'Bike Washing Machine combines a stationary bicycle and washing machine, youcan exercise while at the same time simultaneously washing your clothes.
'When you ridethis bike, the pedalling motion causes the drum of the washing machine torotate, at the same time, the superfluous electricity is generated which can beused to power the display screen or stored for future use.'
It is not thefirst time cycling and the weekly wash have been combined.
In 2011Richard Hewitt, a design student at Sheffield Hallam University,announced he had developed a similar device that washes and dries clothes usingpedal power.