My brother Mark and I bought new ElliptiGo bicycles recently. ElliptiGo bicycles are elliptical bicycles. An ElliptiGo bicycle has no seat and no pedals. You stand upright on the bike and propel it forward with the same movements that you’d make on a stationary elliptical machine at a gym.

Today we enjoyed our first real workout on our ElliptiGo bikes. Riding an ElliptiGo for the first time is quite challenging. You have to grow accustomed to using the elliptical motion while you’re rolling on a bicycle and moving, and turning and braking. It takes time to get used to it, so we started slowly in an empty parking lot at Cull Canyon Regional Park in Castro Valley where we wouldn’t have to mingle with traffic or pedestrians.

In recent months I’ve been hiking vigorously for at least 3 miles, or inline roller skating for 5 to 8 miles, every day, so I thought I was in reasonable shape to endure 2 to 3 miles on the ElliptiGo. I was wrong about that! A mile and a half on the ElliptiGo left me more much winded than 8 miles of inline roller skating. It’s clear that I need to spend a lot more time on my ElliptiGo to build up my stamina.