Could this be the future of the turbo trainer, the pedal-powered washing mahcine? Okay, Dave Askins invention doesn't do the whole wash using pedal power, the actual washing bit is done using a hand-washing contraption (think of that as a pre-ride upper body warm-up), although that doesn't take that long. The reall fun starts when it comes to the spin-cycle, then it's on yer bike. 

The great thing about this is that as it's inventor Dave Askins tell the presenter from greenovationtv, there more yet that could be done with his washing cycle - Dave has plans to pipe in rainwater, but from a winter training point of view I'm wondering if he couldnt turn that spinning drum into some sort of washer dryer? 

Mind you, I'm sure after a dedicated session of turbo intervals and the like your clothes would be pretty dry anyway. 

It's a long- shot, but I can see another possible use too the UCI could incorporate as one of the sanctions to be used against pro riders caught doping - they could be made to wash their dirty laundry in public and then ride it clean on the wash cycle. 

Chapeaux! Mr Askins




Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.