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
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.