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... just saw my first "Landrider" infomercial of the season.(6 posts)

... just saw my first "Landrider" infomercial of the season.Akirasho
Mar 16, 2003 11:49 AM

... at 29 pounds (same as my Cannondale Super V Active 900 Full Suspension), the Elite is a full 4 pounds ligher than the standard Landrider (same as my Vision VR 50 recumbent)... all this, and I don't have to bother with that brain melting, stroke causing, degree needing shifting business (note: I'm not trying to look down my nose at this bike... indeed, there may be folks who would benefit from this design... but that's not who it's being marketed to)...

Be the bike.
Mar 16, 2003 1:51 PM
...yeah, I never know when to shift...
What a joke!Uncle Tim
Mar 16, 2003 5:04 PM
This bike used to be marketed as the "autobike", and they sold countless units depending upon the same infomercial approach.

The idea of automatic tranmission is cool, in and of itself, but this is not to be taken seriously. The only thing remotely neat about this bike is that the freewheel is in the cranks somehow.

The real joke is that the rider is supposed to be free from thinking about shifting. That is not the case. There's a triple up front (labelled as low, medium, and high) that, to put it bluntly, has to be manually shifted by the rider.

Gimmicks like this are bad for cycling. The real issue is how many people will be turned off from cycling due to products like this. After all, if comfort bikes like this are no fun, then can you imagine how unpleasurable a fancy racing bike will make cycling?
Yeah I remember thatKristin
Mar 16, 2003 5:24 PM
Way before I got into riding. And in the very early days of infomercials. They had a bunch of "racers" test it out and attest to it on TV.
Exactly!Uncle Tim
Mar 17, 2003 6:23 AM
I think that the infomercials for both the "autobike" and the "landrider" show this heavy $300 hybrid bike outperforming the racing bike. It is outlandish! The autobike rider just rolls up the hill while the idiot racing bike rider fumbles with his shifting.

In real life, any decent cyclist on the racing bike would stand up, make a few good pumps and zip right around the pokey autobike rider.

God, stuff like that ticks me off!
Did they have any notable names supporting the Landrider?Kristin
Mar 17, 2003 6:39 AM
And does anyone remember who the notables were who spoke on the Autobike infomercials? I remember they flashed some names at the bottom of the screen as they had racers giving their opinions of the Autobike. Since I didn't know anything about cycling at the time, I have no idea who was on the infomercial and if they were really good racers or not. Did they have any real racing celebs on the commercial?