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November 11, 2008

To Save Electricity, Pedal Faster!


The best set up for a smooth ride includes big wheels and a lightweight frame. Worth considering is the Women's Globe City 7 www.specialized.com, from specialty bike maker Specialized, which is accessorized with front and rear lights, fenders, and a rear rack large enough to hold your prized Marc Jacobs tote. The bike's low frame guarantees modest mounting on skirt days. Available in Navy. Note: Carry extra AAA batteries for when lights burn out.

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Hard labor never sounded so enlightened. By sweating it out on cardio machines specially wired to batteries, gym rats can now direct their energy output to operating their health club's stereo systems, computers, and other plug-in gadgets. Adam Boesel, founder of the Green Microgym in Portland, OR, estimates that humans typically exude 50 watts of electricity an hour. "With 20 people working out for 24 hours, that's enough to power a four-bedroom house for a month," he says. Across the Pacific, stationary cyclists at California Fitness in Hong Kong illuminate overhead-light fixtures. An hour-long workout every day could prevent the release of 4380 liters of carbon dioxide per year, says the gym's president, Colin Heggie. Yet one more reason to exercise daily.

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