10 of the Weirdest Pedal-Powered Machines PM_Logo PM_Logo

Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. Don’t let the name fool you: This tricycle isn’t the one you give a three-year-old to cruise around the driveway. The two-track came about in the late 19th century, when bicycles and tricycles competed for the public’s allegiance. The two-track could be controlled by hand crank or handle bar, with a pedaling apparatus below. The style was briefly en vogue in Britain during the era of the penny-farthing. The bike seen here is a 1885 Coventry Rotary Quadracycle. While quadracycles can come in many shapes and sizes, this one looks like a take on the two-track, with two large, penny-farthing-style wheels and two smaller ones. The Coventry Rotary Quadracycle was intended as a tandem bike of its day, an easy way to balance both riders. I’m sure the couple was having a delightful time, despite the stern facial expressions of the era. A unicycle is arguably a weird enough pedaled contraption to be listed here, but those one-wheelers remain common, if niche. What I haven’t seen roaming the streets in the past decade, or really ever, is the monoc...

The section full of free weights is undoubtedly the most intimidating spot of any gym—a place

The section full of free weights is undoubtedly the most intimidating spot of any gym—a place where, let’s be honest, a lot of women don’t feel like they belong. Some women feel like they aren’t strong enough to lift with the bros. Others worry that they will commit some sort of strength-training faux paus. (And of course if we’re being honest it’s not all in our heads. There are plenty of gyms or parts of gyms where women, gender non-conforming folks, people of size, and plenty of other people, don’t feel welcome because, well, people in the gym are making them feel unwelcome.) But if your trepidation has to do with feeling like you don’t know what to do with free weights, the solution is always simple: know more. Understanding exactly what you’re heading into before you walk in the door is the easiest, most efficient way to not only curb anxiety and make your whole workout experience a lot more enjoyable, but also ensure that you’re getting the most out of the time you put into your workouts, Lou Centeno, certified personal trainer and owner of Fit Results in Chicago, tells SELF. That said, here is everything—I mean everything—you could ever need or want to know about free we...