Hendrick's Gin launches £1,800 high wheel exercise bike

Hendrick’s might be better known for their gin, but now they’ve branched out into exercise equipment.

But this probably isn’t something you’ll see in your gym when it reopens.

The limited-edition penny farthing-inspired exercise bike will set you back $2,493 (£1,889) plus shipping from the U.S.

While it might seem like a bit of a stunt, you can actually buy it on the company’s website if you do want to splash out.

The Hendrick’s High Wheel, described by the Scottish ginmaker as ‘a genuinely effective and fascinating fitness contraption’, is made of iron and comes equipped with a built-in bookstand.

This can be used to hold the High Wheel Exercise Manual, which includes photographs of a bike journey through Scottish landscapes to Girvan’s Gin Palace. The exercise bike doesn’t require WiFi or electricity.

Other special features include a hydration holder, a pedal-powered incandescent bulb on the front of the bike, a small bell, and an adjustable seat. You can mount the machine by using cucumber side-pegs or a staircase at the rear.

The exercise bike is a fetching olive green and sits upon a synthetic lawn complete with fallen rose petals for the ultimate countryside feel. 

The gin company has described the bike as a ‘delightfully intricate stationary pedalling device that offers a leisurely, pleasant alternative to the home workout devices on the market today’. 

Vance Henderson, Hendrick’s Gin’s ambassador to the US, said: ‘In our view, modern exercise devices are demanding and intrusive, seeking to know your heart rate, V02Max and then sharing your fitness level with others.’

He added: ‘We take a more laissez-faire approach. Choose a good novel, stimulate your mind, and pedal away at your own leisure.’

It is a limited item and while you can buy the bike online from the UK, the item is being sold in the US, so some further shipping would be required. 

Of course, if you want to try an exercise bike that is a little closer to the ground and without splashing out, you could try this fold up bike from Amazon for just over £100 instead.

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