May 06

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3G Stepper is a Great Personal Transportation Vehicle for Trails

New Personal Transportation Vehicle for Upright Riding

Trail running is great exercise, but a little hard on the feet, knees and back. Bike riding on trails is lots of fun, but sometimes a trailsnet lead writer tries out a 3G Stepper personal transportation vehicle on California's Huntington Beach Trail. pain in the neck, literally. It would be perfect to combine the two. The upright position of running combined with the smooth, rolling cadence of bicycling would make the ideal trail ride. Too bad there’s not a personal transportation vehicle for that. Or is there?

3G Stepper Combines Best of Trail Running and Bike Riding

For those with plantar fasciitis, bad knees or a sore back, trail running can be a real pain. For some bicycle riders, daily bike trips can cause pain in the lower back or neck. But we all love the trail and have a burning need to burn some calories. Fortunately, there’s a wide selection of personal transportation vehicles out there that are much easier on the body than some of the traditional trail transportation vehicles. One such vehicle is the 3G Stepper. Founded by Gary Silva, the 3G Stepper is a fun alternative to biking or trail running. It allows the rider to stand upright while pedaling the vehicle a bit like a bicycle.

Best on Paved Trails or Cement Trails

Although the 3G Stepper personal transportation vehicle can probably be ridden on packed gravel trails or even the road, it works best on asphalt trails or cement paths. I tried a 3G Stepper on the Huntington Beach Trail in Southern California, and it was love at first pedal. I hope to get the chance to demo the 3G Stepper in Colorado where it would be a big hit on such trails as Glenwood Canyon Trail or Platte River Trail near Denver. If any of you have had experience with personal transportation vehicles such as the 3G Stepper or any other stand up pedal vehicles, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.


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  1. judy

    I have a Diablo Stepper and it is a lot of fun. I also have a bad back that would ache after a short walk. Several weeks after I started riding this bike (30-45 minutes – two to three times each week) I noticed my back didn’t ache anymore. I realized my shoulders, core, and legs are stronger, too.

  2. trailsnet

    Stand up vehicles are great for bad backs. One of the main causes of back problems is spending too much time sitting. So sitting on a bike seat is often the worst form of exercise for lower back pain. The two best things for lower back pains is movement and less sitting. Stand-up personal transportation vehicles handle both of those solutions.

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