Smooth ride to health

Heart and Soul Men�s Shed chief executive Terrence Thompson said volunteers modified a recycled exercise bike from the City of Armadale�s Drop n Shop, which now uses pedal power to spin a blender attached to it.

�It probably took about a week to develop,� he said.

�We had to use a bit of grey matter in our heads and there�s not much of that left now.�

The unique Blender Bike was created to promote healthy living in the community.

It made its first appearance at the Minnawarrwa Festival on May 3 and was a huge success, with members of the public jumping on and pedalling away to make more than 45 smoothies.

Mr Thompson said volunteers at the Men�s Shed were pleased it went for four hours straight without a break down.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said a lot of residents were not achieving the recommended levels of physical activity and the blender bike was a great way to encourage people to get active and make a healthy smoothie.

The Heart and Soul Men�s Shed supports the mental health and wellbeing of its male participants by providing social interaction as they work on projects.

It is known for its innovative creations.