If you want to exercise but you don’t have the time or environment to do it outside, then the first piece of exercise equipment you’ll buy for your home is an exercise bike.
The 5 Best Selling Indoor Exercise Bikes:
- WEIGHT CAPACITY: Up to 300 lbs. Intended to be used on the hard flat floor.
- SEATING COMFORT: Large seat cushion for people of any size, easily adjustable to fit anywhere from 5'3 inch to 6'1 inch users. HEART RATE:...
- Please tighten the Screws/Bolts to avoid noise during pedaling;Fitness Goal:Increase Cardio, Lose Weight. The bike will fold to at least ½...
- COMPACT DESIGN: Folds for storage and can moved with the included transportation wheels
- TENSION RESISTANCE: An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system, allows the user to adjust the tension level for an easier or more difficult...
- STEP-THROUGH DESIGN - Featuring heavy-duty construction 14-gauge steel tubing with a powder coated finish, the step-through design allows...
- EIGHT RESISTANCE LEVELS - This stationary bike uses a magnetic resistance mechanism with 8 levels of resistance. The tension knobs control...
- READ COMPUTER SCREEN - The ultra-functional LCD computer screen acts as an odometer and has a sharp panel display that shows time, speed,...
- COMFORTABLE PADDED SEAT - The equipment has an ergonomically designed saddle furnished with comfortable high-density foam. It features...
- COUNTERBALANCED PEDALS - Weighted pedals designed to provide maximal foot support while offering ultimate control. This bike is equipped...
- GREAT FOR TONING MUSCLES AND IMPROVING CONCENTRATION: Compact pedal exerciser can be used to strengthen arms and legs, increasing...
- COMPACT PORTABLE DESIGN FITS UNDER ANY DESK: Compact design is 12.5" high, easily fitting under a desk or similar space. Non-slip,...
- ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE FOR CUSTOMIZED EXERCISE: Easily adjust the resistance level with the tension knob for a personalized exercise...
- ONE TOUCH MULTIFUNCTION DISPLAY: A large, easy to read LCD screen displays RPM, time, speed, distance and calories burned with the touch of...
- VIVE GUARANTEE: 1 year unconditional guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.
- Indoor cycling bike with 40-pound flywheel
- Heavy-duty crank and smooth chain drive mechanism
- Fully adjustable seat and handlebars for comfort
- Seat dimensions( inches) : 10.25L x 6.5W x 2.5H. Adjustable resistance systems; transport wheels
- Supports up to 275 pounds; measures 20 x 46.5 x 48.5 inches (W x H x D)
- Solid x-frame design folds to just 16.75" x 18" of floor space when not in use
- Large anatomically designed seat and multi-grip padded handlebars are designed for long lasting comfort and support
- 2" x 1" LCD window is easy to read with all the necessary information - clearly displays speed, distance, time, calories, and pulse
- 8 levels of manual resistance are easily controlled through the large Dial tension knob for users of all fitness levels
- 3-piece pedal crank for added durability
Exercise bikes are easy to use and because you can usually set the effort level you don’t have to be very fit to start. It’s not only great for cardio exercise, but also for burning fat and building muscle in your legs and core. Because it’s such a popular exercise item there are loads and loads of exercise bikes available on the market, so do your research or just read our post below about the best exercise bikes.
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The 18 Best Indoor Exercise Bikes:
Here are the exercise bikes already winning hearts in the home exercise community. If you have any suggestions for the list please comment at the end of this post.
1. I wanted a an exercise bike that also included the upper body workout. I liked the fan style bike I had used at a gym, so I went looking with all that in mind. Wow, is that a hard list to fill! Schwinn and………this. But am I happy with this one.
It went together easy enough, and had the tools to do so included with it. The quality and looks are better than I expected for the price. It has a plastic cover to hide most of the mechanics, and also the seat post. The petals are very nicely weighted to stay oriented correctly, with a good strap to hold your feet on. The tension adjustment is simple and effective. And the digital readout covers all the details (although I doubt the calorie burning count is accurate). I bought a gel seat cover, so I never tried the seat by itself. But with the cover, I found the comfort factor just fine. It’s not an overstuffed couch, but I see no reason to complain.
I have been using it for a month now, and it has performed flawlessly. It makes a noise on odd occasions, but it goes away, and nothing is coming loose yet. I highly recommend it, and especially for apartment use, or anywhere space is at a premium, as it doesn’t have a huge footprint.
2. Having once again confronted and acknowledged my need for a regular exercise program, I was convinced by a friend that an exercise bike offered the best combination of convenience and effectiveness. In the past, a treadmill in the bedroom proved to be best suited as a place to hang laundry and ironing on its way to the closet. A gym membership got off to a decent start, but it became easier and easier to find reasons to put off going because of the inconvenience and time lost by having to leave home, and the incessant din of TV sets.
The cost factor also took its toll. After researching available bikes, the Body Rider Fan Bike seemed to offer the most bang for the buck, $160 with free 2-day shipping at Amazon prime, but I had pretty modest expectations regarding quality and durability. My friend (who has one of the $600 jobs) warned me that it would probably fall apart soon.
I’ve only had the bike a few days, so this is a very preliminary review, but it was impressive right out of the box. The frame is heavy duty aluminum, with great looking welds where needed. While not a handyman, I have three children and seven grandchildren, which makes me a salty veteran of “Some Assembly Required” projects.
This was about the easiest to assemble of any such thing I’ve taken on. All the hardware is labeled, and the nuts, bolts and washers are on a sheet of cardboard, segregated into individual plastic blisters and labeled by name and number, to be opened and used in proper order. The necessary tools are also on the blister sheet. The directions are complete, well organized, well illustrated, and obviously written by someone whose American English is his/her first language.
Once assembled, everything worked right away. It confirmed my impression of quality engineering, construction, and finish, and it’s hard to see anything on it likely to fail. Now to see if I can stay motivated enough to try to wear it out.
3. I love this bike!! It it is a great machine for the price. I was looking for something to add to my exercise routine that wouldn’t cost too much just in case I didn’t use it as much as in planned on using it…I use it everyday for at least 20-30 mins a session.
The only hard part about this machine is assembling it…luckily my sister was around who can assemble anything. The bike however can be a little noisy but I keep it out in the back yard so I can enjoy an evening ride outdoors. If you are looking for a top quality machine I would not recommend this bike however I would recommend it for someone who is looking into getting into cycling and doesn’t want to spend too much money…I find I have a better work out if I start out just using my legs and not using the handle bars for a while, then switch to using both my legs and handle bars, then switch back to using just my legs…it brings the heart rate up and down and I really break a sweat.
The seat can be a little uncomfortable but I just placed a folded towel on it and it feels much better. If I keep up with this bike I plan on purchasing some top quality equipment…for now this is exactly what I wanted.
4. Not a long assembly process, so that’s good. I like the features of the electronic screen, telling me how many calories I’ve burnt and everything else…
Gotta say, my only negative feeling is regarding the comfort. You totally need to get used to this bike. The pedals are STRAIGHT down under the seat. This is just odd. Look (google image search if you’d like) at any other bike in the history of bikes. The pedals are down diagonally from the seat; making them roughly a few inches forward from the seat. This bike puts them literally right under you. Weird. And a little uncomfortable at first.
The seat is slanted forward too. Uncomfortable. I put a cushion on it so I wasn’t constantly readjusting back.
Other then that it’s nice so far, but it’s only been a day. We shall see.
5. I never ever leave a review for anything so I really must like this bike. It has such a small footprint and is pretty easy to put together. I was looking in craigslist for a used airdyne but wasn’t having much luck. I also thought that they were a little bulky so when I saw this bike I decided to take the plunge. Boy was it a good (lucky kind of?) decision.
I cap off my workout with 15 min on this bike and I’m sweating like a pig. Unless you are Andre the Giant this bike should be ok for average sized persons. I put on my hoodie and pump my arms and legs
I adjusted the tension so that I could work a little harder. This tires me out faster than the spin bike. I like training for speed and agility and this bike is what I wanted and at the perfect price. Are there better bikes out there? I don’t know but I’m not spending huge money on a Schwinn when I know for a fact that his bike provides the same type of tension during my workout.
1. I’m happy with the solidness and quality of this bike. It’s nothing fancy; just a basic exercise bike, but it gets the job done. I get bored easily on stationary bikes, and definitely prefer riding my real bike, but for two reasons, I bought this bike to have as a secondary form of exercise. The main reason is that I am a stay-at-home mother of two small children, so my freedom to take off on a bike ride isn’t always there.
The second reason is that I live in the Pacific Northwest, where winter doesn’t always bring optimal weather for riding outdoors. Instead of a long riding session, I prefer to get on this several times a day for very short spurts to get my heart rate going. It doesn’t take long with the tension set on a higher level! For the money, this is an incredible deal. It is well built, sturdy, easy to move around and it doesn’t take up too much space. I’m glad I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars more on a fancier bike. This one serves my purpose just fine.
2. It has been a month since I got this bike and I have ridden it almost every day. Everything is still steady. I needed something to add to my usual cardio in the evening when I come home and something that did not require extra effort and was convinient. It is small and I can watch TV while riding.
It is quiet,has good resistance and it fits my needs. It was easy to put together. I am 5 ft and the pedals fit me, no issues with seat adjustments and height. The seat is hard but after a while of consistent riding my behind has adjusted to it. It is a perfect addition to my daily exersice routine.
3. I recently bought this cycle because I don’t have space in the house for my huge elliptical machine, which unfortunately met its maker. This unit folds compactly and easily fits in my closet, and has a small footprint when used. It took me about 30 minutes to assemble and all the necessary tools are included.
My main concern was instability/wobbliness given its compact size, but it turned out to be quite stable. The cycle is quite solid and its simple design keeps potential malfunctions to a minimum. The seat is so-so, buying a gel seat cover is advisable. The computer is very basic and looks a bit flimsy, but since I use it only to track time, it’s good enough for me. I wouldn’t really trust its distance and (even less) its calorie count. The handle can be a bit awkward for those that like a low grip on a bike, but certainly nothing one can’t get used to.
The resistance seems to work just fine – I’ve just worked my way up to a 3 and it’s pretty hard, don’t think I’ll ever make it up to 10. The pedal action is smooth and the whole unit is comfortable enough for long workouts.
For the price, I don’t think you can find anything better. Time will tell if its durable, but my first impressions are very good.
4. This is probably the best online purchase I’ve made over the past 5 years. This bike is compact, simple, and can’t be beat for the price.
Detractors will say it doesn’t have enough resistance. This may be true if you’re a cycling enthusiast, but for regular joes like myself the resistance is more than adequate. It has 8 resistance settings and I usually work out at a 4 or 5.
I’m very happy with the stability and simplicity of this bike, and have been recommending it to any of my friends who are looking for a way to exercise without paying costly gym fees.
UPDATE: After about 6 months of using the bike non-stop it started to “skip” a little bit. I took it apart and it turns out the belt had grooves on it that were either wearing down or completely stripped. I searched and searched online for a replacement but it’s a specialty belt, made just for this bike as far as I can tell. I contacted Confidence to ask about buying a replacement belt. They asked me to send them pictures of the belt, I did, and they said they’d send a replacement. A few days later I recieved a WHOLE NEW BIKE for free! I would have been happy with just the belt, but this is good too. So I guess you could say it’s a slightly flawed product, but amazing customer service.
5. I read a lot of reviews and this bike seemed to be just right for what I wanted. However, I was nervous about assembly and construction. After my online hunting, I ended up finding one locally. I purchased it used at a discount and I cannot believe how great it is. I am a fairly hefty person I think and it has held my weight just fine.
I also bicycle regularly and was concerned that even though I am a bit out of shape that this might not give me enough work out. However, on only setting 3 I am getting a great aerobic workout for about 30 minutes a day. Loving it. I also purchased the TKO mini trampoline here through Amazon to compliment and vary my workout routine. Loving them both. And as an aside, consider getting an actual bike basket for the front of the bike. Works wonders for holding remotes, etc. Love the space saving design too. Enjoy the ride!
1. I purchased this bike because of the positive reviews and low price. I was disappointed when it arrived, because I could not even complete the first step of assembly due to a bent piece of the main frame (basically everything but the seat, the computer, and the stabilizing posts). I called the company for a replacement part, which arrived about 2 weeks later. Then, the real headache started.
The part that they sent bore no resemblance whatsoever to the main frame. I called to resolve the matter, and was informed that they would only replace the component of the part which was damaged, not the entire frame. Now, that might seem to make sense, but if you saw the labyrinth of pulleys, washers, etc., on the inside, you would understand just how unreasonable this request was. I received a damaged unit and have to completely take the bike apart, and put it back together around the new frame with no instructions whatsoever.
I invited my handiest friend over to help me and we made great progress until the time to remove the pedals came. They were held on by bolts that were so flat that we did not have the proper tool to remove them, and so tight that no amount of effort caused them to budge. Customer “service” said that I would have to return or exchange the bike because they would not do anything further to help me. Return shipping would have cost as much as or more than the bike itself, so I was pretty p.o.ed that I was the proud owner of a $150 pile of metal.
Luckily, my friend was able to bend the defective part into shape enough that we were able to put the parts that we had taken off and put on the new part back on and reassemble the bike into something useable. If you purchase this bike, I hope that the pieces are all perfect, because Marcy’s customer service is a joke and returns are unreasonable over the mail for something so heavy.
2. The Marcy Recumbent Mag exercise bike arrived an a battered box, so I was a little worried that the bike itself might be damaged – this was not the case. Assembly was fairly straightforward. If you have your own allen wrenches, get ‘em – the provided allen wrench serves double duty as a screwdriver with the driver head on the long end, and many of the allen nuts are in tight spots so there was no spinning the wrench all the way around. Mounting the digital display was a bit of a head scratcher until I figured out that the metal mount plate on the bike slid up into the back of the display.
The bike is surprisingly quiet and smooth when in use. No bells and whistles on this baby – you adjust the resistance manually and have to dismount to adjust the seat distance. That’s ok by me, I just ride it to get my heart rate up and burn some calories – but if you’re looking to train for a triathlon, you may want to look elsewhere for something more sophisticated (and with more resistance).
I set up a stand fan by the TV to simulate a breeze as I peddle, which makes riding quite comfortable. The display shows distance in kilometers, time, and estimated calories burned. It also has an odometer that, oddly enough, measures mileage in standard miles. Actually, I wish the distance meter was in miles too (hey, I’m American – it’s what I’m used to), but there doesn’t seem to be an option to change the mode.
I’ve been using this bike quite a bit – at least twice a week, usually three or four times – and I actually enjoy riding it. It’s a pretty darn good exercise bike for the money.
3. This bike was very easy to assemble. It took about 1.25 hours to assemble. All of the parts fit as they should. I have been using the bike for about 2 months and have not had any issues with the bike. The bike itself makes zero noise. The only sounds are my breathing. I have been impressed with the bike so far. I was surprised at the level of resistance I had to start with the first time I used the bike. I set it on 8 as the resistance did not seem like it was sufficient. About 2 minutes into the first ride, I had to reduce the resistance to 2.
I could not complete a mile with the setting on 8. I have since worked myself up to a setting of 3 the first half of my exercise session and finish the last half on 4 or sometimes 5. I usually ride the bike for 40 – 45 minutes. It is great being able to do this indoors. I had been riding a real bicycle. Temperature or any other weather conditions have been removed from the decision whether to do cardio or not. The computer says I have peddled 10 to 11 miles each workout, depending on how long I was on the bike. The accuracy of the electronics is the only unknown. I have to assume it is giving me correct distance, speed information. I have been very happy with the bike and use it every other day. I would recommend this to my friends.
4. I was a bit wary of assembling my purchase by myself; however, after a false start and only a couple of body contortions, I was able to assemble the bike by myself with the tools provided. The bike is sturdy, quiet and doesn’t take up a lot of space in my apartment. The reason I didn’t rate this product 5 stars is because of the absence of clearly written directions and the fact that I would have a serious complaint if I were shorter (I’m 5’3?) since I probably wouldn’t be able to reach the pedals-I have the seat pushed as far forward as the base allows and still would like to push the seat closer.
It would be better if it was able to be adjusted for below average height females. I don’t have the tools necessary to drill holes in the metal base and would worry about the stability of the base if I had to do that, anyway. Depite these small issues, I would recommend this bike as worth the price.
5. I am so pleased with this Marcy recumbent exercise bike. I wasn’t sure I’d use a bike so I bought a well-reviewed but low cost model. Amazon Prime, I love you, too.
My husband is a genius when it comes to building things so I can’t say if it was easy or hard. And the computer is not all that useful but once I realized I can just zero out the calorie counter and go for 200 or 300 or whatever, well, that’s all I really need.
I was also wondering where I’d put this item. I figured it’d have to go out on the deck. But it’s actually VERY elegant and it blends right into my decor in front of my fireplace, even looks good, believe it or not!
The seat is very comfortable, more than some chairs I own. It is so easy to “mount”, nothing scary or skillful required. I love this aspect, makes keeping up with my daily routing easy.
The ride itself is very pleasant, smooth and adjustable in various ways.
I turn on the TV, set myself down, grab some hand weights to add some challenge, and in half an hour I’ve got a good sweat and feel deserving of a big hunk of watermelon. I could even read a book, I am sure.
For this 56 year old, slightly overweight lady, this was a wonderful purchase.
6. My spouse and I were looking to invest in an exercise machine that was not too loud nor too expensive and something that we use do indoors. After some research, I came across this machine and ordered one. The shipping was super fast, it was delivered within a week. The assembly was pretty straight forward and the instructions suggested two people work on it and it did help although, I’m pretty sure if you are really handy you could assemble this by yourself.
The machine is super quiet. We wanted a quiet machine that did not disturb the neighbors downstairs from us. I can cycle and not worry about waking up the spouse while I do my early morning workout. It is perfect for small spaces as well. We have it set up in our living room so that we can cycle while watching the television. It also has some wheels on it, if you need to move it. The computer system is pretty basic, it shows the distance, time, calories burned, etc.
The quality is quite impressive, the materials used do not feel flimsy at all. The chair and backrest are very comfortable and the hand grips on the bars feel like they will last.
This is my first ever review on Amazon and I am so pleased with this product that I had to leave a review. I’m very satisfied with this purchase and I find myself actually looking forward to using this exercise machine.
7. This bike has been in my possession for about five months, and I think it’s great. Last year I injured my ankle and it took an absurd amount of time to get my problem addressed and have surgery(oh, medical industry). During that time of inactivity, of course, I gained weight and got out of shape. I’m a runner and avid hiker, but I needed a low-impact way to exercise that wouldn’t aggravate my condition at the time(peroneal tendons dislocating), and it worked very well for that.
Now that I’ve gone through surgery and a cast and a CAM boot, this bike has also proven very useful as part of my physical therapy routine, to help build strength and muscle mass again. Putting the bike together was fairly easy and my mother and I were able to figure it out in about an hour and a half, not counting the time it took to lay everything out.
The only actual con is that it’s a real pain to adjust. My mother and father like to use the bike sometimes, too; my father is over six feet, my mother is about 5’4?, and I’m roughly in the middle, at 5’9?. The “computer” can be a tad glitchy (the time won’t reset sometimes), but it’s not that big of a deal. Obviously, neither of these things matter enough to me that I want to take off a star. I think this little bike is a great bargain.
I purchased this stationary bike after breaking my ankle; my doctor told me my best option for exercise was riding a stationery bike in an air cast. I wasn’t about to hobble to the gym to do this, so I decided getting a bike for my house was the solution. I’ve used it for about two weeks and feel that, for the relatively low price, this is a good deal and turned out to be just what I was looking for.
It was easy to assemble, has a pretty basic programming interface, and despite being surprisingly light and taking up relatively little space, it’s really solid to ride. I do wish that it would register my heart rate monitor rather than having to grip the sides, and it could use a few more varied course programs. The built-in fan is not very effective, so I set up a fan in front of the bike – problem solved! Besides that, I like it a lot and am surprised at how much I actually ride it. I figured I’d hate it and would end up hanging clothing on it. But it has gotten a lot of use.
If you’re looking for an affordable, not-too-sophisticated cardio option for your home, I’d recommend this model.
2. Gone are the days of the old, single-speed exercise bike. Schwinn has produced a state-of-the-art exercise bike that brings the best of the features you’re used to from the gym into your home exercise regimen.
The A10 upright bike has a computer-controlled, magnetic eddy-current resistance system with a durable belt drive motor. That means it operates quietly, smoothly, and with resistance that you can set. There’s no dragging, no speeding up and slowing down. It’s a consistent work-out and ride.
Like bikes at the gym, it offers eight different resistance levels, 11 different workout programs, and an LCD console to help you monitor your workout progress along the route. In addition, there’s a readout for your time, rpm, speed, calories, watts, and distance. There’s also a position for your hands where you can get a pulse and heart-rate read-out.
The seat height, shoe straps, and T-knob handlebars are all adjustable, making it easy for multiple family members to use the bike. Both myself and my 10-year-old daughter have enjoyed using the bike.
Other features include: a padded seat, integrated leveling feet for stability, a water bottle holder, and a small fan on the console to blow cool air on the rider. The dimensions of the bike are 20 by 53 x 40, so it fits into smaller spaces. It will support a maximum weight up to 275 pounds.
The features that both my daughter and I like the best are the customizable workout programs for fat-burning or strength-building, the digital readout to keep track of your progress, and the fan for keeping cool. The bike offers a stable, consistent exercise experience. The bike seems well-built and able to stand up to the workouts.
One downside, is that the bike doesn’t come with an adapter power-supply. Instead, it operates with D-size batteries. The adapter is sold separately. I would recommend that Schwinn include the adapter with the bike.
3?One of the parts that you use when assembling the bike is a cable that runs from the console down through the neck into the base of the bike. The cable that came with my bike was defective, and had to be the most cheap and fragile-looking thing I’ve ever seen. However when I called Nautilus (which owns the Schwinn name, i.e. there is no real Schwinn company), they immediately sent me a new cable, and this one, while still cheap and crappy-looking, was functional.
The bike has worked beautifully ever since. So while I worry about durability of the interior parts, basically I’m quite happy with the bike. I agree with the person who said that the lowest resistance level is kind of hard (even though I have been riding a non-electronic old fashioned stationary bike for awhile and thought I was at least minimally fit), but you get used to it.
4. This is my first ever review for Amazon so bear with me. I never review things because I usually don’t care enough to, but I think I am going to start now. Anyway…A little background. I am a male in my mid-20?s. I currently workout in a gym and was looking for something for my home on my off-days so I could get in some cardio without having to go to the gym.
I purchased this item on January 19, 2011. It arrived, via UPS, 2 days later in a big box which was surprisingly in really good shape. Awesome. The assembly was very simple, even as a 1 person job. 20 minutes later stood before me a fully assembled bike. I placed my brand new batteries in the console and hopped on the bike. Nothing. Hmm… I disassembled the top portion of the bike to reveal the wiring that went from the console to the gears down by the pedals.
The wires were in good shape but the colors of the wire from the console were opposite of the ones coming from the gears (seems to be a very common problem). After reading about this problem from others online, I called the Customer Service department.
They were nothing but helpful. The first time I called I explained my problem and was sent a new wire. 10 business days later it had arrived, (It came Fed-Ex from I think OR and I’m in NJ – still no excuse for taking that long, but I digress.) I plugged that baby in, reassembled, hopped on the bike again…NOTHING. OK let me call Customer Service again. On February 7, 2011 I called the CS Dept…again. Once again, I had no problem with them. This time I told the guy that the wire didn’t work. He said that he would send me a new console. Awesome. But they are on back order right now and would not be receiving them until the end of February. Not awesome. Now I just play the waiting game.
Well, what can I say. Today is February 22, 2011, more than a month later, and I have yet to use this product. I am giving 1 star for now until I have a chance to use the bike and will re-review after. My suggestion to those that are thinking about buying this is…don’t. It is too much of a hassle to deal with the back and forth. Not worth it.
5. I like this bike. I did have a small problem, but Amazon resolved it quickly. After putting the bike together, I discovered that there was a defect with the console/cable. I was getting an “E2? error. I had read that other customers had this problem and that the replacement console/cable was not in stock and would take about 2 months to receive. Instead of calling Schwinn and waiting months to receive replacement parts, I contacted Amazon and they immediately exchanged the bike. I received my bike the next day.
The replacement works just fine. I have been using this bike just about everyday for about a month and I am very happy with its performance. The exercise programs are just right for me. It doesn’t take up much space, its easy to operate and it is very quiet. I use it with the Bike-O-Vision biking videos which makes exercising fun. I have gone from a 20 minute bike ride to a 60 minute bike ride.
There are a couple of things that I don’t particularly like about the bike, however, these things in my opinion, do not take away from the bikes performance. The first problem is that the digital display is not large/bold enough to see while you are riding. If it was larger or bolder that would be great and the second problem is that the seat is a little hard. I can go about 20 minutes before my bottom starts to hurt. I suggest purchasing a padded seat cover or get creative and make your own padding (that’s what I did). Other than that I like the bike, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to workout at home but have a limited budget. I think it is a good bike for the price.
6. I rarely if ever write a review, but this bike has been a giant doorstop since it was delivered.
The electronic console which ships with this bike is cheap. (Don’t take my word for it, just do a search “Schwinn A-10 E-2 error”)
In order to fix this problem you need to contact Schwinn customer service and they will send you out a new one. Not a big deal right? However the average wait for Schwinn customer services is 45 mins to an hour (Also well documented on-line) and to no surprise the part is back ordered 3 weeks.
So I wait on the phone for 55mins to speak to a customer service rep (who was very helpful) and wait 3 weeks for the parts to arrive. And ??? The replacement console doesn’t work either.
Now I frustrated and figured I’d return it, but it only has a 45 day return window. I order in the beginning of Dec as a Christmas gift didn’t put it together till the 1st week January when I discovered the problem.
Aside from the console not working it looks nice.
Stay clear of this product
I got this bike to use 2-4 times a week for cardio training. I exercise regularly outside of this (olympic style lifting and rock climbing mostly) and found that the lower to moderate levels were a good place for me to start. I half expected the lower levels to be too easy (I’ve found this in other bikes) but was quite happy to find that they worked great and I had room to grow with this bike. The highest levels feel a little stiff but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m not strong enough or because it’s just not smooth. It could be either.
Pros: I like using the programed circuits and like that you can adjust them based on your strength level. Keeps track of your time/speed/all that data stuff. seems to be holding up to semi regular use (now that it’s warmer I do some of my cardio outside as well so it gets less use) The straps on the peddles are a nice touch. Seat Height adjustments are easy to use. My boyfriend and I both use it and it takes us seconds to adjust it. My cat really likes the seat.
Cons: The fan “works” but it isn’t strong enough to actually do anything. The seat is okay. I’ve been a lot of very uncomfortable seats. This isn’t one of them, but I’ve been on much more comfortable ones as well. The “new” wonderful HR monitor is actually in a very uncomfortable position (at least for me). I have an HR monitor so it doesn’t bother me one bit but for some it might.
8. The Schwinn A10 Exercise Bike is both easy to assemble and easy to use. While it has its faults, I think it’s a pretty good bike. It has an adjustable seat, a heart-rate monitor, and a small built-in fan. The bike comes with 6 preset course options, with the ability to change the time and level of resistance for each one. Or you can go the manual route and choose a resistance and bike for any length of time you choose. The bike runs on 4 D batteries, or you can purchase an optional power adapter to plug the bike directly into an outlet (I can’t find this on Amazon, but it is on the Schwinn site).
This is a fairly standard bike, but here are a few pros and cons to consider:
Pros: It is fairly light-weight and incredibly easy to assemble. I took me less than 10 minutes to put it together, and I’ve had no problem moving it around. -The seat height is easy to adjust, which is useful if more than one person will be using the bike. -The water bottle holder is conveniently placed and holds most standard water bottles. -It’s extremely quiet, something that’s important if you don’t want to disturb your roommates or neighbors with early/late exercising, or if you plan to watch tv while riding.
Cons: The seat is extremely uncomfortable. I can’t ride it without additional padding. -After years of using a recumbent bike, the upright is definitely harder on my back. -The pedals are so low that my feet drag on the ground if I don’t keep them perfectly level. -There is a ledge to rest books or magazines on, but I have to lean much too far forward to be able to actually read anything on it, so it isn’t useful to me.
If you’re looking for an upright exercise bike, I think this is a good option for most people. However, I’ll probably revert back to a recumbent bike for my next purchase, since they’re so much more comfortable.
9. I’ve had this bike for roughly 3 months now. I’ve used it an average of 6 days a week and 20 minutes a day since the day I got it.
- Bicycle Assembly – Overall easy to assemble.
- Resistance – I was relatively impressed, the resistance settings work well.
- Programs – The programs are pretty basic, but they do exactly what I am looking for. And of course you can adjust the level of resistance for each program.
- Overall I am happy with my purchase at the price point. The only thing I would have liked would have been it’s ability to track my progress. The seat is uncomfortable, but that is easily taken care of. I would reccomend this product overall.
PROS: Easy to follow instructions for set-up -Programs and levels are challenging -Quiet -Water bottle holder and book rest
CONS: Fan is useless (I didn’t care about it anyways) -Numbers on display are not large
NOTE: I’ve had my bike for about a month and batteries are still working -Make sure you tighten up all the nuts and bolts after your first ride to avoid “clicking” when you ride.
1. I’m very pleased with this. It’s an amazing value for $36. It is extremely sturdy. I was thinking it might be bendable lightweight aluminum, but I doubt that I could dent this with a sledgehammer. And while it is easy to move around, it is not a piece of lightweight junk.
It is easy to assemble.
The instructions looked daunting, but the nuts and bolts are all identical, and it rapidly became apparent that each leg gets attached to the main piece at three places, a t bolt screws into the top for tension control, the timer slips on, and presto, you’re done.
Let me address a few things I read in the reviews that had me a bit worried before I bought it:
It does not slide for me on carpet. I spoke to their customer service, and the lady there said she places hers against a wall to prevent sliding. There is a slight jerk in each revolution, but pushing down on the pedals with slightly more force than you might think you need fixes that. So it doesn’t have the complete Zen quality of a real exercise bike, but what the heck, it’s $36.
I asked her about squeaking, and she said two things. One is you can add oil by unscrewing the t bolt, adding oil, then putting the t bolt back, and the other is that sometimes if the bike has been used long enough, you will have to dial back the tension via the t bolt as it does tighten up and may squeak.
I find that the bolt does control the tension well. It is not all or nothing, imho.
The size is very convenient, you can put it in the bottom of a closet easily.
This is a really excellent product for non-jocks who want to get in better shape, the elderly, etc.
2. I purchased this product as a replacement for the basic pedal exerciser model, which broke after about a year of use. This is much sturdier than the old one. A great benefit is that it slides far less on my hardwood floor. The timer is pretty cheap and nothing fancy, but, let’s face it, if this is your primary piece of exercise equipment, that is exactly what you need. The size is also quite convenient for hiding it away when it’s not in use.
I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be able to do some exercise while watching TV, but doesn’t want to put the time and money into getting more complex exercise equipment for their living room.
3. I bought one of these from my local Joe’s sports center. It does assemble easily and is very light.
I am not complaining about the jerky range of motion / the difficulty of setting resistance (as one other reviewer put it, frictionless or impossible), because these are usual characteristics of friction resistant cycles. The cycle aspect is not bad.
What makes this machine a bad choice for casual under-desk use is the gripping feet– or lack thereof. The black rubber pads on each leg are not secured in any way; I’d use it for about five-ten minutes, and then suddenly one would spin, I’d lose friction, and the whole thing would slide forward. The constant having to adjust the gripping feet and jury rig the whole system (I tried putting 12lb handweights on the front legs, and that did help a bit) meant that it was frustrating to use. A steady pace would always be interrupted by the spin-and-slide.
If you have a frustrating piece of gym equipment, you aren’t going to use it. It’s ineffectual and high maintenance.
This could be a good purchase for you if you know what to expect from a friction resistance cycle and have a way to secure it, or if you plan to use it on top of a desk for arm work only. DO NOT BUY for casual, under-desk use.
4. Next to my treadmill I wanted something that flexed/worked my knees a bit — like a bicycle would, without having to commit to a full stationary bike. Using this unit does not feel like full-on cycling because the range of motion just isn’t wide enough, but it does the trick and is exactly what I was looking for and expected, and the price is right.
Unless you’re completely sedentary I can’t imagine you’d ever work up a sweat or breathe too hard, but it will slightly increase your heart rate and circulation, and you can definitely feel it in your calves and thighs after just a few minutes of pedaling. On a linoleum, tile or coated wood floor — anything with some “tack” — the unit does not move around at all, but on slick carpeting or bare wood floors expect movement.
Unless you have a high working surface or are of short stature, I can’t imagine pedaling on this under a desk. It took all of 10 minutes to assemble (no tools needed), functions quietly and smoothly, and stores easily. I haven’t used it to work arms/shoulders as I have free weights and exercise bands for such things, but can imagine it would be good for the sedentary/elderly; there’s also a two-sided flyer included that offers suggested routines. I knocked off a star because of a few claims.
It won’t provide a serious cardiovascular workout, nor is it a major calorie-burner. And though perfectly functional, the “electric progress monitor” is merely a timer of stopwatch variety and not connected to the unit in any way but for display. But overall this unit is a nice supplement to other exercise equipment when space is at a premium.
5. This is a great product, especially if you’re looking for a quick and mild workout. . . maybe to improve your heart or just gain some flexibility, or boost your energy some. I use this in conjunction with other more aggressive workout equipment and I LOVE it!
The downsides are 1. You have to add weight to it, or place it in between the chair/furniture you’re sitting on and another heavy piece of furniture otherwise you will flip the rubber feet constantly, making it slide all over the place and slide out from under your feet. 2. You cannot wear shoes while using this product because your shoes will rub on the legs and flip the machine and/or rubber feet as well.
I found a way to make this simple piece of equipment work for me and I just love it! I think it’s worth the little hassle considering the GREAT price and GREAT compact size and GREAT workout without the high cost!!! I highly recommend this product!!!
6. Product looks fine, assembly was easy as could be, but once we got it set up… It was unlike any other bike type THING I’ve ever used. The only thing it has in common is that it has pedals.
As someone else mentioned, the resistance is either nothing or stuck. If you manage, somehow, to get it to the resistance you want, you’ll pedal along just fine for a bit and then just suddenly get stuck. Probably once every thirty seconds. So you’re starting to get into your set routine pace and then it locks up and you have to get it all set back up. Reason I say you have to get “set back up” is because it will not stay put.
They might as well have put oil on the feet instead of rubber for how much it moves around. Chances are, if you are using it at work and you have a chair with wheels, you’ll be moving backwards if you can find a position for the bike to stay in and not move from. I’ve found myself *holding onto* my desk to keep from moving backwards while using this.
I’m sure there are other similar, light-weight products on the market. Save yourself from wanting to strangle someone and just buy one of those. They’re more than bound to be better than this piece of junk.
7. I work in an environment where we are chained to computer monitors and phone headsets most of the day. While there are many great things about my job, the total lack of physical activity is not one of them. So, we got together and purchased this item, which we can prop discreetly in our cubicles and pedal away at while typing or talking on the phone.
(We have the advantage of a setup that allows us to raise or lower our keyboards and move our monitors a bit, so we can prop the Stamina against the cubicle wall and go to town. It’s not like it’s a huge workout or anything, but then again we don’t want anyone to hear us panting! And, because most of us are wearing headsets, we aren’t really bothered by the little squeaks others have described).
It is just enough exercise to get your heart pumping a little, and make you feel less sluggish. Each of us probably uses it for a half-hour to an hour a day, and when we’re done we just set it in a central location and whoever feels like it can take their turn. So, yeah…Low-tech,slightly squeaky (just reach down and adjust the knob), little resistance, but great for our pruposes!
8. Everyone’s claim that this cycle squeeks horribly is true. I’m average weight for a 35 yr old male and I can peddle it while working on the computer with no resistance (no squeek) and you’ll get your heart rate up a little bit. I’ve found that buying one of those exercise rubber bands (the flat wide kind for rehabilitation) and tie one end of a 7-8? strip to a pedal and fit the other end inside the end cap on the tube and repeat for the other pedal, that it actually adds some decent resistance without any squeek.
You can buy the bands on amazon for like 6 bucks. The resistance isn’t going to substitute for your spin class or anything but if you’re just sitting at your desk for hours pedaling, it makes a difference. Really you can’t beat the price so with this little modification its well worth it. You might as well throw that little tension screw it comes with out the window.
9. I bought this to sit under my desk at work, so I could get a tiny bit of supplemental exercise during endless conference calls, etc. It works as expected.
It seems to be well built and is absolutely silent – so nobody outside my office can hear what I’m up to! The only sounds are my pants rubbing against eachother and a very faint clicking from the pedal straps.
My only complaint is that the knob to increase resistance is very difficult to turn and doesn’t do much to increase resistance. (No, I’m not a weakling, and no, I don’t have the threads crossed.)
It is very stable and rarely moves much at all on the low-pile carpet in my office. I use my standard desk chair – which reclines. I end up in more or all a recombinant position. I think I am going to try attaching a bungee cord from the leg of my chair to the unit, so my chair stops rolling backwards away from my feet.
The onboard computer is useless. It is simply a timer operated by pushing a button to start and stop – hold to reset. It does not count revolutions, or have any interface with the unit at all.
10. I wanted a small stationary bike to keep under my desk at work. At first it was a bit noisy after about 20-30 mins of biking, but after spraying with WD-40 and learning to reduce the tension I found I could bike all day. Depending upon my work day I bike anywhere from an hour a day to 6 or 7 while working. The bike has had a few issues one of the pedals now slides off and the caps on the sides where the pedals connect slip off (easy to put back in place though), but I’ve had it for 9 months now with heavy usage. I plan to replace shortly with another one. For my purposes – this bike fits the bill.
Note if you want to use in the office (most desks are just slightly too low. Since I have a large monitor I found I was able to slide a little back from the desk and bike pretty well. It only took a couple weeks of knee bumping on the edge of the desk to master my technique and I’ve gotten quite proficient at typing from this pushed back position. I recommend trying it out your tired of sitting still all day at work. Even at low resistance your still burning more calories than you would sitting still.
6. York C102 Cycle
1. I purchased this bike just after Christmas, in order to ‘fight the flab’, and was pleased when it arrived really quickly – within a couple of days.
It’s a solid, well made machine, and the instructions and tools provided were all present and correct, making assembly easy – though you may find having the help of a friend to assist is useful.
The resistance levels offer a good range, making it suitable for both beginners and people who are already reasonably fit.
The programmes allow targets for time / distance / calorie / and pulse levels to be set.
Overall its a bike that should be a useful exercise tool for a long time, with enough features so you don’t get bored.
2. My wife recently underwent a hip replacement, under the NHS, which was a complete success. Recovery after the operation involved exercises, regular walking and physiotherapy at the hospital, where an exercise cycle was used. She found this an enormous help, and although 72 years now, reminded her of her earlier days on a pedal cycle, which she always enjoyed.
We purchased the York cycle to continue the therapy and both use it daily for exercise. The cycle is adapted for 6 levels of exercise, and progress, and with a computerised readout on levels of fitness, is a joy to use. Highly recommended.
3. Would definitely recommend this to anybody looking for a fitness bike! It was simple enough to put together by myself. Took about 75 minutes, I’ll give 15 to the fact that I was scared I might be pulling too hard on the resistance cord. Don’t be, just pull, it shouldn’t break!
Also, something not very clear in the instructions – the screws for the computer are already on the back of the computer – maybe I’m just stupid but I spent a couple minutes looking through the box worried I may have misplaced them.
I’m 6’3? and the seat goes high enough for me to ride comfortably and there is still room to raise it about 1 or 2 notches.
It is really quiet! Usually exercise while watching a movie and there is no need to increase the volume. It is impressively quiet. I thought the other reviews were being too flattering.
The resistance levels are good. Probably not for a pro but I doubt a pro would buy this. I cycle on a regular basis but still find the 5th level to be good for exercise when I can’t get out.
Not too sure about the meters though. I don’t follow the calorie counter too closely but theoretically the numbers seem right. I worry about the distance calculator though, doesn’t seem to change greatly with speed. But again, I just try to go for an hour at 80% so I don’t worry too much about the distance covered either.
My only complaint – well hardly a complaint, just the reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is that the computer doesn’t have an averaging function for when you complete a work out. It would have been nice to see your averages throughout the workout.
However, again, in conclusion. It is definitely worth the buy. I would recommend it to anybody.
4. First bike I ordered arrived the next day ahead of schedule. However, this bike was faulty. Return process was pretty straightforward. Second bike came also ahead of schedule, in an open box and with an open tool kit (You will need a screwdriver that is not provided) The main body of the bike has slight scratches that leads me to believe that it was a previously returned product.
Pretty easy to assemble and can be done by one person. First bike took me about an 1H15mins first time (took my time)and only 45mins when the second bike was delivered.
The bike pedals with very little noise. However the console does not switch off and displays room temperature when idle. If you want to turn it off completely you will have to take the battery out.
FYI, Extra gel saddle cover recommended does not fit the bike seat. I had to return it.
5. We had a little trouble setting up this bike on the first day (The gears didn’t go in properly and the screen wasn’t tracking when I started cycling) but once we took the screen plugs out/gears off and put them back in again, it has worked since. My only other gripe is that is hard to get the buckles on the foot pedals to say on and the seat isn’t the easiest to move up and down.
That said and done, the bike has been great. Its really sturdy, the screen is clear, it has a good range of gears and I like that it comes with a book rest as well. It even has a fitness test that marks you on a range of 1 to 6 after you have finished your workout.
A great buy but will probably need two people to set it up.
7. York C202 Cycle
1. The bike was very easy to put together by myself and the instructions are clear and simple to understand, all necessary tools provided. Build quality is good, the bike has quite a big sturdy feel to it and feels solid even for those of us closer to the max user weight. The seat pole is the same as the C201 so probably doesnt cater well for the shorter user, at 6’1 the middle height settings are fine. Definitely a great bike for the bigger/taller person.
The programs are great, quite nice and varied and you can create a number of your own custom ones to keep things interesting. Also all the preset programs scale with difficulty, so you wont grow out of them anytime soon. At the same time it is very quiet in use, ideal for watching TV or listening to music. All the different settings work to keep things interesting, aswell as providing a huge range of workouts and difficulty levels.
This bike is very similar to the York C201, the only real difference being that it has a better screen, with 3 colour display, BMI and Bodyfat calculations. The only real deciding factor between them is the price at the time. Its probably worth reading C201 reviews too, as they are very relevant to this product.
2. Excellent cycling machine. Comes with easy step by step instructions and It will take 20 – 30 mins to assemble and can easily be done by one person. The computer has bright crisp colours with large clear digits displaying time, rpm, distance, km/h and heart rate.
You can adjust the seat height and the handle bars and also the seat can be adjusted to slide forwards and backwards so whatever your height or build there will be a perfect position. I really like the heart rate monitor and at the end of a program you can check your fitness level which I think is a great feature. The frame is rock solid and sturdy and does not move around whatsoever.
It has 12 programs and you can also configure it to your specs manually but I tend to just stick to the programs and just set my desired time and then at the end of the time it sounds and audible tone to let you know the end of the program.
To be honest I was not expecting this machine to be this good but I can’t fault this machine in any way, It’s as good as the one’s used in gyms, even better!!
3. I spent an hour putting this bike together – climbed on and could not reach the pedals. At five foot two and a (very important) half inches and with thick soled trainers on I can only just make the pedals go round = by squirming my bum off each side of the seat and pointing my toes. I would not recommend this bike for anyone under 5’5? – aned even then I would think twice or see if you could try it out somewhere. There is a final hole on the stem of the bike post but the post does not go in far enough to utilise it. Very disappointed as the reviews were so good and I was looking forward to using it.
I guess I should comment that my 2 stars is solely because the bike is unusable for me – other than that I do not really see a problem with it – but I wanted to give it a low score to draw people’s attention to the size of it.
On the plus easy to put together – I managed on my own with a toddler hindering me at every turn – everything was in the box – but a small box that I am going to have to fit everything back into. It seems very sturdy and looks quite smart and does not seem too too big for a feature laden product.
A few scratches here and there which makes me wonder if I’m not the first to have had this one – and which would have annoyed me if I had been keeping it. It has a book rest which I thought was a good idea and an alternative to the tv as entertainment to keep you going! It also has a towel rail which can attach to the back of the seat. Cannot comment on the computer as I did not get as far as turning on the electrics – perhaps that makes it all shrink 3 inches?!?!
Additions to the above review: My sister in law who is 5’6? could not reach the pedals on this cycle either – though she is longer in the body – which leads me to the following: Since writing this review I have had contact with York who manufacture this product complaining of it’s exclusive nature.
They responded to comment that the suitability was not to do with height but with leg length and provided me with the following table as a guide to purchasing York bikes:
I would comment though that presuming they are meaning hip to floor – my leg length is a tiny amount under 80cm and I was way off making it go round. Am ordering the C301 and will advise if it works!
Hope this helps.
4. I’m VERY happy with my purchase of this machine. This is perhaps the first piece of ‘exercise equipment’ that hasn’t been dumped in a cupboard after a few weeks due to boredom. Assembly was straight forward, taking me about 40 minutes, with maybe 1 or 2 confusing pieces. The end result feels remarkably robust, not cheap in any way.
When you’re on it, it feels very stable and does not wobble when you peddle. It’s not very comfortable in bare feet or socks, so I’d recommend wearing a pair of trainers. I have it positioned it in the corner of the room, facing the television which I can watch whilst peddling. Note that it needs to be plugged in to use the built-in computer or change the resistance. It comes with a stand that I guess is for positioning reading material, but I don’t use that myself.
The machine is very quiet but not totally silent, there’s a very slight ‘whir’ as you peddle, but this certainly isn’t loud enough to annoy anybody even in the same room. Neighbors or people in an adjoining rooms will not be able to hear anything, so you can use it at all hours of the day. The machine has 16 levels of resistance, which is done magnetically – one of the reasons the machine is so quiet.
You can peddle along, raising and lowering the resistance manually, select one of 12 built-in programs which simulate various obstacles or create your own programs. You can program a session based on a length of time, a specific distance, a specific heartbeat range or a specific number of calories. It displays your speed/rpm and heartbeat (as long as you keep your hands on the handlebars).
At the end of a program, it can also monitor your slowing heartbeat for 60 seconds and rate your fitness from 1 to 6. Starting off easily at resistance of 1 for 15 minutes, I’ve gradually improved over a few weeks to peddling at resistance 10 for 30 minutes at a constant 60 rpm. According to the machine’s calculations (you also input your sex, age and weight) this approximates to about 450 calories. Not sure how accurate that is, but I’m absolutely sweating buckets at the end. Numerous joking, typically unfit friends have tried out the level/rate at which I peddle and none of them can keep at it for more than a few minutes.
Using this machine most days for 30 – 60 minutes, doing some simple weight training and going on a diet I’ve lost just under 1.5 stone in 9 weeks. To end, if you are prepared to put the actual work in, I cannot recommend this machine highly enough!
5. I bought this bike at the begining of November when the bad weather set in and I couldn’t get to the gym. A friends husband put it together for me and all though he brought his own tool box he didn’t need to use it, all the tools and fittings came with it and didn’t take him long to assemble.
This is a great bike and would suit all levels of fitness. I must say though that I was quite surprised at how hard it was to do any of the programmes at first as I couldn’t do any without puffing and panting and stopping for a rest and I was used to going to the gym for the previous 3 months for an hour and a half twice a day doing 45mins on the treadmill and 45mins on the bike and some days swimming 60 lengths aswell.
This is in a league of it’s own compared to gym equipment!
It also has a pause button so you don’t loose any of the information while doing your workout if you want to rest.
Along with other great features mentioned in previous reviews it has a fitness test button that you can press after your workout to see what level of fitness you are at. The first time I pressed it I was at level 6 which was ‘very unfit’ (6 being the highest it will go,) and level 1 being ‘very fit’, again complete surprise but that should tell you how much of a workout you will get from this bike compared to the ones in the gym.
You have up to 22 programmes to choose from but what I like about it is that as well as having an option to store and ‘save’ your workout programme you can sellect your workout manually. I started at doing just 3 bars at first and gradually went a bit higher untill I could do some of the programmes which are mostly random and have their peaks like the ones in the gym.
I am now at fitness level 1 and can do the programmes for an hour without stopping and have lost over a stone in weight.
Due to the bad weather I have frozen my gym memebership for up to 6 months and am very glad to have this bike. At first it was like when I had just started going to the gym ‘hard work’ but if you keep at it like anything elles you get used to it and it gets easier. I use it for an hour 3 times a day and wouldn’t be without it.
There is just a little thing realy that niggles me though and that is if you workout to burn off callories, for example 500 every time you went on you will find that you will have to cycle longer each time to reach that target the same is with distance, you may find you’re cycling longer to reach your distance target, given that it does say that the callorie and distance is not accurate, apart from that this bike realy does get you sweating and gives a great workout.
I bought mine from Dolphin Fitness it was much cheaper & it came next day with free delivery.
6. I spent quite a bit of time comparing reviews before settling on the 202 and so far, there are no problems. I’m 6ft tall and ‘solidly built’, but this bike seems quite capable of handling a fairly exerting (30mins a day) work out. I can see how a much shorter person might struggle, although my 13 year old daughter 5ft 2) re-sets the height and is able to use is with ease – now if I could just get her to put the height setting back when she’s finished using it…..
The seat is large but doesn’t inhibit peddling and the ‘chunky’ pedal straps don’t seem to be a problem at all. Not that bothered yet with the range of settings, which do look impressive, but just focusing on putting in a half hour each morning before the rest of the house stirs. Have learnt not to listen to the business on Radio 4 at that time though – it makes 30 mins seem like about 2 hours! Not at all noisy to use.
By the way, have found that combining this with using a SAD lamp seems to be keeping the worst of my seasonal grumpiness at bay – we’ll see what the winter brings! The main thing is, it’s working for me, and it might do the same for you. I’d recommend it.
7. Got this cycle, it arrived well packed and was easy to assemble, with good instructions etc.
Having used it for 1 week (along with a little dieting)i have genuinely lost 4 lbs in weight, which i thought was great. The programme settings are fine and easy enough to understand, the motion is very silent so that was a big plus.
I found the seat a little large (suitable for big bums) and a tad uncomfortable when riding it. I am 5.8? tall and could only use the seat on the lowest setting, my partner is 4? 10? and finds it difficult to use because of that, however you can drop the seat below the height chart, but you would have to drill a hole to accept the screw bolt, which i imagine would not be good for the warranty etc, if you dont drill a hole , the seat will swivell about a little.
Overall, good value for money, so far, and, would recommend it to my friends, bearing in mind my comments above….I will try and get a different seat and see if it improves. Needs to be fairly close to a socket (about 1.5m), as it is powered model
8. After a reasonably easy assembly I was worried when I found that the pedal foot strap were fouling on the pedal arm making it impossible to use. Both my son and I tried the bike out and had the same problem. After a bit of experimentation (and getting close to sending the bike back) we tried tightening the straps to our feet when just wearing socks. No problems with fouling.
It seems that the chunky running trainers we were wearing were just too bulky and you really need to wear much thinner shoes so you can pull the foot straps in to the second or third last hole. Anyway- problem solved – and we are “enjoying” the weight loss profile (program 1).
I was a little worried about the height statements but I am only 5 ft 7? and had no problems. My daughter of 5’4 uses it easily too. And what a difference to have a good seat! The last bike cut me in two but I can exercise for 30 minutes no bother without a numb bum.
Only one complaint – c’mon York how about some instructions about the right program to choose depending on what you want to acheive. OK – weight loss is obvious but what is the difference bewteen the this and Fat Loss and when would I do the interval training ??
8. Confidence 2 in 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Bike
1. Well the item was shipped at lightening speed ,so no complaints there! As countless others have mentioned, yes the instructions are a bit bleak but most intelligent people will have it up in 45 mins. (or longer if you’re like me and trying to entertain a toddler and cook tea at the same time..) Step by Step is definately the way forward.
Oh, CLEAR SOME FLOOR SPACE,I was foolish enough to attempt setting it up in my hallway.
The product itself is fine(so far) On closer inspection you can see tell tale signs that it is indeed a ‘budget buy’ but for the price it’s totally what I expected and doesn’t hinder your workout. It’s not exactly noisy but I did turn my TV up a couple of notches to be fair – and during an intense workout I tend to retreat into my own private world of pain, and the TV ends up forgotten anyway .
The handles for me did feel a bit wierd, and the pedals do seem to incline (so your feet slip,so remember trainers) However, after I used the cross trainer mode a few times I sort of got used to leaning forward (which someone said is the correct posture on a cross trainer anyhow) The Computer…is there for a laugh , I burned 485 calories in 15 minutes?! Na.. Chances are ,mines a little faulty, but the Time/Speed/Distance seems accurate..
A worthy buy, but I am slightly concerned to see all these negative reviews and I’m beginning to wonder if my cross trainer is on the verge of collapse? Will update if it does…
2. Felt quite flimsy but with the dial wound all the way up to the highest intensity it’s just about enough to give me an aerobic workout (Im in my mid-thirtees).
I wasn’t pleased with it but for the reduced price I decided it was okay, since it just about met my needs and that’s all I really wanted. But then, after a couple of weeks the very complicated centre of the mechanism started to squeak and creak so loudly that I’m no longer able to use it.
The cross-trainer arives partially built with an extremely complicated diagram showing it exploded into it’s componant parts presumably so that the manufacturers can maintain that you have everything you need to maintain the machine yourself.
If I’d realised at the time that I’d end up having to break the whole machine down into it’s component parts and oil it just to be able to use it, and without the guarantee that that would even work (it doesn’t state anywhere in the advertising or the literature that that’s expected of the customer, it’s just implied by the diagram that’s included in the box) I would have just sent it straight back.
I’ve not looked into returning it since it just doesn’t seem worth the time and stress, but if you are considering buying one of these don’t assume you’ll necessarily be dealing with Amazon when it comes to returning it. It’s stocked, shipped etc. by a third party (as can be seen at the top of the listing).
Ultimately this item seems to have built-in redundency that kicks in just around the time for sending it back expires. This feels like a really cynical shill to me and so I’m feeling really ripped off.
If you insist on buying one of these I’d suggest you make sure you figure out who’s responsible for accepting the return and how much it’ll cost to return it, for when you need to send it back (assuming you don’t have the kind of engineering qualifications or experience that would allow you to break it down and put it back together again to make it functional in practical terms).
Altogether I’m prettymuch totally unsatisfied with this purchase. So much so that it’s made me cautios of buying other items from Amazon. It’s truly a case of caveat emptor. It makes me believe that these reviews are probably the only quality control that Amazon implements.
In short, if you’re serious about exercise and you need something that’ll work properly, and last for more than a week or so, I’d suggest not buying this item.
3. Though we will keep the bike, we must be honest and say that we are disappointed in it.
The handles are too far out of reach and very difficult and awkward to use when riding the bike. So we do not use the handlebars. It seems to need lubricating far too often to keep from making a grinding sound internally.
Looking back, if we could have tried it out in a store, we would not have bought it, as it is not the bike that we personally need. It is not suitable for both of us to ride.
However, we feel that it will help me with my knee surgery recovery (in that I can ride it and exercise my knee when I am not able to walk that much outside, partially due to the weather).
So while we are not totally dissatisfied, it just isn’t the bike we needed. The ad was not that clear in the description and when I wrote to ask for more clarity, I got no response.
So we took a chance. And now we are a little disappointed. But we are resourceful and so we will try to get as much good out of our purchase as we can. Our suggestion is this: If you can’t get the answers you need before you buy, then don’t buy … unless you have lots of extra money to spend.
4. I’m going to start this review whith a warning, so here goes: I only used this for the first time this morning, not even 20 mins, and the right foot pedal snapped clean off! WHILST IN USE! Now you probably can imagine how my foot is feeling right now, never mind anything else. So yeah, that must be some chep platic they are using right there!
And now the rest: Well building the thing was quite easy providing you have your own tools seeing as the metal spanner thing provied just bent out of shape trying to tighten the first bolt. There’s lots of grease too, so be careful you don’t get it everywhere, my cream carpet is not very impressed! All built and ready to go, make sure there is enough space as it’s is a bit bigger than expected. Tension is fine and the overall build quality is ok I guess (disgarding the cheap plastic).
But the main point here is be careful otherwise you might damage something, mainly yourself.
I have contaced Amazon, regarding a replacement pedal as returning the full thing given it’s size and weight is going to be another pain.
EDIT: After getting a replacement I had used my new one 3 times a week at 20mins each time. The probelms I had now were that every time I finihed I had to tighten the knuts and bolts behind were the footpedals are (that attach to the levers for the chain mechanism). I thought I could just get used to this fault as it wasn’t that bad, until just the other day when the knut just popped off on its own accord only to find that I could not put it back on because the thread on the bolt and the knut had been worn away!
I only had this one for 2 months with not much use and thought it would last longer than this. Luckily Amazon were really helpful and have arranged a return. This time I am getting a refund. Do yourself favour and just go for a jog outside. The sun is shining now so there is no excuse.
5. After reading the reviews I really thought that it was going to be a great stress putting this thing together. However, after reading the instructions and looking at the pictures over a glass of wine it wasn’t too bad. It took me around 45 mins, which was a lot better than i thought. I do have some black plastic bits left over though and I cannot find anywhere for them to go…… they look like rubber stoppers and I don’t think they make a great impact in the performance of the cross trainer….
I have been using this cross trainer for about three weeks now. I can already feel the benefits. My arms and legs are more toned. I do it for 20 mins 5 days a week. My boyfriend uses the bike and loves it !! The only bad side to this is that after the second go a piece of plastic fell off. I still have not found out where it came from. Also it feels very flimsy at times and constantly needs tightening especially the handle bars. I am slightly worried that this won’t last 6 months let alone any longer but at the moment I am happy taking each day as it comes.
For the price it isn’t too bad. Obviously it looks cheap and unsteady but if this is your first go at excercising then its great as if you get bored, wasting £80 is not as bad as wasting £150+. My thinking is that if I can keep this up for more than 8-12 months then I will buy a better one.
Over all I am happy with this product. It could be better but it could be a lot worse too !!!!
If you want to exercise but you don’t have the time or environment to do it outside, then the first piece of exercise equipment you’ll buy for your home is an exercise bike.Exercise bikes are easy to use and because you can usually set the effort level you don’t have to be very fit to start. It’s not only great for cardio exercise, but also for burning fat and building muscle in your legs and core. Because it’s such a popular exercise item there are loads and loads of exercise bikes available on the market, so do your research or just read our post below about the best exercise bikes.
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9. The Best Exercise Bikes
Here are the exercise bikes already winning hearts in the home exercise community. If you have any suggestions for the list please comment at the end of this post.
Body Rider Fan Bike
1. I wanted a an exercise bike that also included the upper body workout. I liked the fan style bike I had used at a gym, so I went looking with all that in mind. Wow, is that a hard list to fill! Schwinn and………this. But am I happy with this one.
It went together easy enough, and had the tools to do so included with it. The quality and looks are better than I expected for the price. It has a plastic cover to hide most of