the passive movement bicycle is really good for getting legs moving and circulation. it has two drawbacks, where the legs are really inactive (paralysed) there is a real difficulty keeping the feet on the pedals, and the machine slides about a good bit so some non slip mat is needed. otherwise its great
I have had some knee problems so I needed to have something to exercise my muscles without putting weight and strain on my knees. This Sunny Motorized Mini Exercise Bike does seem to do just that. I want to add something to push up on my arms at the same time to do upperbody as well at the same time.
I bought this product for my husband who has very little movement in his legs. Because the product is motorized he is able to use it everyday and exercise his legs. He has differculty putting his foot in the pedal and also reaching the control, but with a little help from me he is able to exercise for as long as he wants to. I also had to place a rubber mat under the product to prevent it from sliding around the rug/floor.
It's great for the disabled like myself, I use it to keep my leg musles active. Start on low speed & keep excersize time to less than 10 minutes per day, until you can handle more time or speed. To avoid pedal injuries if your foot slips off, be ready to turn off motorized rotation, using the hand held remote control.
The doctor recommended a mini exercise bike to build up muscle in both the legs and arms for my husband. He has been using it faithfully and with the strength in his legs he is able to walk better. I would recommend this to anyone who sits and does not get enough exercise..
This was not at all what I expected. As others have reported, there is no way to increase resistance and I wanted it to use under my desk, but it was way too high for that and my knees kept hitting the underside of my desk. It could have been a great idea, but it just wasn't functional for my need.
I bought this mini bike because I heard others say they could use it while on the computer, watching TV, ect. Yes you can use it these ways (a little hard to do while on computer though) but don't expect to work up a sweat, at least I didn't. I've only used it on the lower body and will try it on upper body at some point. It's slow steady motion is very relaxing and I could see it as very helpful for someone recovering from a knee or arm injury. As for me, I had hoped the mini bike might become an alternative way of providing an aerobic workout but I will have to continue to use my treadmill for that.
I just can't recommend this "exercise machine' to anyone. I can't find one nice thing to say about this machine. You plug it in and start exercising and it moves. It moves as you peddle. This is not good, and in my opinion, can't possibly be safe for your muscles as you peddle. I tried putting non slip pads under the machine and it still moved. I tried some other things, but still, could not keep this machine from slipping. Also, there is no resistance at all on this machine. I thought it would come with a resistance knob you could turn to give you SOME sort of exercise challenge, but, no, it does not. This is for someone who is weak, and maybe recovering from some sort of ailment who just needs to move their legs, not a serious exercise person looking to lose weight. What a waste of my time and money.
Being seniors and not being able to get out and about in the winter weather, this allows us to do some exercising as we can only walk ...due to health problems, so having this is handy, you can read a book, watch TV or etc. and get your workout.
There's one major drawback to this bike: you can't change the resistance. It's really way too easy to pedal so I don't feel like I'm getting any sort of workout at all. The calorie counter also seems really inacurate. I don't see how it's possible to burn 100 calories in just 5 minutes with this thing when it takes me 10 minutes to burn that much walking on a treadmill at 2.8 mph with a 15% incline. I can see how the motorized function would be helpful for someone with limited use of their legs, but for a healthy person just looking for a piece of exercise equipment, it's not the greatest.
is well worth the money and a great way to get excercise indoors on cold winter days. You can still get the same workout without plugging it in but using the motor keeps the pedals moving so you have to keep moving! It's much nicer than I was expecting for the price and is well-made, portable, sturdy and fast, free shipping made for a nice Christmas gift to myself to jump start New Year's resolutions. Only down-side is that you pretty much have to put it up against something to prevent it from sliding, but that's easy to solve and would not deter me from recommending it to anyone who wants indoor excercise but cannot afford one of the fancy full-sized models. I was skeptical but that was put to rest as soon as I opened the box and tried it!
We bought the Sunny Motorized Mini Exercise Bike for aging and physically limited parents. They are really enjoying the bike! Also, their physical therapist raves about how it's a much better one than he has for clients! So, bravo again, Overstock.com!
I'm using it right now, in fact and I've used it every day since I got it. I definitely see a difference and it's a great concept. Get a workout while you work at your computer! The perfect solution for busy people who don't have time to get to the gym before work or are just too tired to go after working all day.
I bought this bike for my mom and then later bought the non-motorized Sunny bike for myself. Pros: Seems sturdy and well made Smooth ride for a small bike Cons: Can't increase resistance - Motorized assist instead Slides more than the non-motorized Sunny bike This is a great bike if you need the motorized assist or do not want to increase the resistance at all, but if you don't then I think the non-motorized Sunny bike is a better choice and it is less expensive.