This is a great little stationary bike. The seat is wide and comfortable, pedal tension easy to adjust, and monitors time, distance, effort, heart rate and calories burned. (I am not so convinced about the calories burned option). It doesn't take up much space and can be folded for storage. Would definitely recommend
After having this product for about a month and have used for 100 miles, I find that it meets the needs for which I purchased it. It was fairly easy to assemble with directions that made sense if followed. A recumbent bike was recommended by a doctor due to back pain as a method to get exercise. I did not want one with a ton of bells and whistles which led me to this particular bike. I find the bike sturdy and comfortable for the 20-30 minutes that I ride each day and am able to monitor my pulse rate to ensure that I reach a aerobic rate. The only drawback to the bike is the 4" of exposed cabling beneath the seat of the bike - they are very attractive to four-legged members of your family. Problem solved by throwing a sheet over the seat area, grabbing the front two corner and tying around to the back of the seat.
Due to a back injury walking and exercise were difficult. This bike is allowing me to keep my heart rate up, tone my core all with minimal stress to my lower back! Love it! Also love that it allows me to set the tension, also displays calories, distance, time, etc.
I'd like to give this product a 3 1/2 rating. The rowing motion is good, and can work as a stress reliever. The various resistance settings seem to work well. As for the read-out unit, which displays number of rows, minutes, calories--this seems hit and miss. In the beginning, it was completely off, but now seems to be working somewhat. I would recommend that it's simplified and refined: Just to row counts and minutes. Total count is meaningless, and I assume the calorie count is also. As for total upper body workout, that's questionable. I only feel it in my arms. I could lean back as I row and feel the effects more widely dispersed, so maybe there should be instructions on how to row. Regarding cardio workout, If you're in shape, this is mild at best. I was told you have to row faster for a cardio workout, but to get any effect (if you're in shape) the reps would have to be super-fast, which could lead to injury (strained muscles). I got this machined for a cardio workout since I do light weights for upper body. So far, it's not met my expectations. That said, if you're out of shape, I think it would be good or cardio and some upper body. My spouse seems to get more benefit that I do. I will still use it, however, as I can continually increase the resistance to get some benefit. Too early to tell.
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