Top positive review
Wish I had bought this sooner!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
I am very pleased with this little bike! Let me tell you why and why it won't work for everyone.
I am not a cyclist or someone who gravitates towards stationary bikes in a gym but I needed a way to exercise at home while my little ones nap or play, etc. I'm so glad I took a risk on this one!
- It was really pretty easy to assemble! *One note about that I'll include in the CONS.
- It is very quiet while I'm using it which is great if I'm trying to watch TV while on the bike.
- I love the kind of hybrid between upright and recumbent because sometimes I want to lean back and read a book or hold weights in my arms and when I'm following along to a cycling exercise video or working a little harder I'm usually leaning forward and holding on to the handle bars or trying to stand up out of the saddle.
- I LOVE that it folds away! This and the noise factor and cost are main reasons I opted for this over a treadmill. I usually leave it out in the living room so I can hop on it while my kids are napping or while they're watching shows but when my in-laws come over or other guests I can fold it up and put it in my bedroom. I've included photos of it folded up so you can see the general size when it's folded up.
- It feels stable enough that when my kids climb on it I'm not too worried (although I have told them firmly how they can and cannot climb on it to help prevent accidents) But not as stable as some machines (more in CONS)
- During assembly one of the places where the pedal connects to the bike, if that makes any sense, simple WOULD NOT screw on all the way. I finally had to get someone stronger than me to come with a wrench and basically force it into place, stripping the screw even more I am sure. Not thrilled about that part but now it's stable and hopefully will stay that way.
- This is not for quite tall people! I'm 5'3" and I'm not sure anyone much taller than me could comfortably fit on this. My husband is 6'1" and he can get on it but not use it comfortably (although to be fair he has not adjusted the seat)
- When I try and ride standing up out of the saddle it feels a little unstable and I don't do it for long.
- As some other reviews have mentioned, you can quickly get to the top resistance. This doesn't bother me as I'm not an avid cyclists so I don't need a HUGE amount of resistance.
- I mentioned that I love the hybrid nature of this bike (between upright and recumbent) and that is true but because the seat is wider it isn't always comfortable in certain positions. No worse than any bike seat discomfort in my opinion but, for example, if you know you're only interested in recumbent riding you should consider just getting a recumbent bike.
- I ordered a mount for a tablet to attach to the handlebars (you can see the base of it sticking up on the left side of the handlebars) and I would recommend that. Not the specific one I got, it's terrible. But find one that's sturdy and attach it so that no matter where in your home this bike ends up you can mount a tablet and follow along to an exercise class or watch a show.
I hope this helps! I would say get this bike, set a goal to get on it every day. You don't have to work very hard, don't even have to break a sweat if you don't want to, but just make yourself get on it and move your legs when you'd rather be sitting on the couch. I would recommend it!