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Confidence Stow A Bike Foldable Exercise Bike
Having purchased this bike in April, it's fair to say that it's been used at least 3 times a week, usually more, and I've had a few ups and downs with it, but for the money it's okay. Nothing spectacular.
Having paid £74.99 for it from The Sports HQ, and reading the reviews around, I thought that it was quite a good price, considering there are many other models available for stupid amount of money. However, it's now available for £59.99 apparently: a much fairer price in my eyes.
It comes boxed and has to be self-assembled, and after about 40 minutes or so I'd finally cracked it. The instructions were not extremely helpful, but if you're one of these who can assemble things without reading the manuals then good luck. Even with it, I managed to put two sets of screws in the wrong place!
Once assembled, I connected up the 'monitor' on the front. It's quite handy to see a progress check of how you're doing; furthermore, it's easy to operate. If left alone, it flicks between telling you the distance you've covered, the speed you're going at, the time you've spent on the bike and the amount of calories you've burned. One gentle tap of the button fixes it to a certain setting, so if you wanted to only see the distance then this would do this for you. Holding it down for a couple of seconds resets it too, so you can start again on your next workout. The reliability of the computer is questionable, since it seems to go up in blocks and can become quite scatty, jumping from the mid twenties to the early thirties (KPH) without reading anything in-between.
The bike has eight settings, ranging from a very flimsy '1' to a challenging '8'. I say challenging, but if you're an experienced rider, this is probably nothing. I tend to change the settings depending on the strength of the workout, but some of you may wish to keep it on the higher settings. The resistance on the bike is generally good, but obviously for beginners. More experienced users of similar equipment may be somewhat disappointed with the resistance levels offered on the bike.
After only a few workouts, disaster struck. The straps on the pedals snapped off, and I thought that maybe this was because I was being too hard on them. However, they were replaced free of charge by The Sports HQ, which I was impressed with. Within a matter of weeks though, this set snapped too: I've now not bothered to ask for more replacements, and instead cycle without the straps - this has resulted in the odd slip if I've gone too fast, leading to a badly bruised knee as it clonks off the side of a thick screw. Not great.
The seat would be better for me, personally, if it went a bit higher. I'm a shade under six foot and in all honesty, an extra notch or two would be beneficial to my workout. Furthermore, the seat has become unstable and I'm well below the recommended weight limit, so it's not great on this aspect. Prepare for a numb bum, also - the padding wears down after a small amount of use!
I've also had to recently tighten the pedals and the handlebars too, as they've been loose, due to wear. Doesn't bother me too much, as they provide the tools for the job in the package too, but it's a little annoying if the pedals are shaking half way through a session.
It does fold up fairly well, although I don't recommend leaving it too far away from where you want to position it for use; at 20KG, it's a lot of bulk to move about and there isn't an easy way of doing it.
Overall though, for the price I've paid, I think it does represent value for money. But, with it being a bulky load to move, coupled with the small faults, I think you've seriously have to consider this. Great for a smaller user, but those taller people - like me - will struggle with this after a while.
I would say at £59.99 it's a good bit of kit, and for a beginner there's nothing wrong with it; just be gentle with it, or the only exercise you'll be doing is to open your wallet and take your credit card or for a new one when you become fed up with the annoyances. Luckily, I'
I'll give it three stars - just. I'd say that 2.5 is more accurate but I'm being generous with it here.
We have had our Confidence Stow A Bike Foldable Exercise Bike for approximately 18 months and it does get used quite regularly by my wife though it did get put away from August to December but now she's made another New Year resolution it's back out again and been dusted down.
I use this myself on and off but as I weigh a lot more than my wife does (I usually do, though she's gained a few stone recently) I am not sure if it can take my bulk and I always feel a bit apprehensive sitting on it.
We paid £70 from Ebay though I think they retail at over £100. I like it but as I say, I worry it'll collapse under my weight as I don't feel it's sturdy enough for a large man, more maybe for a petite woman.
I like the fact that I can adjust the height as I am taller than my other half and she always put the seat down when she uses it. I Also like the fact that I can see what distance I have traveled, how many calories I have burned up along the way, how long it's taken me to get there and what speed I'm doing. It's a good way of keeping track on my progress and personally I have never had any problems with the little built in computer set on top of the back beside the handlebars, though my wife says it's not accurate enough and gives her odd readings sporadically.
It is fairly lightweight at 20kg and stows away in our basement cupboard when not in use. It's great for giving a full cardiovascular workout and working on my lower body as well as my stamina and as I am now trying to get fitter I will be using this most days after I have finished work.
It didn't take too long to assemble and came with a decent enough manual with full instructions. It's 49" tall when fully assembled and basically it's a decent enough exercise bike and not used in our house as an extra clothes hanger.
My girlfriend bought this exercise bike a few weeks ago and when she told me that little fact I thought 'oh no another piece of fitness equipment in the flat taking up room. But I was pleasently surprised to find out that it was a folding bike and it was relatively simple looking.
The bike itself was easy to put together and only took us both 20 minutes to put it together using the instructions. The diagrams on the instructions were easy to follow and all the pieces were in there which is a nice surprise to know that you dont have to send off to get it finished. Because it folds away it can be easily stored. It can hold a maximum use weight of 100kg, so its pretty sturdy. It weighs 20kg which may seem allot for some people to shift around but this is for a reason...it needs to have a good foundation to hold it and ou to the floor and you furiously peddle. Otherwise it will tip over and you along with it.
So the bike can be used for only one exercise function - just cycling im afraid, this is no cross trainer, it
provides a lower body, low-impact, cardiovascular workout! (this works the legs, hips and buttocks- mostly what girls like to work on I assume). It has 4 timing and mode functions: riding time, speed, distance & calories burn which you select fo the central console computer. You can adjust the resistance by turning a dial on the frame and you an even do this as you're peddaling but I find that when i`ve tred it the resistance is alittle weak. This does defeat the object of scaled improvement making it tougher for you as you get fitter and stronger. I dont know if this is a design fault because the bike is designed to stow away.
It does take some practise to get used to the computer, the values depending on the mode do fly around a bit.
The seat height adjusts , but my mrs is 5.2 and she finds that she has to take the seat down to its lowest level to actualy use it. The seat is very comfortable and we both agree on this. Its fully adjustable and the bike has non skid foot pedal and each has a safety strap on them.
RRP amazingly is £219 ! Ha, no way buy it on amazon for £75
Dimensions: - Fully Open : 27.5" long x 15" wide x 40" tall (89x45x113 CM) - Closed : 13.5" long x 15" wide x 49" tall-
When I was looking for an exercise bike it took me AGES to find the right one, I wanted something a bit more stable than those mega basic folding bikes BUT I still wanted a folding one because it was going in my bedroom and I still wanted to be able to move round the room.
I got this one on Amazon after reading a few reviews about it, it seemed perfect... but it actually isn't all that good at all and I'm thinking about sending it back while I still can.
The bike was dead easy to put together, it took me about half an hour and I did it by myself. Usually I have to ask my dad to help with stuff like this but by following the pictures on the instruction sheet (the words are soooo confusing!!!) I didn't have any major problems.
Using the bike is rubbish. You are supposed to be able to change the resistance as you're peddaling but whatever setting you have it on it's too easy to pedal. I know that sounds stupid, the easier the better right???? Well no, with exercise bikes you're supposed to start off easy and then work up the resistance levels so that your legs get stronger and eventually you are working to the very best of your ability. There doesn't seem to be ANY resistance on this bike and sometimes the pedals just go round and round without me putting any effort in at all.
The little computer display thingy on the handle bars isn't much good either but actually I don't hold this against this bike in particular because a lot of the cheap bikes have naff computers that don't work. This one shows the calories burned, your speed, how long you've been peddaling for and the distance you've ridden. The problem is that the numbers don't mean anything because they go up and down all the time, I can see why this happens with the speed but how can I have burned 60 calories one minute and then only 26 the next???
The actual bike itself isn't brilliant quality either. It doesn't fold as flat as it looks like it's going to and because the handlebars stick out I don't actually think I save much room by going to the effort of folding it up. And it IS an effort because the bike is madly heavy for such a small item and the base is very bulky as well which means it's awkward for me to be able to lean it against the wall.
The seat height adjusts but not all that much, I'd say this bike is for short people..... so it's good I'm a short-arse! Actually I could do with the saddle going down a bit more but I've set it at the lowest height it will go to so there's nothing else I can do about it. The seat is very comfortable and I was surprised about that because it looks hard and isn't very well shaped.
Not recommended...... if you want a folding exercise bike you can get a better one than this that is a lot cheaper. I paid £65.00 for this and feel majorly ripped off because it's no good for exercising and parts of it don't work at all.