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==Davina Mini Exercise Bike==
My house is jammed full of all sorts of exercise equipment. Some take up far too much space where as others are not too bad. This is one of the items that falls into the latter category and since having it I can say that I have actually used it far more than a lot of the other equipment I own.
The Davina Mini Exercise Bike is available from Argos for around £35 which is where I got it from and with a few vouchers that I had it worked out that I didn't actually pay more than £15 for the thing. The item is a small one and was in stock and easy to pick up and take to the car as it was not overly heavy either.
The idea of this item is that you can sit down at home but still work your legs a little with the peddling motion. It does say that you can also use the mini bike for an arm work out but to be honest this is not something I have ever done though I would think it is fairly easy were you to position yourself at a table with the mini bike on said table.
Although relatively small and not overly heavy the item is still very sturdy and not at all flimsy like some of the other items I have seen along the same lines as this. There is a mini LCD display which shows how many turns of the peddles you have done and so forth but I tend to work on the timer which I find more useful. The tension of the mini bike is very good and can be altered slightly to make peddling more difficult or if you prefer a little easier.
The activity itself really does need to be done sat at a dinning table or an office type chair rather than on the sofa as the posture required is that of a more upright one to give a better work out for the legs and of course so as not to damage your back. I would say that with too much pressure from the peddling motion the mini bike will slip around somewhat but I tend to position it on a rubbery type mat we have at home and this keeps the grip well both on our wooden floor or indeed on the carpeted areas we have.
Having the Davina full sized bike I can say that this one is nowhere near as effective a work out than sitting on that but for the fact that I am far too pregnant to be perched upon the full sized bike this mini bike really does do the trick. I tend to set the tension high and work for a while to give my legs a good workout. You can feel that it does work on the muscles intended and more the low price tag and ease of storage and use I can't really fault this little item.
It is far better to use something like this than to not do any exercise at all and for that reason I would highly recommend this mini exercise bike to everyone and anyone and give it the thumbs up with a score of 4 out of 5 stars. This one minus mark is purely for the fact that it does slip around and could possibly have either better grip or more weight at the front to counteract this problem.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
May thanks for taking the time to read.
I have been losing weight over the last year or so and my aim has been to keep it off. So far I have managed very well with the odd few pounds going back on here and there but then coming off again. I am always on the lookout for items that I can use to help me lose weight at home without a gym membership. Last year I purchased a cross trainer when I had a few months off work but that didn't work out for me and I ended up selling it in order to buy some other bits. This mini exercise 'bike' is one such item that I picked up for just £8.00 from a local bargains Facebook page! This price seemed reasonable enough to me and I figured that if I did not get on well with this that I could sell it for a similar price again and it would be snapped up just as quickly as it was by me!
As I did not buy this new I did not know a massive amount about the construction of this, however from looking on the Internet I can see that you do need to partake in some self assembly with the pedals and feet grips and bits like that needing to be added. The only change I have made to this is to superglue the feet/gripper things on to prevent them from moving when I am using this 'bike'.
Basically the concept of this item is that you can sit and watch tv or do some ironing or something while you are burning calories. This is a small pedal machine. You put your feet on to the pedals and you peddle away. The whole time you are able to sit there without moving anything other than your feet. Obviously some effort is needed but the idea is that you could be at your desk at work or sitting at home relaxing in front of the tv and still burn off some calories. I must say that this idea appealed to me greatly and was the only reason for me picking this up, well that and the price!
You can probably see from my comments above that I ended up glueing the feet onto the bottom of this bike. The only reason for doing this was that the bike was slipping while in use and I read online that this was an effective way to fix this problem. I followed this advice and was very pleased with the results. Once I had the slipping under control I was able to start using this 'bike' on a nightly basis.
This bike is incredibly easy to use, all you need to do is pedal and away you go. I was quite pleased with the results that I received while using this bike, that was until I tried to use the built-in computer. I was disappointed to find that the numbers are small to read, you cannot adjust your weight which means that the calorie indicator is not accurate and overall the computer was quite poor. You can adjust the difficulty/resistance of this, however there are only three settings which also is a little disappointing. I used the highest of the three settings and even that is not a challenge at all despite me not being the best person in the world for exercising regularly.
This bike is quite small in size and is light enough for me to move from sofa to sofa in my living room with no problems at all. I can use this whenever I like and if I have guests round and want to move this then I can do this very simply and in a matter of seconds. This takes up considerably less space than my cross trainer did and the price was much better too!
Overall I found this bike a little too easy to pedal for my liking, even on the highest setting. The price that I paid was incredibly reasonably but if I had paid the full price from Argos of £35.00 then I probably would have been quite disappointed and wanted to take this back. As I Bought this so cheaply I have decided to keep this for now. I have been using this while watching television in the evenings, and while I have not lost stones, I have definitely lost a couple of pounds since I began using this. As I am having a stage of eating what I like at the moment I have been quite pleased with this who far and will definitely continue to use this. I am rating this bike 3/5. The full price is expensive and the resistance is low even on the highest setting but because it is lightweight and simple to use (now I have glued the feet on) it has redeemed itself slightly hence the almost middle of the road marks from me.