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8 difficulties (using magnet resistance)
LCD screen for monitoring speed, distance, calories burnt
Pedal straps for ease of use
Weight - 25kg
Maximum user weight - 100kg
92cm X 55cm X 129cm (LxWxH)
It took me 45 minutes to put the bike together and was fairly easy to do so. I found attaching the stabilisers (the first thing it says you should do) to be the most difficult part because the screws went diagonally down towards the carpet. I had to find something to rest the front bar on to lift it higher and make it easier to attach to the body of the bike. However, I was assembling mine on a carpet and the weight of the bike made the carpet sink in and therefore more difficult to attach the stabiliser, so I would recommend having it on a harder surface which should make it a bit easier. Also make sure you have the wheel facing forwards on the front stabilising bar otherwise it won't be any good for when you want to move it around easily (Obviously I put it the wrong way and had to redo :) Everything else was easy to attach. I found the instructions very clear and all the tools you need are in the box. It only takes one person to put together, though the main body is a bit heavy, and when you initially get the box it is bulky and a fair lift.
This is a good quality bike available at the lower end of the price range. It uses magnetic resistance which makes cycling on it almost soundless, which is good if you go on it early in the morning and don't want to wake the other people in your house. I used to go on an exercise bike that had a chain and it made quite a racket when riding, with all sorts of clanky sounds, so I find this a lot smoother to ride. There are 8 levels of difficulty to choose from which I have found to be ample as I have been using it 3 times a week (roughly 20-30 mins) near enough for about a year and still get a good work out on level 6, which leaves 2 extra levels if I ever want to push myself further. I'm early twenties and quite fit so I would say unless you take fitness very seriously then this should provide a very good workout for you too over many years.
It doesn't take up much space, which is perfect for me as I have a small bedroom in a student house, and it fits well enough in the corner of my room. You can adjust the seat height quite a lot, so there should be no more for people of any size. A nice little info sheet was provided with guidance on how to get the best use out of the machine. I found it surprisingly useful. I learnt that your leg should be almost fully outstretched when the pedal reaches its lowest point, which made a difference to me as I had my seat a bit too low for the first week or so, and when I altered it just one notch higher I found it much more comfortable. Unfortunately I haven't used the electronics on it as I more often than not just stick on a cd and roughly time myself that way, so I can't say too much about that aspect of the bike. It comes with batteries to begin with though, and you can time yourself and see your speed, distance and calories burnt etc.
I was at first hesitant to buy a less expensive bike for fear that it wouldn't last too long and therefore I'd end up paying more in the long run on a bike at the higher end of the market. However, I've had this bike for over a year and it runs as smoothly as it did when I first bought it. I paid about £90 for it from Amazon and I can honestly say that I'm very happy with it still. It is a very sturdy piece of equipment and a comfortable to ride too. I would recommend it for definite.
It's currently on Amazon for £119.99
I am not the biggest of fitness freaks but I do eat quite a lot so deem it necessary to do exercise to cope with my vast appetite. I rather stay at home and exercise than go to the gym so looked at getting an exercise bike I could use whilst watching TV. I thought a bike was a good idea because they are not too expensive and the do not take up too much room. I opted for the York C101 Cycle. I based my purchase on the fact I knew York as reputable brand and it was cheap (but not the cheapest basic model).
When I got it home it was boxed and inside were instructions to assemble. There is not much to build, just fixing on the pedals, saddle and handle bar. The instructions are step by step and should take you know longer than 20 minutes. Everything on the bike is adjustable to is fine for all shapes and sizes.
On the bike is very comfortable once adjusted to suit your height. The sable is tough but well cushioned to keep your butt comfy. Whilst pedalling the bike is very solid and doesn't wobble in the joints. I have found on other machines I have felt a little unsafe as they are not as stable and rickety.
Start pedalling and a monitor will come on upon the handle bars. This enables you to track your workout detailing: time, distance, speed and calories burnt. It is quite basic but gives you all the info you need.
This exercise bike is not world changing but why would I need it to be. It is basic and simple, just what I needed.
I acquired this exercise in a rather roundabout way; someone in my household saw the bike on Gumtree and thought it would be a great way to exercise without leaving the house. Needless to say that after a few months the novelty had worn off and the bike was abandoned to the garage. Feeling rather fit one day, I rescued the bike from the cold confines of the garage and have been using it ever since.
The bike was already assembled when we bought it so I can't comment on its set up. However it seems quite sturdy so whoever put it together must have known what they were doing.
There are different features available on the bike. It keeps track of how long you have been cycling for, which is good, but I try to avoid this setting as the more I watch the timer the slower it seems to go! It also monitors the speed you are cycling at, which is helpful if you are trying to maintain a specific rate for your workout. It also tells you the distance you have cycled which is good for setting workout goals as you can try to build up the distance each time. There is a calorie monitor but I don't take much notice of this as I'm not quite sure how this is calculated.
The bike itself is reasonably comfortable though it can get a bit sore if you've been on it for a while. It is also relatively quiet to use, which is good for listening to the radio while you work out and it means that other people in the house don't complain about the noise.
Overall it's a good basic bike for people who want to get a workout at home
If you'd like help with your fitness regime, but don't want to spend loads on fancy multi-gym equipment, this could be the one for you.
-Ease of Use-
This was really easy to put together - I don't even think it took half an hour. The instructions in the box are easy to follow, and there's nothing too fiddly to put together. Remember to keep the instructions though, as you'd probably find it difficult to dismantle and put together again (e.g. if moving house) without them.
The saddle and pedals are easy to adjust, and can be made comfortable for a large range of heights, so unless you are well over 6'6", there's no reason why you shouldn't find a comfortable setting.
The cycling monitor shows four bits of information:
- Time spent cycling in that session
- Distance done in that session
- Current speed
- Calories burnt. I would note that this feature is not accurate, and if you are serious about calorie burning, separate, specific monitoring equipment (e.g. heart rate monitor) would be needed.
The monitor can be set to 'scan', so it flicks through all four items while cycling, or you can lock one in place, so it will just show that information. The data recorded can also be reset at any time (it automatically resets if you haven't used the bike for several minutes).
You also have the option of setting a certain distance you wish to cycle, and the monitor will show you your progress.
This is a very stable, reasonably hardwearing bike, which should last several years if used correctly.
After six months of use, I have no faults to report. The pedals can spin if your foot slips a bit during use, but this is something that would happen with most exercise bikes.
This product is at the cheaper end of the market, which is reflected by its simplicity. It will certainly enhance a fitness regime, but other exercises will need to be incorporated, as it does not provide a full body workout. And remember, you can't buy willpower!
This was easy to put together. Once I looked at the larger diagram I eventually found where to put everything - no good without looking at that though, as I'd have had no hope.
It's very quiet to use, and to put the seat at the right height for me as I'm quite short is pretty easy. There are lines on the adjustment bar, and they have to be near enough at the same level as the bottom part so that the hole can be seen for the screw to go in to the right place.
I must say that I do prefer more of a stable pedal that one that flips round and round before you manage to get your foot secure on it, put having said that, perhaps fixed ones need slightly more pressure to push them so it might not be so great on your knees - I don't know. The resistance is quite low so it's excellent for those that aren't so limber and more for the new exerciser. Foot straps - not the easiest to adjust on your own, so get someone to fix them when you put your feet in them for the first time. Distance and speed counter works ok - it doesn't go into great detail but it's ok for what it is.
The York C101 Cycle is a great entry level cycle that is perfect for getting started on the road to fitness.