Bought back in November 2013 in the Black Friday sales, I think the York 210 has been one of my favourite purchases. Considering its price of £170 (with an RRP of £399.99) I think this made me more likely to use it to make sure I was getting value for money as I could easily have gotten one for around £20 and used it as a clothes hanger. This bike is very big so won’t be for everyone and it has to be near a plug. It also takes quite a lot of assembly which I managed to do myself after having to open the box and lift pieces out individually to carry up stairs because it’s incredibly heavy. The strapping on the pedals was probably the hardest part of it.
There are four user settings where you can enter sex, age, height and weight to get a far more accurate calorie and body fat reading (although I’m sure it’s still not perfect). You then have the option of using it manually and changing the resistance levels yourself (there are 32) or using one of the other 18 pre-programmed levels e.g. increasing/decreasing resistance, alternating between high and low resistance and there’s heart rate control programme. Although it has hand pulse sensors I don’t use these much which means I often can’t find out my body fat ratio or use the recovery programs but they’re really not something you have to do every time. My preferred program is manual so I raise and lower the resistance as and when I feel like it.
The worst thing about the bike is the seat is the least comfortable thing I’ve ever sat on. Although I use my bike regularly (4 to 7 times a week) I can still feel bruised. Even biking shorts with a padded insert do little to help so a bike seat cover is a must have with this bike. One thing I do have to disagree with is one of the product descriptions: “Utilising the large muscle groups in the lower body, an exercise bike is an effective machine for a total body workout.” No this isn’t a total body workout. There is no upper body workout with this bike.
The bike can be moved a little more easily by tugging on the handlebars and raising the back end as there are wheels at the front. With the feet widening the bike you have to be very careful manoeuvring it through doorways (I’ve already scratched the wallpaper through to the plasterboard on one bit of wall!).
Overall I’m really happy with my purchase. I love the calorie counter and seeing how far I’ve gone (usually 20km in 30 mins). I keep track of these on another site so e.g. in 16 days I’d cycled 300km. It’s not a full body exercise though and unless changing your diet, you won’t lose weight with this alone.