“ Brand: Argos / Type: Exercie bike „
I bought this bike to add to my home gym. l aready have other products from the Pro fitness Range and was happy with the quality, so I added this to my collection.
This cost me £80 from Argos.
The workout feedback includes the distance travelled, speed, calories burned and it even has a pulse calculator on the handle bars.
There are 8 different levels of resistance. However, I would say that anything above level 5 has been too hard for me and I would say that I am quite fit. Anyone new to exercise should definitely stay on the lower levels until they build up some lower body strength.
The bike folds up, but it still takes up quite a lot of space. Also it is quite heavy, so it is not ideal for moving too far.
The seat, unlike some other bikes and unlike some of the other products in the range, is quite padded, so you stay comfortable even on longer workouts.
For the price I would definitely recommend this bike.
The only downside is that there is a very loud noise every time the pedals turn, although that could be a problem with the way I have assembled this, as I found the assembly to be quite difficult, even though the step by step instructions were very clear.
I bought this Exercise bike 6 months ago, not for the current price of £90 though, i got it in a sale for around half that price, so thought i was getting a good deal...
First things first i will say the setting up and installation was quite simple, i was expecting this to be a difficult process but it was easy, straight out of the box you have to connect the two pedals, the seat, and the vertical bar to the base of the machine, and then connect the handlebars - this takes around 15/20 minutes, the instruction manual is very clear, with pictured instructions and very basic step by step instructions that most people should be able to follow easily, so for a 'flat pack' exercise bike, this is very good.
The design is very nice, my model has a shiny red outer casing which looks very modern, the seat is comfortable which is an important factor when purchasing an exercise bike in my opinion, the handlebars have a foam casing which also feel very nice to hold, so i can't fault the design at all.
This bike comes with a basic computer which measures things such as distance travelled, speed, calories burnt and heartbeat monitor, although the heartbeat monitor basically predicts your heartbeat based on how long you use the machine, it doesn't have any kind of actual measuring tool, like a wristband or watch, so i take the information with a pinch of salt, my heartbeat has reached around 200bpm which is just ridiculous from a gentle bike ride, the Calorie counter also predicts the calories you have lost, so i'm sure it isn't accurate - The distance travelled and speed counters both work very well.
This bike features 8 settings, with 1 being the easiest and 8 being the most difficult, however, i find that even when i use this bike on the 8th setting, it is far too easy, there is some resistance but not enough, in comparison to the exercise bikes at my local gym, the resistance really falls short, i would of liked to have some variation in the resistance settings, so i can actually work my legs, all i can really manage on this bike is a 'gentle bike ride' feeling, i was expecting more.
To conclude i would say this is very nice looking machine, the design is of a very high standard, it is quiet when in use, you can easily use this and watch TV at the same time, the seat is comfortable, of course you can vary the height to the seat to suit you, it is a very smooth machine but simply doesn't have enough resistance, i don't feel like i've had a proper workout after using this bike, so for that reason i can only award this bike a 3 out of 5.
I use this bike quite regularly, it works very well and I have lost weight using it regularly. Its easy to pedal and the straps adjust so you can lock your feet into them. Although if you don't have shoes or trainers on it can get a bit painful pedalling because the plastic is quite hard. The handles are easy to grip hold of if you want to hold on and pedal, they also adjust quite easily so it helps put the bike away when you are not using it. Although make sure you tighten them enough or they will move. I am quite tall and this bike is fine for me and a good value bike for the price. I don't usually use the calorie counter but it has one if you like to use one. The bike is very stable and doesn't move while you are pedalling even if you go very fast. Also the bike isn't too heavy to move I can move it by myself which is good, also the bike is not too big as with some exercise equipment which is one of the reasons I like it, I keep it in my bed room it can fit just about anywhere in the house.
The only thing which I am not too happy about with this bike is that the seat is very hard, and I put a cushion on it if I am going to be using it for a long time because it can get painful. Also sometimes you don't notice the pain until you stop doing exercise and there's been times I have hurt myself and been very sore from being on the bike too long and I haven't noticed until after. Apart from the painful seat the bike is good value for money and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a little exercise bike to help them loose weight or tone up or just feel better.
I'm in a bit of a get fit mode at the minute and, as well as starting running, I also recently decided to purchase this cheap but fairly cheerful Exercise Bike from Argos; one of the less expensive that I have seen anywhere. Priced at around £80, it is a fairly basic model but seeing as I just wanted something I could ride and didn't think I really needed all those extensive computer programs you can get with some of the more expensive makes, then this seemed like the right purchase for me!
The first thing you should note is that this comes flat-pack with, apparently, simple assembly. It does come with the appropiate tools so you don't need to go out and buy any if you are lacking in the tool department, but don't be misled into thinking putting this together is easy. Despite some of the reviews on Argos, one of the things that persuaded me to buy this was that it was apparently easy to construct, I found it a bit harder than I anticipated with some of the diagrams in the instruction booklet less than clear! Still, I have had worse self-assembly moments......
Once together, I was pleasently surprised that this did not take up as much room as I thought it might! I am also impressed by how light it is and how easy to move about! That is not to say it's not sturdy because it is and I can peddle quite fast on this if I want to without any worry of it falling over or wobbling! That said, I am a bit out of condition so trust me when I say that if I do peddle fast, it isn't for very long!
The console is very basic but, as I previously mentioned, I knew this upon purchasing and it really wasn't an issue for me! It has eight tension settings but, as the previous reviewer has mentioned, the lower end of these have very little to differentiate between them with only the last levels offering much resistance; the equivalent of cycling up a very steep hill one assumes. This is fine by me though as, like I say, I am pretty much out of shape so the lower levels are a great way for me to build up to really generating some steam.
I have had this now for a couple of months and have used it quite a lot and quite regularly. I find it good for what it is and what I paid for it but more die-hard fitness fanatics might want to look at something more advanced, more hard-core and more extensive. Essentially this is a fine example of you get what you pay for and as this was all I was looking for ~ a very basic Exercise machine with no whistles and bells ~ then I am very satisfied!
Getting and keeping fit is an issue for many people as the theory is often better than the practice. Things like going for a 5K run often get postponed with even the smallest hint of bad weather in favour of sitting on front of the TV with a spoon firmly ensconced in a tub of ice-cream. I for one have always been hopeless at solo exercising as I'm prone to plucking avoidance justifications out of thin air and actually prefer team sports to get that essential cardiovascular workout. But when my squash partner buggered off on secondment for a year and my badminton/table tennis opponent became otherwise indisposed I was forced to find some method of solo exercising and I decided an exercise bike would be just the ticket. Given my propensity for cunning avoidance of exercise I was a bit worried that I may only use the bike for a novelty period before it just sat there collecting dust so I didn't want to spend too much money. I also didn't fancy the lugging home of a fairly heavy item as that would benefit nobody so in the end I settled on the reasonably cheap "Pro Fitness Magnetic Exercise Bike" at £79.99 with a four star rating from Argos with the all important factor of home delivery.
As with all flat packs a feat of engineering is required to transform a jumbled mess of components into the finished product and all you get to follow are some hastily drawn up instructions with diagrams that look to have been drawn by 10 year olds. This bike was no exception with a whopping great 69 individual components to somehow connect together. What was nice though was the inclusion of an allen key and a multifunctional screwdriver and spanner tool which meant you don't need to actually own any tools yourself. I'll be honest, I always make at least one mistake assembling things, normally by putting something on backwards so I made a special effort to get this one right but I still found it a bit of a headache and it took me well within the region of an hour before it was done.
The biggest problems with the instructions were that a lot of steps were combined in one (leaving only 5 steps in total) which made for small diagrams and the order a tad confusing so lots of concentration was required. For me the hardest parts of assembly were installing the tension controller and meter as you needed surgical precision for the tension controller to hook a spring and the instructions did not make it clear which wires went where to affix the meter so you had to use common sense which I personally find is always dangerous. I also found it virtually impossible to tightly fix the saddle to the seat post as there was no real room to fit the "spanner" due to the design layout so you could only tighten the bolts by turning one side rather than going all the way around which was fiddly and a touch painful and not at all effective.
* This bike can withstand a user weight of 100kg (15st 10lbs).
* The dimensions (L x W x H) are 98.5 x 47.5 x 108 cm.
* The weight of the bike is 19.9kg.
* This bike uses a 4.2Kg flywheel for the rotating pedals. Generally, the heavier the flywheel the smoother the ride and it is worth noting that 4.2Kg is certainly at the lower end of the weight scale.
* This bike uses a magnetic resistance system to provide the desired resistance levels for your intended workout regime. This is basically a set of magnets by the flywheel which can be moved closer to or further away to adjust the resistance setting.
* This bike uses an 8 setting dial to control the tension settings.
* This bike has self-levelling pedals which is pretty self-explanatory really in the fact that they have small weights at the bottom to make sure they are always in the right position for when you next use the bike.
* There is a small feedback console (requiring 2 x AA batteries) which provides information on the time elapsed since the start of exercising, the current speed (the default setting in km/h), the distance travelled (km), calories burnt off since start of exercising, pulse (beats per minute) which can have just the individual stats showing, or set up with an auto scan which cycles through each stat every six seconds.
* In order to measure the pulse this bike includes hand grip pulse sensors on each of the handlebars.
The first positive about this bike is how quiet it is. There is at most just a faint whirring sound (ignoring any groans of pain) which becomes nothing more than background noise which means it is convenient to use the bike when doing something like watching TV without disturbing anyone, which is the time I most like to use the bike as I can multitask (if TV watching counts as a task) without really thinking about it. I do find the stats the console provides are quite useful as it's obviously crucial to know things like how long you've been exercising for (if you bothered to create a plan) and how fast your heart rate is to prevent potential death, as well as the calories burnt, speed and distance travelled which could all factor into some master plan. I would say I'm very dubious about how accurate the pulse monitor is though as it tends to fluctuate an awful lot during use so you wonder how receptive the contacts on the handlebars really are. In the manual it even says "The measurement value cannot be regarded as the basis of medical treatment". Nicely covering themselves there. The user manual also includes a few pages dedicated to your potential work-out regime such as a heart rate guide based upon age and thus making sure you don't exceed this rate during your work-out, some work-out tips including the importance of stretching and warming up/down and how you should begin by building up your endurance levels before moving on to more strenuous activities. All very sound advice, but all of which I mostly ignored apart from the building up of my endurance levels - I've never been one for warming up or down, stupid but true.
So how comfortable is this bike to use? First things first you can easily adjust the seat height by twiddling the knob and lifting the seat post up and down to get it the perfect distance to the pedals which is important for comfort and posture. There are Velcro straps on the pedals so you can get your feet firmly attached to the pedals to allow for a smooth ride without accidentally slipping off mid cycle causing an interruption in your flow or worse, some kind of injury. Despite the flywheel being a low weight and being informed that this will make for a less smooth ride, I've not really noticed any issues with this bike, for all the different tension settings I've used all my rides have been uninhibited (apart from by my own lack of fitness) so I would say this bike provides a very smooth ride. However, my biggest gripe with this bike is the effects it has on one's posterior. The phrase a pain in the ass may now be used literally. I have no idea if this is a problem with all bikes, but the saddle for this particular one certainly isn't the most comfortable. It is very rigid and so if it doesn't suit your natural shape, it does leave you feeling somewhat uncomfortable at the end of it all and you end up waddling off for a few minutes afterwards.
So, how effective a work-out does this bike give? Well 8 settings for tension is certainly less than a lot of the more expensive bikes out there offer so you are somewhat limited if your plans include gradually building up your fitness level such as mine does. To be honest the resistance between tension setting 1-4 is a bit of a waste of time as you barely feel anything, and as you begin to feel a slight resistance from settings 5-6 they won't really make you work all that hard. But then you move on to 7, which is significantly harder than 6, followed by 8 which will really make you grit your teeth as if you're going up a hill in Derbyshire so the differences between the setting levels are not linear which I personally thinks makes it hard to build up your fitness levels in a controlled way.
I find that at a stable pace for anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour you won't really break into a sweat, but when you step off, your legs will feel a bit like jelly so the bike is obviously working your leg muscles, but I'm not convinced without going at sustained quick speeds you are doing a particularly effective cardiovascular workout. This is my problem really, I can't force myself to go at the necessary speed to start pushing myself into breaking into a sweat or becoming out of breath and there are no features with this basic model for pre-programmed routines to follow which would help me do that, so really with this bike you would need to properly plan a work-out to achieve these cardiovascular goals yourself, which is just not something I can really be bothered to do and thus I just find myself a couple of days a week doing a not particularly vigorous routine which may well be helping my endurance (I have moved up to tension setting 7) but not much else. I have been using this bike for 8 months now (it's also probably worth mentioning the batteries for the console haven't needed changing once in this time so there this bike seems pretty efficient power wise) and I have noticed a slight increase in my fitness levels, for example I can now jog up the stairs at my local train station and all the way to my car after work (to beat the masses) with very little difficulty which always used to put me out of breath before so that's something at least.
So in conclusion, this is a very cheap bike at £79.99 compared to some bikes of £400 plus, but you get what you pay for and in this case it is very limited features and tricky assembly, and storage is an issue as it does take up a little bit of space so it is advisable to have somewhere to put it before purchasing. The bike is sturdy, but not overly comfortable and has very little scope for increasing your work-out intensity as once you've hit the highest tension setting (which whilst being noticeably tougher when compared to the other 7 available settings may not be as hard as other bikes have to offer) there is nowhere else to go. The lack of pre-programmed routines means your work-out plan is entirely in your own hands, and for someone with no experience, such as myself, I suspect the full potential this bike has to offer will never be reached. I think this bike is good for building up endurance, but if you really want to improve your fitness level I would recommend going for a slightly more expensive option with a lot more features.