Fuel B42 Upright Bike

Fuel B42 Upright Bike is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
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When wintry weather takes your riding indoors, keep your legs in top cycling shape by training with the Fuel® B42 Upright Bike.


Smooth Cycling
Solid steel and premium plastic construction stabilizes your ride
Compact frame allows you to work out in smaller spaces
Electro-magnetic braking system gradually slows you down

Comfort Meets Cardio
Cushioned seat keeps glutes comfortable for longer rides
Pedals offer reinforced grip to lessen slippage
Integrated cooling fan aids in regulating body temperature

Customize Your Ride
Adjustable seat and pedals ensure all riders are able to exercise comfortably
LCD Display features 5 pre-set, 2 user defined and 2 heart rate control programs

Key Details
Maximum User Capacity: 290 lbs.
Flywheel: 18 lbs.
Display: 5.5’’ LCD
Heart Rate: Pulse grips and wireless (transmitter not included)
Resistance Levels: 1 – 20
Adjustable Seat: Yes
Cooling Fan: Yes
Set-up Dimensions: 48’’ L x 23’’ W x 54’’ H
Resistance: ECB (Eddy Current Brake)
Adjustable Arms: Yes
Built-in Programs: 5 pre-set / 2 user defined / 2 Heart Rate
Frame: Steel
Wheels for transport: Yes
Item Weight: 89 lbs.
Accessories: MP3 input and built-in speaker sound system
Fuel
  • Brand: Fuel
  • Country of Origin: Imported

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-Constructed, Affordable and Enjoyable to Use The Fuel B42 Upright Exercise bike is a well-built solid construction piece of equipment – feeling on par with higher end (professional style) products. It was relatively easy to assemble, and feels very comfortable to ride. From my research, the product is only available online, and is an exclusive option from a major sporting goods retailer (Dick’s), but is not sold in the retail locations. Past promotions indicate it was The Fuel B42 Upright Exercise bike is a well-built solid construction piece of equipment – feeling on par with higher end (professional style) products. It was relatively easy to assemble, and feels very comfortable to ride. From my research, the product is only available online, and is an exclusive option Dick’s, but is not sold in the retail locations. Past promotions indicate it was previously available through sites like Woot. Price ranges from around $300 to $700. At the lower range, this is a great deal. I considered and compared the Fuel B42 with 3 other products: Diamondback Fitness 510Ub, Spirit Fitness XBU55 Upright Bike and (briefly) the Schwinn 170 Upright Bike. The Diamondback and Spirit are professional grade products priced around $700 to $1,000, whereas the Schwinn is a household grade product around $300. Pros: * The Fuel B42 assembly took me (working alone), a novice, about 1 hour to assemble, and was pretty easy following the instructions provided. Once assembled, the final fit was solid and once plugged in, was ready to use. * The bike itself has wheels built in to the front support rod, allowing it to be easily moved around a room. You simply push down the front arms so the rear end lifts up, and slide it into position. Although mine is permanently located in my rec room, it made it easy to move into place. * The seat is average comfort. Size is okay, but it could be softer. This is a pretty easy fix if you want a softer seat. The seat can be adjusted forwards or backwards, and of course up or down. The seat assembly has a big range for lowering and raising the seat to accommodate many sizes of people. I’m 6’4”, and have ample height to use the bike properly. I think I can still go another notch up. Once on the bike, it’s designed so you can get into a racing position, and it’s pretty comfortable the way the arms are designed. * The control panel has a variety of options (built-in programs, plus manual mode and the ability to save two user programs). It measures the standard variety of things, like speed and calories burned. The unit also has pulse sensors, but like my Horizon Elliptical, they need to be cleaned of sweat and oil, or the results are erratic. There is a single speed fan and a connection for a MP3 or other music device. Cons: * The seat adjustment knob gets really tight after use. I wanted to move it up one more notch, and it was really difficult to adjust (but it was easy to initially set it). * The control panel is on when the unit is plugged in, and there is no on/off switch, so you have to unplug the unit after use. Not a big deal, but could have been easily fixed with a simple switch. * After about 2 weeks of use, there is sometimes a ‘knocking’ sound from the flywheel. It doesn’t impact the usage, but prior to this, it was virtually silent. The sound is inconsistent. If listening to music, you won’t hear it, but my concern is this a future failure? * In one product photo, it shows a woman using the bike while not seated. I find this impossible to achieve on the exercise bike, though I can easily do so on my regular (outdoor use) bike. When attempting to use it ‘standing’, you cannot get a clean pedal flow. Maybe it’s because of my height? This is definitely not for someone seeking a racing bike. * Some product information online (Dick’s website) indicates the arms are adjustable – they are not and the manual does not reference anything about them being adjustable. Further, there is certainly no obvious adjustment for the arms. * Freight delivery from Dick’s took 2 weeks from my order date to delivery date and on arrival, the box was in horrible condition. Dick’s shipped via a freight carrier and the product originated from Sole Fitness. I carefully unpackaged the item (since my only option was to wait weeks for a return and re-delivery), and was impressed at how well Fuel Fitness packaged the product, such that it could survive such poor handling. Nothing was broken or missing. Obviously there is no way to know how the package was shipped, nor where the damage occurred. Tips: * There are plastic pedal straps, though I opted not to install them. * My use is casual – a few times a week for 20 to 30 minutes of use. * With little to no information (i.e. reviews) about the Fuel B42, I took a chance, knowing if it was that bad, I could return it to Dick’s. Fortunately, I was impressed, since packaged, it weighs in just under 100 pounds. I also scored a great online deal, making the price point easily half the high end competitors. As for the Schwinn, it was immediately out of consideration when I visited a local retail store, and found one on the showroom floor essentially falling apart (the seat was wobbling and the height adjustment failed to hold the seat in place). I figured if it couldn’t handle being a demo, it couldn’t handle actual use. * The manual indicates it includes a 1 year parts and labor warranty (in-home) and lifetime frame warranty. The bike is made in Taiwan, per the box. Overall, I am impressed and would recommend the Fuel B42 for an affordable quality exercise bike.
Date published: 2017-03-01
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