Rated 4 out of 5 by EB Does what it should, except for resistance
This is a cheap product. Eventually I plan to upgrade to something else--perhaps a Deskcycle or Stamina product. However, for the price I can't complain. I also picked it up at my local Dick's store, so no paying or waiting for shipping. Above all else, I have to say I was extremely happy with my experience at the store. I couldn't find the machine and I was only looking for a couple minutes before an employee asked if she could help me find something. She didn't know where it was but called a young man who did and waited with me until he showed up about a minute later.
I am obviously not a Dick's Sporting Goods kind of gal, but this guy was so pleasant and helpful. Not condescending at all, very respectful and excited to help with his knowledge. He even looked for a better-condition box for me without me asking. He offered to order me a different model if this one wasn't exactly what I wanted, and he explained that it is meant more for upper-body work than lower-body, and it might not hold up for what I wanted to do. This was the 39th street store in Independence, MO. That young man deserves a raise. And if anyone from corporate reads these, I mean it. I HATE sporting goods stores, I dislike national chain stores, BUT I will return to Dick's. Why? Solely because of the way in which the employees of this store treated me on a $39 purchase. My husband is, unlike me, very into fitness and wants all kinds of push-up bars and mats and things for Christmas. Instead of ordering from Amazon, or the local store, I am going to Dick's. That money would never reach you if not for these employees.
Back to the product. The resistance knob is a joke-- my arthritic, cancer-surviving mother laughed at the resistance! However, I am pleased with this product so far. Since I have a desk job, and I'm a grad student, I spend all of my time sitting down. Hours-upon-hours of sitting. I also have some joint issues. If I'm not sitting down working intensely, I'm too tired from working intensely to do much beyond daily housework (and that's on a good day).
I have gained weight and I'm miserable and miss my old semi-active lifestyle (I was never a fitness buff or anything, but I would actually move during the day and take intense 7 mile walks 3x a week and do yoga). So, I got this to see if I could stop the weight gain and still meet deadlines. So far, so good. I feel better, more energized and less like a lump rotting away in front of a screen or book.
November 8, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mary this machine allowed me to get some of the exercises I was doing in physical therapy in the comfort of my own home.
The pedal exerciser works well, especially for people with injuries to back.
September 18, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Kae Returned this item for poor performance
Although this product us built very sturdy they dropped the ball on performance. You are supposed to tighten the knob on top for resistance but no matter how much you tighten you cannot get any resistance. Also was missing the battery for the counter that did not stay clipped to the frame. Was a waste of my time as I had to take it back to the store. I've seen this product for about 20 dollars cheaper in the past as well.
September 10, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Workoutbunny Don't Buy This!
This mini exercise bike started to fall apart after about 2 weeks of daily usage. It is poorly manufactured with plastic components on the crank wheel resulting in failure of the machine. It is not worth the price. I would steer clear of this product. I will see if the manufacturer will stand by its product, but I am not expecting them to do so.
July 31, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lefty Easy workout
Easy to assemble that it took less than 10 minutes.
July 23, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by J2 Not for exercise
This product was a huge disappointment. I purchased it after having foot surgery, hoping it would be a form of exercise until I can get back to running. It has no tension I have the tension control so tight I can't even loosen it, yet there is no resistance at all.
I understand that this is a low priced product, but it was a waste of time and money. I will be returning the item this week.
July 23, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ted40 It's OK
The first one I bought was missing a part and the computer therefore would not work. The second one was complete. It'll do the job I bought it for.
May 1, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Staunton101 Limited quality
We will continue to use, but the mini-cycle is somewhat clunky to use - you have to be careful on what chair to use (height and support), careful to ensure both the cycle and chair are firmly planted on the floor. Also, my use of the product may be prejudiced by the purchase experience at the store in Harrisonburg, VA. When we brought the box home we discovered that it was missing the pedal assembly, and had to make another 30 mile round trip back to the store for a replacement. In short, save your money and buy a regular size cycle or join the YMCA.
March 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by lor Awesome product
Great for starting out on a exercise program. Low impact for joint problems. Love it
February 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Danielo65 Functional
I bring this into every room of the house so that, even while sitting, I'm not stagnating. I've even found a way to use it for intense, "double" cardio sessions in which I pedal it with my arms while bracing it against my core and power-walking on the treadmill. It's indeed a handy, useful contraption to supplement a fitness lifestyle.
However, just 1 week in, the axles started to scream bloody murder and I've already gone through an entire can of WD-40 in just 3 weeks. The straps on the pedals constantly detach from the tiny holes that fasten them on, and I need to put something heavy behind the peddler to reinforce it (otherwise it gradually shuffles out of reach of my legs, even on carpet). The resistance knob on the top doesn't do anything, and the counter/computer doesn't seem very "smart" (it can supposedly track my calories burned, yet the most advanced way of calculating distance is by revolutions; nobody is gonna be able to get a true feel for their energy expenditure by trying to convert 4,500 rotations of the pedal into mileage).
This should really only cost $20, and that's why I have to give it a negative review.
January 29, 2013