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Ultrasport Exercise Bike F-Bike
Ultrasport Exercise Bike F-Bike
Price: 89.99

259 of 264 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love my little F-Bike (smoky), 18 Jun 2012
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--------------------Introduction:
The summer of 2010 saw me in my mid-twenties, watching the world cup and enjoying the deals on beer, pizza and coke. For the first time in my life I put on weight. My god-given right to not exercise, eat anything I want and stay slim and looking good had been rescinded. A year later and a whole 2inces on my waist, I decided it was time to get some regular exercise, hence the f-bike. Bought for 90 and bought because it had the best reviews.

Some questions:

--------------------Who is the `Ultra fit' f-bike for?

Well oddly it's definitely not for the Ultra fit. Even on the hardest setting it is unlikely to give the ultra-fit an adequate workout in a reasonable amount of time.
The f-bike is for people who are fit and want to stay that way or for people who are unfit and want to get fit.

--------------------Will its size suit all?

Nope... it seems that the bike is aimed at the tall to average and would not be suitable for people who are short. On its smallest setting my lover who is 5.4 sayys that she can't go at full speed as she is too short. I note another reviewer had to drill another hole to make it suit her size better.

--------------------Max weight?

Is 100 kg; that's 15st 10.5lb

--------------------How quiet is the f-bike:

It's not totally totally silent, as when you're on it you can hear a whisper of the belt but it is quiet enough that others can watch TV, while I use it in the same room, the neighbours are totally unaware it exists and I can use it late at night without anyone hearing it. When in normal use it make no vibrations to the ground so is fine for use in any flat... even with Mrs Knock Knock downstairs.

--------------------How easy is it to use:

Really easy. Resistance is controlled by one simple knob 1-8. The digital system is all controlled by one button, giving details of speed, distance, time, calories, pulse, ODE, and a scan button that moves through them all. After peddling details are held for 5mins before the system switches itself off. Holding down the button clears data. There are no user profile or courses. It takes 2x AAA batteries but the bike works on your steam.

--------------------Does Pulse work?

On the handlebars are two metal strips when hands are placed it gives a pulse reading. Some are critical of the correctness of it. So far my system appears to be right but only after cycling for 2mins with my hands on the right place. If measuring your pulse is essential then check with the makers or buy a separate device.

-------------------- How portable is it and how much space does it use up?

It's really not that portable, as it is heavy and fairly large. While it does fold up, meaning it could be stored in a wardrobe this is not ideal and I doubt a regular user could be bothered folding it up and unfolding it every time it was in use. This said it is much more portable are less bulky than a fixed bike; so it's `foldability' is appreciated.

--------------------How fun is it

It's fun for the first 5mins then it's just a tool. This does not make exercise easier nor fun but it does make it more accessible. Watching the TV while exercising is a luxury.

--------------------What's the Wow factor?
The what? It's just a cheap little bike made out of the same welded together silver metal as most exercise equipment has. It feels sturdy but without any frills.

--------------------How complicated is it to build:

Not complicated; easier and more intuitive than IKEA,. It's basically just securing things. It'll take 20 mins max . It's a one person job but will be faster with two.

The instructions are fine but offer little reassurance. Bellow is a little bit of commentary to give you an idea of what needs to be done and a bit of reassurance.

NOTE: all the tools needed come in the box. A wee spanner and a alan-key.

1, unfolding it
Pull the grenade like pin. Unfold the bike and replace the grenade pin. No tools needed.

2. Screwing on its floor stands:
Note the floor stands have an indented side for where the bolts should start from. Screw into the bike. Tighten with spanner.

3. Screwing in its pedals
Screw in the pedals. Note you need to hold the pedal itself still and crew in the bit with the track. Tighten with the spanner.

4. Securing the seat bracket
Place the bracket to the right seat height secure with the ratchet thing.

5. Screwing the seat to the bracket
Screw the seat onto the bracket. Use the spanner to tighten. IT should not wobble at all.

6. Screwing the handlebars to the bike.
Screw the handlebars to the bike using the alan-key. It should not wobble at all. Connect the two wires.

7. Check to make sure everything is tight, secure and stable.
Cycle.

8. Every once in a while you may want to tighten up certain bits and pieces.
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1000 1.5"x 2.5" PLAIN GRIPSEAL,ZIPLOCK BAGS 38mmx64mm, 200G
1000 1.5"x 2.5" PLAIN GRIPSEAL,ZIPLOCK BAGS 38mmx64mm, 200G
Offered by Swoosh Supplies
Price: 2.36

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low Quality, 18 Jun 2012
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I buy ziplock bags to store board game pieces and to package smaller items in the charity shop I volunteer at.

These bags are of the lowest quality I've seen. The ziplock bit works fine but the side seams where the bag is joined is not, as I would normally expect, smooth but is instead rough and frayed. Further, not all of bags are airtight, out of the three I've tested only one thus far has been airtight. This said I can't see them splitting and no holes are visible to the naked eye.

Not a big issue but I can pay the same amount and get better quality bags with smoother joins that are airtight.


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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Experienced or committed gamers who like rolling dice only., 16 Feb 2010
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Experienced or committed gamers who like rolling dice only.

This is a quick 100,000 feet what you need to know (mainly written for non game geekers):

This game takes at least 3 hours with experienced gamers. If you are not an experienced game player expect it to take 4 to 5 hours. It is NOT for the casual gamer.

It is a cult hit: appealing to readers of Lovecraft's horror books and adventure board gamers. It's popularity and support from the publisher has led to an additional 8 add-ons.

The board game itself comes with over 1000 pieces and looks truly great. Truly, deeply great.

However,

The game mechanics while fine in the adventure gaming market - are very poor when compared with games such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Porto Rico, Steam and Carcassonne. The game mechanics can be criticised for being repetitive, providing very limited ability to make meaningful decisions and overly predicated on rolling dice... lots and lots of rolling dice. Add to this a significant although not unreasonable, for adventure games, rulebook.

While this game looks outstanding it is not for people who expect elegant game play.

Before buying ask yourself if can you say yes to all these questions:

Are you a mature teenager or adult?
Do you want to play a game that lasts 4 hours?
Are you an experienced or committed game player?
Do you like adventure games?
Do you LOVE rolling dice?
Are you willing to read and re-read the rulebook?
Are you willing to play this by yourself or if not do you know other people who can answer yes to these questions?
Are you happy to play an inelegant game?

I answered: Yes, Not really, Yes, Not really, Not really, Yes, Not really, Not really.
Therefore I shouldn't have bought this game and I regret it now. That said if you answered YES you, like many others, will love it.
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