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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2014
First of all, it's very easy to put this bike together. In 2012 I ordered one that no one could figure out how to assemble. This one was built in forty minutes by my boyfriend who isn't much for DIY.
Before continuing, I'll mention that I'm quite overweight and extremely unfit, having been nearly sedentary for many years. So my review is approaching the bike from the point of view of someone very unused to exercise and exercise equipment.
That said, I found the bike very easy to use, and get a challenging workout from only its fourth resistance setting. I find the pre-set programs to be useful for multiple purposes: slowly increasing resistances, intervals, long enough breaks for beginners to recover, etc. I haven't spent much time with the heart-rate equipment or program yet, but I'll update this review when I feel qualified to discuss it, and I'll try to update with comments on its efficacy as a weight-loss device in a few months.
EDIT: a few weeks later, one major flaw of the bike has been revealed: the mechanism by which the handles are secured doesn't work for long. It's a half-cylinder with grooves along the inside, to mesh with the grooves in the middle of the handle, but it just does not get tight enough for that to be enough. At best, the handles will stay one position if you hold them there, but in a more vigorous session they WILL go all over the place.
On the plus side, I can update my review to say that I'm definitely noticing improvement in my fitness from having used the bike fairly lightly. I get out of breath less quickly and my legs get tired less quickly, both fantastic improvements considering the short length of my ownership of the bike. So in all, the bike WORKS, even though the handle issue is frustrating and a little offensive (that they'd use such a cheap fastening on a £240 bike).