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Very happy indeed,
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This review is from: York C202 Cycle (Sports)I'm VERY happy with my purchase of this machine. This is perhaps the first piece of 'exercise equipment' that hasn't been dumped in a cupboard after a few weeks due to boredom.
Assembly was straight forward, taking me about 40 minutes, with maybe 1 or 2 confusing pieces. The end result feels remarkably robust, not cheap in any way. When you're on it, it feels very stable and does not wobble when you peddle. It's not very comfortable in bare feet or socks, so I'd recommend wearing a pair of trainers. I have it positioned it in the corner of the room, facing the television which I can watch whilst peddling. Note that it needs to be plugged in to use the built-in computer or change the resistance. It comes with a stand that I guess is for positioning reading material, but I don't use that myself. The machine is very quiet but not totally silent, there's a very slight 'whir' as you peddle, but this certainly isn't loud enough to annoy anybody even in the same room. Neighbors or people in an adjoining rooms will not be able to hear anything, so you can use it at all hours of the day.
The machine has 16 levels of resistance, which is done magnetically - one of the reasons the machine is so quiet. You can peddle along, raising and lowering the resistance manually, select one of 12 built-in programs which simulate various obstacles or create your own programs. You can program a session based on a length of time, a specific distance, a specific heartbeat range or a specific number of calories. It displays your speed/rpm and heartbeat (as long as you keep your hands on the handlebars). At the end of a program, it can also monitor your slowing heartbeat for 60 seconds and rate your fitness from 1 to 6.
Starting off easily at resistance of 1 for 15 minutes, I've gradually improved over a few weeks to peddling at resistance 10 for 30 minutes at a constant 60 rpm. According to the machine's calculations (you also input your sex, age and weight) this approximates to about 450 calories. Not sure how accurate that is, but I'm absolutely sweating buckets at the end. Numerous joking, typically unfit friends have tried out the level/rate at which I peddle and none of them can keep at it for more than a few minutes.
Using this machine most days for 30 - 60 minutes, doing some simple weight training and going on a diet I've lost just under 1.5 stone in 9 weeks.
To end, if you are prepared to put the actual work in, I cannot recommend this machine highly enough!