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4 months of life- substandard alloys used?
on 12 April 2012
I bought one of these 4 months ago, and it broke today. I have done approx 120-150 hours on it, so it's not THAT terrible- about 25p per hour of use.
But I'm now definitely going to buy a different one instead. First off all, while you can 'adjust the resistance', what this actually amounts to is a bolt sticking out of the front of the exerciser, which you turn in so that it pushes into the centre of the apparatus, thus providing resistance against the pedals inside. Which is fine, but the bolt wears away VERY quickly- after about 15 minutes- and you then have to tighten it in even more if you still want resistance, until after half a dozen attempts, you run out of bolt, and you're left with a low resistance, very easy to pedal exerciser.
Now, this issue with weak metal got even worse for me today, as I was happily pedaling and the right pedal just came right off- I think the heat generated by pedaling has weakened the metal, and it simply snapped. Now, you might say that this was inevitable over time, and I guess it is, but I've had another exercise bike before, and done a lot more hours on it, and this never happened. It's not like I was even out of breath when it happened, so I don't think I was breaking any speed records at the time.
I was recently made disabled, and this exerciser has helped me a lot, but I can't really say I'd buy another one of these, as it doesn't provide resistance (which is obviously more and more desirable the fitter you get), and.... it broke!