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Marcy Recumbent Bike

Bike NameNumber of programsResistanceMaximum user weightWarranty
Marcy Recumbent Bike
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Especially designed for athletes who are on a limited budget, the Marcy Recumbent Bike only costs between $100 and $200. In spite of its affordable price, however, this machine comes with all the necessary features for you to benefit the most from your exercise session. This particular model even boasts of more luxurious amenities such as counterbalanced pedals as well as padded handlebars and saddle. With the Marcy Recumbent Bike, athletes can expect a deficit of around 1000 calories or more, depending on the level of intensity they choose.

Comfort Level

Unlike regular upright bikes, recumbent machines allow the users to lie back as they pedal. Consequently, this takes quite a lot of strain off your lower back and knees, while completely eradicating any risk of slipped discs and similar injuries. Therefore, these machines can very easily be used by elderly or clinically obese athletes. In some cases, the bike is also used in rehab to keep the muscles strong and supple without soreness.

The Marcy bike is comfortable enough to motivate athletes to train for several extra minutes. For example, it comes with fully adjustable foot straps and handlebars to suit various body types, which is why the machine is often recommended to larger families. The seat is ergonomically contoured and padded for a more comfortable fit. However, a few users did complain of soreness after their workouts, but this issue went away after a few weeks of continuous use. Athletes who are worried about slips and other such incidents will be glad to learn that the handlebars are padded for a firm grip even if you suffer from sweaty fingers.

Best of all, since you will be in a reclining position during the entire duration of your training session, you won’t be subjected to the usual back aches and strains that accompany upright bike workouts.

Features and Specifications

As you would expect from an entry level model, with this recumbent bike athletes can choose between 8 resistance levels, which is the same that you’ll get with the similarly-priced models Exerpeutic 900XL and Marcy Mag Cycle. This option is not only handy to beginners, but it will also help you indulge in interval training, whereby athletes alternate between high and low levels of resistance for more efficient results. The bike also comes with a monitor to help you track fitness-related data like the number of calories burned, time elapsed, distance covered and the likes. However, a few users did complain about the monitor size and found it to be on the smaller side. Some people also deplored the lack of a heart rate tracker. The pedals are also wide enough to accommodate different shoe sizes. Most customers reported that they were more than satisfied with the solid straps that kept their ankles snugly into place.

This item also comes with the following specifications:

  • Dimensions: 40 x 9.5 x 23.5 inches
  • Machine Weight: 56 pounds
  • Resistance Levels: 8
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Water bottle holder: No
  • Resistance type: Magnetic
  • Maximum user weight: 300 pounds
  • Warranty: Limited 2 years warranty
  • Preset programs: No

Ease of Use

This particular model is very often recommended to beginners because it is one of the simplest bikes to operate. It does not come with preset programs, which can be quite an advantage to novices since you can design your own workouts according to your stamina, metabolism and individual level of fitness. This is quite a refreshing change from other recumbent bikes that come with a plethora of complicated features that usually require quite a lot of fiddling before you can finally get on the bike.

marcy bikeMore importantly, users can quickly and efficiently adjust both the handlebars and the saddle until they find the best position for their training session. Because of its near-silent feature, the bike can be used in front of the television or while listening to some music.

Assembly and Parts

This machine comes completely disassembled, except for the main frame, which means that you will need to manually put the different parts together. The boxed packaging comes with an instructions manual to guide you through this step. According to the booklet, two people are required to set up the machine. However, several users reported to have been able to assemble the bike alone, even if it did take them around two to three hours. Users also receive all the tools and accessories that you will need for this step.

Drawbacks

A few users claimed that the resistance knob was difficult to manipulate. However, this was not reported by the majority of customers. In terms of drawbacks, several customers complained about the assembly process, which they found to be lengthy and tedious, especially since the instructions manual called for two sets of hands. As far as the display is concerned, some athletes found that it was difficult to reset it, which was problematic for families with several members. Other than these issues, the bike received quite a lot of positive feedback on most major review websites.

Overall a Good Investment

Ecologically-friendly, this particular machine can last for life as long as you properly maintain it. It even comes with a powder-coated finish that is extremely resistant to scratches and other forms of wear and tear. Not only is it extremely easy to use, but this machine also comes with a handy set of transport wheels, allowing you to use it in any desired room of the house. While the assembly process is quite time-consuming, the results are certainly worth it since most users reported a drastic weight loss of around 10 pounds in just a few weeks.

All in all, the Marcy Recumbent Bike is quite a recommended buy, especially considering its affordable price coupled with its extended range of features.