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Sole Fitness LCR Light Commercial Recumbent Bike

Bike NameNumber of programsResistanceMaximum user weightWarranty
Sole Fitness LCR

Sole Fitness LCR

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-6 standard
-2 custom
-2 heart rate
40 levels350 lbs-lifetime on frame
-3 years electronics and parts
-1 year labor

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The Sole Fitness LCR Light Commercial Recumbent Bike is a high-end, heavy duty machine that caters to gyms, businesses, and those of us who prefer quality over cutting costs (and can afford to make such a choice). In this review, we’ll see what makes this Sole Fitness model so special and if it lives up to the high expectations it sets.

Ease of Use and Comfort

Despite offering quite a lot more features than most recumbent bikes, the Sole Fitness LCR remains easy enough to be used even by the beginner athlete. In fact, mounting the bike is easier than on traditionally designed bikes due to the “step-through” entry design that lets users step through a space provided in the frame of the bike and sit back onto the seat (instead of practically climbing onto it as required on other models). Sole Fitness LCR Light Commercial Recumbent Bike

The LCD screen gives the user access to many features that might take some getting used to but the large screen and buttons make this little challenge that much easier and shouldn’t be problematic for most people – even those of us who aren’t all that tech-savvy.

The recumbent seat design and strong lumbar support provided by the bike’s padded seat keeps the user’s body in a relaxed and comfortable position that maximises workout effectiveness while removing the risk of pain and discomfort from poor body position. Users that are familiar with uncomfortable aches on some regular gym exercise bikes will definitely appreciate the relative comfort afforded by this bike model.

Product Specifications and Features

  • Product Weight: 157 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 350 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 50 x 57“
  • Resistance Type: Eddy Current Brake
  • Resistance Levels: 40
  • Built-in Programs: 10

As I mentioned earlier, this bike comes with a myriad of nifty features that cater to everything from ergonomics to entertainment. Like all recumbent exercise bikes, the seat puts the user in a semi-horizontal relaxed position – far more comfortable than traditional exercise bikes and much better for long workouts with no aches and pains later. The recumbent seating position minimizes strain on the user’s lower back and the built-in lumbar support helps greatly in this regard to keep your mind on the workout and not on any aches and strains.Monitor

The LCD screen gives us access to 6 standard workout programs, 2 custom workout programs, and 2 heart rate programs. Thanks to this, users will have the option of working out without constantly having to adjust the tension. The LCD screen displays fitness related data including calories burned, time, speed and heart rate.

The bike also comes with up to 40 levels of resistance, which is quite impressive even for a professional-grade model, and will most certainly prove challenging to every type of user, no matter their fitness level.

As far as entertainment, the recumbent bike has its own speakers system and users can plug their iPods (or any other typical media playing device) into the 3.5mm port to listen to all their favorite songs while exercising. This is a crucial feature for many people that find it difficult to exercise for long periods of time without some kind of entertainment – preferable one with an upbeat tempo – like workout music.

Finally, it sports a cooling fan that will keep users as cool and comfortable as reasonably possible and prevent overheating in conjunction with the conveniently placed water bottle holder to keep them well hydrated (critically important for deriving the maximum benefit from exercise and minimizing risk of dehydration-related mishaps).

Assembly

As a heavy duty exercise bike, this model is a bit more tedious to assemble than its low-end counterparts. This was expected, of course, given the myriad of features it packs and its larger size and weight as compared to cheaper models. Assembly will probably take the average user an hour or more but the necessary parts, tools, and instructions are all included with the shipping package – making the assembly process a simple one (despite how time-consuming it’s likely to be).

The best approach to setting it up would be to move the individual components to the location you plan to use the bike before starting the assembly (allowing you to move them separately) and then getting to work on the instructions from there. At 157 pounds, I wouldn’t want to be moving this bike by myself after setting it up – especially if stairs are involved.

On the other hand, if you decide to buy a high-end exercise bike you probably won’t mind putting in a bit of extra effort to get started on the great piece of equipment that this model turns out to be – and it does turn out to be very good.Back Side Of LCR

Drawbacks

This model’s most noticeable drawback is how heavy it is. It’s no fun to move around at 157 pounds so chances are you’ll want to leave it wherever you set it up. Be sure to assemble it somewhere you’d like to leave it for the long term and this shouldn’t become a problem (and you can always just get someone to help you move it if you have to).

A Top-Quality Model

The Sole Fitness LCR Light Commercial is a high-end model that packs a bundle of features into its sturdy frame and delivers on the expectations you’d have for a machine of its class. It might be a little bit too pricey for the average Joe that just wants a bit of exercise while watching TV but if you’re serious about getting fit – and can afford to invest a bit into it – it’s definitely worth the price.

However, if you’re looking for a recumbent bike packed with nice features but don’t want to invest in such an expensive bike, you could also check other high-end models such as the Sole R92, and Diamondback 910sr and 510sr.

The Sole Fitness LCR is available on the Amazon website, and comes with an impressive lifetime-warranty on the frame, 3 years on the electronic parts and one year on labor.