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Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike

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Sunny Magnetic Recumbent Bike
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The Sunny Health and Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike is a very cheap exercise bike that prioritizes simplicity and affordability over pretty much everything else. It’s small and light, but a still offers a solid built and gets the job done.

Now this is an entry level model, so it’s pretty basic but comes with the advantage that, since it’s super low priced – you can always invest in a more advanced model if you decide that biking is your thing and you want some more advanced features.

  • Product Specifications and Featuressunny magnetic recumbent bike

  • Product Weight: 57lbs
  • Product Dimensions: 35.4 x 25.4 x 57“
  • Resistance Type: Magnetic
  • Resistance Levels: 8
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Maximum User Weight: 220lbs
  • Model Number: SF-RB801

The Sunny Health and Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike doesn’t carry a whole lot of features but it does pretty well at the ones it does include.

It comes with the standard eight resistance levels that can be easily adjusted through its tension knob. While this model might not prove challenging enough for the advanced user, its resistance settings will allow the novice user to start on a low difficulty and still have enough room to grow as he/she builds strength.

Additionally, its magnetic resistance keeps the bike quiet during even the most vigorous workouts and this comes in very handy if you’re into doing other things while you exercise. Listening to music, watching TV, or talking to someone nearby can be an awful experience on a typical bike that makes a lot of noise (ever increasing as you raise the resistance level or pedalling speed). This bike keeps the sound to a minimum and makes these and all other activities more enjoyable and undisturbed by your pedalling.

The LCD screen serves as the user interface between you and a few basic features including a calorie counter, workout timer, and distance counter. It also displays your pulse rate (if you turn the feature on) as determined by the sensors in the handles you’ll be holding onto. This is, of course, very good for helping you stay within your target heart rate zone and adjusting the resistance level or your pedaling speed accordingly if you’re falling short (or exceeding it).

The bike comes with a maximum user capacity of just 220 pounds, which was to be expected of such an affordable model. However, it’s important to mention that there are other models, such as the Stamina 1350, that for the same price offer a higher maximum capacity.

Ease of Use and Comfort

The comfort level on this bike is on par with that of other recumbent bikes – pretty good. The recumbent seat keeps the user’s body position semi-horizontal with the legs extended outwards and better distributes body weight over a wider surface area – thus minimizing pressure on trouble areas that often suffer from aches and pains during extended workouts on regular bikes. This is a welcome break for users that have had bad experiences before with these kinds of bikes in gyms or users that have a special need to be careful when exercising (whether due to age or some kind of pre-existing condition). sunny recumbent seat

Simple bikes like this one are usually easy to use – even if only because there aren’t a whole lot of features to navigate. That being said, this recumbent bike is about as simple as it gets. You just get on the bike, turn it on, and start pedalling – then press the “Mode” button to turn on pulse monitoring and wait for the numbers to come up (distance travelled, time, pulse, etc.). No further interaction required.

Mounting and dismounting this model is also quite easy thanks to its “step-thru” design. There’s a space in the frame that makes it easy to just walk onto the bike – so to speak – and sit back onto the seat. Much easier than the acrobatics involved with getting onto, or off of, some other bikes with less user-friendly designs.

Assembly and Parts

As one of the simplest, and lightest, exercise bikes on the market, assembling it is super-easy. The parts are few in number and easy to figure out even without the detailed instructions. The whole set-up process should only take a few minutes and is about as straight-forward as you could possibly imagine.

Drawbacks

As a low-end budget bike, there are a couple of drawbacks to this model but none of them are really deal-breakers if all you want is a functional bike that does the essentials for a super low price. Most noticeable of them all is the complete lack of fancy features to which many of us may have become accustomed if we’ve ever used higher end bikes. Things like built-in speakers and media playing, cooling fans, and even water bottle holders are absent from this model – but chances are you’re not too worried about that if cutting costs is your priority. You can always hook your iPod or MP3 player up to headphones while you ride and put your water bottle beside you on the floor.

The other major drawback is that – with a maximum user weight of just 220 pounds – those of us on the heavier side will be too much for it to handle. This includes anyone with a lot of excess weight to use or very muscular people with some workout experience under their belts and significant muscle gains to show for it. The latter set probably wouldn’t even be reading this since those types tend to frequent public gyms where they get to show off their hard-earned muscle mass. Do keep the weight limits in mind before buying though.

Keep It or Toss It?

The Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike is what it is – a cheaper alternative to expensive full-featured models. It will get the job done and give you the typical workout information you’d expect but it won’t do much else. If saving money while you decide how seriously you want to take exercising is your priority, this bike is probably perfect for you. If you want a higher quality machine that packs lots of nice features like built-in music players and fans, there’s lots of higher priced alternatives that will do all that and more for you to check out. If you do decide to go with this bike, however, it’s a nice bonus that it’s super quiet (so you can watch TV while you ride) and super comfortable as well.

Now while this model offers the same maximum capacity than the Sunny Foldable, this might be limiting and therefore a deal-breaker for some users, in which case we’d recommend to check out best-seller models Exerpeutic 900XL and its folding version 400XL that for the same price come with an impressive capacity of up to 300 pounds.