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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
My wife needed a recombent bike, and I immediately suggested the Marcy, which Amazon was shipping for less that $125, an unbeatable price (it's higher now). But my wife insisted on trying out available bikes in several sporting goods stores (surprisingly, few recombents are kept in stock). Most of the available models were Schwins, which I would have recommended if the price of the Marcy proved insufficiently compelling. But the Livestrong LS5, which was positioned next to a Schwin 220, was admittedly a more attractive machine all the way around.

I'd never heard of the brand, but it soon became clear that you get on and off with a minimum of "scrunching," the pedals move with a more reassuring evenness than other bikes we tried, the panel is user-friendly and intuitive. In sum, it's simply a more attractive bike than the Schwin--from the seat to the color scheme to the overall solid feel. Moreover, I would regard a bike that comes without a fan and iPod speakers a plus, not a minus. The fan is useless; the speakers worse, especially to any one with "trained" musical ears.

Assembly: first of all, the weight of this thing makes the big flat screen I ordered from Amazon, delivered by two strong-armed agents, seem like a lightweight job. With the wood crating added to the cardboard box for support along with all of the extra parts and the hardware, the total package is considerably heavier than the listed 110 pounds (as the lone UPS man deemed ncessary to remind me more than once. Unfortunately, I was caught short or I'd have slipped him a 5 or 10). Have two people at the receiving end, ready to bring the shipping box to the place where you plan to use the bike. Once there, you're home free. The assembly instructions couldn't be more user-friendly, and Livestrong has thoughtfully provided not merely the screws and washers but the tools as well. And they're all labeled to assure quick, no-brainer assembly. You won't require more than an hour, and you won't be hunting for, then 2nd-guessing, a choice of spring washer, etc. In fact, making an exercise bike out of this pile of steel and plastic proved more efficient and less frustrating than making sense of some ten-dollar aluminum shoe racks and CD cases I've received from Amazon.

This bike maintains a fairly consistent price level, so the only advantage of purchasing it from Amazon may be to save a local store's delivery charge, taxes, and the usual hustle by the sales team to pay for assembly and to buy their insurance policy. Part of the cost goes to the Lance Armstrong cancer fund. How much of that is tax-deductable (if any) I have yet to learn.

[Were this an "economy" bike like the aforementioned Marcy, the extra hundred for the next model up--the Livestrong LS6--would probably be a needless extravagance. But given the current price of the bike, it's harder to ignore the benefits of paying another hundred (16%) for the Livestrong model jst above the LS5. The frame and pedaling mechanism are the same, but for the extra hundred you get a more sophisticated electronic console, internet connectivity for uploading and downloading your work-outs to the Livestrong site, speakers for a music player (though I have yet to hear speakers on exercise equipment that were not a "last resort"), and, perhaps most importantly, a premium webbed seat, constructed along the lines of some office chairs that cost almost as much as the bike. It may be a close call for many buyers, but if you're serious about the LS5, the LS6 may offer enough extras to provoke the inevitable response: "For only a hundred more, why not?"]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
I took a looking time making this decision because I don't normally make such large purchases and this is this first big piece of workout equipment I've purchased for home use. Long story short, I couldn't be happier with it! I waited awhile to write the review to see if I could find any bugs that irked me after riding for awhile. I'm happy to report I haven't found any. The bike is high quality, easy to use and variable enough to keep my rides fun and still challenging. Although, my fiancé brought it in and assembled it so I can't comment of that part (other people commented it was heavy.) I like to record my rides so the fact that this one couldn't download them wasn't an issue- if it is for you the higher up model does all that stuff. The seat is comfortable- even after an hour and a half. I also like the locations of the arm grips. The pedals are so smooth and the machine is quiet overall. It also keeps track of everything I was looking for- speed, cal, time, heart rate, etc. I suppose if I had to complain about one thing it would be that water holder (which is really insignificant compared to the bike overall) but, I wish there were larger spaces for drinks in back as I use a really big water bottle not a normal sized one so mine won't fit in the tiny holder up front. Like I said before, couldn't be happier... This bike is a great investment!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This was easy to assemble and set up. It clicked each rotation of the pedals until I realized that I had to use pliers to seat the heavy rubber toe clip. One use complained that his heels hit the crank, hurting his ankles. Your feet must be vertical with heels oriented away from the crank to avoid this. I also noted that my shoestrings need to be tucked into my shoes to avoid the noise from their flicking against the crank at each rotation. It is very quiet and comfortable to ride with quite adequate resistance for me. If I had it to do over, I'd pay the extra $100 to get the LS6.0R model, with more information and features on the panel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
This is a beautifully designed piece of fitness equipment; it has great welding, simple logos, very nice colors, and is solid and forthright; it sits in my dad's den in front of the tv. i bought this for him after looking at about a dozen recumbent bicycles that in my opinion were cheap and shoddy in design; this thing is top-notch and beautiful to look at; seriously. the livestrong logo is bright yellow on black, and is nothing more than a sticky applique, but is very nice. the bright yellow/black/matte gray look is super and will go in any environment. i can't stop looking at it. it is a tough, sweet thing. it arrived as scheduled from ups, and as others have mentioned, was in a very beat up box; it seemed alright, so i accepted it; the driver helped me place it in the garage which was fine; i started the assembly there by checking each piece; everything looked beautiful with a few minor scratches and abrasions here and there, but nothing worth mentioning; there are only about a dozen separate and very well made pieces in addition to the frame. the frame is nicely welded, is heavy (probably 60-75 lbs), and i carried it into the den after unwrapping and inspecting all the other pieces; everything looked great; EXCEPT . . . there was no hardware kit which includes only about 26 bolts; the set up is so simple; in fact, this thing is so simple to set up, that it works more or less without the bolt assemblies; everything is nicely crafted. i called livestrong and they have already shipped the hardware kit (nothing more than a little wrench, screwdriver and about 24 bolts); no big deal; the thing is so solid, we have already ridden it and assembled the whole thing; the monitor is terrific; i like this because there are no bells and whistles (no fan, no speakers); and it could be a collectors item soon because it has "lance's peak" as one of the programs; hate him, but love the product!!!!!!! you will love this if if you like design and quality; got it for about $599 at amazon. lovely ride! thanks livestrong! oh yes, there is one small screw missing from the frame that only holds on a piece of plastic; easy to replace; probably fell out in shipping. i am happy with this other than no hardware kit ,which probably fell out from on of the holes in the bo. gues your experience could be worse or better; dick's had the same product for $649, so might have been better to get it there with all the parts; but i saved $50 bucks and it was deliverd to my garage with 2 day amazon delivery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
This bike was relatively easy to put together with two people (less than an hour). We bought it to cross-train or on days off from running in the winter. My husband and I have differing opinions about the good/bad of this bike, but the one thing we both agree on is that we don't like the pedals. The straps are angled and force your heel to move toward the bike frame, which is a problem because the pedals are very close to the frame. We catch our heels on the frame unless we consciously remember to not let the straps angle our feet in. This gets a little uncomfortable. My husband doesn't like the positioning of the front handles and thinks they should be closer to the seat for them to be useful. I use them all the time though and really like where they are located. I think they are perfect for a change in posture when biking a long time. The seat is ok. I think the bottom of the seat digs into my thigh a little unless I absolutely have the correct seat position, which you can move forward and back however with relative ease. The functions/computer of the bike is as expected. No memory or such, but we knew that when buying it. The programs are nice. You can just set it and bike without having to worry about changing your resistance. I enjoy the muscle toner (Stage 2) the most.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
I was in need of a recumbent exercise bike in order to focus on my cardio workouts without having to leave my house to do it. I did some shopping around at my local sporting goods stores in order to test them out and see which one was right for me. The Livestrong bike by far gave the most bang for my buck. It seemed to be built more solidly than the other bikes in its price range. It looked better and it was functional to my needs. It was an easy decision.

My next decision was on where to purchase. Amazon seemed the most logical. FREE SHIPPING, NO TAX, and a competitive price. I saved a great deal of money purchasing on Amazon. Then there came an issue with the shipping. I knew there would be a problem once I received a fed-ex tracking number. I do not understand why such a heavy item would be sent through FedEx. I called FedEx in advance to warn them that I am a single female who lives in a third floor apartment that has no elevator. Seeing that this was not a light item, listed as weighing 149 lbs, I thought that I could be of assistance in carrying the item.

When the item arrived, it definitely weighed more the 149 lbs. I am thinking that it is listed as much in order to ship the item cheaply through FedEx. I had taken off work in order to be home and help the FedEx guy with the shipment. Needless to say I was no help in carrying this shipment. We both agreed that this shipment weighed more than it was listed as weighing and he couldn't understand why it would be shipped through FedEx. The package was left in my rent office and I got a few guy friends to help me bring it to my apartment. Then treated them to dinner. So much for FREE SHIPPING.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
This bike is very affordable and very sturdy. The bike is better than the ones you find at the gym. I have a problem with my back and I feel absolutely no pain when I am on this machine. It comes packaged in a very heavy box. You will need assistance to get it to where you want to assemble it but once its unboxed the assembly could not be easier. Clear instructions...even the cardboard that contained the screws to assemble this bike had instructions. Five easy steps...example these 4 screws are separated from the others and these are for step one. You cant go wrong. Believe me, if I can assemble this bike...anyone can. You're not going to need any tools...everything is supplied for you. Any they have great customer service. Very polite and ready to assist with any issues or questions you may have. A minor thing that I do not like is the bike has no off switch and it has a very thin power cord. Overall I am extremely pleased with this purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
I love the step through frame that makes it easy to get onto it. The seat and back support are comfortable. The seat is easy to move back or forward. The programs are great to use and easy to access. It is easy to program the length of time and its programs change levels of difficulty very smoothly. it has automatic warm up and cool down. I've had the bike for 2 months now and I am up to 30 min. 5 to 6 days/week. I like programs 2 & 3 the best. I would highly recommend this bike.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2012
After years of trying to do workouts that demanded I be outside or put a lot of impact on my body, I finally recognized that it was easier, with my current schedule, to simply get a recumbent bike. I have a prime membership, and opted for the 3 dollar, 1 day shipping and the bike arrived the next day. The packaging includes a wooden skeleton to protect the bike so that it doesn't suffer damage on the way, and other than a single ding on the plastic beneath the monitor, it appears flawless.

The bike itself is great. I use it down in the basement while watching TV or playing XBOX. I get my heartrate up into the 150s and usually go for around 40 or so minutes. The bike is quiet, only making a slight noise when it shifts into higher or lower gears. I have no trouble hearing the TV when I'm pedaling. The seat is also comfortable, and I'm a 5'11" 240 lb man. The monitor includes a place to put a magazine or an ipod and has easy visibility and plenty of information. The heartrate monitor also appears to track closely to what my actual heartrate is (used a garmin to verify).

I'll update in a few months or if anything goes wrong, but overall, a great, solid bike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
Easy to put together. Very quiet and smooth ride. Only bad side is that the package was all beat up and there were parts that were badly scratched up, a plastic part that was broke and one of the metal parts that the back seat cushion had to go into was bent in, which had to be done at the factory. Of course Amazon took care of everything! It's a great company.
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