33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2011
The Velocity Fitness Recumbent Bike is a great tool to help build stamina, release stress, and increase physical fitness. It's got a great orange accent to it, that makes it pop out visually, especially when it's put next to the typical gray, tan, and blacks of most other exercise equipment. It's quiet and does what it's supposed to do very efficiently.
I've recently become more interested in strength training and in increasing my aerobic stamina. I own an elliptical machine and while it is very low impact, my posture (or the lack thereof from using the handles) and my upper body weight occasionally causes issues with my back and knees. The joint pain I get in my legs after doing high intensity training (do a search for HIIT, if interested) on the elliptical can be intense and it makes it hard to stick with my goal of working out the following day.
The Velocity Recumbent bike makes those problems vanish! First, your body weight is being supported by the seat and the back rest, taking any strain off your knees and ankles. The leg muscles and your lower abs are doing all the work in a very low impact process. Your posture is corrected because you're pushing away from your body with your legs, causing your to sit back with more natural posture than you'd have leaning forward on an elliptical or treadmill. The end result is a great leg and aerobic workout, with little or no strain on your back or leg joints.
Putting the bike was a breeze and couldn't have taken more than 30-45 minutes; most of that was just aligning things and tightening screws. As another reviewer mentioned, the directions don't include a bolt size diagram, so it takes a little bit of detective work to pick the right bolt/screw, but it was all pretty obvious once it started to come together.
The only issue I had with my bike was a long, very faint, hairline crack on one side of the plastic on the main body of the bike. I believe this was a shipping issue and not a manufacturing issue. The crack is barely noticeable (my wife and had to lean in pretty close and have me point it out to her, before she could see it) and doesn't affect the function of the bike in anyway.
Here's my quick breakdown:
* Manual tension (see pros below) - As the bike isn't computer controlled it is not programmable to mimic riding up and down hills or slowly increasing or decreasing the tension at a fixed rate. The tension control is easy to reach and easy to adjust, so it's not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of.
* Seat adjustment - The seat slides forwards and backwards over a very impressive distance, allowing for just about anyone of any height to find it comfortable to sit on the bike. The problem is that the lever-like brake that locks the seat in place needs to be pushed down really hard to get the seat to stay in position. Again, this isn't a deal breaker but it might have been nice if there was a better locking mechanism, like a spring loaded lock that snaps into place every few inches.
* LCD Control Pad - Unfortunately, there's no Start/Stop button on the info panel, which features your calories and elapsed time. The timer will start and stop based on pedal motion, but it feels counter intuitive to me for some reason. I also had some issues with just changing some numbers or settings, without having to reset the entire group of settings and starting over. Getting things set up to workout feels cumbersome, but I'm sure I'll crack and read the manual soon.
* Quiet - You could watch TV with someone else in the room and your breathing would probably be louder than the bike, this thing is quiet!
* Manual tension - There's a manual control for the tension, so there's no wasted electricity and this can be used anywhere without power consumption making it great for garages. Since there are no electronics/computers controlling the tension or the bike, you can expect the device to last much longer and not have to worry about not being able to use the machine if there's an electronic glitch that prevents the machine from operating.
* Low impact - As discussed above it makes working out and recovery a lot more enjoyable.
* Seated - Because you're seated your hands are free to do other things, like reading or simultaneously lifting weights. I'd probably recommend against breast feeding, knife sharpening, or knitting.
* No cheating - On the third or fourth use I realized that when the pedals stop for more than 15-20 seconds, the timer stops and doesn't restart until you begin to pedal again. In a way this is good since you know you did your full workout, but if you're like me and need to stop to catch your breath while waiting for the timer to drop down to your next set of sprints, it doesn't allow you to "cheat" as it were. You're moving for the full time of your work out, whether you want to or not -- if you want the timer to move, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
LCD Display - The panel itself looks small, but the info is displayed in a huge font that you can see across the room. There will be no squinting, only sweating!
Overall, if you're looking to invest in your health I would strongly encourage you to give the Velocity Fitness Recumbent Bike a test ride if you can. It think it's a great product and I've already incorporated into my workouts with great success.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
I bought this bike because i wanted to start working out in the comfort of my own home. The bike was easy to assemble. Its very quiet which allows me to watch tv or read while im workng out. The stride is very smooth and there are several levels of resistance. The seats made of thick foam and very comfortable. I love the color of the bike as well. Overall, this bike is a good value for the price. I would recommed this to anyone looking for a good, quality bike at an affortable price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
I wanted to wait to add my review until I'd had this bike for a while and really had a chance to get a feel for it. The delivery was indeed in 2 days, and the bike was packaged superbly. Putting it together took slightly longer than I had hoped - just about two hours. The main piece was quite heavy to have to lift when attaching the front and back floor bars, and I found it tough to do alone. My son and husband both arrived home after about 90 minutes, though, and after trial and error on the seat brackets (no directions, pictures only and they were a challenge to identify at their size) we were soon up and pedaling.
The bike is fantastic, quiet and very comfortable. It's solid and very well built, and I've averaged 4-5 days each week for just over two months now, and I've had no problems in that time. The larger seat is a real plus, and the bike has a great digital display that's easy to program and read. While I doubt I could ever say that I love a piece of exercise equipment (for me, it's one of those necessary evils, not something I look forward to and enjoy) this one really does make it easier than any I've ever used. It's strong and tough, pretty to look at, quiet and effective. I reviewed several before I made the purchase, and I am happy I spent a little more money for this Velocity Recumbent Bike - I recommend it highly.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2011
We put this in my living room in front of the TV. It is completely silent. Seat is comfortable for the first 30 minutes or so, like any bike but my butt gets numb after that. My kids have been able to use it as the seat adjusts a fair distance. My only complaint is I wished I could get the tension a bit higher. The display is easy to see and controls are very easy to figure out. My 15 and 11 year old daughters assembled this in less then 30 minutes.
Fairly comfortable seat
Easily adjustable seat
Display is easy to see
Display Controls are easy to use
Easy to move
Safe to use around small kids and pets as no pinch points
Not able get tension high enough
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2012
I am not an exercise buff with a lot of experience with various machines. We just wanted something for a cardio workout that is easy on the joints and knees of 60 year olds. This works great and is so quiet that I can use it right next to my husband watching TV. Very pleased with everything about it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2013
I purchased this product to help me rehabilitate (physical therapy) from a stroke. I regularly do about 50 miles a week. So far everything is fine with the bike no problems except with assembly. After the first couple of uses the handle feature for monitoring heart rate came loose and had to be retightened. The instructions, as others have noted, leave a little to be desired. The description of the hardware and where they go leaves you wondering what goes in what hole. There is no picture or description of each screw or bolt which I think would be helpful. The display is adequate for PT and only indicates key items necessary to monitor your exercise period. the magnetic tension control has setting of 1 thru 8 and easily clicks into place to ensure the load level you want. The operation of the pedals is smooth and not jerky. this is an all around work out bike with none of the frills that the more expensive bikes have. You get what you pay for, and for the dollar it's perfect! 11 month review. So far so good. the only issue that has come up so far is with the tension on the petal bearings which is an easy fix. If you start to notice a clunk when pedaling you need to take the top cover off. There you will find a jam nut on the left side of the belt shive. It provides preload on the bearings and had tendencies to back off. All you have to do is tighten the preload on the bearings and the problem goes away. You may want to put a dab of Loctite blue thread locker on the threads to keep it from backing off again. Other than that no other issues have arise.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
The exercise bike was very simple to assemble and has a very user friendly manual. the seat is a little on the firm side! but the back support is fine.
The seat slide adjustment is good for short people and tall people. the monitor/led is easy to use and the heart/pulse monitor on the side grips function good.as for the resistance in the peddling there is none! weather you set it on 1 or 8 a little baby just learning to walk could use the machine and not break a sweat. If you want a good work out then don't buy this bike.