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Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
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- Foldable recumbent exercise bike with quiet V-belt double-drive transmission system
- Precision-balanced flywheel; 8-level adjustable magnetic tension control system
- Easy-to-read LCD display tracks your distance, calories, time, speed, and heart rate
- Semi-recumbent design for easy entry and exit; large seat cushion and backrest
- Supports up to 300 pounds; Product setup dimensions: 33”L x 19”W x 46”H
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Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike can be folded up and rolled away when you are finished exercising. It is also designed to support up to a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Features like 8 level Magnetic Tension control system, the high torque 3 piece torque crank system, heart pulse and a 'double drive' transmission system are all included for a very affordable price.
Product Dimensions and Weight
33 x 19 x 46 inches ; 43 pounds.
At a Glance:
- Semi Recumbent Design
- Large Seat Cushion and Back Rest
- 8 level Magnetic Tension System
- Large LCD Display
- Hand Pulse Sensors
- 3 Piece Crank System
- Transportation wheels included
- 1 year limited warranty
Exerpeutic Therapeutic Fitness
High-Quality Products at Value-Oriented Prices.
Semi Recumbent Design
Very easy to get off and on the bike, providing a more effective and comfortable workout with up to 300 pounds weight capacity.
Large Seat Cushion and Back Rest
Large seat cushion and back rest for users of any size. Adjustable to fit 5 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 2 inches user height.
8 level Magnetic Tension System
An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system allows the user to adjust the tension level for an easier or more difficult workout.
Large LCD Display
An easy to read large window (3.3 W x 1.5 H inches) LCD display that indicates distance, calories burned, time, speed, scan and pulse.
Hand Pulse Sensors
Hand pulse sensors on the handle bars for targeting your heart rate zone.
3 Piece Crank System
3 piece 'high torque' cranking system provides a smooth and consistent pedaling motion. The precision balanced flywheel and V- belt drive provide a smooth and quiet operation. It will not interfere with watching TV or listening to music.
Folds to at least ½ the size for storage, so it's uniquely compact and can be moved with included transportation wheels. Folded Dimensions: 20 L x 17 W x 54 H inches.
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|Weight Capacity||300 lbs.||220 lbs.||300 lbs.||400 lbs.|
|Folded Dimensions||20" L x 17" W x 54" H||19” L x 17.5” W x 53” H||21.3" L x 25.5" W x 54” H||27" L x 18" w x 48" H|
|Seat Cusion||Large||Ergonomic Contoured Seat Cushion||Extra Thick (2.5") Large Airsoft Seat||Large|
|Special Feature||Space Saving Folding Design||Space Saving Folding Design||Large fully adjustable desktop with forward, back, up and down adjustability for sitting or standing positions along with 3 angle adjustments (0, 16 and 33 degrees), 5 height adjustments (41" to 45")||Super Heavy Duty and Space Saving Folding Design, Great for tall people up to 6' 5"|
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It was easy to assemble, but must say that the instruction manual gives WAY too many diagrams of parts, etc. that aren't needed to assemble it and makes it look more intimidating to assemble than it really is. It comes with a wrench and Phillips head screwdriver/Allen wrench and that's all you'll need. It took me about 45 minutes to assemble, but had the instructions been simpler it would have been more like 30 minutes. I keep the tools handy and check the assembly points from time to time and give it a little snugging up, but it's not as if the bolts are really loose. It's just me being a tradesman's daughter and raised with the idea of preventive maintenance. It compacts and moves easily with the small wheels on the back - I can move it with one hand.
And as far as getting a really good workout on this bike is concerned, by the time I'm hitting levels 4 and 5 I'm really feeling it and need to have a small hand towel nearby to use along with about 24 oz of water for a 60 minute workout. I typically cycle about 1500 miles each year so it's not as if I'm just starting to incorporate bikes into my fitness routine. The seat is very comfortable and the back support is wonderful. I don't find myself dreading the idea of finally getting to 60 minutes because of the comfortable seat and back. It's so quiet to the point that you don't have to raise your TV volume if you like to work out that way and if others are sleeping you don't have to worry about waking them up due to noise.
I've found most home exercise equipment computers to be relatively unreliable. Caloric burn depends on body weight and other factors that you can't program in (versus higher end bikes at a gym) so you can't really rely on that. The pulse function is somewhat accurate, though I find it to be about 10-15 beats higher per minute than what my pulse rate really is. Better to rely on an analog clock for 15 seconds x4 to figure that one out, but the computer gives a general idea. I simply keep it on the timer function which is accurate.
I recognize that as a piece of home fitness equipment with a relatively low cost (compared to gym level equipment) that it may only last a couple of years. That being said, it is easily much more cost effective than a gym membership even if you had to replace it every couple of years, esp. if you have other fitness equipment at home you can use to cross train and vary your workouts. Highly recommended!
Update: January 2012 - still loving it. Continues to operate quietly and smoothly. I continue to check the assembly points on a weekly basis and snug them up as needed with the enclosed tools.
Update: Mid-March 2012 - due to the mild winter in the Northeast it's cycling season already! I was able to do my first ride of the season in the same amount of time it took to do the same ride at the end of last year by using this bike during the winter months. Since it's a different design vs. a road bike I was wondering if the right muscles would be conditioned and was happily surprised to find that they were. I cannot begin to emphasize how pleased I continue to be with this product.
MEASUREMENTS WHEN COMPACTED: Back leg to front leg - about 20", back leg to the frontmost part - about 27", widest point (handgrips) - about 24", height - about 47". The footprint of this unit when compacted is about the same as a standard kitchen chair.
My bike arrived undamaged, but the plastic cover surrounding the flywheel was misaligned at the bottom on the front side. I was able to pop it back into place by loosening nearby screws. Assembly took about 30mins at a leisurely pace, and was easily completed by one person. The instructions were simple to follow, and tools are provided, though I used my own in some instances for a more comfortable grip.
A couple things to note about this bike:
- It is extremely quiet, even at high speed or on the highest resistance setting. It makes a soft whisper/hum kind of noise.
- it is very stable, but does wiggle a little while pedaling when placed on padded carpeting (might not after settling in place for a while).
- It does *not* require the computer to function, the resistance is set manually.
- The computer is powered by two AAA batteries, turns on when you start pedaling, and can only be turned off by waiting 4 mins for the auto-off function (or removing the batteries, which will cause you to loose any stored odometer data). There is no option to get a wall adapter as far as I can tell.
- The pedal cranks are 6" long. Many full size exercise bikes have longer cranks (~8"). This means you are pedaling in a slightly smaller circle than what you may be used to. While I didn't find it to be a problem, you may notice the difference. I find it an acceptable tradeoff for a folding/somewhat portable bike.
- Some have complained of pedals loosening during use. The pedals are threaded so the the right pedal goes on clockwise and the left counterclockwise. In addition to screwing into the crank securely, each pedal has a locking nut which screws on in the opposite direction to further secure the pedals. The pedals spin freely, so there should be no reason for them to come off during normal use, but I will post an update if anything happens.
I bought this bike primarily to use with my standing desk so that I can get some extra exercise on days where I'm stuck working for several hours straight. It fits nicely under my 44" high desk, and there's plenty of room to pedal even with my keyboard tray at 39". I have the seat set to the max height (about 27 3/4" high), which is a little low for my setup, but is certainly usable. If you have a height-adjustable desk you should have no issues. I'm easily able to type while pedaling on resistance levels 1-3, which provide a pretty good workout.
Be aware, Level 1 still offers a fair amount of resistance, and there is no level 0. There is a nice range, and the highest levels are definitely a challenge.
Folding and unfolding the bike is fairly easy, there are two safety pins which secure the bike in either position. On the one hand, the bike is smaller overall than I was expecting, which was a pleasant surprise. However, you can't push the legs closed all the way when collapsed and still use the safety pin to keep it locked in place. From what I can tell, the wider stance is to keep it balanced while folded, but it means it has a larger footprint.
There are wheels on the rear support leg which allow you to roll the bike around when folded. This works great on hardwood, tile, berber, or other flat surfaces, but it becomes more like dragging when on carpet. The bike is light enough to pick up and carry around, but it's not so light that I'd want to have to do so often.
I had no issues with the computer or pulse monitor. I made sure the connections were tight and left slack in the pulse monitor cables when assembling the bike. You do obviously need to have both hands on the pulse sensors for them to work, and I found that it does not give a good reading unless your hands are slightly damp (sweat works fine). Even then it's really only good for giving you a general idea of where your heart rate is at, I would not count on it for accuracy. As others have noted, if you intend to regularly adjust your seat height, be careful that you do not disconnect or pinch the pulse monitor wires.
The seat is not uncomfortable, but as some have noted, depending your size you may find the front edge of the seat irritates your thighs. I think this is due to it being a semi-recumbent bike, and the seat is really more for a fully recumbent bike. The seat cutaways should be more pronounced to allow a full range of motion. (While you shouldn't have to do this, solutions to consider if you run into this problem and want to keep the bike:
Adjusting the seat height, sitting on a yoga block, adding a beach cruiser style gel cover, or even making your own custom seat that will fit the mounting plate.)