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Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Exercise Bike/Rower
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- The Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Bike/Rower has some extra unique features. In addition to rowing and biking, you can also set up a leg press or upper-body cable exercises. Simply change the position of the rowing handle with the seat hook.
- Warranty Three years frame and 90 days parts, 250lbs weight capacity. Some assembly required.
- Two-in-one design great for biking and rowing. Option for additional upper and lower body strength exercises with rowing handle. Eight levels of adjustable magnetic resistance. Multi-function monitor tracks metrics, Set target rate for metrics. Heart pulse sensor built into handlebars.
- Padded rowing handle. Comfortable seat and seatback. Oversized aluminum rail for smooth row glide. Textured cycling footplates with straps. Pivoting rowing footplates.
- Adjustable foot straps. Durable steel construction. Foldable frame. Built-in transport wheels.
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Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Bike / Rower
Experience the benefits of rowing and biking in one machine! The Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Bike / Rower comes with the features you need to build the body you desire. Easily switch between rowing and biking. Use the multi-function monitor to keep track of the statistics that matter most during your workouts. You'll stay comfortable with the padded seat, rowing handle, pivoting footplates and textured bike pedals.
Row with the Conversion II for a strength-building, full-body workout.
Switch to biking for an effective lower-body, cardiovascular exercise.
Easy-to-read display tracks speed, distance, time, calories burned and pulse.
Use the knob to adjust between the eight levels of magnetic resistance.
The padded cushion and seat back provides comfort.
Padded rowing handle
The padded design eases tension in the hands and arms.
Pivoting footplates and adjustable straps
The footplates and adjustable straps provide extra stability when rowing.
Easy transport design
Fold the Conversion II and use the built-in wheels to easily transport it.
Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Bike/Rower - Rowing is widely recognized with trainers and fitness experts as one of the best all around activities for cardiovascular fitness and strength. Rowing is an efficient, effective total body workout that utilizes all major muscle groups including the back, legs, arms, abdominals and buttocks. It is one of the best exercises for building a strong back, as well as one of the most effective low-impact aerobic exercises for increasing your metabolism for more efficient calorie and fat burning without the impact on your joints. The super quiet recumbent bike is designed to put you in a semi-reclined position so your workout focuses on all the major muscles in your hips, thighs, and buttocks. Stationary cycling is also among the most effective low-impact aerobic exercises because it increases your metabolism for more efficient calorie and fat burning without impact on your joints.
Color: Black w/Gray
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Packaging: packed very well and had zero broken or missing parts. A big concern prior to purchase was how the bike was packaged as many other reviewers reported broken or missing parts. I am happy to say it arrived very quickly after the shipping error was remedied, and was packed very well. It comes in a brown box, about the size of a small coffee table. The box was printed with a description and picture of the item, but as this was not a gift, I was not concerned with it being open. The box is quite heavy at roughly 100 lbs, so having a second person to assist with bringing it into the assembly area would be a great idea.
Unpacking: everything was very well packed and protected inside the box. There was a lot of Styrofoam, plastic baggies, and flexible padding to get through. The instructions were pretty clear (for me, at least), and I was able to lay out everything to get ready for assembly.
Assembly: the box does contain some tools needed for assembly, but other tools from a personal stash are recommended since the tools provided are meant to be temporary. Allen wrenches, screw drivers, regular wrenches, and a small hammer were what I needed to complete the assembly. All told, the assembly took me about an hour once I unpacked everything. The length of time was partly my fault because I made a wrong turn when putting together the seat. The instructions are a fair representation of accurate assembly, especially once I got the hang of them.
Use: So far, so good. We have had the product for a few months now and it has held up very well. I have put a few hundred miles on the bike/rower and there have been zero malfunctions. The resistance is good for what we need it for and after a few months, I'm only using level 6 and 7 out of 10. The seat extends far enough to be comfortable for a person who is 6'5" tall (me) and is able to be used by a person who is 5'2" (wife) with no issues. The machine is very quiet and we are able to use it while watching TV without it being very loud at all.
Cons: I have very large feet and this is not great for this machine for two reasons. 1. When using the bike portion, I have to make sure my feet are snugly fit into the bike pedals or they will bump into the foot holds for the rower. Anyone with size 14 or greater shoe size may have an issue with this if they're not careful. 2. When using the rower, my feet extend above the molded plastic holders and routinely slip out of the back heel stop, which cause my entire shoe to come loose. It makes me have to stop the rowing motion to re-strap my foot and is quite annoying at times, especially when in rhythm. If I strap in tight enough, I can get by, but it's not ideal. If the rower foot holds were better suited to hold large feet, I would absolutely give a 5 star rating.
Note: not sure if this is specified on the product page or not, but the unit does not need electricity or batteries to operate. It's ready to go as soon as fully and correctly assembled. However, the display will not function without AA batteries, and those are not included.
Overall, I am very pleased. It is constructed well and it's very smooth.
It is an excellent value, considering you get an exercise rower and a recumbent exercise bike in one.
My rower/bike arrived in perfect condition. There was absolutely no damage from shipping.
It was fairly simple to assemble, and using my own tools made it even easier. It comes with a set of rudimentary tools that will do the job, but it just takes longer.
*A note on assembly: Some of the bolts and screws are pre-installed on the unit and are not included in the bag. During assembly, if you think you are missing a bolt, look on the unit, it's probably already in place.
I read some reviews stating the resistance was too light. Well, it might be a mechanical issue or something else with individual units , but for moderate exercise, there is plenty of resistance. On the rower, I can get a good workout starting at level 4 and ending at level 6 or 7.
On the bike, I start at level 3 and work my way up to level 5 or 6.
I'm sure over the next few months I'll be using level 8 at some point, but I haven't needed to 'max' it out yet.
The monitor is nice and I like the fact that it is built-in and doesn't sit on top like the less expensive model.
It has time elapsed, distance, rpm, calories burned, and heart rate. (the heart rate feature only registers while holding the hand grips for the bike, so it won't register if you are rowing)
The rower is very smooth and the motion feels natural.
The bike is also quite smooth and the recumbent position is comfortable.
I can really work up quite a sweat and get a great workout without leaving the house.
Now for the reason I only gave four stars, which was also mentioned in other reviews: The foot rests for the rower. They are the only drawback for an otherwise superb machine.
They simply don't hold your feet securely enough. My size 12 EEE's keep slipping out. No matter how tight I make the strap. So, what happens is it 1) affects concentration and 2)by holding my feet so they won't slip, after 30 mins. it's very painful.
So, here's my remedy:
I went to Walmart and bought a cheap pair of sneakers ($20) and an assorted package of bolts, nuts, and washers ($5)
I removed the foot rests for the rower.
I removed the insoles from the sneakers.
I held the sneaker in the same position as it would be while rowing.
I drilled 4 1/4"holes through the sneaker and through the foot rest.
I then pushed the bolt through the sneaker and the foot rest, (placing a washer on the bolt first) then popped on the nut and tightened all four bolts.
I used threadlock on the nuts so vibration/movement wouldn't loosen them.
I slipped the insoles back in the sneakers and reinstalled the sneaker/footrest combo.
It is now PERFECT.
No worrying about my feet slipping and no more pain.
For $25 it was a cheap and effective fix.
I would recommend this machine highly, with the caveat that you may have to make some modifications to the foot rest.
*I've added photos to the 'customer images' to show what the modification looks like.
The only thing that I would caution is that if you are looking for exact stats on your workout, you will need to purchase a heart rate monitor. The calculation for calories burned is complex and the machine does not caputure all of the data necessary to make a correct calculation. I wore my old Impulse 12 chest band and my new Fitbit wrist monitor to compare to the machine. The Impulse and the Fitbit were close in stats. The Stamina machine was a couple hunderd calories high.
Overall, we love this machine.
The machine is very quiet. The seat slides smoothly when rowing, and is easily adjusted into several fixed positions for the recumbent bike. Although the resistance at the highest level will not be what you experience at a gym, it is more than sufficient for a home workout. You will feel the burn! It folds/stands up easily and can be quickly moved out of the way when not in use.
I've just started using the machine, but am happy with what I've experienced so far. Its a great purchase for the money spent.
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