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Good bike, once you get one that works!
on July 15, 2014
I hope to be able to upgrade this review after I've had a chance to use this bike more intensively, but... it has taken a long time to get one that works! The first bike arrived and I was able to easily assemble it. (It does assemble easily, except for the connection for the tension control - hint - loosen the nut below the bottom part of the attachment, and you'll be able to extend it further and get the two parts hooked together.) Got on, pedaled - and nothing happened on the display monitor. So I called Stamina and was told that if the monitor was displaying zeros (it was), then the problem was the main frame, and they would send me another.
They did - in a box that contained a miscellany of loose parts, not enough to put together an entire bike, but so many that one had to wonder WHY they were there... I was able to easily reassemble the bike (since most of the components could now be removed in larger "chunks" rather than piecemeal). I tried it out - and found that the tension did not work at all on the new bike. At the lowest setting I could barely get the pedals to move.
So this time I went back to Amazon and asked THEM to ship me a replacement, which I did. Now, after nearly six weeks, I finally have a working bike. It still has a higher level of tension than I'm used to, but it is workable.
Quibbles: The pedals are small and set so close to the crank that my heels are always bumping the crank. I will try swapping them out with pedals from another cycle that we hardly ever use and see if this helps. Or perhaps Stamina has a larger size - if I try to move my foot far enough out so that it doesn't bump, it slides off the pedal. (There are no straps on the pedals.) Quibble 2: I find that it "credits" me with about half the calories that my old Stamina credited, based on distance cycled. There is no way to "personalize" the settings with your age, weight, etc. - so calories are calculated as a function of distance. The old bike gave me 11 calories for every .10 miles; this one gives about 5 calories for the same distance.
But at least I have a bike at last, and can get back to my exercise regime - keeping my fingers crossed that it won't break down in a month. My experience with Stamina bikes is that GENERALLY they have a lifespan of around a year, before something fatal gives way (on the old bike it was always the pedal crank). It's an inexpensive bike and I won't mind if it lives a year - as long as, when I replace it, I can actually get a working model on the FIRST try!!!