Exerpeutic 300SR Foldable Recumbent Bike Review

 

Exerpeutic 300SR Foldable Recumbent BikeThe Exerpeutic 300SR is slightly different from conventional exercise bikes. Whereas most mimic standard bicycles in terms of body posture and seating, the Exerpeutic has you sat back in a chair with a comfortable seat. It’s easy to see what the appeal of this is, but is the product really all that good? Let’s have a more in depth look to find out.

 

Key Specs For The Exerpeutic 300SR

 

RRP: $189

Year Of Release: 2011

Dimensions: 33 x 19 x 46 inches

Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs

LCD Computer Display? Yes

 

Exerpeutic 300SR: The Pros

 

Easy Assembly: If you’re worried about having to do some home assembly with the 300SR then you’ll be relieved to know that assembly is easy. The instructions are easy to follow and there aren’t too many parts that need to go together. You’ll have this assembled in no time at all, and you’ll be working out before you know it.

 

Storage: One of the main innovations of the 300SR is in storage. Whereas other exercise bikes take up a lot of floor space and pretty much get left wherever they are set up (they do have rollers to help with moving, but because of their size they are usually left in one place) the 300SR has an innovative design which allows it to fold.

 

Once folded, this exercise bike only takes up half the space, and can easily be stored away in a cupboard or under the stairs. If you live in a small apartment then this could be ideal.

 

Comfortable Seat: The other significant difference between this and standard exercise bikes is the seating. Other bikes use a simple bike saddle – replicating the real experience of bike riding. This can be uncomfortable after a while, and if the seats aren’t well designed it can make working out a literal pain in the ass!

 

What the 300SR has instead is a large, flat, cushioned seat. The whole of your rear is firmly supported ensuring that you don’t have excessive amounts on pressure on any one area. This makes the seat far more comfortable than others, giving you a more pleasant exercise experience.

 

On top of this, there is a large back rest which encourages you to sit back as you exercise. This helps you to maintain good posture with decent back support, and may also provide some relief to those with back problems who suffer using standard exercise bikes.

 

Quiet: This is one of the quietest exercise bikes in this price range. It’s almost silent, meaning that you can easily watch TV or listen to music as you exercise. It also means that you won’t annoy anyone else who you share your house with. If you really want to, this bike is so quiet that it’ll allow you to exercise whilst watching TV with other people without even annoying them.

 

LCD Display: For those of you who appreciate being able to see what speed you’re going at, how far you’ve been, how long you’ve been going for and more, the LCD display will fulfill your needs. It’s large so it’s easy to see even while you’re leaning back in the seat.

 

Sturdy: Despite the fairly small size of the 300SR, and its fold-away design, it remains sturdy in use. This is partly due to the seat, and the sit-back posture that puts less weight on the pedals and keeps your centre-of-gravity more centralized. It’s also built of strong materials, which means that it should last a reasonable length of time.

 

Cheap: On top of all the comfort that the 300SR offers, it’s also easy on your wallet. It’s actually one of the cheapest products in its category!

 

 

Exerpeutic 300SR: The Cons

 

Hear-Rate Reading: If knowing your heart-rate during your workout is important to you, then you should invest in a wrist-mounted heart-rate monitor. The included heart-rate monitoring technology is alright, but not wholly accurate. It’s sometimes up to 10 – 15 beats out. That’s a pretty significant error, so it’s not really sufficient for exercise guidance.

 

Calorie Reading: Like the heart-rate reading, the calorie reading is inaccurate. This is because calorie burning is dependent on more than just the intensity of exercise. It is based on a whole range of things that include weight and percentage of body-fat. The built-in calorie tracker doesn’t know all this other information so can’t possibly give you a true measurement.

 

Flimsy Display: A small, but potentially very annoying, issue with the 300SR is the flimsy build of the LCD display. It’s very easy to damage when moving the exercise bike around, or when assembling it for the first time. Just a little bit too much pressure can cause it to snap. The rest of the bike is of good solid build quality, but this could do with improving.

 

Is The Exerpeutic 300SR Worth Buying?

 

Overall, it’s hard not to recommend this exercise bike to anyone on a tight budget. If you’ve got more cash to splash then you might want to go for a traditional style exercise bike as it’ll offer you a slightly more intense level of workout. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a light cardio workout while you watch TV there are few better options in the same price range.