Exerpeutic 300SR Foldable Recumbent Bike Review

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.


Body Rider Fan Bike Review

Body Rider Fan Bike Review


Body Rider Fan BikeThe Body Rider Fan Bike is a low cost alternative to many upper body and lower body exercise bikes on the market today. Many people have started turning away from traditional exercise bikes in favor of more comprehensive exercise bikes that provide a full body workout more suited to general fitness.


The Body Rider Fan Bike has synchronized dual-action handlebars that work the upper body and arms in tandem with the legs. Add in to the mix a pedal powered fan to keep you cool during your workout and you have a pretty impressive exercise machine at a fraction of the cost of bigger brand name exercise bikes. The question is – does the Body Rider Fan Bike really offer a genuine alternative to more costly, recognizable exercise bikes, or is it just a cheap knock-off?


Key Specs for Body Rider Fan Bike


RRP: $299

Year Of Release: 2009

Dimensions: 45 x 23.2 x 45.6 inches

Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs

LCD Computer Display? Yes


Body Rider Fan Bike: The Pros


Upper & Lower Body Exercise: The main benefit of the Body Rider Fan Bike is the combination of both upper and lower body exercise that it provides. Many people looking to get fit in their own house invest in an exercise bike that does not feature any upper body workout option, and they can often see slower results than those that do invest in a more comprehensive exercise bike.


The handlebars are extremely well designed, and although there is no option to fix them in a stationary position, they are conveniently placed so that they do not get in the way when you are looking to only work your legs. The tension on both is very easily adjusted through a simple tension knob, so you can very simply customize your workout to suit your needs mid workout. A fixed option for either the legs, arms, or both would be a huge addition, but for this price it would be asking too much seeing as many more expensive options don’t have such a feature.


Fan: Anyone who has used any kind of exercise equipment in the comfort of their own home will confirm that it can get very hot very quickly! The Body Rider Fan Bike has a built in fan to combat this exact problem. Powered by your exercise, the fan increases and decreases in power in conjunction with the speed you are doing at the time.


This is not a big powerful fan that will keep you completely cool, but it will certainly help keep your temperature at a more comfortable level. The fan can also act as an incentive to push yourself harder.  The harder you pedal the stronger the fan breeze, so when you’re reaching the end of your workout you can reward yourself with a sprint finish and a more powerful breeze!


Assembly: You wouldn’t expect assembly to be too difficult for an exercise bike at this price, but the big surprise is how easily the pieces can be put together. Many low cost exercise machines feature cheaply made parts that struggle to fit together, but the Body Rider Fan Bike can not only be put together quickly but with consummate ease. The instructions are clear and concise, and while any assembly will always be a simpler task with two people, solo assembly is certainly achievable in a reasonable timeframe.


Body Rider Fan Bike: The Cons


Seat Comfort: The Body Rider Fan Bike stumbles at the same hurdle as many of its more expensive peers; seat comfort. In fairness, the Body Rider never claims to have the most comfortable seat in the world – merely an adjustable one. The seat is a metal base with a hard rubber covering that does absolutely nothing for your behind. Thankfully, because the cost of the Body Rider is so low, factoring in the cost of a comfortable gel seat cover is no big issue for most people and the problem is moot. Even so, the Body Rider Fan Bike has missed an opportunity to really stand out from the crowd here.


Height Restrictions: The Body Rider Fan Bike claims to have an adjustable seat that can be raised to suit all shapes and sizes, but in reality this is misleading. At best, the Body Rider would be suitable for someone of height 6 1 with average length legs. Any taller than that, or even slightly shorter with longer legs, and this is not the exercise bike for you. Even with the seat position in its most raised position, tall users will find the experience a little cramped and simply not comfortable enough to gain any kind of real workout satisfaction.



Is the Body Rider Fan Bike Worth Buying?


If you are looking for a modern, technically sophisticated exercise bike, or even a luxuriously comfortable exercise bike, then you should give the Body Rider Fan Bike a miss. This is a low cost exercise bike aimed at those on a budget who are looking to invest in a cheap and cheerful exercise machine that will allow them to keep fit. The seat is very uncomfortable, and very tall users should definitely look elsewhere. However, there is an awful lot to be said for an exercise machine that costs so little and offers so much. Use the Body Rider Fan Bike properly and you will see results, and for that it deserves some credit.