The Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike is a no-frills, affordable recumbent workout bike whose design is simple and appears smart; certainly, it’s not going to be an eyesore at home. Its adjustable seat is useful when being used by people of different heights.
For motivation, its console displays various parameters, showing you how close you are to achieving your target. What catches your eye most about this exercise is its low retail price; currently, it is selling at $135 on Amazon. As you read on, you’ll realize that there are several shortcomings; this review should help you decide whether this is a good fit for you.
Its drive type and pedals
Its engine is composed of a belt drive and a flywheel weighing 4kg; this combination provides you with a quiet and smooth ride. You may either pedal forwards or backwards, with similar results. All this is covered for safety, which also eliminates need for maintenance.
The Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike features large pedals with straps for a firm, comfortable grip. The plastic straps may be tricky to use at first but you get the hang of it soon enough.
The bike’s resistance
The bike has eight resistance levels; to adjust resistance upwards, all you have to do is turn the knob to your right and vice versa. Turning the knob while pedaling can be strenuous and as such, you may be forced to stop exercising first and adjust the resistance knob.
In essence, the knob controls magnets in the recumbent bike.
The basic display on the exercise bike displays vitals such as distance, speed, odometer (cumulative distance), heart rate and calories burned. For heart rate monitoring, you’ll be required to hold onto the handlebars.
Since only one parameter is displayed at a time, use the mode button in the console’s middle to change what you view. If you wish to record your workouts or set programs, you have to do it manually.
How to start and stop
This is the easy part; since the console is battery powered, all you have to do is hop on the bike and start pedaling. This fires up the display from where you can input exercise programs manually. Once you’re done with your workout, the display will automatically turn off when it notices several minutes have gone by without any activity.
The Sunny & Fitness bike has a flat, padded seat with a slightly slanting backrest which is thickly padded too. Surprisingly, flat seat does not seem to inconvenience users who can exercise for long periods without experiencing any serious discomfort; this is however subject to personal preference.
The seat’s height is perfect for easy getting on and off; it’s just like sitting on your normal chair. If the padding is not thick enough for you, why not use a small cushion or folded towel?
The bike’s height is at 35.42 inches, its width 24.4 inches and its length 57 inches. Weighing in at 56 lbs. the bike will perform optimally and safely when supporting a user’s weight of a maximum of 265 lbs. this qualifies it a bike all family members can use comfortably.
The bike comes with a 1 year warranty, with its parts being warranted for 90 days similar to typical bike parts.
The bike is easy to assemble within a couple of minutes; its manual provides clear instructions complete with images. Its 8 resistance levels are easy to adjust and the results will be instantly displayed on its basic console. The seat’s adjustability ranges from 4ft 9 ins to 5ft 9 ins, giving you quite some room to work with. It is fairly stable, very quiet and allows for forward and backward pedaling. For most users, the bike has ample padding on its backrest and seat. Getting on and off the bike is easy.
Unfortunately, Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike doesn’t include transport wheels, making it hard to move around. The tension knob’s bad positioning disrupts your workout each time you want to adjust resistance. If you after a tough workout, the top resistance level simply won’t suffice. For therapeutic purposes, this bike is not recommended by its manufacturing company. Since the console is not backlit, it’s hard reading the parameters in dark rooms.
With no accessories, you want have a place to place your water bottle or electronics; a side table might do. The bike’s manual has no instructions on how to use the bike.
Final verdict on the Sunny & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike
For its low price, it’s certainly a bike you should have in your home; it build and design are modestly attractive and it gets you sweating as soon as you’re on it. Though it might wobble a little, it is mostly firm especially during composed workouts. Its assembling is straightforward.