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  • But as I got older I found that niggles in my ankle and knee joints were getting more frequent and taking longer to heal
  • They are also bulky and not terribly attractive outside a gym environment and so space and storage is an issue in most houses
  • I spent some time searching for a foldaway model which was also fairly robust and not too expensive – a combination hard to find, so I was delighted to hit on this one
  • The fold away mechanism is a simple scissors action, held in place by a locking pin with two positions – open or folded away – and can be done in seconds
  • However, as a basic keep fit aid it does the job very well

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    I used to keep fit by jogging. But as I got older I found that niggles in my ankle and knee joints were getting more frequent and taking longer to heal. In fact, there came a point when I was spending more time recovering than actually jogging. I needed something to provide a workout while protecting my suddenly sensitive limbs – sitting down on a bike!

    Exercise bikes provide good cardio-vascular exercise while supporting the body weight. They are also bulky and not terribly attractive outside a gym environment and so space and storage is an issue in most houses. I spent some time searching for a foldaway model which was also fairly robust and not too expensive – a combination hard to find, so I was delighted to hit on this one.

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  • It comes disassembled but can be put together in 20 minutes following the clear instructions, and it was obvious during the process that the machine was solid and well-engineered. In fact the most time-consuming part was attaching the rubber pedal guards to the pedals. Opened out and ready to use it measures 63cm front to back but folds away to a compact 33cm.

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  • Some manhandling is required to get it from its storage location to where you want to use it and as it’s fairly heavy (14 kg) and awkward to handle, you don’t want this to be a great distance or up and down stairs.

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  • The fold away mechanism is a simple scissors action, held in place by a locking pin with two positions – open or folded away – and can be done in seconds.

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  • We are all different shapes and sizes but this bike is not very adjustable. The handlebars and pedal positions are fixed, as is the distance from the saddle to the handlebars (by the foldaway mechanism). The saddle has a choice of three heights and ideally I would like it somewhere between the top and middle positions, but I can manage with the middle setting. Talking of saddles, this one is averagely comfortable and reasonably well-padded but I find any bike saddle gives me bum ache after an hour or two. Fortunately with an exercise bike 30 minutes is a reasonable time slot. However, if you do want to stretch your legs and give your backside a bit of a rest, standing up on the pedals is a bit problematic: this bike is not really designed for that, it feels a bit unbalanced and the positioning is wrong so you hit your legs on the handlebars.

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  • So, off and pedalling. There are 8 resistance settings, and each increment is small but noticeable and pedalling at level 8 for any length of time is very hard indeed. A read-out screen is provided which measures distance covered (both from first use and for the session), speed, time elapsed, calories consumed, and heart rate. You make the computer work by gripping the handlebars – if you take your hands off for half a minute, to wipe your streaming brow for instance, it will register P for pause but resume when you get hold again. After 4 minutes it closes down assuming you have finished, or collapsed. The read-out cycles (ha!) through these 6 elements showing each one for about 5 seconds which can be a bit annoying if you want to try to get a constant speed for example. Heart rate is really useful, especially when you get to my age, but calories, while interesting, is not, and could be usefully replaced by revs per minute or something.

    Unfortunately, like so much repetitive exercise, pedalling on a exercise bike can get boring and it’s difficult to stay focused unless you’re extraordinarily single-minded. You could listen to your playlist, although the rhythm of the track will almost certainly determine how fast you pedal. I’ve found the most effective way is by watching a virtual training session on YouTube. There are plenty of these out there, either spinning classes or a road session, and lasting anything from 20 minutes to an hour. Instructors give structure and guidance. You can get a bracket to fix to the handlebars which will hold your phone or tablet in place.

    If cycling is your main sport and you’re looking for some supplementary indoor training, this bike is not for you. Dedicated cyclists will need a much higher spec smart trainer (and correspondingly more expensive) with full gearing, power meter and programmable resistance. However, as a basic keep fit aid it does the job very well. Of course, like all fitness aids, you get out what you put in.



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