|Marcy Foldable||/||8||250 lbs||2 years limited|
With an intensive and regular exercise routine, users can expect to lose a significant number of calories per hour while maintaining an excellent level of fitness and health. With a regular exercise pattern, users can very easily avoid medical conditions such as diabetes or obesity. If you want to buy a basic fitness machine for occasional use, you really can’t go wrong with the Marcy Foldable Exercise Bike.
In true Marcy fashion, this bike is efficient and inexpensive, with a price tag that only ranges between $70 and $100, and this is why it’s one of the most popular upright bikes on the market. Along with its affordable price, this bike also includes a foldable feature that can come in extremely handy to users who don’t have a lot of floor space. With this option, you don’t need to measure the size of your room and compare it to the machine since you can just store it just about anywhere in the house.
The Marcy upright bike has a fair level of comfort. Of course, while it cannot compare to more expensive models, such as the Schwinn 170, this machine does include a wider-than-average seat to very easily accommodate athletes of different body sizes. It is also padded with high density foam to add some extra comfort to your workout. However, quite a few users have found that the seat could have used some additional padding. According to these users, they could only use the bike for twenty to thirty minutes before they resorted to additional padding like gel cushions. It is still important to note that this is a common issue with upright bikes and most people have found that leaning forwards helped with this problem. The saddle can be moved up or down, depending on your individual height. It cannot be moved closer to the handlebars.
The counterweight pedals are quite sturdy, enabling you to pedal as vigorously as you want. Because they are textured, you can be confident that your feet will not slip off while you are using it. This is also enhanced by the wide and fully adjustable foot straps that can comfortably fit different shoe sizes. The handlebars are coated with rubber to ensure that you always benefit from a secure grip, regardless of how slippery your fingers become.
Features and Specifications
With the Marcy Foldable, you will be able to benefit from the following technical features:
- Machine Dimensions: 46 x 14.3 x 8 inches
- Machine Weight: 40 pounds
- Resistance Type: Magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 8
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
The most sought-after feature with this bike is its foldable option. Unlike other bulky machines, this particular model can be stored just about anywhere you want. In fact, when folded up, the bike only measures half of its actual size. To fold it up, you simply need to pull out the safety pin which is located at the very center of the machine and join the legs together. You can secure it in that position by inserting the safety pin again.
With this particular bike, users can benefit from a digital displays screen that will offer a variety of information such as the number of calories burned, distance covered, time elapsed, pulse as well as the combined distance of all your workouts. While the bike is manual and does not need to be plugged in, you do need to use two AA batteries to operate the console. Users should also know that the console can only display one feedback at a time, so you will need to use the push button to shuffle through the different displays for the information that you require. The console automatically goes off after 5 minutes of non-activity to help you save up on battery life. It does not come with a backlit feature.
The Marcy bike operates through a manual magnetic resistance which does provide a smooth operation, not unlike outdoors cycling. Users can shuffle between 8 different levels of resistance to find the best setting for them. This prevents boredom from settling in while helping you work on your stamina as you gradually move to higher levels of tensions. The varying levels of resistance can also be used to train with interval programs, whereby you switch between higher and lower levels of tension to burn more calories.
Ease of Use
This machine is quite straightforward to operate and does not come with any complicated feature. The one downside is that you will not benefit from additional amenities such as a water bottle holder, an MP3 player or built-in speakers. Other than these downsides, the majority of users- including beginners claimed that they had an easy time operating the machine and the digital console.
Assembly and Parts
Most people were able to set up the bike in under an hour. In fact, the instructions manual also includes illustrations to help you with this particular step. Every tool and accessory that you will require is also included in the packaging. It is recommended to ask another person to help you with the assembly process if you want to finish quickly.
There have been a few drawbacks reported about this machine, in spite of its mostly positive user feedback. The main complaint is related to the machine’s display screen, whereby most people thought that the screen was too small to be read from a distance. Some people also claimed that the backlit feature made it extremely difficult for them to properly view the information from a distance. A few customers- especially seasoned athletes- thought that the 8 levels of resistance were not sufficient to deliver an intensive workout.
Still, while it does admittedly comes with its drawbacks, this bike is worth it if you don’t want to spend too much on a machine that you will only use sporadically. Extremely easy to use, the bike is also ideal for anyone who lives in a dorm room or cramped spaces. Most people actually claim that they were able to fold it up and slip it under the bed or closet when not in use, to save up on floor space.