|Marcy Mag Cycle|
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The Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle is a recumbent bike that has been conceived for intermediate uses as well as beginners. Priced between $100 and $200, this machine is straightforward and comes with all the basic features that you will need to lose weight. Most people can lose between 300 and 500 calories per hour. A major plus with this bike is that it keeps your body in a recumbent position, which keeps fatigue at bay while taking the weight of your joints off your body. This also prevents issues like slipped discs, muscular strains and the likes.
The Marcy Mag Cycle has a decent level of comfort in spite of its affordable price. The seat is lightly padded to deliver a moderate level of comfort while supporting your back while you exercise. Made from soft vinyl, it is designed to remain cool during your training. While the seat height is not adjustable, it is possible to move it closer or further from the screen according to how tall you are. However, you will need to exit the machine to adjust it which may not provide you with the perfect fit. This can be slightly detrimental to users who are taller than average.
As far as the seat padding is concerned, the majority of people found that they were able to comfortably pedal for half an hour to forty-five minutes before the soreness settled in. As far as other comfort features are concerned, this particular model does not include a fan, water bottle holder or reading rack. On a positive note, it does include textured handlebars that you can hold even if your fingers are slippery. Similarly, the pedals are also thickly textured and come with thick toe cages to hold your ankles firmly into place.
Features and Specifications
The Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle has the following technical specifications:
- Machine Dimensions: 31 x 22 x 12 inches
- Machine Weight: 64 pounds
- Maximum Capacity: 300 pounds
- Resistance: Adjustable magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 8
- Transport wheels: Yes
Like with the newer model NS-716R, the Mag Cycle’s best feature is without a doubt its high user capacity. Indeed with 300 pounds of maximum capacity, this affordable bike can also be used by obese athletes, which can’t be said of the likes of the Sunny Folding.
The bike is self-operated and does not require any electrical outlet. However, you will require two AA batteries to ensure that the display console works. The console automatically turns on when you start to pedal and goes to sleep for eight minutes when you stop. The screen can be used to consult different fitness-related data such as the speed, time, odometer, calories and distance covered. With this machine, users will also be able to benefit from 8 levels of tension to vary their workouts and prevent their bodies from adjusting to the same motions. Users can shuffle through the various tension levels through the adjustment knob located underneath the screen. While the 8 levels of tension might fall below par for advanced users, it will undoubtedly fit beginners who are still working on their stamina.
Unlike most recumbent bikes, this particular model does not include a heart rate monitor and this was an issue for some people, especially experienced athletes who prefer to keep track of their heart rate. This apparatus also provides users with a large LCD display that can be read from a distance without straining your neck. The majority of customers said that they were pleased with the large and easy-to-read fonts as well.
Ease of Use
Because it does not require an electrical outlet, this machine can be placed in any room of the house. Thanks to the transport wheels, you can move the bike around and use it virtually anywhere. It is also lightweight and easy to store. Because it is so straightforward, this particular model is also fairly easy to understand and operate. The console, for example, comes with self-explanatory buttons that do remain in easy reach.
Assembly and parts
The main frame is not attached to the pedals, console, seat and handlebars. Consequently, you will need to spend some time assembling the bike. All the tools and accessories that you will need are included in the boxed packaging. As far as the setup time is concerned, the majority of people did find that they required around one hour to set up the bike.
When it comes to drawbacks, several customers found that the bike lacked padding, especially for longer workouts. Most athletes did require some additional padding in the form of a cushion for training sessions that lasted more than an hour. Another drawback reported about this machine was related to the lack of more luxurious features such as built-in speakers, fan, water bottle holder and reading rack. Lastly, experienced users found that this machine did not meet their standards, but this should be expected considering its price.
All in all, the Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle is worth its price if you’re not looking for a recumbent bike to use on a daily basis. Ideal for light to moderate use, this may not be the most comfortable recumbent bike but at the end of the day, it is extremely budget-friendly and gets the job done. With a maximum user weight of 300 pounds, it can also suit obese athletes. Best of all, it is very easy to use, which should be quite an advantage for first-time users. The Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle is covered by a manufacturer’s two-year warranty.