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If you want to exercise in the comfort of your own home without overexerting yourself, you might want to check out the Stamina 4825. Priced between $200 and $300, this recumbent bike is budget-friendly but does provide you with different options to help you not only lose weight but also keep it off. The features may seem complicated to navigate through at first but most users rapidly got the hang of it.
The Stamina 4825 has a decent level of comfort, especially considering its price. Both the backrest and the seat are padded, which makes it far easier for you to work out, even for longer periods of time. Measuring 10 inches deep and 14.5 inches wide, the seat can be used by people of different body sizes. However, it is important to note that the seat is quite hard in spite of its padding. While some people do prefer a harder seat for a more solid back support, beginners might find that the seat gets quite painful after several hours of pedaling. Most people actually needed a couple of weeks to break it in and get used to it. It’s not a bad idea to use a pillow as well.
The seat can be moved back and forth to suit the individual height of each user. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the backrest. To adjust the seat, you will need to exit the machine and use the adjustment knob to move it to your requirements. More importantly, the Stamina 4825 has a “Step Through” design which means that you won’t need to climb on an upright seat every time you want to exercise. The machine does not come with a fan or water bottle holder- something that was detrimental to some customers. On the plus side, it includes wide and textured pedals that can be used to pedal backwards as well. Thick safety straps are attached for a firm grip.
Features and Specifications
The technical specifications for this machine are as follows:
- Machine Dimensions: 39 x 20 x 10 inches
- Machine Weight: 71 pounds
- Resistance Type: Magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 8
- Maximum User Capacity: 300 pounds
- Preset programs: 6
- Transport wheels: Yes
While the Stamina 4825 is fairly affordable, it does come with more advanced features that are not found on other budget-friendly models, such as the Exerpeutic 1000 and the Marcy Mag Cycle. For example, users can select interact with the six preset programs to vary their workouts and avoid the all-too-common fitness plateau. These preset programs can additionally be used by different users, regardless of their fitness level. Some of these programs are also equipped with speed targets to let you know whether you are pedaling too quickly or too slowly, based on the results that you want to achieve.
Along with the different programs, users can also choose between eight levels of resistance. These can be adjusted through the tension knob located at the front of the machine. The selected level of resistance will be displayed on the LCD screen. Most users found that they were able to view the screen even from a distance but a few customers did complain that the screen could have been larger to provide a better visual. Through the display, you will also be able to view different types of workout data such as the number of calories burned, distance covered and speed. The heart rate trackers are located in the handlebars and users will also be able to view an approximate reading of their pulse on the screen. Your target heart rate zone is also displayed. Athletes can additionally shuffle between the Scan and Mode functions to display that they want to consult.
Ease of Use
While it does have several built-in programs and levels of tension, the machine does remain easy to use. For starters, it remains completely stable during your training session, regardless of how quickly you pedal. The precision balanced flywheel delivers smooth pedaling motions devoid of excessive noise which means that you’ll be able to keep yourself entertained by watching movies or listening to music while you train.
However, it is true that the digital interface may seem confusing to some athletes at first- especially if you’ve never used a recumbent bike before. A user’s manual has been included to help you find your way around the machine.
Assembly and parts
Customers do receive an instructions manual to help them set up the machine. The manual is bilingual and fully illustrated. The great majority of people found that they needed around forty-five minutes to join the main frame to the console, seat, pedals and handlebars. You will be pleased to learn that every part and accessory that you will require is included with the different parts. These include various types of wrenches, bolts and screws.
The Stamina 4825 provides nice value for money but it does have a few drawbacks. For instance, quite a few people complained about the seat which they fond was too hard and unyielding, even after several weeks. Other customers were highly dissatisfied by the screen and found that it lacked clarity, even if this was not a widespread complaint.
This recumbent bike is undoubtedly worth its price, especially in terms of features such as the adjustable resistance and built-in programs. More importantly, it is versatile enough to be used by athletes of varying fitness levels. At 71 pounds, it may not be the lightest machine on the market but it does include transport wheels that enable you to move it around. The Stamina 4825 has a 90 days warranty on the parts and 3 years on the frame.