|Sunny Folding Bike|
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With a price tag that ranges between $100 and $200, the Sunny Folding is especially designed for beginners. Featuring an eye-catching pink design, this recumbent bike is extremely affordable and will help you lose between 300 and 500 calories in just one hour. More importantly, it is extremely easy to navigate through the different options even if you don’t have any experience in the fitness field.
Because it is in a semi-recumbent position, the Sunny Folding is extremely gentle on the joints and will enable you to train without any of the fatigue and soreness that normally follow more intense workout sessions. In spite of its budget-friendly price, this machine has a decent seat with some light padding. The padding does fall before par if compared to more professional models but it will enable you to benefit from an enjoyable workout during thirty minutes to an hour. The pedals are oversized and can therefore accommodate different shoe sizes. It is textured and comes with large straps to wrap snugly around the ankles.
The bike does not come with a water bottle holder or built-in fan but these more luxurious amenities are not usually included in budget-friendly models. It does, however, include a handlebar on either side of your body. While they do not include pulse sensors, they are lightly textured to provide you with a comfortable grip if your fingers get sweaty.
Features and Specifications
The Sunny Folding has the following technical specifications:
- Machine Dimensions: 44 x 16 x 8 inches
- Machine Weight: 40 pounds
- Maximum User Capacity: 220 pounds
- Resistance Type: Adjustable magnetic
- Resistance Levels: 8
- Transport wheels: Yes
This particular model does not have a flywheel, something that will undoubtedly be detrimental to experienced users. The function of a flywheel is to encourage your muscles to put in more effort in your workout but since this machine is devoid of this particular gadget, you might find it problematic if you’re used to challenging training sessions. However, the lack of a flywheel will hardly be noticeable to beginners and intermediate users. In fact, this can also be an advantage since it will enable you to comfortably start off on a lower resistance and gradually build up your strength and stamina before moving on to a more professional apparatus. Instead of a flywheel, it is equipped with a crank system which can also provide a sustainable toning up over any flabby area.
With this bike, users will also be able to benefit from a relatively small digital console. While it certainly is smaller than average, it does the job and provides you with relatively accurate information related to your workout. Users will mainly be able to consult the number of calories burned, distance covered, speed and time. You will also be able to check the resistance level that you’re currently using. In fact, as far as resistance is concerned, athletes can shuffle between 8 various levels of tension. These can be adjusted through an adjustment knob that is located at the bottom of the screen. The folding recumbent bike does not include built-in programs.
Ease of Use
Thanks to the Sunny Folding, you will also benefit from a high torque cranking system designed to deliver a smooth and consistent pedaling motion. This enhances your coordination, something that can be extremely handy to first-time users. Weighing only 40 pounds, this bike can easily be moved around for storage. This is rendered even easier thanks to the transport wheels located at the front of the machine. Thanks to its foldable feature, the bike is extremely easy to store. When folded up, it is actually small enough to be tucked under a bed or against the closet- an option that is ideal for anyone with limited floor space.
Along with a smooth pedaling motion, users can also benefit from a quiet operation that will make it easier for you to listen to some music or watch a movie as you train. The console is extremely easy to navigate through thanks to the push buttons. The display is self-explanatory and easy to understand, even by a novice.
Assembly and Parts
Assembling this bike was quite straightforward for most people since the machine is quite lightweight and compact. The instructions manual is simple enough to understand and punctuated by illustrations to guide you through the whole assembly process. Tools and accessories are even included to help you with this step. Users will need to join the main frame to the pedals, console, seat and handlebars. Most users found that this process required around half an hour to forty-five minutes only.
A few drawbacks were reported about this apparatus, especially in terms of comfort. For instance, the majority of users claimed that the seat could have used much more padding. Similarly, a few people found that the saddle wasn’t wide enough, resulting in quite a lot of discomfort for obese users. A few people also complained about the 220 pound user weight capacity which could not accommodate severely obese athletes, in which case the Exerpeutic 400XL seems a better option.
All in all, the Sunny Folding Recumbent Bike is undeniably a basic, no-frills machine. It is pretty straightforward and while it does not include more luxurious options, it will ensure that you do not exceed your budget. With a small footprint, it is also extremely easy to operate and can be store away when not in use.