I needed to get in shape after serious medical issues for the past 5 years, and also have neck and back injuries, so I was desperate to find equipment that I could and would actually USE! I checked out eliptical machines, but felt that due to my upper body weakness, an exercise bike was the right piece to help me build up not just my strength, but also my endurance.
I have used it every day and can feel the benefit already, after less than a week! I am slowly building myself up so I don't give up and end up with the traditional decorative clothes hanger! A nice discovery was that if you lean forward on this bike, grabbing the "handle bars", you work on the abs at the same time!! I pedaled 5 miles on the third day, and have increased daily from there, so I am excited about my progress!
Perfect purchase for a beginner and/or for theraputic use at a reasonable price.