I had to find something that I LIKED so that I can get my leg muscles stronger. I just had my 5th knee surgery and I have to do something different. I have never owned a bike and usually stayed away from them at the gym. However, after talking to my therapist she said an upright bike would give me the best long term benefit for my situation. I have done a lot of research and before I bought this bike I went to the Sears store to try a few out. I was hoping I would like this one because it rated well and I thought it would have everything I needed. I was not disappointed. I found this one and a few other ones that I had researched and gave them a spin. I liked this one far and above the other ones. It has a large seat that I really like. The seat adjusts up and down and front to back. It is super quiet. I feel like I am riding in stealth mode. The handles rotate to give you a variety of positions to ride. The fan has 2 speeds and is pretty decent. One person said the speakers weren't good but I find they are okay. I usually listen to my stereo or earbuds anyway so it didn't really matter. One person said they had to uplug the bike to get it to turn off but that is not true. It says in the manual that the bike is set on 'demo' mode when you get it. Just turn the demo mode off and the power turns off automatically after it stop for a couple minutes. I love the footprint. It only takes the room of a chair. You can go full manual with the settings or use one of the programs. I still have a lot of options to try out but I like all the different things you can do. The only thing I'm sad about is that it's $20 cheaper now then it was a week ago when I bought it. I know I have only had this a little over a week but right now I could not be more happy with it. And hopefully my last knee surgery will be the last.
bike was not working properly out of the box. you cannot adjust the tension. its been three months. Nordic tracks customer service is horrible! they barely care.
Used for exercising
As one who loves to exercise yet is, at 66, having hip problems, this has been a godsend. I'm very, very happy with it!
A good deal for winter staying in shape
Consider placing handlebar across front below readout for those who are short of stature. Also, look into offering flat, extended length pedals which allow more even distribution throughout the leg rather than just working the front muscles. Finally, give the readout screen some new graphics. It is boring and difficult to read. Bike is sturdy, unlikely to tip over, quality made.
Bought this item to get more exercise