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Good bike, but almost impossible to adjust for two different riders
January 14, 2017
Pleased so far with this recumbent bike, Major drawback is it seems almost impossible to move the adjustable bottom bar so that my wife, with her shorter legs, can use it. The back bar slides into the front one, and a screw in knob goes through a hole that tightens to hold it in place. It was very difficult to overcome resistance to set it for me (I had to lift the end up high to allow it to slide; the only problem then is that you can't see where the holes are aligned on the bottom bar). I even tried squirting a little HD-40 in. Today, I tried adjusting it with my wife, and it was so hard that my wife gave up on it and decided to continue using her old Norditrac instead. I told the Marcy people about this, hoping there was a "secret" that I was missing so we could readjust it for multiple lengths. Never heard back from them--which was a surprise because other reviewers said the company was very responsive to people with issues.
On the plus side, the bike seems solidly made. I was happily surprised at how good the back and seat padding were. And when operating, it is, as others have said, virtually noiseless. The directions were mostly good; I only made one mistake, mixing up the hex bolts for the carriage bolts, which were part of the first step (they're the same length and diameter).
Some minor negatives: Straps on the pedal aren't wide enough to accept my men's sneakers; right now, I'm using a narrow lounging slipper; The directions did not make it clear enough how to operate the computer--it would have been nice to explain how to use the "set" and "reset" buttons (like which modes you can use it for, how long you keep buttons depressed to reset) instead of experimenting as I am now. Finally, any reviewer who said they put this together in less than an hour is kidding; it took me over three hours, though almost half of that was making sure I was following the directions correctly (installation of the computer wires was particularly tricky for one person). It took a surprising amount of time getting hardware out from the shrink wrap. And that little wrench slowed me way down, too (better using your own rachet and adjustable wrench); I stopped using it after almost an hour.