Many times pain keeps people from exercising how they’d like. Recumbent bikes are specially made to be comfortable for riders with back pain and conditions like arthritis because they put less stress on joints. These two Exerpeutic stationary bikes have lots of rave reviews. Let’s look at them both and see why. Let’s also discuss which one is the right one for you.
Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike with Pulse
The 900XL is a favorite for people on tighter budgets because of its value for the money. It’s not a high-end machine but it’s great at what it does. First off, it’s rated for persons weighing up to 300 pounds. The seat and backrest are wider than what the average recumbent bike offers. The seat as a whole moves forward and backward to adjust for the rider’s height. On the down side, the seat does not recline further. And if more than one person is using the bike, moving the seat back and forth is cumbersome because the user has to dismount and move three knobs. The 900XL can accommodate people between 5’3” and 6’3.” There are also various anecdotal accounts of shorter people, even children, being able to successfully ride the bike.
The frame is sturdy and stabilized with extended legs to keep the bike from tipping. The pedals are large and have straps for the rider’s feet. There are side handles by the seat and a handle bar by the display. If the user needs to move the bike, it only weighs 63 pounds and it has small wheels on its legs so it can roll.
The seat height is fixed at 18 inches and is not adjustable. But the bike is designed for the rider to be able to “step-through” it and be seated without having to climb over everything. The total dimensions of the bike are 22” by 34” by 54.”
While riding, the user can pedal forward or backward. The pedals stop when the user stops. There is a knob under the display that increases or decreases the difficulty of pedaling with the use of magnetic tension. There’s no programs or presets, it’s up to the rider what they choose to do.
Once the rider starts pedaling, the LCD display turns on and can show the time spent riding, the “distance” traveled, the speed, the calories the rider has burned, and the rider’s heart rate. The timer can also be set to count down and then beep to alert the rider that exercise time’s done. There are sensors in the side handles by the seat that read the pulse rate. After the exercising is done the bike display turns itself off after 4 minutes.
Users have been pleased with the bike’s quiet operation. The manufacturer says it won’t interfere with watching TV and that seems to be true.
Overall, the 900XL is a simple, comfortable, and economic way to exercise at home.
More features of the Exerpeutic 900XL
- Needs two AA batteries for the LCD display, but the display isn’t needed for the userto ride the bike or change the difficulty level
- Paradigm Health and Wellness, the manufacturer, offers a 90-day warranty on parts and a 3-year limited warranty on the frame
Exerpeutic 1000 High Capacity Magnetic Recumbent Bike W/ Pulse Wider Seat Extended
The Exerpeutic 1000 High Capacity looks just like the 900XL Extended Capacity and it has the exact same features. How can this be? The model names would seem to indicate that the 1000 should be an upgrade somehow, maybe with a wider seat for bigger or taller people.Not so.
After some research we discovered that Paradigm Health and Wellness, the manufacturer of both bikes, uses different model numbers for the same bike based on where the bikes are sold.Therefore, all that we just covered on the 900XL can be repeated right here, word for word.
More features of the Exerpeutic 1000
- See the above details on the 900XL, it’s the exact same model after all
- Even though the bike may be sold in a different outlet, Paradigm Health and Wellness offers the same 90-day warranty on parts and a 3-year limited warranty on the frame
This is easy—just get the bike, either model, if you want to exercise at home. This bike is great for you if you’re 300 pounds or less or having trouble working out because of joint or back pain.
It’s less expensive than a gym membership. Both models are the same package under different names so there’s no problem which one you get.