Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike
Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike is affordable and very popular home recumbent exercise bike. Thanks to the magnetic resistance system, it is very quiet during exercise. It is not the lightest unit around, but it is very sturdy and durable.
Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Bike is excellent recumbent exercise bike choice for any home gym - it can help one burn plenty of calories, increase stamina and tone the body.
Magnetic resistance makes this unit very quite, so one can exercise at home while listening to the music, watching TV or even doing some simpler office tasks, in which case, one has to improvise working desk or similar platform for laptop or tablet.
Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Bike has eight (8) preset resistance levels. Levels are changed easily, but personally, I would expect that magnetic exercise bike has workout programs and that resistance levels are changed via button or touchscreen. But, this unit comes at such affordable price, that changing of resistance is acceptable.
Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Bike comes with 2-year limited warranty, which could be better, but it is OK. Unit is made using a heavy duty steel tubing frame with a durable powder-coated finish and it weighs 66 pounds (~30 kg). Some documents on manufacturer's site claim that the unit weighs 60.75 pounds (27.52 kg), but we didn't have chance to put the assembled unit on the weight scale :)
For moving around, Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike comes with the transport wheels, but it is recommended to place the unit on permanent position, on home gym mat, to protect the floor.
Maximum allowed user weight is 300 pounds (~136 kg), but according to the reviews and recommendations of heavier people who use this bike, even 400 pounds users find this unit more than sturdy and durable enough. Of course, we cannot recommend this unit to people heavier than 300 pounds - they should choose stronger recumbent bike model or contact Marcy (link opens in the new window) for additional information regarding warranty conditions and the bike itself.
Marcy ME-709 dimensions are 55.5 x 25 x 37.5 inches (~141 x 64 x 95 cm) - unit is wide enough to be very stable during operation, even during high speeds.
For comfortable exercise, it is recommended to have 2 feet of additional free space around the unit, or at least from the side one access the bike.
Seat is made using high-density foam and is rather comfortable, especially when combined with many seats found on upright bikes :)
The contoured, foam-covered handlebars provide support during exercise. Note that some taller user with stronger legs had to remove the handlebars to avoid hitting them with their knees.
Distance between pedals and seat is adjustable and can provide enough room for even taller people to exercise - some taller users (6'2" - 6'6") find this bike large enough.
Thanks to the sturdy construction (weight), unit's width, Marcy ME-709 recumbent bike ensures a safe exercise.
Counter-balanced pedals are weighted and come with the adjustable straps and they hold the feet firmly in required position.
On-board computer has auto start/stop function. When exercise starts, the monitor automatically turns on and display the progress of exercise. When exercise stops, the monitor automatically turns off after 8 minutes to save the batteries. Marcy ME-709 uses two 1.5V AA batteries, and under 'normal' use, they last for about 3 months.
Computer display is easy to read, but could be larger. Display allows one to track exercise time, distance, calories burned and speed:
Time - Displays the exercise time. Maximum value is 99:59 (minutes:seconds).
Speed - Displays the current speed in miles per hour (mph), with maximum value of 99.9 mph.
Distance - Displays the distance traveled in miles, with maximum value of 99.99 miles.
Calories - Displays the calorie burned during the exercise, with maximum calories burned in a single workout of 9999 kcal (good luck in achieving that).
Odometer - Displays the accumulated distance from previous and current exercises, with maximum value of 9999 miles.
Pressing MODE key will automatically scan Time, Speed, Distance, Calories, and ODO (Odometer) for every 4 seconds and this is IMHO the best option. Data provided by on-board computer should be used only as a reference and to monitor one's progress.
When it arrives, Marcy ME-709 requires assembly, which can be ordered, too. If you like DIY tasks in general, assembling of this unit should not be a problem, but if you are unfamiliar with such tasks, order assembly, too and the technician will assemble the unit for you and prepare it for your first workout.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike Amazon link (link opens in the new window).