I was shopping around for an upright exercise bike that wasn't too large to keep in my small house, and that was quiet enough to still hear the tv while I used it. After reading some of the reviews, I was hesitant, but purchased this bike anyway - so glad I did! I don't find the seat uncomfortable at all - in fact, it's wider and softer than my street bike seat, but you could easily fit the seat with a cushion if necessary. The bike makes virtually no noise at all - it's perfect to use in the mornings or evenings while my daughter is asleep, or while I'm watching tv. And it doesn't scare the dog like my treadmill does! The tension adjustment knob is easy to turn and allows an easy ride or a tougher ride, depending on your preference - and it's easy to switch tensions mid-ride for a customized "spinning class" type of workout. I can see how this bike could be a bit unstable, or rock a bit when used on very plush carpet, but with hardwood floors I don't have any issues. The bike is a good size for me, I am 5'8" tall and it is plenty high enough - and the seat is adjustable to a bit higher than I require, so it would work for someone a little taller than me as well. My big size 9.5 feet fit well in the foot pedals. The computer is simple and nothing fancy, but alternates between elapsed time, speed, distance and calories, and also has an odometer to see the total distance of all workouts (not that i'd ever use this feature, but kind of cool) The manual recommends that 2 people assemble the bike, but I did it alone, in about 30 minutes. Not a lot of pieces and very easy to assemble - and they include all the tools you'll need. Plus, there's a really small exercise/stretching/weight loss guide in the back of the manual... nothing mind-blowing, but perfect for a quick reference. I really can't think of anything negative to say about the bike, I couldn't be happier and it's all I need in a compact bike to use daily in front of the tv, especially for the price! Highly recommended!
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