I decided to buy this because I wanted a recumbent bike with the silent magnetic resistance and didn't want to spend a lot of money. I put this together by myself, but it took 2-3 hours to assemble. It would have gone faster if I had a better non-locking wrench. (you do need pliers, a wrench and a phillips head screwdriver). The instructions were clear and most of the assembly was fairly easy and straightforward. The hardest part of assembly was attaching the foot pedals. The instructions say to attach these last, but since this is the most difficult, you might want to attach first to make sure it will go on. I literally spent an hour trying to get one pedal to screw on before I scraped out the blue plastic overlay in the threads. Just be careful after that b/c you do have to put the bike on its side for assembly and the pedals may get in the way. (I used a beanbag chair to hold it stable on its side). Overall, I like the bike except deducted one star for the design of the pedals, and the fact that the resistance at the highest level is not very great. I will easily be able to work up to it. Also, the seat design is not ergonomically correct. It's too deep & high for the angle your legs need to be at to move the pedals, so you need to sit on the edge of the seat to move your legs correctly. This means you either have to do a semi-situp the whole time, or you will need to put a booster/pillow behind you, which is what I do. I'd still recommend as it's sturdy and still comfortable.
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