We searched many exercise bikes before we settled on this one. Didn't have a lot of $$, so had to be a bit pickier than we wanted to be. Checked this one out online, read the reviews, looked at it in the store, then decided this one would be our best bet. Didn't order it online because our local WalMart had one in stock. Bought it, brought it home and proceeded to put it together. This is where it got a bit tougher than I'd expected. Everything went as the instructions indicated until we tried to adjust the frame for our height. No matter how we tried we couldn't get the extension to budge more than about an inch. Hmmm. It felt like it was catching on something. We finally gave up and decided we needed to open the front cover to see what we could see. After removing about 12 screws, we dropped the side covers. Didn't find much that would help, but continued trying to adjust the frame extension. After a bit more juggling, pushing and pulling, the frame finally broke free from whatever it was caught on. Never did find out what it was. But it broke free and we were 'in business' once again. That is, after we managed to get all 12 or so screws put back in the front covers! THAT was a chore as no matter how we tried we couldn't get all of them lined up to match their respective holes on the opposite side of the cover. But being the stubborn old folks that we are, we finally got the screws back in too. Doesn't help that we were trying to put two screws in the same hole! Ha ha, joke was on us! Time to assemble turned out to be about two hours due to the issue with the frame adjustment. Had that not been so difficult, assembly would have been much quicker, about an 1 1/2 hours, tops! Anyway, now that we've had this bike for about 4 days, I must say, I'm glad we bought it! The above is the only problem we had with the assembly. It seems to work quite well and does what is promised mechanically and electronically. Hubby is even riding it a bit. He has some severe health issues but has managed to ride it about 15 minutes straight on two different days. It'll take him some time to build up his stamina, but at least he's working his leg muscles a bit. Beats his sitting at his computer, doing nothing for 20 hours/day. I have been very impressed with the silent running of this bike and the ease of use of the different tension settings and the heart rate monitor. HOWEVER, I should add for those that may not realize it, this bike doesn't come with a power adapter. It runs quite nicely on 4 D batteries. Don't know how long these standard batteries will last, we haven't gotten that far yet. But you can order a power adapter for it. I think I'll just buy a D battery charger and some rechargeable D batteries to use with it. Haven't tried plugging my Ipod into it yet because I don't have a suitable cord for that connection. Will be getting that soon. So, to wrap this up, I love this bike! For the money and the ease of use, it's a great choice!
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