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Best Fitness BFSB5 Chain Drive Indoor Cycling Bike

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Best Fitness BFSB5
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L: 44"
W: 20"
H: 44"
275 lbsFriction,
leather pad
NoFrame: 5 years
Parts: 1 year
Wear: 90 days
Labor: 90 days

Body-Solid sells several items of fitness equipment under the name of Best Fitness, but mostly indoor cycling exercise bikes. These are all well-built bikes, and regardless if they’re made for commercial use or not, their frames meet commercial standards.

The model that we’re going to cover here is the Best Fitness BFSB5. This is a basic indoor cycling bike, currently priced for less than $350, but quite similar in specs with more expensive models, such as the Spinner Sprint.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 44L x 20W x 44H inches (112L x 51W x 112H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 101 lbs (45.8 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 40 lbs (18.1 kg)
  • Max. weight capacity: 275 lbs (124.7 kg)
  • Handlebars: 2-way adjustable
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Pedals: With toe cages
  • Drive mechanism: Chain
  • Resistance: Adjustable, top-to-down leather pad
  • Fitness meter: No
  • Bottle holder: No
  • Warranty: Frame 5 years / Parts 1 year / Wear parts 90 days / Labor 90 days

Frame construction and parts

First of all, the Best Fitness BFSB5 features a frame with a small footprint, taking only 44″L x 20″W (122 x 51 cm) of floor space. This being said, it’s a perfect exercise bike for small home gyms, small apartment rooms etc. But on the other hand, its frame is made of thick steel tubing, the fully assembled bike being heavier than the Bladez Fusion GS II, forbody-solid best fitness bfsb5 - seat example. It actually weighs over 100 lbs, and this weight is reflected in its overall stability. Differently put, this bike is build to support spinning workouts, and you can be sure it won’t tip or wobble during this type of workouts.

The bases of the frame are equipped with adjustable, steel stabilizers, with rubber caps. Thus, regardless of your flooring, you can always perfectly stabilize the bike; it’s not necessary to place it on a rubberized mat. The front base also integrates a set of silicone wheels, which facilitate the transport of the fully assembled bike for storage.

All frame parts are double coated with corrosion resistant, gray-green paint, this being the only available color so far. However, the handlebar post and the seat post feature a chrome finish.

Like most indoor cycling bikes, the Body-Solid Best Fitness BFSB5 features a slim seat, the type of seat that not all users find comfortable. It is contoured and features a bit of padding though, not being completely hard. Differently put, it offers all the comfort that an indoor cycle seat should offer. But nonetheless, it’s a pretty standard seat, and you can easily find a replacement for it, or you can add a gel seat cover on top of it to increase its comfort.

The seat offers 4-way adjustability, vertically and horizontally. It can accommodate comfortably users between 5’1″ and 6’5″ (155 – 195.6 cm). Evidently, taller users can also use this bike, but they may not benefit from a full leg extension.

This exercise bike offers a weight capacity of 275 lbs. (124.7 kg). The frame and crankset are solid parts and could definitely support more weight. However, the curved bar to which the saddle attaches may bend with heavier users. Therefore, if you weigh more than 275 lbs, this bike is not recommended. In this case, you might want to have a look at the Spinner NXT or Schwinn AC Performance.

The handlebar supplied with this bike features a simple construction, with a multi-grip design. It’s only adjustable in height, and not horizontally, offering 5 adjustment positions, with approx. 1″ in between them. The whole handlebar assembly is coated with rubber foam material, to supply the required comfort.

Both seat and handlebars feature turn-and-pull large knobs for adjustment. They’re easily adjustable. It takes less than a minute to adjust your bike to your own requirements.

Drive and resistance systems

The Best Fitness BFSB5 exercise bike features a chain-drive system. It uses a chain similar to the ones in road bikes, thus in case you will ever need a replacement, it should be easy to find one. Due to the chain drive, the pedaling motion is smooth and similar to riding a road bike.body-solid best fitness bfsb5 - flywheel

The flywheel supplied with this indoor cycling bike, although not the heaviest, it still has 40 lbs, and it’s perimeter weighted. Therefore, it supplies a really stable pedaling motion, and the consistent momentum required for spin workouts. The bike also offers a quiet ride.

The crankset is extremely sturdy, featuring solid steel crank arms, finished with metallic pedals. The pedals are the basic type, they don’t incorporate clips for spin shoes, but they do have toe cages to offer the required foot stability if necessary.

The BFSB5 indoor cycle is equipped with a basic friction system, which consists of a leather pad that comes in contact with the flywheel in a top-down manner. The resistance pad is attached to the resistance knob on top of the main tube of the frame. By turning the knob, the resistance pad will apply more or less friction onto the flywheel, increasing or decreasing the bike’s overall resistance.

Pedaling in reverse is possible. But since it’s not a road bike and the transmission system is simple, you cannot coast. Also, when pedaling in reverse you will benefit from the same resistance.

Assembly and Maintenance

The flywheel, crankset, chain (with its guard), and resistance system come already attached to the frame. Thus, for assembly you only have to attach the bases to the frame, the seat and handlebar posts, then the seat and handlebars. It’s a simple task, which shouldn’t take more than 30 min. Plus, the manual provides all the instruction required. Also, all tools required for assembly are included.

Maintenance requires greasing the chain periodically. The resistance pad may also require a bit of lubrication, which is solved by applying a few drops of silicone lubricant onto the edge of the flywheel. Also, it’s recommended to check the bike’s joints from time to time, to make sure the bolts still do their job.

The Pros

  • Sturdy steel frame;
  • Weight capacity up to 275 lbs;
  • Ovalized tubing for seat and handlebar posts, preventing slippage;
  • Bases with adjustable, rubber feet;
  • Silicone transport wheels;
  • Seat adjustable height-wise, and horizontally;
  • Handlebar adjustable height-wise;
  • Multi-grip handlebar;
  • Metallic pedals, with adjustable toe cages;
  • Friction resistance system, easy to maintain and replace if it’s the case;
  • Sturdy and quiet chain drive;
  • Heavy flywheel for a consistent momentum;
  • Extremely easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required. body-solid best fitness bfsb5 - indoor cycling bike

The Cons

  • No fitness meter;
  • No water bottle holder.

Summary

The Best Fitness BFSB5 is a chain drive indoor cycling bike, with friction resistance, featuring a leather top-to-down brake pad. It has quite a sturdy construction, with a thick steel tubing frame, a weight capacity of 275 lbs, and a heavy flywheel for a smooth and steady pedaling motion. It offers the possibility maintain and bolster your cardiovascular system, build strength and stamina, and lose weight. It’s definitely a bike made for spin workouts, but since it has a weight capacity lower than 300 lbs, it can’t be classified as a light commercial one. However, it’s also much more affordable than a commercial quality bike, currently available for less than $350.

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