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Exerpeutic 1000 Recumbent Bike

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Exerpeutic 1000

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L:54"
W:22"
H:34"
300 lbsManual
magnetic,
8 levels
Time,
Distance,
Odometer,
Calories,
Speed,
Pulse,
Goals,
Scan
Frame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days

Although the Exerpeutic 1000 is not exactly a new exercise bike, it is still available in 2018. It’s an entry-level recumbent bike, designed for home use. It’s similar in specs and price to the Efitment RB034 but does not have a tablet holder or a bottle holder. For reference, this is the Paradigm Health & Wellness part number 1111.

Technical Details & Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 54L x 22W x 34H inches (137L x 56W x 86H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 63 lbs (28.5 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Seat: Adjustable
  • Resistance: Magnetic, 8 levels
  • Console: Time, distance, speed, calories, odometer, goal functions
  • Warranty: Frame 1 year, Parts 90 days

Frame construction

The Exerpeutic 1000 features a two-piece frame. The rear part with the seat connects to the front part with the drive system and the console via two bolts. The main chassis of the bike is made of steel tubing, combining cylindrical with rectangular bars. However, the unit also has several ABS parts, these being the covers of the flywheel and the base cover of the seat tube.

All the steel parts in the bike’s construction are coated with a durable paint finish which is resistant to corrosion. The color used is gray, this being the only color available for this Exerpeutic exercise bike.

This recumbent bike isn’t extremely large but does take approx. 54″L x 22″W (137 x 56 cm) of floor space. This being said, it’s recommended to assign a usage space of at least 70″ x 50″ (178 x 127 cm), for safe operation and ease of access.

The bike’s frame has a step-thru design. Therefore, entry and exit can be done with ease, which can be an important aspect for users with disabilities or elderly users.

Given its dimensions, the bike offers an excellent stability. Plus, its rear base is equipped with polygonal stabilizers which rotate, offering the possibility to level the unit on an irregular floor. This way, you can eliminate any rocking or tipping.

The fully assembled unit isn’t extremely heavy. It weighs approx. 63 lbs (28.5 kg), which means it can be put together by only one person. However, its front base still has a set of wheels to facilitate its relocation.

Seat & handlebars

The Exerpeutic 1000 is equipped with a comfortable and sturdy seat. It can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg). Both the seat and backrest integrate approx. 1.5″ (3.5 cm) of foam padding and have a durable vinyl upholstery.

The seat is 2-way adjustable (front, back). Its slider offers 10 adjustment positions, with approx. 1″ (2.5 cm) in between them. The backrest cannot be adjusted independently from the seat. It’s directly attached to the seat’s frame bar. These being said, the bike can accommodate users between 5’3″ and 6’3″ (160 – 190 cm).

In case you’re wondering, the seat is placed at 18″ (45 cm) above floor level. It’s also approx. 14″ (35 cm) wide and provides plenty of contact surface.

The seat adjustment is done with ease, but since the system is not lever-based, it’s recommended to adjust it while you are not seated, in order to correctly fit the knobs into their notches. But on the other hand, considering that the seat adjustment slider is secured into position via three knobs, the seat is fixed well in place, and won’t wobble.

This Exerpeutic exercise bike is equipped with two sets of handlebars. One is welded directly to the front mast of the bike, the other attaches to the seat frame, and moves along with the seat on its adjustment slider. The seat handlebars feature pulse sensors, so the console can track your pulse. Both handlebars feature rubberized grips for optimal comfort.

Resistance & drive

The Exerpeutic 1000 recumbent bike is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This being said, the unit doesn’t need a power source. Its internal magnetic brake is mechanical. It’s attached to the dial on the front mast through a steel cable. When you turn the dial clockwise, the magnetic brake will move closer to the flywheel increasing the pedaling difficulty.

There are 8 distinct levels of resistance marked on the dial. The 1st level provides very little pedaling difficulty, which makes it great for recovery training. Conversely, the 8th level does provide considerably more resistance, allowing you to quickly increase your heart rate, but as a general idea, it isn’t too extreme. This is, after all, an entry-level recumbent bike.

The bike’s internal flywheel has a balanced structure which enables it to deliver a steady pedaling motion. Its exact weight is not specified, but considering the overall weight of the bike, it should be around 8-12 lbs (3.6 – 5.4 kg).

The internal transmission consists of a durable rubber belt. Therefore, the pedaling motion is whisper-quiet. It also generates less vibration than a chain and does not require any lubrication.

Finally, the bike is equipped with a pretty solid crankset, with steel crank arms. The pedals are made of nylon material and have weight elements which enable them to always level when you remove your feet from them. They also have adjustable straps, allowing you to secure your feet on them when pedaling.

Exercise meter

Since it’s an entry-level upright bike, the Exerpeutic 1000 doesn’t have a programmable console, nor it has fancy features such as sound system, Bluetooth, or built-in programs. However, it comes with an exercise meter that offers a few more features than a completely basic one.

To begin with, it has a fairly large LCD display which can monitor time, distance, total distance, calories, and pulse. It has a Scan Mode which rotates all these values showing each one for 6 seconds. It also has goal setting functions for time, distance, and calories. When selecting a goal for any of these, the display will show the remaining amount until you reach your goal.

The meter unit is fairly easy to use. It has three buttons: Set, Mode, and Reset. The Set button allows you to enter setup mode in order to select a goal value for time, distance, or calories. The Mode button allows you to select any of the workout metrics to be shown on the display all the time, or select the Scan Mode, to rotate them. And finally, the Reset button clears the data values for time, distance, and calories.

The unit is not telemetric. In other words, it cannot communicate with ANT+ or Polar pulse reading transmitters. You can only benefit from a pulse reading using the sensors integrated into the seat handlebars.

Finally, the meter requires two size AA batteries. It starts up when it detects pedal movement. It also has a sleep mode to which will enter after 4 minutes of inactivity on the bike.

Assembly & Maintenance

The bike’s drive and resistance elements are already assembled, attached to the front part of the frame, and covered by the ABS shrouds. This being said, you will have to connect the two main parts of the frame together, attach the base bars, the seat, the handlebars, the console, mast, the console, and the pedals. This may take more than an hour, but the manual does provide clear, step-by-step assembly instructions. Also, a basic toolkit is included.

Internal maintenance is not needed for this exercise bike. You only have to keep it clean, and periodically check if all the parts hold tight in place.

The Pros

  • Sturdy, steel frame – 300 lbs capacity;
  • Adjustable rear stabilizers;
  • Transport wheels;
  • Step-through frame design for easy access to the seat;
  • Seat handlebars with pulse sensors;
  • Front handlebars;
  • Padded seat and backrest, for optimal comfort;
  • 10 seat adjustment positions;
  • Quiet magnetic resistance system;
  • Adjustable resistance offering distinctive 8 levels;
  • Weighted pedals with adjustable straps; 
  • Exercise meter that can track time, distance, total distance, speed, calories, and pulse;
  • Goal setting functions for time, distance, and calories;
  • Lightweight, easy to handle;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;

The Cons

  • The meter does not have backlight;
  • No bottle holder;
  • No tablet holder.

Summary

The Exerpeutic 1000 is an entry-level recumbent bike, made for home use. It features a manual magnetic resistance system with 8 levels, an adjustable seat, and has a fairly decent construction being rated for users up to 300 lbs. It also includes an exercise meter with countdown functions for time, distance, and calories. It’s a great exercise bike for light to mid-range cardio sessions, muscle toning, and even weight loss. It’s also an affordable trainer; it currently costs less than $200.

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