Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Fitness Direct Fiasco (Ch 1)

The term is over, and now I have free time to post again. ^_^

I've been wanting a recumbent exercise bike since I moved into my new apartment (I don't live within walking distance of the gym anymore). They are quite pricey, however, especially if you want any special features.

The killer feature I wanted was a target-heart-rate setting. That's pretty much the only setting I use on the bikes at the gym anyway. But, the lower-price bikes don't seem to have it, even if they have heart-rate monitors.

So, I couldn't find one locally in my budget range. I had looked into buying one online, but the shipping costs were a deal breaker.

Then I found iFitnessDirect. Free shipping to anywhere in the US? I'm sold! (Also based in a different state so no taxes [at time of purchase], and they had a discount code that knocked another $15 off)

On their site, I found the Stamina Magnetic Fusion 7100. The features list was incredible!
  • Wireless and contact pulse rate
  • Self-powered generator system
  • Super smooth dual poly V-belt technology
  • Extra large seat with high density contoured pads and lumbar support
  • Aluminum rail for precision and smoothness, 24 positions
  • Side and front handlebars
  • Self balancing pedals with wide, adjustable straps
  • Front transport wheels
  • 350 lbs Maximum user weight
  • Workout Programs: Pre-Set Programs
  • Accessibility: Walk Through Design
  • Maximum User Weight: 350.00 lbs
  • Power Requirement: Self generated power
  • Dimensions: 65" x 24" x 48"
  • Large LCD Window
  • Console Feedback: Time, Speed, Distance, Heart Rate, Calories, Watt, RPM
  • Programming: Manual, 12 Pre-Set Programs, Target Program Setting: Time, Distance, or Calories, Target HR Program, 16 levels of Resistance
  • Frame: 10 Years
  • Parts: 1 Year
All for under $300! I placed my order.

Continue to Chapter Two: The Bike Arrives...

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