Body Flex BF718 Pro Cycle Trainer


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Amazon’s page


#3

Weight limit of 250 lbs, I’ll have to lose 30 lbs before I could use this, if only I had an exercise bike to help me lose that 30 lbs…


#4

where is the rear wheel? i have to do a front wheelie wherever I go?


#5

I bought a recumbent exercise bike a few years ago because I was attracted by saving some money but I’ve been kicking myself ever since. This is what I really wanted because the recumbent is very, very uncomfortable to use. Can’t beat this price, so I just may have to buy it.


#6

Just take your butt off the bike and start walking :slight_smile:


#7

Adjustable. 40lb flywheel. This look good except the most important part - the Friction pad. Wind & magnetics have been used by others because of the difficulty of getting friction pads right. That’s a lot of energy it has to eat up without melting down.

I’ll be waiting for you guys to give a review after using it a year.


#8

Really? Maybe yours is not adjusted well to your height and leg length. To me, recumbents are more comfortable, especially for regions that get numb on normal bikes. I would think that most people view recumbents as more leisurely and comfortable than regular bikes.


#9

The weight limit is a bummer. Biking is the only exercise my husband can do without wrenching his back, but he’d have to lose 40lbs just to sit on this.


#10

All you need to do is eliminate a few pieces of furniture (like a sofa) to get the recumbent in the room.


#11

Why do we keep these politicians in office so long anyways? Let’s vote them out after 1 term so we don’t have so many recumbents in office next year. You’d think with all the recumbents they’d be in better shape.


#12

Nice bike!


#13

Note that this uses friction resistance. Essentially, two pads surround the wheel, creating resistance. The harder the pads press against the wheel, the harder it is to pedal. The only good thing about using this cheap older technology is that it doesn’t need electricity.

I much prefer magnetic resistance, which uses electricity to power magnets. First, it’s VERY quiet and smooth. Someone sleeping next to me would not be able to hear a bike using magnetic resistance. Second, it’s arguably less prone to breakage. Depending on your usage, pads often wear out. The wheel is rubbing against it constanly, after all. In fact, a 5-resistance when the bike is new may be harder to pedal than 9-resistance when the bike is older. The dial, then, doesn’t offer a good measure your progress. Third, you can control the resistance with a computer, which makes for a more effective and interesting workout. My bike, for example, can simulate various terrains, i.e. uphill, downhill, flat. Or it can slowly ramp up the resistance. Or it can automatically increase resistance until reach your target heart rate, whereby it’ll ease things. This helps you keep within the perfect zone for weight loss or aerobic exercise. A manual dial that controls friction can’t do that.

Lastly, bikes that use cheaper older friction resistance often have cheaper displays and monitoring systems. While some don’t care about bells and whistles, a fancy computerized display motivates me.


#14

Dug around and found a review for the Body Champ BF718 (placed under the BF700 listing) which appears to be this product just with a slightly different name:


#15

Product website is under construction, but at least their contact info is there:
http://www.bodyflexsports.com/

TT, I didn’t know you modeled for the bike as well :wink:


#16

nothing wrong with friction pads. almost all gym spin classes use these types of spinner bikes and they last a long time. you don’t have to have a fancy spinner bike for indoor training :wink:


#17

if you’re on the proper “saddle” your body weight isn’t resting on the soft tissue that can get damaged from pressure (nerve and blood flow). I put saddle in quotations since bike’s have saddles, not seats. You straddle a saddle and sit on a seat. For anyone cycling for exercise/training, you shouldn’t be on a big gel comfy beach cruiser saddle. Those aren’t meant for riding longer than 5 miles.


#18

The TV motivates me.


#19

Ha! If they used me as the model, nobody would buy it!


#20

Holy crap - I am so excited about this!! I teach group cycling (specifically, RPM, which is the Les Mills branded group cycling) and I have been wanting a spin bike for home so I can practice without driving up to the gym.

Friction pad spin bikes is what 99% of gyms use, in my experience. Yes, the bikes do eventually wear out (especially if they suffer from riders who ride at 140+ rpm without using enough resistance) but it’s NOT usually issues with the friction pads that arise. It’s usually issues with the drive belt.

Note that this is a weighted flywheel so it does NOT work like a stationary bike. Do not pedal backwards unless you want to ruin this bike fairly quickly. Do not use without carefully reading any/all instructions and safety guides. If you don’t know how to properly set it up, I would hope there are instructions to that effect, but if not, go online and/or talk to a spin instructor as you can injure yourself if you don’t set the bike up correctly.