While exercise bikes designed for home use often fall into several categories, it’s rare to find one that is a good, well-rounded machine that does everything. The Fitness Reality S275 is one of those machines. Designed to help you get in a good workout from the comfort of your own home, the exercise bike is also compact enough to fit into a corner of your living room or home gym. The real question here is: will it work for you? Since everyone has different needs when it comes to exercise equipment, it’s important to examine every aspect of the bike to see if it will work for you.
Features of Fitness Reality S275 Exercise Bike
Filled with functional features, the Fitness Reality S275 is designed for both avid and occasional cyclers. The built-in emergency brake stops the pedals quickly, should something, like a tangled shoelace, happen mid-workout. In addition, the pedals move in both directions, forwards and backward, helping you exercise multiple muscle groups. Each pedal also has a toe cage that holds the foot in place during a workout, helping prevent injuries and allowing you to reach a greater speed.
This exercise bike also includes a number of adjustable features to ensure that you can work out in comfort. Comfortable and curved handlebars allow for different gripping opportunities so that you can either stand up on the bike (with the tension set on an uphill level) or sit down while pedaling. In fact, the handlebars make it easy to move from one position (standing to sitting or vice versa) with ease. The seat adjusts as well, moving in four different ways, either forward or backward or up and down. It’s held in place with an easy to move clamp that keeps it from slipping during your workout.
Sturdiness and Weight Support
The bike is designed for use by people between 5 foot 1 and 6 foot 2 and it can support up to 250 pounds of weight. Moving the bike is easy as well, thanks to the track wheels built into the bottom portion of the frame. Also, the bike includes a tension adjustment knob that’s conveniently located on its frame, between the seat and the handlebars. Turn it to the right in order to increase the tension or to the left in order to lower it. The flywheel, which weights a heavy-duty 22 pounds, then adjusts as necessary, making the workout easier or tougher. The convenient location allows you to change the tension mid-workout, starting out easier, moving to tougher and then going back to easy again for a cool-down period.
Other features make it easy to gauge the extent of your workout, as well as make it more comfortable. In the latter category, there’s a handy water bottle holder clip that helps you stay hydrated during those long workouts, and prevents exercisers from having to stop what they’re doing to find something to drink. The included LCD screen, located on top of the handlebars, shows a number of different measurements, ranging from distance and average speed to the overall workout session time and the number of calories that you’ve burned.
What Do Users Say
According to the tagline, Fitness Reality touts “Real People, Real Results.” They certainly live up to that with the Fitness Reality S275. This exercise bike is a great model that has just enough of the bells and whistles to keep users happy, without overly complicating things. The LCD screen tracks each workout, noting things like distance and time, making it easy to gauge your results.
Plus, this exercise bike makes it very easy to set up and use, once it’s already together (yes, some assembly is required.) The tension knob is easy to reach. Setting the flywheel to the correct tension, even in the middle of a workout, is a simple endeavor. The seat moves in several different positions, including forward and backward, and is held in place using an easy to use setting that is designed to be struggle-free.
Since the bike accommodates users up to 250 pounds, as well as a variety of heights, you’ll find that just about anyone can use it – once the set and tension are set, of course. The sturdy frame is made of powder-coated metal and the bike has built-in track wheels at the back, making it easy to move from place to place in your home.
Coming in at a mere 64 pounds and with a frame that measures 41 inches by 21 inches by 47 inches, this exercise bike is just the right size to fit into a number of spaces in any home, whether you work out in the corner of your basement, have a dedicated workout room, or need to store it in a nearby closet.
Since the flywheel moves in two different directions and the bike supports both sitting and standing, you can get in a full workout. The two grips will prevent your feet from slipping out of the pedals, no matter the tension, allowing for plenty of safety mid-motion.
Pros and Cons
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Our rating: 4.4 / 5
The Fitness Reality S275 is a solid exercise bike that allows for a very full workout without having to leave the comfort of your home. With pedals that move in multiple directions and handlebars that support exercising while sitting and standing, it’s easy to get into shape using the bike. The handy LCD screen makes it easy to track your progress. An adjustable seat and the ability to support 250 pounds allow for plenty of different users, no matter their exercise experience. Although some assembly is required, instructions and hardware are included.