Sometimes, it might be difficult to decide which kind of stationary bike one should get, if you should go for a recumbent, classic stationary or an upright bike. Today I’ll be reviewing PLENY upright bike, which is mainly designed for women.
How can a stationary bike be designed just for women? Well, this one can be used by men as well, but the fact that it’s pink in color and supports only 260 lbs of weight suggests it is not for men – at least not heavy men.
Now that we have cleared this very important and useful information (sarcasm intended), let’s check out the features.
Features of PLENY Upright Bike
The entire frame is made of heavy duty steel construction, which supports 260 lbs (118 kg) of weight. The bike features magnetic resistance with 16 tension levels. This particular pink model’s resistance isn’t as strong as the black’s model, though, as the manufacturer points out.
As with most upright designs, it’s compact, lightweight, foldable for easy storage and it also includes built-in wheels for easy transportation.
According to the manufacturer, it fit user’s inseam length from 29” and uses safety ‘S’ arc design, which is more convenient for older people to get on and off the bike.
The included LCD monitor can show standard information such as distance, time, calories burned, speed and also heart rate, which can be monitored thanks to the hand-pulse sensors on the handles. There is also a count-down mode for those who welcome a challenge.
That Compact, Huh?
According to the verified purchasers, the assembly is a breeze. This is the case with most upright bikes and I’m glad that PLENY upright bike is no exception. Hardware is included along with the manual and it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to assemble. You can also check assembly video here:
Once you have it assembly you are going to realize that the bike is quite small, which is a convenience on one side, but an issue on the other. If you want full leg extension when the pedal is down without bent knees, then if you are above 5’8 this is going to be a problem. Personally, I think this is another reason why the bike is intended for women – they are generally smaller than guys.
Another thing is the seat. It is comfortably designed, although one can question the materials used. I guess only time will tell how long it will last. But considering this is a very affordable bike, I guess it can be expected.
The pedals are of standard quality with clips, not much to add here. Regarding the pedaling, it’s a bi-directional bike so you can pedal either way and it’s quite comfortable and natural movement. However, several users have reported to hear a clicking sound after several sessions of use. After comparing various reports, it seems to be a problem with poorly-designed cover of the belt drive. It seems that it doesn’t affect the comfort-ability of the bike, though, but the sound can be annoying. However, it seems that this is not the case with every bike, so if you decide to purchase it, hopefully, you won’t be the unlucky one.
Lastly, the LCD display is quite simple, looking rather cheap and it displays, but it provides the information needed and that’s important. You can always attach a tablet or a cell phone to the bike, in case you need more entertainment.
Pros and Cons
With all the information above, let’s summarize the pros and cons of the PLENY upright bike.
Should You Get PLENY Upright Bike?
Our rating: 4.4 / 5
Would I recommend PLENY upright bike to you? As long as you are less than 5’8 and you’re looking for a very affordable upright bike, this is a great choice for you. Hopefully, you won’t be the one with the clicking sound issues, but even if you will, in most cases it can be fixed by isolating the cover from the belt drive.
If you are looking for an upright bike for men without height limit, then I’d suggest checking out L NOW D808.