Now, before you get bored, let’s give you an intro to our recumbent bike. The Body Flex BRB5872 recumbent bike has been around in the market for a while. And it has made a good impression on the users too. It might not be as feature based like the Schwinn products, but it can still serve as a good home exercise bike.
The bike’s not overpriced and it is not the cheapest either. It comes with an average price that anyone would find reasonable for a recumbent bike.
Smoothness comes in with the bike’s flywheel. A magnetic control flywheel which is great for fluid mobility. You can have some intense work on this durable steel-made bike. It’ll support user’s weight up to 300 lbs.
Plastic caps situated at different parts of the bike serve for different uses. There’s the rear plastic cap which rotates and acts as stabilizer. Moreover, contact with the floor is made with another cap situated at the mid region of the bike. All of this makes your ride even sturdier.
I found the front really nice. The pair of handlebars feel comfortable to use and sturdy to hold onto. Moreover, both handlebars contain pulse sensors. We’ll discuss about this feature in detail later. Also, how can anyone miss the display. The buttons are large enough to press easily.
Ergonomically designed seat is well padded with foam. It feels comfortable just like it looks so. Let’s not forget the backrest either. The backrest reduces much stress and allows for longer workout time. There are also handlebars around the seat for resting your hands.
All in all, it is a good bike for anyone trying to get into a light to medium cardio workouts.
I will not tell you how to assemble your bike step by step. You see many people move back from buying a bike when they find assembly to be difficult. So, I wanna make sure that you are not such person when it comes to this bike.
The assembly is easy especially because flywheel and other internal parts come assembled from the factory. As a result, you only need to be concerned with the hardware parts.
I prefer doing the assembling with a partner. If you can find one yourself, you are likely to complete in about an hour or so. There’s no need to worry about anything. The instruction manual is excellent and very clear indeed. It has the right diagram, important pictures, and clear instructions for you to follow.
Another advantage for you is that the parts come separate. In addition, they are labeled so that you can easily identify. This bike is best assembled with different home tools.
Now, I found the sliding seat installation a bit complex. But, it is nothing for Tom Cruise (not a mission impossible lol). All you need to do is follow the instruction manual and adjust the knobs properly.
Stay extra careful with moving the heavier parts of the bike during the assembly operation. You don’t wanna break anything before starting.
Recumbent bikes are the best when it comes to offering variety of useful features. This bike is no different. And as a buyer, anyone focuses on a bike’s features more than anything else.
My first question for buying a recumbent bike is always “what features are included?” So, what features are included in the Body Flex BRB5872 recumbent bike?
Why recumbent exercise bike? The console! Any recumbent bike tends to have a better console than any other type of exercise bikes. And this console attracts so many customers into buying a recumbent bike over other categories of exercise bikes.
The Body Flex BRB5872 allows user input. As a result, you can personally input different data like weight, height, etc. This helps to give an accurate calculation of different results. It further helps that the bike offers a goal setting function which is set with the console.
You are able to track time, speed, RPM, watts, and RPM. Moreover, a good reading of the calories burned is displayed on the screen too. It is so helpful to have such displaying console. It helps to keep you motivated and reach your fitness goals quicker. The bike lets you calculate speed in MPH or Km/h. In addition, it gives the freedom of measuring distance in kilometer or miles.
Remember the pulse sensors on the handlebars? Time to explain them. These sensors on the front handlebars track your heart rate. And then the display shows the heart rate zone you are in. As a result, you can have a safer ride.
I am sure you will understand the keys on the console. Stop/start keys help to pause and start your workout, the mode key changes data type (distance, speed, etc.), enter key confirms something and blah blah blah…
Resistance is everything in an indoor bike. It gives a diverse experience to the users and helps to challenge themselves with proper resistance level.
Body Flex recumbent bike offers a magnetic resistance. Unlike many other recumbent bikes, this one provides an easy adjustment of resistance. And it is adjusted only from the console. Simply use the mode button to find resistance and then use the up/down keys to select your resistance level.
The cool thing is that the bike offers an automatic resistance adjustment too. How is that done? Just select one of the preset programs on the console and then the bike will auto adjust the resistance. As a result, the advantage of both manual and auto adjustments is available on this bike.
You will get 16 different levels of resistance on this bike. All the levels you can choose either manually or let the console do the trick automatically. And remember, the higher resistance level means the tougher it is to pedal, meaning a harder workout time for you.
Seat, Handlebars and Pedals
Body Flex does not come any short in providing the comfort you would expect in a recumbent bike. It has a relatively wider seat allowing for any user to fit in well. In addition, the seat is very much padded up to offer maximum comfort.
The seat is, of course, adjustable and it moves backward/ forward via sliding. It has a bar below the seat which has adjustment holes that allow easy sliding adjustment. The seat is secured well with two knob situated on the bar.
This bike offers a well-padded backrest too. It provides you an excellent back support. As a result, you can continue working for longer hours without picking up any pain.
Two handlebars around the seat are in perfect position always. They move along with the seat. Both are position low so that you can rest your elbow/hands easily. Moreover, the two handlebars at the front add further convenience to the bike. I have already mentioned about that pair of handlebars.
I always like seeing large pedals on a recumbent bike. And this bike offers a pair of large pedals which I appreciate very much. The obvious benefit of having a large pedal is the easy fit in of your feet. Moreover, pedaling is a lot easier with the big ones. The pedals do come with straps on this bike. As a result, you can have your feet secured in without any chance of slipping or coming off during pedaling.
This bike doesn’t really have much to mention except the bottle holder. The bottle holder is situated at arm’s length. As a result, you can quench your thirst in no time. No need to get off your seat, no need to pause your pedaling, when you are tired then have a sip from the bottle.
Product Dimension: 60 x 24.5 x 43 inches
Shipping Weight: 108 lbs.
Item Model No: BRB5872.
Console: 17+ training programs available.
Max User Capacity: 300 lbs.
Resistance: 16 levels.
- The bike provides 16 levels of resistance. You can either select the level manually or leave it for the console to adjust automatically.
- Have a comfortable workout session with the adjustable slider seat. The seat is easy to adjust and the handlebars move along with the seat for added convenience.
- Provides plenty of features with the console. Handlebars come with the pulse sensors to calculate your heart rate. In addition, speed, distance, time, etc. are also tracked.
- This bike gives you the advantage of step-thru design. As a result, it is a lot easier to get on as well as off.
- Comfortable seat and backrest.
- Automatic and manual resistance settings.
- Pulse reading available.
- Large pedals with straps.
- Sturdy construction.
- Display is not backlit. So, it gets difficult to read on low light.
- Pulse sensors on the seat handlebars are more convenient.
- It gets difficult for the shorter people.
- No tablet/phone holder to keep your workout session entertained.
Q. How is the resistance controlled on this bike?
Ans: The resistance is controlled with the console.
Q. How do you adjust the seat?
Ans: The bar under the seat has two knobs with which you tighten and loosen the seat. After loosening, simply slide to adjust the seat and then tighten up the knobs.
Q. Can you adjust the seat while on the bike?
Ans: No, the adjustment system needs you to get off the bike and adjust the seat.
This has been the body flex magnetic recumbent bike reviews. I have tried to put an all information article on this bike for you. Hopefully, you got the answers you came looking for here. Happy biking then! J