Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle Review

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Magnetic resistance makes for smooth and nearly silent operation of this lightweight and cheap recumbent bike. With its eight resistance levels, it's a good choice for beginning exercisers and those recovering from injury.

According to Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle reviews, users who are seniors, recovering from injury, or new to exercise are really happy with this model. The step-through frame is easy to get into and out of for those with limited mobility in their legs and the resistance levels aren't too taxing, say Marcy Mag reviews on Walmart and Amazon. Users with arthritis, repaired hearts, aging bones, and muscular challenges attest to its value -- both in terms of price and utility. Marcy Mag reviews also comment on the recumbent bike's ease of assembly, large data display, smooth and quiet operation, and well-positioned armrests that enable users, if there's a need, to push up when finished exercising. On the other hand, some reviews note that the design doesn't accommodate people with short legs and the resistance levels may seem wimpy for people who are already in decent shape.

The Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle (starting at $154, Amazon) is a basic, limited-frills exercise bike with eight preset resistance levels that you can change by turning a knob in the shaft. There are no preprogrammed or programmable workouts -- you set your own pace and rhythm through every session. The Marcy Mag has an electronic console that offers the standard readout information, including the speed at which you're virtually traveling, distance covered, time elapsed, and calories burned. The large seat is well padded and adjustable, but can't be moved close enough to the pedals for some; one user sits a bit forward by placing a pillow at her back. The recommended weight capacity is 250 pounds. This model weighs less than 60 pounds and boasts a fairly small footprint (47 inches long -- it fits easily into a car trunk). Bottom wheels let you move it about with ease. It comes with a two-year warranty.

In short, the Marcy Mag is a comfortable, lightweight, durable, and cheap exercise bike that works well for the casual user. More committed exercisers may want to invest in a heavier, fuller-featured model that offers more strenuous workout options.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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