Sit N Cycle Review | Is SitNCycle Overhyped?


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What is Sit N Cycle?

It is a stationery exercise bicycle that claims to offers you a fun and efficient way to work out. As you pedal, your core is engaged thanks to the hands free design of this bicycle. Hence while you get your cardiovascular exercise, you build your strength too.

Smooth Fitness, the manufacturer of Sit N Cycle use the “Active Sitting” fitness multitasking workout method to promote their bike. Active Sitting is doing activity while in a sitting position, it is also called as dynamic sitting. Active Sitting is the latest fitness trends and is becoming popular amongst office goers, busy moms, elderly people and all those who have to sit and work. There are many “active sitting” products like chairs and balls available in the market. With the Sit-N-Cycle exercise bike, Smooth Fitness has come up with the first “Active Sitting Bike”.

 

Sit N Cycle Complaints/Disadvantages

  • Cannot be used for Arm Exercises
  • Sit-N-Cycle does not offer back and hand support
  • Resistance Bands Break
  • Manufacturer (Smooth Fitness) of Sit N Cycle does not mention the type of resistance (tension) used (magnetic, mechanical, digital, fluids etc). They also don’t tell you how many levels of resistance it comes with.
  • Sit N Cycle is expensive, most other similar Exercise bikes cost under $25
  • No calorie/distance travelled counter
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Can Sit N Cycle Bike really be effective?

It is difficult to focus on what one’s doing and get an effective workout. The exercise seems to be equivalent of what one would get by walking for about an hour or tapping feet to music. Sit N Cycle could be a bit boring too.

 

Things fall off

Smooth Fitness say that you can do whatever you want while pedaling but that can be a risky proposition. That’s because the SitNCycle bike is not really sturdy and things start coming off. You can fall over and hurt yourself in the process.

 

Returning Sit N Cycle is a nightmare

There are issues with the Sit N Cycle, including the lack of tension. Rather than fixing the problem you are asked to send it back so that it can be replaced. However that’s where the real problem begins as returning it is a complete hassle. And you have to bear the costs for it, which can burn a hole in your pocket. It just doesn’t seem worth the effort.

 


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Ridiculous claim

The claim that you can do whatever you want while you cycle is preposterous. Huffy exercise bicycles are durable, made in the US and they don’t go on to make such silly claims. It’s not possible to do practically anything while pedaling and getting a workout.

 

Sit N Cycle warranty is disappointing

You are paying big amount for Sit N Cycle and all you get is a 90 day limited warranty on integral parts. That doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in the bicycle, does it? The short warranty is probably because it’s made somewhere in China and is nothing more than a piece of junk.

 

Short people struggle with it

If you are shorter than say about 5 ft then you are bound to struggle with this bicycle. You will need something to step on in order to get on it. You can’t even reach the pedals, which makes it a waste of your time. Sit N Cycle is clearly not made for everyone.

 

Assembly woes

Sit N Cycle has 11 parts and 23 screws, which would be manageable if the screws were identified. But they are not, which leaves you with no option but to use the ruler to measure them. Only then can they be differentiated and that’s a huge hassle. Yes, there are drawings to help you, but they are too small and quite pointless.

When you normally buy things that require installation, you get detailed instructions on how to go about it. But that’s not the case with Sit N Cycle. You just wish there was a close up video that would tell you how to identify the screws and install the bicycle. The least they could have done is included a CD or led you to a YouTube video. But there’s no such help available, which is a shame.

After taking a lot of effort, wracking your brains and getting into arguments about what the right way to install this bicycle is, you finally manage to start putting it together. But you realize that the job can’t be done by one person alone. You need someone to hold the bike in its position while you work on the pedals. Now that’s an added nuisance, which has you at your wit’s end even before you get on the Sit N Cycle.

Getting on the bicycle is another hassle because you keep worrying that it might tip over. Thus all in all it’s a lot of time wasted over nothing.

 

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How does Sit N Cycle Claim to Work

Dorothy Hamill claims in the Sit-N-Cycle TV infomercial that you can burn calories and stay in shape no matter how busy you are. As per the promises made in the TV commercial, Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike offers you a fun and convenient way of staying in motion and thus burning calories, whatever you might be doing. You might want to sit on the Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike and burn calories while you are reading or knitting, you might be working on some documents or any other task for that matter. You will be losing weight as you do it. Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike will be your source of at-home aerobic activity with minimum resistance and core-engaging design will bring its outstanding benefits for your body as well.

Sit N Cycle claims to be easy to use and features hands free design, which should work for you – in theory. Smooth Fitness boasts that it is designed such that you sit up straight, which not only enhances your posture but builds your strength too. They also claim that the peddling with Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike is completely effortless and can be done without any strain. Smooth Fitness says that the Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike is lightweight and can be wheeled around wherever you want to use it. It has a low adjustable resistance, which is ideal for longer workouts. And the design is conducive to hours of use while you get optimum benefits. Losing weight has never been easier and Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike has given you a shot in the arm.

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Sit-N-Cycle Features

  • Features a space saving design as it takes up about 6 feet x 6 feet space in your living room.
  • Warranty: One year warranty on all parts, 90 day in home labour.
  • Sit N Cycle doesn’t require any power.
  • Ultimate comfort: The pedals are non slip and you are offered comfort due to the extra wide seat.
  • Lightweight: It weighs about 26.5 pounds and has wheels to take it wherever you want.
  • It’s commercial grade and can support up to 300 pounds.
  • Efficient workout: Depending on your intensity level you can burn up to 500 calories in an hour.

 

Sit-N-Cycle Specs
Maximum User weight: 300 pounds

 

Size and weight:

  • Foot print – 24″L x 17″W x 30″H
  • Unit weight: 26.5 lbs

 

Warranty:

  • Frame Warranty: 1 year
  • Parts Warranty: 1 year

 

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What do I get?

  • 1 Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike

All this for $19.95 with FREE SHIPPING Official website SitNCycle.com | SmoothFitness.com

 

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18 Responses to “Sit N Cycle Review | Is SitNCycle Overhyped?”

  1. Jade Turner says:

    Has anyone actually tried this product?

  2. Norma Fase says:

    I was so excited to get my Sit N Cycle…on my second 30 minute work out the pedals came off. Nice.

  3. Admin says:

    Do you think “Active Sitting” technique really work? does it really benefit you?

  4. Brenda says:

    I have no problems with this bike…..it took awhile to put together but I did it myself and I am a 56 year old female!!!! I don’t have problems getting on it and it is plenty sturdy.

    • Stella says:

      “56 year female” my foot – I think this is how you are making your living. This is a cheap, China junk please do not buy.

  5. Magali Acevedo says:

    Sit N Cycle is a piece of Junk

    I bought this piece of junk from QVC, the pedal kept getting loose and I had to buy a step stool to get on it because I’m only 5 feet tall. When I finally got through assembling the Sit-N-Cycle, I got on it and a clacking noise started, all of a sudden no more resistance. When I disassembled it I found one of the resistance bands torn. I exchanged it and the same thing happened. Don’t waste your time and money. Piece of crap!!!

  6. mary says:

    I bought Sit N Cycle. And I like it.

    Sit N Cycle does have a couple issues though, getting on and off. Because there are no handles means you must be very careful not to lose your balance. Also the wheels work great on hardwood floors. But not so well on carpet. Not having a back or handles actually means your workout does better for your core. It works, gets your heart rate up. For those that think it does not work. I don’t understand why they think it doesn’t. Its cycling, and cycling DOES give you a workout
    Also there were issues with a couple holes drilled too large. And I had to search for larger bolts. That is a quality control issue. That should be addressed.

    • Robert Peterson, VA says:

      Mary, you are lying!!! this piece of crap does not work. It is a flawed design, maybe your company did not have the funds to put a back support and handles. Low grade morons…you should be ashamed of yourself trying to sell this POS to older people. GOD IS WATCHING.

      • Shaun Barnthouse says:

        Why there is no backrest and handle on Sit-N-Cycle bike? — to promote active sitting. With no arm and backrest to support you, you naturally engage core muscles to maintain the balance thus working your core muscles. Active Sitting engages your core and abdominal muscles while a pedal will exercise your legs. I am not promoting this product but the concept really looks good…ofcourse I am aware of the quality of “As Seen On TV” products. If it were from a reputed brand I would buy it.

        • Melissa says:

          How do you think the elders can workout on a bike that does not have a backrest and armrest support??….wrong design to start with.

  7. C Beatty says:

    The Sit N Cycle is too short for most people causing them to pedal in an unnatural position. This can cause problems in the knees and hips. As a short person, I find it ridiculous that I am having to buy an additional seat to raise me up so that I can pedal. Very sorry I bought this item.

  8. Rita Therriwn says:

    I received Sit N Cycle for Christmas. I tried it for a few days. The pedaling on the cycle is jerky and after a five minutes I noticed that my muscles were not affected at all. I get more burn by going up a flight of stairs once. The ad says that you could watch TV or text while on the cycle, but the seat is so uncomfortable, that you would not want to be on the cycle for more than 5 minutes. I have been calling every day to get a label to return the cycle, the representatives are courteous on the phone, they give me a time frame when I should receive a label but have yet to receive a return label. It has been 8 days now. I think they delay so you would not be able to return in a timely manner. I told my daughter to put a hold on her credit card. Do not buy this cycle unless you do not want any results and are willing to spend your time calling every day to get a return label.

  9. Brenda Arcbold says:

    Why does it take so long to receive one? Really!!!!!

  10. John Harris says:

    Do not get the SitnCycle. It is junk. My wife bought it from QVC and the pedals would not bolt on. I had to retap the holes for the pedals to go on. Very poorly made.

  11. Product Questions says:

    Did anyone buy Sit N Cycle, any testimonials?

    Does it really work as shown on the TV?

    Is it really effective?

    Does Sit N Cycle wobble?

    Does it offer adequate resistance?

    How is the quality of the product?

    Is it noisy?

    What type resistance does it use?

    How is the quality of the exercise bike?

    Do you know a better alternative to Sit N Cycle?

    • mary says:

      Yes Sit N Cycle works.

      Yes its effective. Its cycling and cycling is a effective workout. Does not wobble.but getting on and off should be done carefully as there is nothing on the cycle to hold onto. Yes the resistance is good. When it gets easier, tighten it up. IF it comes to the point its easy and can’t tighten any further. Go longer. Thats how it works in the gym on all exercise machines. Quality of Sit N Cycle is good. Only problem is the one I got had two holes drilled too large and I had to get larger bolts, frustrating but fixable. NO real noise. Slight hum, the other alternatives are larger and take up more room. I like the Sit-n- cycle. Because its mobile and is attractive and I can leave it out.

      • Robert Peterson, VA says:

        Buyer beware of such paid reviews!!! Sit N Cycle does not work, don’t waste your money on this crap. Go for reputed company not “as seen on tv”. This is what happens when you vote for Obama.

        • allan says:

          It’s Republicans who usually oppose consumer protection. Consumer protection is a joke in this country. How is Obama responsible in any way for “As seen on TV” scams?

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