Sit N Cycle | Do you really need it?

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What is Sit N Cycle

Sit N Cycle is a stationary exercise bike that states to be an efficient way to exercise at home while having fun. The hands free design of the Sit N Cycle bicycle assures that your core is engaged in workout as you pedal on it. So, it assures to give you cardiovascular exercise while also building your strength.

The above-mentioned claims of Sit N Cycle sound too good and convenient. So one must read the Sit N Cycle reviews to verify whether the exercise bike really works or not. If the Sit N Cycle reviews are to be believed, it is just a flimsy exercise bike that has no back support and handles, making a lot of customers call it a scam.


Sit N Cycle Grievances and Drawbacks

Ineffective for arm exercises – If the reviews of Sit N Cycle are to be believed then it does not have an arm exerciser unlike traditional exercise bikes.

Lack of back and hand support – According to Catherine, a user of the bike, it does not provide back or hand support making its use very uncomfortable.

Resistance Bands Snap – A user Magali Acevedo states that Sit N Cycle is worthless and adds that it does not work as it claims to. The substandard resistance bands snap very easily.

There’s no mention of the type of resistance (tension) that is used – whether magnetic, mechanical, digital or fluids. The creators (Smooth Fitness) also don’t reveal the levels of resistance it comes with.

Expensive – The usual complaint of customers is the steep price of Sit N Cycle. Other similar exercise bikes usually cost less than $25.

No Calorie Counter – Another common issue that Sit-N-Cycle reviews reveal is that the bike doesn’t have calorie or distance travelled counter.

Sit-N-Cycle is not very Effective – A disappointed customer of Sit N Cycle Lisa Ballard customer says in her review it’s nearly impossible to focus on the exercise and get the most out of it. She further states that using the exercise bike gives the same results as walking for about an hour or tapping feet to music. Working out on Sit N Cycle could get monotonous, too, she adds.

It falls apart – Even though its promoters Smooth Fitness claim that the user can do any task they want while pedaling, it might prove to be a dangerous thing to do. That’s because one can fall and hurt oneself since Sit N Cycle is not sturdy at all and its components start falling apart.

Difficult to return Sit N Cycle – A reviewer Deborah Krieger says that Sit N Cycle has issues like lack of tension. But the sellers do not fix the problem and instead ask to send the cycle back for replacement. And returning it is the bigger hassle. The sender has to bear the mailing cost for it, which works out to be very expensive. Because of that, returning for replacement is a bad idea.

False claims – One review rebuffs the claim that it is possible to do anything you want while working out on Sit N Cycle. Traditional exercise bikes that are made in the US are sturdy and they don’t make such ridiculous and false claims. You cannot possibly do anything you want while pedaling and exercising on it.

Disappointing Warranty – A user Catherine reviews Sit N Cycle and reveals that in spite of the big amount one has to pay the cycle, you only get a 90-day limited warranty on its integral parts. Because of this one cannot have a lot of confidence in the bicycle. The reviewer things it’s a useless piece of junk suspects and has a short warranty because it’s probably made in China.

Not ideal for people of small frame – A reviewer of Sit N Cycle states that anyone who is less than 5 feet would end up struggling with this exercise bike. People with small frame need to step on something to get on the cycle. Short people cannot even reach the pedals, making it quite useless for them. Not everyone can use Sit N Cycle.

Assembling is arduous and confusing

A user of Sit N Cycle Darren Samuel reviews that the cycle has 11 parts and 23 screws. But assembling it is a confusing task because the screws are not identified. Because of this you need to use the ruler to measure them so that you can differentiate them. This proves to be a big problem and even though there are drawings to aide you, they are too small and hence useless.

For any item that needs installation, it’s a given that the manufacturer will provide detailed instructions on how to put it together. But Sit N Cycle does not come with installation instructions and one would wish there was a close up video to identify the screws and install the bicycle. At least a CD or link to a YouTube video would have helped but there is absolutely nothing to fall back on installing.

The reviewer also adds in the review that you will be able to figure out the right way to install the bicycle but only after putting in a lot of effort and wracking your brains. However, it will still not be an easy task because it’s not really a job for just one person alone. One person is needed to hold the bike in position so that you can work on the pedals and other such installation needs. This proves to be an added hassle, which only worsens your experience even before you have started using the Cycle. But your struggle will be far from over because getting on the bicycle will give you a feeling that it might topple once you try to ride it.


How does Sit n Cycle’s state it functions?

The promoters of Sit N Cycle, Smooth Fitness claim to engage the “Active Sitting” (or dynamic sitting) method, which is a fitness multitasking workout method wherein activity is done while being in a sitting position. The Active Sitting method is very popular in modern times amongst professionals, busy moms, elderly people and everyone who needs to sit in one place to work. To help such people, the market is inundated with many “Active Sitting” products such as exercise chairs and workout balls. Sit N Cycle states that with this exercise bike, Smooth Fitness has introduced the first “Active Sitting Bike”.

The TV Infomercial of Sit-N-Cycle by Dorothy Hamill proclaims that even if you are too busy to work out, you can still burn calories and stay in shape with the cycle. The cycle promises that it is a Portable Exercise Bike that it will keep you in motion thus helping you burn calories while being a fun and convenient way to exercise that too alongside doing your regular chores. You have a way to work out on the cycle and burn calories while you watch TV, work on documents, read, knit or do just about anything else because you will be losing weight while engaging in your regular activity. What helps you get great benefits for your body is the fact that the portable exercise bike Sit N Cycle gives you aerobic activity right at home. It has minimum resistance and core-engaging design.

Sit N Cycle assures that it is easy to use and has hands-free design that should be beneficial – in theory. The ergonomic design of Smooth Fitness alleges that it lets you sit up straight so that your posture will be enhanced while building your strength. The peddling with Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike is declared to be absolutely effortless and you can do it with no strain at all. Sit N Cycle is maintained to be lightweight and the wheels let you take it anywhere you want to use it. The low-adjustable resistance is ideal for longer workouts and the design makes it usable for hours of use while giving you maximum benefits. It’s the easiest thing to lose weight and Sit N Cycle has made that possible.


Claimed Sit-N-Cycle Features

  • Its design is space saving as it occupies just about 6’x6’ space in any room.
  • Warranty: it comes with a one-year warranty on all parts and 90-day in home labor.
  • The cycle does not require electricity to run.
  • Great comfort: the cycle has an extra wide seat to provide comfort and the pedals are non-slip to prevent accidental slips.
  • Lightweight: at just 26.5 lbs, it also has wheels to transfer it wherever you want.
  • It is of commercial-grade quality and can withstand up to 300lbs of user weight.
  • Optimum workout results: it is possible to burn up to 500 calories in one hour depending on the intensity level of the exercise.


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



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

    What’s included

    1 Sit N Cycle Portable Exercise Bike
    All this for $240.00 with FREE SHIPPING Official website |

43 thoughts on “Sit N Cycle | Do you really need it?

  1. I purchased a sitncycle and when I started to put it together one of the peddle cover holes was not threaded and I had to on. and now in buy a self threading screw to be able to attach the peddle. Now under 30 days of use the peddles are jamed and will not move no matter where the tension knob is set. I’m very unhappy with this product. You need to replace with a new one. Joseph Hughes @ Tel. No. 435-628-4936

  2. Came not complete! Bar which the pedal screw on was not threaded. Can not ride it! Called four times now and said they were sending item! They lie and this a piece of junk! I am not paying for this, will send back!

  3. You can post this if you like……..this sit n cycle is definitely not something you want to buy. The persons that have made comments and have posted them are ‘right on the money’. As soon as I paid for this cycle the tension control no longer worked. Sending it back would indeed be a hassle ref to the fact we would have to pay for this large thing to be mailed back. Also, I would not allow an elderly person to get on it unless they had something sturdy to hang to….not safe. EEEgad-this item is JUNK. Marsha Veisz order 74801201416166021-as you will be able to see, when you look this order #up-I just bought this cycle

  4. I put the sitncycle together with help from YouTube so no problem there. The only problem was the seat I was not able to screw in the bolt because the thread was not made properly. I called customer service and they sent me a new seat within 4 days. I have used the cycle usually in the evening when I would normally be lazing around and feel a lot more energetic and I can feel my circulation moving after 20 minutes or so – so am pleased about that. I am 54 and my metobolism seems to have stopped so am hoping that at least 30 minutes a day on the bike will speed this up for me. I have had the bike about two weeks and so far so good.

  5. The problem with this bike is the bolts keep getting loose and my husband has to tighten them up every 3 weeks!
    I would never recommend this bike to anyone. A real disappointment and what a pain. Will probably never shop at QVC again.

  6. I got the SitNCycle last month. My husband put it together. I rode it approx. one week about five times and it started to make a noise like something was loose inside, then started to get louder. My husband took it apart and we found that the belt was beginning to have a piece come off. We cut that piece sticking out off. I rode it one more night and the belt completely broke. I called customer service to ask them to send me a new bet and they said that they don’t replace belts, to throw the old bike away and they will send me another. I told the lady not to send another until I talked with my husband. I just called again and they lady said they have sent me another, this without my confirmation to do such. She said that now I have to tell the Post Office that I refuse the package to have it shipped back to the company and I can throw the old bike away. I now am convinced that this is a company trying to rip off people by selling them a bike that only works for a couple of weeks and then relying on people to wait to long to call customer service and end up paying for another bike. It is not worth the money everyone.

    • We had the same problem with our first one, sent it back. Should ask for a refund. We had them send another bike, had the same problem with it. I feel it’s a piece of high price junk. Will try to order replacement belts if I can get a parts list and an address to order from.

  7. Directions are available for correct assembly & safe use in both video and manual. Just a matter of looking. One place is is on QVC. Very clear, easy to understand and follow. Specifically, Video under ‘Assembly Instructions’ Step 1 states “Take Styrofoam from box and place upside down & place SitNCycle main frame in the Styrofoam” which steadies it so one person is able to work on it. Also, part of page in Manual reads: “Unpack the box in a clear area. Review the Hardware Kit List below. This chart is provided to help identify the hardware used in the assembly process. Place the washers, the ends of the bolts, or screws on the circles to check for the correct diameter. Use the small ruler to check the length of the bolts and screws. Do not dispose of the packing material until the trial period has expired

    NOTICE:The length of all bolts and screws, except those with flat heads, are measured from below the head to the end of the bolt or screw. Flat head bolts and screws are measured from the top of the head to the end of the bolt or screw

    Note: Please review the contents of the hardware kit pictured below. Some small parts may have been pre-attached for shipping. If a part is not in the hardware bag, check to see if it has been pre-assembled. You can refer to the exploded diagram on page 13 for hardware placement HARDWARE KIT Part No. and Description Q’TY
    #16 Bolt (M10x13mm) 4 pcs
    #34 Screw (M4x12mm) 4 pcs
    #33 Screw(M5X15mm) 6 pcs
    #35 Screw(M5x30mm) 2 pcs
    #3 Bolt (M8x13mm) 5 pcs” ( part of the page didn’t copy -the pictures of the screws)
    Any negative reviews on that site also appear to be from those who didn’t follow directions. BTW, have been a QVC customer for nearly 10 years and have never had problems when calling CS with questions, issues, problems with products.

    In addition to assembly, it is explained, the point of the SitNCycle is core strengthening in addition to lower body exercise, weight lose, and increased endurance while cycling. A person can incorporate light weights or something similar if so chose for upper body but the main goal is for sedentary people can benefit from some sort of exercise even if for short period of time. For those c/o too high of seat, they should have read dimensions. No big deal to put near chair to hold on to back for a second while getting on or use a step stool. I have to use a step stool every time I need something from my kitchen cupboards, so quit whining & get cycling.

  8. My, My, My, I read 28 review online. I was surprise all the neglect feedback. First saw SitNcycle on Steve Harvey show 2014. Purchase from Bed Bath and Beyond on 31 January 2015. Watched Superbowl with friend and family. Which in 11 days later lost 10 pounds. Maybe it’s water weigh, time will tell, use it for 4-5 hours per day. Installing was easy within 30 minutes. I read instructions and watch youtube prior.. All the hardware and materiel was included. You have to use additional screw driver and wench if the on in package isn’t strong enough. I used WD-40 on the area in which was difficult. Anyway, no problem, Tips: REVIEW YouTube and read instructions will save time to install and easy installment. Second tips: start will lowest number tension and move to next level. It’s a new machine will need break-in. Third tips: stand in front of machine with your hips touching the seat is the best way to get on the seat. It wasn’t make with handle because the purpose is SitNcycle. I was hesitate to purchase. I am 55 years old female, License Massage Therapist/Physical Therapist Done research prior to purchase. Like the concept sitting and exercise, watching tv, reading, computer and laptop. If you have a high condtianer top or kitchen island works well. Was diagnose with orthoarthritis and bursitis. SitNcycle is the best relief I felt in years. Bottom line everyone isn’t going to be happy with everything in life. Happy!! SitNcycle. Thanks of reading this review.

  9. I purchased the bike on the 20th January only to find that a bolt that holds the left pedal was missing. I’m constantly phoning and emailing and getting no where. After reading all the comments of how bad this machine is I think I will be sending it back forth with. I’ve paid my money and got a bike that I can’t use its disgraceful!

  10. I saw the commercial with Dorothy Hammel which said 90 day trial for $19.95. BY LAW, products must have a disclosure statement… This one does not. I wanted to order it, but when I found out it was nearly $200.00, I said “no way.” DO NOT ORDER IT!

  11. All the SitNCycle reviews I’ve read are accurate and similar to my experience. I love the concept but after 5 minutes I have to get off to fix the tension that doesn’t really work and tighten the foot pedals. If I cycle in reverse I can last maybe 6 minutes before having to stop. Too bad about this because otherwise it could be a good bike for me. Now it is just waiting for the next large item trash pickup day.

    • good luck with that. I just called the company and found out that you can not get a replacement belt. you need to get the whole damn cycle. this is the biggest bunch of crap I’ve ever heard. My understanding of the law is that if a product is sold, parts need to be available for 5-10 years this company seems like it’s in business with the sole purpose of ripping people off.

  12. I purchased the Sit N Cycle, I put it together myself and was pretty proud of what I did. was not that easy to get on, but I did and I was peddling fine for a couple of days. After that, the right peddle came off and I could not get it back on. My brother was able to reconnect it. Started back using it again, and now the right peddle and arm are loose and wobbly. I should have read the reviews before.

  13. My husband ordered SitNCycle for Christmas, when putting it together, he looked inside and saw that the frame around the main pole was broken. Item was then on back order for almost 5 months. After he put the second one together I was testing it out and want to test all 8 levels, so, when I got to the 8th level, the noise was unbearable. My husband called and let the representative hear the noise and proceeded to send yet another one. Well, guess what, it makes that same horrible crunching noise on 7 and 8. We will be calling yet again to send it back, only this time we will NOT be requesting a replacement. If 3 bikes have defects to the same customer, then there is something REALLY wrong at the manufacturing level that NEEDS to be rectified.

  14. I have no problems with this bike… 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.

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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?

          • Both of you are wrong. Democrats/Liberals have been so blindsided they can’t see the forest from the trees. Why don’t you do some historical research and see just which party has accomplished more!!!!!!! BTW…although I do not like boomer boy, he is not to blame for the sitncycle malfunctions.

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