Exercise bikes are a hugely popular home gym option, especially when you have limited space. But if you want to work your arms and torso as well you’ll also need weights or maybe a rowing machine, all of which take up extra space.
That’s where a machine like the JTX Mission AirBike comes in. Not only does it let you get your cycling fix, whatever the weather, but moving handlebars linked to the pedals also mean you can get a full-body workout at the same time.
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JTX Fitness Mission AirBike review: What do you get for your money?
The benchmark machine in this sector is the Assault AirBike Classic, which you’ve probably seen lurking in the corner at your local gym. If you buy one for your own home gym you know you’re getting a certain level of quality but they’re expensive, typically costing £749.
The JTX Mission AirBike matches the Assault AirBike pretty much feature for feature and comes out on top in some areas, too, yet it costs £50 less.
Just like the Assault bike, build quality is excellent with a heavy-gauge steel frame and large, steel-bladed fan providing robust longevity.
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Wheels at the front help you move it around (although its 65kg heft means you’ll need someone to help you carry it anywhere) and the saddle has 300mm of height adjustment and 80mm of fore-aft adjustment to help you find a comfortable position.
However, the JTX machine edges in front with a few key advantages. It uses a quiet, maintenance-free belt drive instead of a chain, its handlebars offer multiple positions instead of the one on the Assault Bike, and it has the option to connect a heart rate monitor as well. You have to step up to the £1,249 Assault Bike Elite to get that feature.
Add in a two-year in-home repair warranty (which we doubt you’ll need given how well-made the bike feels), and you have a very good value all-round package.
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JTX Fitness Mission AirBike review: How easy is it to use?
Like all air bikes, the key to how this bike works is the large fan at the front, which is used to generate resistance instead of the flywheels and brakes that regular exercise bikes employ.
This generates resistance that’s directly related directly to the effort you put in, so there’s no need to fumble around with buttons to set the resistance level as you exercise – just push the pedal/handlebars harder for a more intense workout.
Another neat side benefit to using air-resistance exercise bikes is they’re mostly self-powered; only a couple of AA batteries are required to power the computer and display. You don’t need to plug it into the mains or turn it on and wait for it to fire up. Just jump on and start working out. It’s simplicity itself.
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When it comes to exercise equipment, many people prefer the workout that a stationary recumbent bike can provide. Of course, there are many of these bikes to select from, which can make choosing the best one a challenge.
The LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike is one pieces of exercise equipment that has received a great deal of positive attention. One of the reasons for this attention is the fact that the model is very quiet, which makes it a good choice if you plan to watch television or listen to your radio during our workout.
The display screen on the LifeCore Fitnesss 900RB Recumbent Bike also sits low, which means it won’t get in your way as you try to watch television as you ride. According to a review in the Los Angeles Times written by Roy M. Wallack, the display console also offers “unusually crisp, bright, large, easy-to-read numbers.”
You can choose from among 12 preset programs with the LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike as well as four heart rate control programs. If you have problems with your joints, you will appreciate the five inch pedal spacing that is designed specifically to help reduce joint stress.
The LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike can also be used just about anywhere, even if you are far from a power source, because it can be powered by batteries or with the included AC adapter. It also has a very compact design, though it still weighs a hefty 108 pounds. While this is fairly light for a Recumbent Bike, it can make it difficult to move from place to place. Luckily, it has transportation wheels that assist with moving the 44 inch long bike.
The small design of the LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike may be great when it comes to finding a spot for it in your home, but may be a bit too small for those that are particularly tall. The seatback is adjustable, but may not be enough for some people. In addition, the weight capacity for the bike is only 300 pounds. Therefore, if you are particularly hefty, you might not be able to make use out of this bike.