Summary: The folding exercise bike from Pleny has two positions. You can use it upright, like any regular f-bike. Or you can set it up lower and use it like a recumbent bike instead. Add in the resistance bands (which allow you to work your arms / shoulders) and you get a versatile home bike for the money. While not a known band, enough have been sold over the years to get some comprehensive feedback. This is largely positive, with words like ‘value’ and ‘bargain’ appearing from multiple verified buyers.
Check out the gallery – which shows this bike in both positions – for yourself now, over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.
This is a compact machine. It is 96cms long and 53cms wide in the upright position. In a 2020 redesign, it got a black and red colour scheme, and cleaner, sharper lines. There are plastic caps at the end of the stability bars, which help keep your bike in place.
What is different with this model when compared to most folding indoor bikes is the choice of 2 positions. If the regular upright position is not comfortable for you, then you can sit lower. I’d call this ‘semi recumbent’. Your knees will be higher, and you can make use of the back rest for extra comfort.
There are handlebars by the side of the padded seat, as well as front bars – giving you the freedom to choose from any position. The backrest is padded, and also adjustable, as is the saddle position.
You change the resistance using a simple dial at the front under the console. There are 16 levels. This not only makes the bike suitable for anyone of different fitness levels – it means that it will stay with you as your own fitness improves.
The other resistance is via attached resistance bands. These are elasticated bands, which you pull towards you. They allow you to work your arms / shoulders, and to burn some extra calories while you peddle.
The console is basic. You get an LCD screen; this just displays numbers and letters. It is big enough to see from the seated positions. It will track your current ride and you can see your speed, time, and distance – along with the number of calories burned.
If you hold your hand on the front handlebar, you get a readout of your heart rate on the console. This is a great way of showing that you worked out hard enough.
This bike is not advanced enough to connect with apps. This folding home bike is a tablet / phone holder. This lets you add your own entertainment while you pedal!
I was surprised how positive the feedback was for these bikes. There is a lot of it (way too much for it to be faked), and people all over the country provided ‘verified purchase’ comments. Value came up again and again, with many people stating that the Pleny bikes are excellent quality.
On the negative side, some users had problems with the resistance. There were mixed messages about the service. Some buyers said this was excellent, others said they got no reply at all.
Overall, the assembly does not seem to have caused anyone problems.
If you are split between a recumbent style bike and an upright folding model – then this unit certainly covers both bases. It folds between rides for easy storage and is adjustable enough to cover different sized users.
Resistance bands add a welcome angle – a way to work out your upper body. This is great if you are short on time, and with some extra calorie burning potential.
With hugely positive feedback, this bike has struck a chord with the public.
Check out the latest comments, plus see the gallery and close-ups for yourself – over on this dedicate amazon.co.uk product page.
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