The Stamina 1350 is the introductory model of recumbent exercise bikes available from the Stamina brand. While it is an entry-level model, it is also packed with perks that compete with those of higher-end choices, such as the Stamina 4825. At less than 60 pounds of overall weight, the 1350 model is easy to assemble, surprisingly quiet, and it pampers even beginning users (up to 250lbs) with a comfortable padded seat and an easy-to-mount design. It also features an easy-to-use LCD monitor that tracks your exercise time, calories-burned, and traveled distance with no need for programming. The Stamina 1350 offers a one-year warranty for the bike’s frame and a 90-day warranty for parts. All these features make this piece a really smart buy.
- Steel frame that supports users weighing up to 250 lbs
- 8 magnetic resistance levels
- Compact, size (50 x 24x 33 ½)
- Easy assembling
- Light weight, at less than 60 lbs.
- Easy-to-use LCD monitor featuring calorie counter, traveled distance, and elapsed time
- Quiet performance
- Padded seat with lumbar support
- Walk-through, easy-to-mount design
The Stamina 1350 embodies simplicity. Its approximate assembly time is less than 30 minutes. The compact design allows it to be displayed anywhere in your household, and you can still move it around with ease thanks to handy wheels attached to the machine. This means no floors scratching or carpet-tearing when you transport it. It is not hard to carry the machine either. Think about this: if you can lift your 5-year old nephew, you can definitely move the 1350 around with no problems.
Its design distributes your body weight evenly and comfortably, making the exercise session actually enjoyable. When you mount the padded seat, your body will lean slightly backwards. This makes the bike particularly great for watching movies or even interacting with your SMART TV while exercising. Add to this that the machine is surprisingly quiet, which means that you will definitely be able to enjoy a good workout and a good show at the same time. While you exercise, you get a choice of 8 resistance levels, which means that you can make your workout more intense as you go.
The LCD display is also simple to use. It shows basic but useful information including heart rate, distance traveled, calories burned, and time elapsed. There is no need to program it, synch it, or connect it to anything. The data is displayed automatically and in a pattern so that you do not have to push any buttons to search for specific information (although you can choose to do that too).
Keep in mind that calorie burning is proportional to your body weight. Therefore, remember that the number of calories burned that the LCD display will show is an approximate amount. You still will get the benefits of exercise, and there is certainly a lot of calorie burning with this machine.
The rationale behind the Stamina1350 model is that less is more: it will do what you need it to do, and it will display data that you need to know instantly and without complications. While higher-end models of the same brand, such as the Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Exercise Bike, may offer extra perks such as alternative exercise opportunities, or programmed bike routes, most of the models that top the Stamina line are twice heavier than the 1350 model. For less space, easier access, and equal fitness results, the Stamina 1350 would be your model of choice.
Issues have been reported regarding the magnetic pick up sensor of the unit. The main complaint is that the pick up does is not held the machine sturdily enough, for which more support is needed. This is an assembly issue that can be resolved using extra screws and clamping the sensor it into position.
Another issue to consider is its limitation on the weight of the user. Although an average user may or may not weigh more than 250 lbs., the fact that there is a limit on weight may turn off some potential buyers. There have not been issues reported with people trying the machine outside of the weight range, but please do abide by what the manufacturer recommends.
A basic model that gives you everything that you need, the Stamina 1350 is perfect for small spaces thanks to its size and weight. Perfect for shared living spaces, it is noiseless and can be transported around easily with the attached wheels that are included in the unit. As a fitness machine, it offers muscle-building resistance exercise and calorie-burning cardiovascular movement monitored with essential technology. The LCD screen will show your total caloric burn, travelled distance, elapsed time, and heart rate. Eight resistance levels will help you reach your optimal heart rate for fat burning.
Compared to higher-end exercise machines, this recumbent bike will deliver exactly what you need for a lower price without sacrificing the basics of cardiovascular exercising. If you are willing to put up with a potential manufacturing flaw in the magnetic pick up sensor, you should get everything that you want from a workout using this machine.