If you can't afford to spend a lot on an upright exercise bike, the Stamina 5325 is worth a look. It can accommodate users up to 300 pounds and has eight resistance levels so you can vary your workout. A handgrip heart-rate monitor and six workout programs are also included. Users say the Stamina 5325 is solid and feels sturdy while pedaling. Owners report a good variation between the high and low resistance levels, and the adjustable seat accommodates both short and tall users. However, some say they wish the pedals came with straps for a more secure fit, and a few owners say there were components missing when the bike was delivered. If you can afford to spend more, the Schwinn Airdyne (*Est. $620) gets the best reviews among upright exercise bikes. The Airdyne uses an air-resistance system, and reviewers say it's durable. A lengthy warranty is another plus. The Stamina 5325, on the other hand, has a one-year frame warranty; parts are covered for only 90 days.
We found a variety of user reviews for the Stamina 5325 at online retailers. Amazon.com has the most reviews, and the analysis there tends to be more detailed and thorough. We also like that you can check which reviewers are verified owners. Buzzillions.com also posts a healthy number of reviews from various retail websites, and Overstock.com collects about 15 owner reviews.
The Stamina 5325 earns positive ratings at Amazon.com, where more than 70 reviews combine to give the bike a 4-star rating. Users say the bike is sturdy, quiet and adjustable for different heights. Most say it's a great value.
Review: Stamina 5325 Magnetic Resistance Upright Exercise Bike, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Stamina 5325 averages 4.3 stars in 45 reviews at Buzzillions.com. Users say the bike is quiet and easy to use, although many owners find it hard to set up initially.
Review: Stamina Products Magnetic Upright 5325 Exercise Bike, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
About 20 reviewers comment on the Stamina 5325 exercise bike at Overstock.com, where the bike earns a 4-star rating. Most say the Stamina 5325 provides a good workout without breaking the bank, but one user reports a faulty display console and another says the bike broke after three weeks.
Review: Stamina Magnetic Upright 5325 Exercise Bike, Contributors to Overstock.com