Review: Slim Cycle As Seen on Tv 2-in-1 Stationary Bike – Is it right for you?

Review: Slim Cycle As Seen on Tv 2-in-1 Stationary Bike – Is it right for you?

 

Are you looking to buy a Slim Cycle? How about a Slim Cycle that promises two times (2X) results in half the time? A Slim Cycle that combines cardio with arm strengthening, folds up to fit in a closet, and is typically available for around $200, how does that sound?

Whoa, that is a dream come true. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s review the Slim Cycle 2-in-1, the as seen on TV version, so that you can make the right buying decision. This Slim Cycle review will provide you all the details you would need to consider before parting with your money and giving up part of your closet space.

There was a time in the past when I was looking to buy an exercising bike to add to my home gym setup. Slim cycles grabbed my attention for their minimal space requirements and they have pretty great features for a pretty low price. I wanted something less cumbersome, less professional (read “beginner friendly”) – but still challenging and able to help me work up a good sweat.

Although I come across many types of exercise bikes in my line work, and use them from time to time, I always recommend Slim Cycles for their adaptability. For example, a Slim Cycle from Tele Brands (via As Seen TV) promises an upright bike that can be turned into a recumbent bike. If you don’t know what a recumbent is, don’t worry, we’ll go over that later in this review! Plus, this version also can let you strengthen your arms with the two resistance bands. 

In business since 1983, Telebrands is one of the longest-running As Seen on TV Company. They pride themselves with hundreds of product releases every year. Don’t let the cheesy “As Seen on TV” brand fool you – for the right user, this is an excellent 2 in 1 exercise bike. Slim Cycle 2-in-1 stationary bike is worth seriously considering to add to your home gym equipment – or even as your first equipment in your fitness journey.

If you are in a hurry, the following is the Slim Cycle I am going to review today:

 

Exercise Bike Buying Guide

Exercise bikes (Wikipedia) such as the Slim Cycle are an excellent alternative for your home workout instead of going to the gym or running. They provide an easy, hassle-free way of getting the physical activity required and help you lose weight, and if adjusted correctly can be low impact and easy on your joints.

Currently, there are many choices available in the market. If you are looking for budget-friendly options, you could opt for one with the bare minimum of essential features like various levels of workout resistance, a few (to none) programming options. The higher-end ones will come with more advanced features such as many preset workout programs, multiple profile settings, more extended warranty, and connectivity options. And, of course, if you want to spend thousands of dollars you can get a Peloton and pay for a monthly subscription. 

Before we dig deep into the must-have features, you need to have a good understanding of your fitness goals.  Think about how frequently you are going to use it, and your level of fitness. Be realistic, and don’t make the mistake of overestimating your needs – that’s a classic trap in the fitness industry and it’s part of the reason many people overspend on equipment with features that they don’t need. So be honest, and make sure you know if you want to try to keep up with sophisticated workouts, or if you just need a simple machine that gets your heart rate up. 

Once you have realistic expectations, it will be easier for you to choose the right exercise bike.

Yet another topic to spend some time on before getting into the essential features – let’s talk about the different types of home cycles so you can make sure this one is the best option for you. There are three types of bikes: 1) Upright, 2) Recumbent, and 3) Spinning. We shall take a quick look at the first two types as they are relevant to this article.

Upright Bike Vs Recumbent Bike

Upright exercise bikes

Upright bike example

An Upright Bike

Upright exercise bikes resemble regular bicycles. They come with a small and high seat, without any back support. Your hands hold handles in front. Your body sits above the frame, and you pedal like you would ride a traditional bicycle. If you are used to riding a normal bicycle on the road, then this will feel normal and you’ll feel like you have good control the movement.

These are not recommended for people who are on the heavier side, as the smaller seat can cause aches and pains in the buttocks. The lack of back support could pose issues to some.

At the same time, an upright exercise bike will provide the following benefits:

  • Very similar workout when related to outdoor cycling
  • The same set of muscles, including abdominal muscles, will be used as in outdoor cycling
  • Also provides some limited upper body workout, since you lean onto the handles

Recumbent exercise bikes

An example of a a Recumbent Bike

A Recumbent Bike

Using a recumbent bike, you will be sitting in a reclined position, which is a more comfortable position for many people. Typically, because they can be bigger, the seats are more comfortable. Many have back rests, so that you’ll feel like you are sitting in a regular chair. However, using this bike may not give you the feeling of riding an outdoor bicycle.

Recumbent bikes typically should be more gentle on all of your joints. Because your lower back is supported by a large seat and your knees and ankles are stretched, protected for any impact, you’ll feel a more fluid movement when you bike. Plus, if the seat has a back rest, you’ll be able to relax your core a bit. If you don’t mind spending more money and want to really focus on a low impact workout machine, check our our Best Recumbent Elliptical Cross Trainer article.

The following are the benefits of recumbent bikes:

  1. Easier on the lower back
  2. Safer to use, especially for seniors and for those that are rehabilitating
  3. Due to the low impact, an excellent choice for those that are currently overweight and working out to lose weight

Main Features

The following are some of the features you might be looking for when you buy a slim cycle.

Display

You’ll want need a bright display with easy-to-use controls. The screen should show at the minimum your heart rate, calories burned (this would be an estimate), speed, RPM (revolutions per minute), and selected resistance levels. Of course, the speed and distance covered should be shown as well.

Programming

For budget-friendly options, you may not get as many programming options. More expensive bikes come with a multitude of these options. These options include storing many profiles in a family, for example, heart-rate controlled workouts, fitness progress, and preset workouts.

Heart-Rate Monitor

Most bikes come with this option. They monitor your heart rate via surface measurements, and you will have to touch these surfaces while you workout. Basically, in order to register your heart rate there is a particular part of the device that you’ll need to grab for a few seconds. These are generally the handles on an upright bike and rods next to your seat if it is a recumbent bike.

Resistance

In my experience, this feature is one of the essentials. Giving users the ability to set different levels of resistance is a key feature. Based on your fitness levels, you can choose from a low level and challenging level. The resistance level is usually selected electronically by using the controls.

Safety

Like with any other exercise equipment, you need to be careful as these bikes have moving parts. If left alone with children around, this can be dangerous. Bikes that can be folded and stowed away are generally safer if you’ve carefully stowed them away from small children. 

OK – with the list of key features in the buying guide above, let’s review the Slim Cycle 2-in-1 exercise bike from As Seen on TV (Telebrands).

Slim Cycle 2-In-1 Exercise Bike Review

The Slim Cycle TV ads bill it as the perfect home exercise machine for cardio. Plus, since has arm resistance bands, they say you can get a full body workout. But is is true? Is this a great folding indoor stationary exercise bike?

The commercials say that all you need is 10 minutes of cycling to transform your body. But, even if you are working hard, that’s probably not really enough to get you the results you want. Ten minutes is far better than none, but, if you want to achieve any serious fitness or weight loss results, you’ll have to do longer workouts on this OR ANY machine.

That being said, Slim Cycle from BulbHead (as sold on Amazon) does provide you all the features you would need to succeed in achieving the desired results.

So, YES, our review is positive – you can get the results you want out of this machine. It’s got the features you’ll need at an attractive price point. 

The main selling point for this Slim Cycle is that it gives you the ability to change it from an upright position (used for an intense workout) to a recumbent position (for low impact workout). This is the 2-in-1 option that is advertised. We really like this, since you may have different members of the family at different ability levels. Someone in your house may need a super-low impact workout that the recumbent can give, while someone else may want to really juice up their effort and use it in the upright position. 

Secondly, we really like the arm resistance bands. With these bands, you can also get some upper body workout going during your cardio, so it’s another way this is a two in one. 

This bike also comes with handles and a large opening. This large opening helps riders to get on and of the Slim Cycle quickly. The seat is 2.5-inches think memory foam and the hight can be adjusted. The specification says that the bike should be able to accommodate users with heights between 4′ 11″ and 6′ 4″. However, users taller than 5′ 11″ have reported slight discomfort. The bike should be able to support with its backrest for users up to 300 lbs, although some user reviews that we’ve read have said that people over 250 pounds worry about how sturdy it is for them. 

Pros:

  • Adjustable magnetic resistance
  • The ability to track heart rate and miles via a large digital display
  • Two operating positions (upright and recumbent)
  • Upper body resistance bands
  • Access to free-cycling videos, including instruction
  • Can accommodate a wide variety of heights
  • Includes backrest
  • Easy to fold and store away when not in use
  • Competitive price

 

Cons:

  • Seat angle is fixed
  • Some may find the sidebars next to the hips are not spaced far enough
  • Some user reviews say it a trade off of it being easy to store and move is that it can wobble
  • Although good for users with heights between 4′ 11″ and 6′ 4″, users on the lower end may not be able to use the recumbent option

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Slim Cycle’s measurements?

When open: 42-inches H x 21.5-inches W x 43-inches L
When closed: 52-inches H x 21.5-inches W x 22-inches L

Can I adjust the upper body resistance bands?

The upper body resistance bands can be adjusted. To increase resistance, just push the band up through the handle to the desired length, then pull through locking ring. To decrease, push the band through the handle to the desired length, then pull through the locking ring. Only one side of the upper body resistance band is adjustable. If you’re unable to adjust the upper body resistance bands, try adjusting the other side.

What is Slim Cycle’s weight limit?

Slim Cycle can support a person up to 300 lbs. However, please note at least one rider above 225 lbs found it difficult to use.

How much does Slim Cycle weigh?

Slim Cycle weighs 39 pounds, 6 ounces. That’s pretty light for a piece of exercise equipment, so it is easier to stow away when you aren’t using it. 

How many pedal settings are there?

The Slim cycle has 8 magnetic resistance settings for the pedals. Just turn the dial below the handlebars to increase or decrease the pedal resistance. It is advised to set this setting back to zero while storing the bike.

 

Testimonials

Below, you will see what some of the Slim Cycle customers are saying:

Excellent Bike.

“Received the Slim Cycle a few days ago. Great so far. Very easy to assemble.”-Julie B.

I absolutely love this bike.

“I bought this bike for me to use after my day job. I don’t get to exercise much because I am working all day, but this bike allows me to get a good 20-minute workout in after I come home from work! I don’t know if I’ve lost weight yet (I just started), but I feel great using it. I really like that it has the stand on the display so I can use my IPad while I pedal.”-Daniel P. 

 

Final Words

The Slim Cycle As Seen on TV 2-in-1 stationary bike is an excellent choice if you are looking for a versatile bike (upright, recumbent), easy to fold, and that includes upper body strengthening. The reviews are very positive across the board. This should remove any question you may have regarding brands from As Seen on TV. This will be a great addition either to home gym equipment or as a stand-alone indoor exercise bike. Check it out on Amazon now!

Further reading:

Best Folding Exercise Bike Reviews 2020

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Juanita Rodriguez

    I just ordered a Slim Cycle 5/27/2020 and was happy to get it shipped free. But at the end of getting my order complete Fernando, the agent I was speaking with said he was going to send the top 20 magazine for 1 month free then I would be billed if I decide to keep the subscription. I said no do not send them. He said thank you, you enjoy the rest of the day and hung up. I just wanted someone else to know I said no to the magazine and do not want a subscription. Didn’t know where to note my complaint.

  2. Ian Keane

    It is a nice bike, but the company is terrible.. I ordered the slim cycle with the upgrade, selecting the offered payment plan thru Klarna. For over a month I could not get confirmation of my order. Every time I called I sat on hold 20-30 minutes or was hung up on. The only people I could talk to were the representatives who take orders who could not find a record of my order. Klarna took my money but stated they did not see an order. 7 weeks later after I disputed the charge, I received the bike with none of the upgraded equipment I had paid for. I called and the customer service representative needed to be told countless times what we did not receive (belt, mat, water bottle holder, etc). Here it is a month later and despite him promising these items, nothing. I will never buy from them again and will spread the word to all the active duty and veteran members I know. Buyer beware

    1. Emmit

      Call your credit card company. Dispute the charge and have it reversed. The company will contact you

  3. Elaine

    Never received my bike. The customer service is awful. They lie and tell you that you will get what you order! Don’t recommend to order from them.

    1. Healy Jones

      Wow, that is not good to hear! Thanks for sharing.

  4. mari

    i ordered my slim cylcle from bulbshed the did not debot account until it was sent out, i was told will tale 3 -6 weeks to to te pandemic. THey debit account on 9-28-20mand i receied by bicycle on sunday 10-4-20 by fed exp and i am doing the payment plan. Myhusband out it together i used same day it arrived and it give you a workout. I used aagin todau 10-5-20 so far i know it is short to tell i am happy i waited , customer service was hoest the only thing i did nt get a onformation of order send out like i was told but happy, oh did i mentioned i got a free slim cyke belt for waitinf. I receievd that sautursday 10-3-20 , one day before for waiting and being patient, I order staright from the company. i will post in a month if i lose the weight i want, my goal 40-50 lbs and i am good and tgen just keep exercising. I hope everyone else get a good review and get it there order soon, It is free shipping. Good bye for now.

  5. mari

    i ordered my slim cylcle from bulbshed they did not debit account until it was sent out, i was told will talk 3 -6 weeks due to the pandemic. THey debit account on 9-28-20 and i received my bicycle on sunday 10-4-20 by fed exp and i am doing the payment plan. My husband put it together i used same day it arrived and it give you a workout. I used again today 10-5-20 so far i know it is short to tell i am happy i waited , customer service was honest the only thing i did not get a confirmation of order send out like i was told but happy, oh did i mentioned i got a free slim cyle belt for waiting.I receievd that satursday 10-3-20 , one day before for waiting and being patient, I order straight from the company. i will post in a month if i lose the weight i want, my goal 40-50 lbs and i am good and then just keep exercising. I hope everyone else get a good review and get it there order soon, It is free shipping. Good bye for now.

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