BH Fitness LK500Ri Recumbent Bike Review
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How We Reviewed This Model
The BH Fitness LK500Ri Recumbent Bike is a popular choice for light commercial fitness rooms and posh home gyms. It’s sold with light commercial and residential warranties. In a nutshell this is a program-rich, Internet-connected bike designed for comfortable exercise.
This exercise bike arrives with ample preset programs and is ready for expansion. First, riders can get exercise guidance from 24 built-in workouts. The console also arrives with a fitness test and lets you save programs you design yourself. Next, new workouts can be downloaded via iConnect. This technology uses Bluetooth to connect a mobile phone, tablet computer or iPod Touch to the LK500Ri Recumbent Bike. Besides downloading workouts, the compatible mobile device can serve as the bike’s workout screen. iConcept runs in the background, letting you conveniently switch over to other apps and personal files during workouts.
Other highlights include fingertip controls, a wireless heart rate receiver, and heart rate controlled workouts. Is this the best recumbent bike for you? Here are our pro/con lists for the BH Fitness LK500Ri Recumbent Bike.
Here are features of the BH Fitness LK500Ri that riders appreciate most.
- Recumbent Design: The LK500Ri bike seat is designed for comfort, safety and convenience. It provides good lumbar support with an adjustable back, and the seat back is ventilated to help keep you cool. Handrails attached to the seat offer stability and have two special features: contact heart rate sensors and buttons that control the bike’s resistance.
- Walk-Through Frame: The LK500Ri Recumbent Bike is especially easy to access. It has a “walk-through” space between the seat and pedals.
- Workout Programs: This exercise bike arrives with 26 workout modes. The collection includes interval training, random mode, heart rate controlled programs and more. There are 24 levels of resistance. Additional workouts can be downloaded with iConcept.
- iConcept: BH Fitness exercise bikes are meant to last a long time, and iConcept helps keep them up to date. This system lets your tablet computer, iPod Touch or smartphone act as the bike console. You can download new workout programs, including some that simulate famous bike routes, and easily access other apps while the workout program keeps running.
- Exercise Data: A 6.5” blue LCD screen displays resistance, speed, distance, time, calories and heart rate.
- Heart Rate Monitoring: The LK500Ri Recumbent Bike has a Polar wireless heart rate receiver. It also has contact sensors on the handrails. Heart rate data can be used to automatically control the bike’s resistance, making it easier than ever to exercise in a desired heart rate zone.
- Resistance: This bike has resistance levels for everything from light rehabilitative work to intense workouts. Changing the resistance is especially convenient with handrail controls.
- Secure Pedaling: The bike pedals are textured for grippiness and have shoe straps for stability. Extra width lets you reposition your feet for better comfort during long rides.
- Water Bottle Holders: Water bottle holders are attached to the recumbent seat.
- Transport Wheels: Easily reposition the bike with help from its transport wheels.
- Sturdy: The LK500Ri Recumbent Bike weighs about 120 pounds. It has a 300-pound user weight capacity.
- Warranty: This bike has an average light commercial warranty and a very competitive residential warranty. Wherever it’s used, owners get lifetime coverage for the frame. Light commercial customers get two years of parts protection and one year of labor. Residential customers get 10 years of parts protection and two years of labor.
Here are some potential drawbacks of choosing the BH Fitness LK500Ri Recumbent Bike.
- Price: With an MSRP of $2299, this ride costs more than the typical home exercise bike. The sale price doesn’t include delivery and set-up.
- Plugs In: This machine will add to your energy bill. Some of the bikes in this price class generate energy from the riders and require no outlet.
- No Fan: The bike doesn’t have a cooling fan.
- No Reading Rack: There’s no rack for holding a magazine.
- Larger Size: This bike is noticeably larger than those made especially for BH Fitness’s home collection. Its footprint is about 64” x 26”.
Who Should Ride the BH Fitness LK500Ri Recumbent Bike?
The LK500Ri Recumbent Bike can hold up to 300 pounds and is adjustable for rider height. This bike is durable enough for light commercial use and is a good long-term choice for households. It supports low-impact cycling for rehabilitation, muscle toning, heart health and calorie burn.
The Bottom Line
The BH Fitness LK500Ri Recumbent is solid choice for light commercial gyms. It’s comfortable, durable and designed to keep workout time interesting.
For home gyms the LK500Ri might be more machine than what’s needed. If price matters, then the BH Fitness S53i could be a better choice. It has similar features and a long residential warranty, but it costs about $600 less.
BH Fitness LK500Ri Recumbent Bike Specs
|Console display||6.5' blue LCD screen|
|Resistance||24 Resistance Levels|
|Dimensions||64" L x 26" W x 45.6" H|