Modern technology has made it very easy to digitize just about anything, including fitness machines. This has caused many people to think that quality fitness machines need to be computer controlled. Truth is very different. Bikes like ProGear 555LXT proves that old school, basic design is still more than enough to get you in shape. This bike is one of the best affordable recumbent bikes on the market and today we are going to find out why.
Efficiency through simplicity. That is what ProGear 555LXT and other similar bikes are designed to do. We have a very minimalist frame which features thinner but ultimately robust tubing. It is an H patter frame with detachable elements. In other words, you can disassemble this bike for storage should you need to. The seat is mounted on a rail, using the very same solution that we see in much more expensive bikes. You get padding on both the seat and the back rest, increasing the comfort. However, the seat is far from being ergonomically contoured. It works, but don’t expect cloud like comfort. The thing to keep in mind is just how affordable ProGear 555LXT is. If we were talking about a bike twice its price, this review would have a rather negative angle. Fortunately for us, we aren’t. As things are right now, ProGear 555LXT’s design is more than great at this price.
As you can probably guess, features are very, very limited on bikes like this one. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any, though. Starting with the flywheel, we have 14 levels of magnetic resistance to choose from. You adjust resistance by turning a large knob located right in front of you and underneath the built in display. Flywheel housing features a cup holder which is a nice addition that isn’t often found in this price range. Looking at the display, you might think that it is about as basic as they come. That is somewhat true. Aside from being able to monitor your speed, distance, calories burned and similar stats, you can also set goals. In a way, this module is a bit ahead from the competition. Additionally, ProGear has also included a media shelf allowing you to enjoy some entertainment as you workout. When push comes to shove, ProGear 555LXT offers a very well balanced combination of price and performance.
Shopping for an affordable recumbent bike can often be more confusing and overall harder than shopping for a higher end model. Fortunately for us, bikes like the ProGear 555LXT make that process much easier. All things considered, this model brings a rather impressive bang for the buck value. It’s not just about the features, but also small details such as the rail mounted seat and that media shelf. If you are looking for a proper recumbent bike on a budget, chances are that you will have a hard time finding something better than this. There are exceptions, but they’re rare.