Last Updated on February 20, 2022
Change up your Lifestyle with a Sit2Go Exercise Bike
I am not a gym bunny. At various stages of my life I’ve tried. Once for years at a go – but I confess that was more down to the extravagant spa facilities at my local gym – once I moved, my gym habit disappeared along with the steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy bath and posh toiletries. I occasionally go off and take part in a fitness BootCamp or try running a 5k just to remind myself how unfit I am, but generally, I find an excuse not to exercise. A Sit2Go exercise bike, like the one I’ve been sent to review, is spot on for me because I can incorporate it into my daily routine. It doesn’t need a power supply and it’s compact enough to sit alongside my desk. If I didn’t already own a desk chair I’d be happy to use this one instead.
So here’s the low down from me.
- My Sit2Go bike arrived in a large box and needed to be put together. While the box was too heavy for me to bring down the stairs by myself, the components were not. The seat, seatback, pedals and main body of the bike were separate which made it very easy to bring everything to the room where I was planning to keep it. Even for a small (155cm) not very fit woman with no help!
- I was concerned I’d struggle to put the bike together but actually, it took me about 20 minutes. The box contained all the parts I needed including an Allan key and a small wrench to fit and tighten the bolts.
- The control panel contains two batteries (not supplied) and the only part of the ‘build’ I struggled with was fitting that panel onto the bike itself. That was more down to a fear of breaking something by forcing it. It’s now seamlessly slotted into place
Using the Exercise Bike as a Desk Chair
- While I haven’t used the bike as a desk chair for long, it does seem to work very well in that role. It doesn’t have arms, but it is easy to adjust the height. I found the pedals made a nice foot rest for me, though I suspect anyone taller wouldn’t need that.
- The bike has a comfy ergonomic backrest made from a breathable mesh. It feels supportive and I don’t need a cushion (which I do use for my regular desk chair)
- The seat is padded and is a compromise between a regular bike seat and a chair. It’s perfectly comfy to sit on.
- The seat is on castors so you can push it back if you want to stretch out your legs
Using the Sit2Go Bike for exercise
- Although the bike is on castors and easy to move around, it’s very stable in use.
- I love the adjustable settings so that I can ramp up the resistance and work a bit harder. This is a replacement for a home cross trainer for me and although I miss the ability to work my arms as part of the session, the resistance level range is, if anything, rather better than the cross-trainer.
- The bike monitors distance, rpm and calories in addition to time on the bike. So, if you are motivated by exercising enough to enjoy that extra brownie, this one will work for you, although I suspect it’s a very rough guide since there’s no way to input core vitals.
- There’s no way to link up the bike to a smartwatch. Your smartwatch may be more intelligent than my super cheap one but it would still be a good feature to offer.
- Even at 155cm and with the chair at a setting for me, the Sit2Go bike doesn’t work under my fixed-height desk. It’s close, but definitely not feasible. It would obviously be fine with an adjustable height desk. I thought this would really annoy me when I first started using the bike but quickly realised that I’m not coordinated enough to cycle and type at the same time anyway. Because the whole thing is lightweight, it’s actually very easy to just push the bike back when you want to watch a live stream presentation or video and exercise your way through.
- I’m passionate about design and my home office is full of mid-century pieces. I was worried the Sit2Go Chair would look out of place. I’m impressed by how well it blends in. I’m not planning on relegating it to the spare bedroom (a graveyard for any exercise equipment I have. It’s not even tucked under the desk – It’s stylish enough to leave on show.
- This is a relatively simple bike. As such, there’s not much to go wrong so it should work well for me.
- The only potential weakness I can see is in the column which attaches the back of the seat to the main frame. It’s a single piece of hollow metal that looks a little less robust than the rest of the bike.
To summarise, this is an exercise bike which looked good on paper and which lives up to my expectations. At less than £400 it’s good value for money but doesn’t feel flimsy or as if it will fall apart. I personally like the simple controls which I think are less likely to fail. From experience with the cross trainer which came with multi-user settings and all sorts of tracking elements – and which went wrong within a year, this is likely to have more longevity. Various friends of different shapes and sizes have tried the exercise bike – and everyone remarks on how comfy it is!
The good news is that right now you can get £40 off the cost of your Sit2Go Fitness Chair (and a number of other Flexispot products). It normally retails for £399.99 but right now you can buy one for £359.99! So why not take a look at the Flexispot website for yourself.