BICYCLES

New products hit the market almost daily, be it elliptical units, total-body conditioners, or the latest computer-aided machine. But in the end people will often stick with what they know — and what works for them. This has held true for the exercise bike market. Bikes have long been the cardiovascular choice of the de-conditioned, overweight, older exercisers, and even elite athletes. But that doesn't mean there haven't been advancements and new technologies in the category. From heart rate control to advanced programs, sleek new designs, and class-based crazes, this tried-and-true category is still one to watch. Take a look here to see some of the newer advancements and designs in the still-popular exercise bike category.

BODYGUARD FITNESS

The Organic R4 cycle offers 15 exercise levels and 21 gear values that will challenge the novice to the expert. The cycle measures 56" (L) × 22" (W) × 48" (H) and weighs 192 lb. Use the Contact Heart Rate bars to view your heart rate. Contact: Bodyguard Fitness, 9095 25th Ave., St. Georges, PQ G6A-1A1, G6A-1A1 Canada; (418) 228-8934; fax: (418) 227-8120; execk2@aol.com; www.bodyguard-fitness.com
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CYBEX

The Cybex 700C cycle recreates the feel of a 21-speed bicycle. It has an easy-to-adjust seat to accommodate riders from 4'10" to 6'5". The ergonomically designed seat contours eliminate back fatigue allowing users to pedal as hard or easily as desired. Contact: Cybex, 10 Trotter Dr., Medway, MA 02053; (508) 533-4300; fax: (508) 533-5500; info@cybexintl.com; www.ecybex.com
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CYCLEPLUS

The CYCLEPlus total body recumbent provides an upper and lower body workout. This no-impact workout allows the user to separately adjust resistance for the upper and lower body. The cycle's dimensions are 60"(L)×32"(W)×38"(H). Diagnostic software performs preliminary diagnostics and an internal data log records member usage. Contact: CYCLEPlus, 27 Ross Common, P.O. Box 1168, Ross, CA 94957; (415) 461-1747; fax: (415) 461-4915; info@cycleplus.com; www.cycleplus.com
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CYTECH USA

Available in yellow, blue, black and silver, the XL cycle from Cytech USA has a patented diamond-cut chain wheel that's practically vibration free. A multiple seat positioning system guarantees that the XL can accommodate users from 4'10" to 7'. The adjustable handlebar and seat positions have notched adjustments with numbered positions.

Contact: Cytech USA, 11983 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34110; (914) 596-8861; fax: (914) 596-6325; www.indoorcycling.com
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DIAMONDBACK

Diamondback Fitness recumbent cycles provide an ergonomic workout for the legs and the lower back. The 1100 Series is designed for light institutional or corporate environments. A self-powered Induction Magnetic System powers the electronics without needing an outlet or batteries. Use the console to choose from six different workout programs. Contact: Diamondback, 4030 Via Pescador, Camarillo, CA 93012; (805) 484-4450; fax: (805) 388-5890; www.diamondback.com
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KEISER CORP.

Keiser Corp. introduces a group cycling bike with a rear flywheel. The rear wheel placement moves the friction system out of the area where it can be affected by moisture. A torsion-flex frame makes the journey more road-like and a wider, spring-loaded seat reduces saddle soreness. Thumb tension adjustment can simulate real hills. Contact: Keiser Corp., 2470 S. Cherry Ave., Fresno, CA 93706; (559) 256-8000; fax: (559) 256-8100; sales@keiser.com; www.keiser.com
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LIFE FITNESS

Life Fitness introduces a new line of Lifecycle upright exercise bikes with optimal ergonomics. The bikes have a biomechanically correct angled seat post, which ensures proper knee position. A Comfort Curve seat and deluxe handlebars enhance the ride. The bikes have a variety of new workouts and programming options. Contact: Life Fitness, 10601 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131; (847) 288-3300; fax: (847) 288-3703; webmaster@lifefitness.com; www.lifefitness.com
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MAGNUM FITNESS SYSTEMS

The Magnum RB210CH semi-recumbent bike uses two grooved pulleys and one self-adjusting belt. The self-contained generator/eddy current brake requires no external power. Workout data includes calories burned, time remaining, speed in MPH and heart rate. It has ten programs and 40 resistance levels. It includes contact and telemetric heart rate controls. Contact: Magnum Fitness Systems, 2201 12th Ave., S. Milwaukee, WI 53172; (414) 764-4068; fax: (414) 768-7047; sales@magnumfitness.com; www.magnumfitness.com
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MATRIX FITNESS SYSTEMS

The MX-R5 Recumbent bike is 25"(L) × 55"(W) × 48"(H). It features a two-stage, dual poly-v belt drive with a light 15 watts starting resistance and smooth operation that doesn't require a plug or battery replacement. For user's comfort, it has an adjustable lumbar pad. Contact: MATRIX Fitness Systems, 1411 Broadway N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87871; (505) 243-0560; fax: (505) 242-4725; info@matrix-fitness.com; www.matrix-fitness.com
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NUSTEP INC.

The Nustep TRS 4000 recumbent cross trainer simultaneously exercises arms and legs with a full range of motion providing a vigorous cardio workout. It has 10 different workloads with varying intensities and a compatible wireless Polar® heart monitoring system. An ergonomically correct design is easy on the joints and prevents back strain, while the welded steel frame accommodates up to 400 lb. Contact: Nustep Inc., 5111 Venture Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108; (734) 769-3939; fax: (734) 769-8180; sales@nustep.com; www.nustep.com
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PRECOR

Precor's C846-U self-powered cycle offers a magnetic, no-contact alternator resistance system that provides 20 resistance settings and six preprogrammed courses. The self-powered, cordless model can be placed in any location of the facility. The bike has a powder coating that gives it a rust-resistant and easy-to-clean finish. The seat is customized with a standardized mount system, and the handlebars accommodate a variety of hand positions and have a resistant foam padding that remains soft and dry. Contact: Precor, 20031 142nd Ave. N.E., P.O. Box 7202; Woodenville, WA 98072; (425) 486-9292; fax: (425) 486-3856; commsls@precor.com; www.precor.com
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Q-SPORT LLC

Engineered with aerospace technology, the Qruze stationary bike has dual mechanism pop pin and twist adjustment knobs that accommodate various torso, arm and leg lengths for comfort and secure positioning. The handlebar and seat shafts are rust- and corrosion-free, and the biomechanically designed handlebars adjust for neutral, slight- and fully-pronated hand positions. Contact: Q-Sport LLC, 4430 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93110; (805) 696-6590; fax: (805) 696-6591; queenie@iqsport.org; www.iqsport.com
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SCHWINN

The Schwinn Airdyne bike re-creates the outdoor cycling experience indoors by utilizing a wind vane system to provide a variable workload resistance with a cooling fan breeze. The Airdyne® has moveable handlebars to work the upper body or the user can isolate the lower body by just using the handlebars. Contact: Schwinn, 1690 38th St., Boulder, CO 80301; (303) 939-0100; fax: (303) 939-0260; www.schwinnfitness.com
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SPORTS ART AMERICA

The 5100 bike from Sports Art features a patented seat back adjustment and infrared remote control. It features an improved self-generator system with battery back-up and a poly-v belt drive. A deluxe electronics package provides dot matrix display, LED windows and manual and contact heart rate. Contact: Sports Art America, 19510 144th Ave., N.E., Ste. A-1, Woodinville, WA 98072; (425) 481-9479; fax: (425) 488-8155; ken@sportsartamerica.com; www.sportsartamerica.com
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STAR TRAC

Star Trac's V-bike Spinner features a flywheel design that simulates real cycling and minimizes stress on the rider's knees. Use the push brake safety system to bring the flywheel to a fast stop with minimal effort. The V-bike's frame is both rust- and corrosion-resistant with a steel crank assembly. Contact: Star Trac, 14410 Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92606; (714) 669-1660; fax: (714) 508-3303; sales@startrac.com; www.startrac.com
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TRUE FITNESS TECHNOLOGIES INC.

True Fitness's 750 Series recumbent bikes have enhanced lumbar support and an anatomically engineered seat to optimize range of motion while reducing pressure on soft tissue areas. The Series features 16 resistance levels, a message center, dot matrix display and contact heart rate. True backs the self-powered units with a three-year parts and labor warranty. Contact: True Fitness Technologies Inc., 865 Hoff Rd., O'Fallon, MO 63366; (636) 272-7148; fax: (636) 272-7148; info@truefitness.com; www.truefitness.com
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VISION FITNESS

The R2600HRT semi-recumbant cycle is for light-institutional use. The Easy-8 continual feedback console features watts, RPM, speed, time, distance, calories, program, level and heart rate. The Comfort Arc seat has a lumbar adjustment knob. Vision Fitness offers a Corporate Warranty (up to 5 hrs. a day) for two years. Contact: Vision Fitness, 500 S. CP Ave., P.O. Box 280, Lake Mills, WI 53551; (920) 648-4090; fax: (920) 648-3373; greg@visionfitness.com; www.visionfitness.com
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