ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike Review

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4.3

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike

Verywell Fit / Sarah Vanbuskirk

What We Like
  • Easy to follow assembly

  • Compact size

  • Simple to use

  • Sturdy

  • Smooth pedaling

What We Don't Like
  • Accommodates smaller bodies best

  • Doesn’t offer many bells and whistles

Bottom Line

The ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike offers smooth pedaling, heart monitoring, and a compact, foldable size for a steal of a price.

4.3

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike

Verywell Fit / Sarah Vanbuskirk

Stationary bikes are great for those who can’t get to the gym or go out for a bike ride as often as they’d like. They make it possible to cycle when weather conditions are too cold or rainy—and they often offer workout options for a variety of fitness goals, from weight loss to training for a big ride. Drawbacks can be price, as well as issues around space and storage. ProGear’s 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike seeks to address those concerns. Read on to find out if this compact, affordable exercise bike delivers.

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike
Verywell Fit / Sarah Vanbuskirk

Setup Process: So easy

This bike came with easy-to-follow instructions and required very limited assembly. Most of the work was already done, meaning all I needed to do was attach the larger frame pieces, hook up the computer console, and put on the rest of the stray parts, such as the pedals and phone holder. There are just six steps, and the entire process took under 30 minutes. I did, however, end up using my own wrench instead of the one provided, as mine works better.

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike
 Verywell Fit / Sarah Vanbuskirk

Design: Streamlined

The ProGear 225 has a simple, sleek design, with a streamlined X-shaped frame in an appealing mix of white, blue, and black. The bike only weighs 34.8 pounds and has a very small footprint (32 x 17.5 x 46 inches) that gets even narrower (19 x 17.5 x 53 inches) when collapsed (simply pull out the pin at the joint of the X and fold the ends in on themselves). This compact fold is the bike’s star feature and allows it to be stored in small spaces. Wheels on the bottom of the front stabilizer bar make moving the already lightweight bike a breeze—similar to pushing or pulling wheeled luggage. 

The compact fold is this bike’s star feature and allows it to be stored in small spaces.

The bike’s three-piece crank system with magnetic tension creates a consistent, fluid pedaling motion, and the dual flywheel design allows for higher-resistance workouts in addition to lower-paced exercising (more on that later). Adjustable leg stabilizers keep the bike in place for optimal safety and stability while cycling, preventing excess movement or the risk of tipping over. 

Another nice touch on this indoor cycle is the included accessory holder, which is essentially a solid pocket for your phone, located on the frame below the tension control knob. We’ll touch on the bike’s display screen and heart sensors shortly.

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike
 Verywell Fit / Sarah Vanbuskirk

Performance: Cycle on

When shopping for an exercise bike, stability and ease of use top my priority list. On these counts, ProGear’s 225 Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike succeeds. I never felt at all wobbly—even at top speeds. Plus, the bike is very easy and intuitive to use.

As noted in the design section, this cycle uses magnetic resistance, resulting in super-quiet pedaling that’s ideal for just about anywhere in the house. I was able to easily listen to music, watch TV, and even have a conversation while working out.

This bike offers a range of eight tension levels, from easy to quite challenging. These settings can easily be adjusted by twisting the magnetic tension control knob. I like that there is enough variety to get in decent intervals at various intensities, and the pedaling action is smooth at each one. The dual flywheel design allows for higher resistance workouts than is typically possible with other lower-priced stationary bikes. 

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike
Verywell Fit / Sarah Vanbuskirk 

Comfort: Best for small- to medium-sized adults

This bike’s contoured, ergonomic seat cushion is cushy enough for short to medium-length workouts. The position of the seat can be adjusted to your preferred angle. With longer rides of 45 minutes or more, I noticed a bit of discomfort. If I was planning to regularly cycle an hour or more, I would invest in more padding for the seat. 

I think those with smaller builds will find this bike a better fit—and feel more secure and stable on it.

The roomy pedals feature wide, easily adjustable foot straps that keep my feet solidly planted and aid in smooth pedaling. I have never had any issues with my feet slipping during a workout. However, one of my sons did have a foot strap come loose on him once while pedaling especially vigorously. 

This bike is said to accommodate 5-foot-1-inch to 6-foot-tall bodies weighing up to 220 pounds; the knob behind the seat lets you control its height. I am 5-foot-7 inches, and it fits my body perfectly. My 5-foot-3 daughter and 5-foot-9 feel comfortable on it, too. My 6-foot-tall, nearly 200-pound husband, on the other hand, does not. Theoretically, the bike can accommodate a larger body, but in my family’s experience, it is not ideal. I think those with smaller builds will find this bike a better fit—and feel more secure and stable on it. 

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike
Verywell Fit / Sarah Vanbuskirk

Special Features: LCD screen and heart pulse sensors 

This bike is outfitted with a simple, easy-to-read LCD computer console display that limits itself to the basics: time (measured in minutes and seconds from start to finish), distance (in miles), calories (estimated calories, or kcal, burned), speed (in miles per hour), and pulse rate (in beats per minute).

These settings can be scrolled through by pushing the circular, bright blue “Mode” button below the screen. Additionally, there is a “Scan” setting that will scroll through each of the other settings automatically, switching every six seconds so that you can view the information hands-free while biking.

This bike is outfitted with a simple, easy-to-read LCD computer console display that limits itself to the basics.

Heart pulse sensors in the handlebars let you monitor your heart rate while pedaling. To access this feature, push the mode button on the display screen until the arrow is above the pulse rate setting and grip the silver pulse sensors, which are located midway up along the handlebars. Keep hands in this position for seven seconds, at which point your current heart rate will be displayed in beats per minute (BPM). One note is that the manual says that the initial heart rate displayed in the first two to three seconds can sometimes read higher than it really is but then shows the correct rate. We did not have this issue. The display monitor runs on 2 AAA batteries, which are included with purchase.

Maintenance: A breeze

Maintenance is super easy as well. All that’s required is keeping the bike out of the direct sun, particularly the computer console, as too much sunlight can damage the screen. Sweat also should be wiped away after each use. The bike itself can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Check the bike periodically to ensure all bolts, screws, nuts, and pedals are safely tightened. Otherwise, all you need to do is ride.

Price: Hard to beat

ProGear’s 225 Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike costs around $120. This is a fantastic price for a bike that delivers so well on the basics: comfort, ease of use, stability, and basic display features. Additionally, this indoor cycling machine offers a small size that folds even smaller and can monitor heart rate. Bikes with similar features average around $150 and up, and most are larger in size, making this stationary bike stand out.

ProGear 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike vs. Murtisol Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike

Both of these products offer relatively compact indoor cycling with foldable designs for easy storage, however, the ProGear model is smaller both in the exercise and folded positions. The Murtisol Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike runs about $150. The extra $45 gets you a twister plate and arm resistance bands for added upper body and core work while pedaling and an extra-large seat with low back support and handlebars. It also can support up to 264 pounds, which is about 45 more pounds than the ProGear bike. The ProGear bike has the advantages of a smaller, more portable size. For those that want more bells and whistles, I would go with the Murtiol model but the ProGear is the winner for simple, convenient, and portable indoor cycling.

Final Verdict

Yes, buy it!

ProGear’s 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike offers a smooth, comfortable ride that’s easily adjustable, compact, and affordable. A simple display panel also tracks the basics of each workout.

Specs

  • Product Name 225 Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike
  • Product Brand ProGear
  • MPN 3102
  • Price $119.00
  • Weight 34.8 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions 32 x 17.5 x 46 in.
  • What’s Included Stationary bike, tools for assembly, accessory holder, instruction booklet, 2 AAA batteries
  • Warranty 1 year, limited
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