Yesterday I managed to destroy yet another piece of cardio equipment. I was doing my cardio, when suddenly I heard a loud “crack” from the lower left rear of the machine. The whole thing began to lean to the right. I looked down, and saw that the weld actually failed on the left side of the main rear support bar.
Over the last four years I’ve destroyed two exercise bikes (well, actually I’ve put three bikes out to pasture if you count my original bike which was already about 10 years old when I started my transformation), a stair stepper and an elliptical. This last bike, the Fitness Quest Excel 396r, lasted just shy of two years, and has about 3,400 miles on it. It was less than 300 bucks, so I guess that’s a fair trade.
I’ve never been able to bring myself to spend two, three or even four thousand dollars on a piece of cardio equipment. I’m not sure why, because I know that commercial quality stuff will last practically forever, and at this point it’s pretty clear that working out is not just a “phase” for me. Fitcore (who makes my Titan), has plans to offer a complete line of commercial-quality cardio equipment, but that probably won’t be happening until sometime in 2008. Based on the quality of my Titan, I think I’m going to hold off on purchasing high-end cardio equipment until I see what Fitcore has to offer.
This bike is not “high-end” (it was $540.00), but is a definite step up from the cheap cardio equipment I’ve used in the past. Schwinn’s cardio equipment is very highly reviewed, and I think this bike will last me quite some time. I’ll post more thoughts on it after it arrives and I have a chance to use it.
Thankfully my broken bike is still usable – at least for now. I hope it doesn’t snap completely in half before my new bike arrives!