Friday, March 13, 2020

ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike Reviewed

Pro-Form 235 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike Review
Exercise is not my favorite pastime!  However, like everyone else, I need to exercise regardless of the weather.  Few exercise machines work for me because I have a severely curved spine (scoliosis), therefore strain on my spine causes a great deal of pain.  

Over the years, I have tried several exercise regiments and different low impact machines.  Until I discovered the recumbent exercise bike, all exercise ended in pain.  

While I would be the first to say there is no substitute for walking, I am grateful to have found an indoor exercise machine that actually works for me.  By the way, I have tried other types of exercise bikes, but the backless style puts too much pressure on my spine.

The Pro-Form 235 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike Information & Features

 ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent BikeCheck PriceOriginally, I planned to purchase a exercise bike made by a company that is renowned for quality bicycles.  My husband suggested  I go to a local store that has them set up and allows you to test them.  I am so glad I took his advice!  The one I thought I wanted was uncomfortable, which means I would end up not using it.  

When I sat on the Pro-Form Recumbent Bike, I was shocked at the difference.  The seat is supportive and quite comfortable.  Because the seat will move forward, I was able to set it for my leg length with my back pressed against the seat back for support.   
It is recommended that you exercise 5 days a week, for 30 minutes. I am easily able to peddle for 30 minutes without experiencing any pain, during or after.  That is amazing!  

There are 18 difference workout settings which emulate riding on various terrains, or you can simply peddle at your own pace and preferred resistance level. 

For example, I can take it slow and easy, with no resistance, for 30 minutes and burn 150 calories.  A real workout would obviously yield greater results. 

Additional Features

ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike
  • Requires 4 D Batteries for Monitor (a power adapter is sold separately)
  • Monitor shows time, speed, watts, & calories burned
  • EKG Grip Pulse
  • Built-in Audio for Ipod
  • Adjustable Cushioned Seat
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Quiet (almost silent)
  • Approximately 5' long & 2' wide
  • 275 lb. Weight Limit

Other Considerations Before You Begin

It takes a few hours to assemble the exercise bike and having a second person to help is preferred.  You don't want to rush the assembly time!  

You will also need a carpet piece or mat underneath the bike to avoid damaging floors when exercising.  

Plus, be sure to buy your batteries or the AC adapter in advance.  You will want to be able to test everything immediately after it is assembled. 

Entertainment While Exercising

ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike Reviewed
Most often, I feel like I should be doing something instead of dedicating time to exercise.  After all, real bicycling allows you to enjoy your surroundings, the sounds, the smells, and the beauty of the great outdoors.  It is a totally different experience than just plain exercising.  

Frankly, I need a distraction when I exercise.  The ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent Bike has a slot in front of the monitor for an iPad or Kindle.  Instead of watching the monitor, I watch a movie, read, listen to an audio book or to music.  Before I know it, the 30 minutes have passed.

Of course, you would set your own workout length of time and preferred resistance.  Just be sure to bring your water bottle and entertainment along for the ride. 


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should consult your physician before starting this or any exercise program to determine what is best for your needs.

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  1. Excellent review, Mouse. My daughter has this exercise bike and loves it. The entertainment part makes exercising so much easier. She wants to access some travelogue videos and 'pretend' she is biking through interesting places.

  2. This sounds like a winner to me.....I would be like you and need something to take my mind off of the fact that I am exercising. No I'm not lazy, but watching a video or listening to a book would make that time go so much faster and I do like to multi-task. Thanks for the heads up, I will have to look for this and see if it fits our lifestyle.

  3. This one looks very comfortable for exercise. I like the entertainment feature, it's always easier when you can read or be entertained while your exercising. The best part is the price is really reasonable for this bike. Thanks, great review as always.

  4. I am so glad that you found a bike that works for you. It is difficult to find exercise equipment that doesn't turn into a dust collector.

  5. We have a Pro Form too! A winner :)

  6. We are interested in getting this for my mom who is 4'10". Do you know if the seat adjustment accommodate that short of a user?

    1. Hi Jodi, I am slightly under 5'2" and I have the seat pulled all the way forward for a perfect fit for me. 4" could make a big difference in comfort. I checked other comments and see a few that indicate it is fine for someone who is 4'11" (still an inch taller), so I am just not sure. The seat is very easy to move and lock in place. If you can find a local store where they have the exercise bikes set up, it would be wise to have her try it before you buy.

  7. I will be getting my proform 235 csx recumbent bike in a couple of days. My inseam is 32-33 inches. Will the bike be a comfortable ride with no problems?

    1. In your case, you would need to set the seat further back. It will slide back far enough to be comfortable for you. My husband is slightly less than 6 feet tall, and he can easily use my recumbent bike too.

  8. I am 4'10" will this bike be suitable for me?

    1. Since I am 5'2", I checked comments to see if anyone had addressed the comfort level for someone 4'10". I see a few that indicate it is fine for someone who is 4'11" (still an inch taller), so I am just not sure. The seat is very easy to move and lock in place. If you can find a local store where they have the exercise bikes set up, it would be wise to have her try it before you buy.


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