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Anonymous
Apr 18 , 2009
Good, solid bike
I disagree with the poor reviews. I also bought the older version of this bike, and it did start to breakdown, but that was after over 10 years of 3-6 days per week of use. The new bike is sturdier and quieter. Compared to the competition, it is a great bike for the price.
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MJE2000
Aug 16 , 2009
Bearings failed but cheap repair ...

Bearings failed after light use.  However, the bearings used are the old-fashioned American style bottom bracket bearings used in older bikes and still in some kids bikes.  I replaced the worn out bearings with a new set of one piece "Ashtabula BB030" bearings.  These are a high quality 10 ball bearing race (compared to the 9 ball original set).  The bike now runs very smoothly - the cost of the replacement was $15.95 plus a bit of effort to get the old bearings out, clean up and put the new ones in place.  You will need a couple of bike tools - a puller to get the pedals off and another bike tool called a Pin Spanner, I used a yellow handled Pin spanner that did fit the key slots nicely.  Cheap fix and the bike now runs better than new ..

 

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Tovey, IL

Dec 16 , 2013
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Sturdy and a great value

This bike is nice and sturdy. I had a friend put it together, and I have been using it three times a week. Too bad it does not have adjustable tension, but it will give you a great workout! Be ready to sweat!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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94form2000z

Fort Worth, TX

Nov 16 , 2013
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Great for workout

I had no issues with putting this thing together per the instructions verse some reviews. I took my time and it went together nicely. It was a bit confusing though on the pedals as it does ask you to verify all pieces are there before assembly and one washer it shows is actually inside the plastic so don't really expect to see it loose.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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pianopat

Canvas, WV

Oct 16 , 2013
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Good bike

We've had ours for about 3 weeks and I'm pleased with it. I put it together by myself and am satisfied with the quality. I am a 60 yr-old out of shape grandma and I ride while I watch tv (pedaling backwards during commercials to exercise different muscles and cool off, thanks to the fan). I'm up to about 45 minutes a day. I'm well satisfied with this bike. My husband, recovering from coronary bypass surgery, also uses the bike on days that he doesn't have cardiac rehab and has no complaints about the bike either.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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paulmartin200

Silver Spring, MD

Oct 10 , 2013
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Pedals snap like pretzels

I bought this product in early 2011 and it has been lightly used on an irregular basis since then. I've had to replace both pedals, at $45 a piece, in the past 7 months because they snapped off at the crank arm. The rest of the bike is well made but the pedals must be made of a cheap quality steel. I've never experienced bicycle pedal shafts breaking in half.


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cjg1

Hoosick Falls, NY

Aug 28 , 2013
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I love this Bike

I've tried others, this one is great!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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chitownvet

Chicago, IL

Feb 11 , 2013
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Not recommended

This appeared to be the perfect machine for me. I needed both an upper and lower body workout at a reasonable price, and this bike offered this at a great price. I purchased the bike in the store after trying it out. After assembly (I am very mechanically inclined) the bike appeared to functioning perfectly, and the workout was just as I had hoped for. However, after only 3 weeks of daily use (20 minute workouts) it started to make a squeaking noise and I felt a vibration in the left pedal. Because I had read the reviews for this bike I knew that this was the beginning of the end for the bearings. But this is where it gets good for Sears. Their online return procedure is exemplary (return or exchange in 5), provided that you can get the bike back to the store (no problem for me). A very simple and painless return to the store. I am now getting the Schwinn AD6, the quality and build are superior.


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WiganBoy

Grover, MO

Jan 12 , 2013
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Please do not buy

This was the perfect bike for me. But the quality is awful. A pedal just broke off, the steel shaft broke!. Pay a bit more and get something that might last


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LavenderJoy

Yuba City, CA

Dec 14 , 2012
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Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise bike

I am riding every day! It is so easy! The bike doen't take up much room and, when I pedal backwards the fan cools me off. Yes, I like this!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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KazPan

Revere, MA

Oct 26 , 2012
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Good Bike

Bought 3 of these bikes, First one back in 1996 and love using them. Perfect for my needs; love the upper and lower mobility. They do have a problem; after some use the pedals do brake off. Cheap metal rod that is screwed into the pedal arm. Had to change it couple of times. Can't beat the price for what you get.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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VladS

San Rafael, CA

Oct 25 , 2012
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JUNK! STAY AWAY!!!!

I bought this bike in Feb 2010. Right after the 3 months warranty has expired the Electronic Display started to malfunction, but I wasn't too concerned since I'm using my own heart rate monitor to calculate the calories burned. I used it on average 2-3 times a week for 30min or so. in March 2011 one of the pedals just broke, had to order a new one - $45, few months later the other pedal broke had to buy it again - another $45. Then couple of months ago I started to hear clanking noise and resistance was getting too strong on and off, until it got to the point where it was impossible to move the pedals. And now I have a useless piece of junk taking up space on my backyard! The biggest joke is the warranty on the frame! What can possibly happen to a frame? Stay away from this product, don't waste your money on this junk! It doesn't even deserve the one star rating, Sears need to create a speacial negative star rating for this product!


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nbgref

Davison, Michigan

Apr 6 , 2012
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The ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 upright Exercise Bike

Daily use of the Whirlwind 280 is worth the time spent spinning. The monitor informs you of your speed, miles ridden, time elapsed, and calories burned as you are riding. Even after you have completed your workout, the monitor keeps the information long enough for you to record it on a chart if you choose to seriously gage your daily activity. It then resets itself to a clear screen for the next participant. The adjustable seat makes the bike family friendly for long and short legs to reach the pedals, by just loosening one knob to raise and lower the post below the seat. There is no up-keep from day to day. Just get on and begin your exercise routine. The longer you ride, the more miles you'll accumulate, burning more calories. Your legs become stronger as you pedal away the pounds.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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raypatty05

Denver, CO

Mar 9 , 2012
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Great Quality

The ride is very smooth and does not strain the muscle structure and instead will test it to tense up muscles to improve my exercise performance.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Naegea

Milwaukee, WI

Feb 23 , 2012
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The Whirlwind 280 falls apart easily.

The hardsest part of using this bike was putting it together.  You are given the option of home delivery and having someone put it together.  I think having it put together by a store employee is well worth the cost.

The hardest put of putting it together were the pedals.  The first time out my husband stripped the screw trying to screw it in.  I had to order a new pedal it cost $49.

After waiting a week for the new pedal he was able to screw them both in a little bit.  It was as if the screws on the pedals were too big for the openings.  You need superhuman strength to screw them in.

With them partially screwed in you could not screw on the bolts to hold them in place so everything was slightly loose.

Despite the drawbacks, I started using the bike.  It took leg strength to pedal.  I discovered I could only pedal for 5 minutes at a time then I would need to rest.

I used the bike for a week pedaling 5 minutes at a time and resting 10 minutes.  All in all I used the bike 36 minutes a day.  It was a good workout.  I felt it in my legs and rear.

After one week I noticed that the pedal felt funny, then the rowing arms came loose.  The pedal was completely bent in the hole.  My husband removed it and discovered it too had become stripped from use.

Now I have no bike to use.  I have a broken piece of junk.   I hate to say it but that is what it is.  It is a $350 piece of junk.  It was poorly constructed.

My husband went out yesterday and bought a new exercise bike.  It is a Schwinn.  It cost the same but is a better construction.  It doesn't give me the burn that the Proform did but at least it won't break.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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SOCRATESTHEWISE

Austin, TX

Jan 30 , 2012
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WHIRLWINDS FLAWS CAN BE EASILY FIXED

I do like this exersize bike. It's half the price of the Schwin Aerodyne. The Profoms frame fits me comfortably and I like the lever-arm action it provides as well as the upright console for viewing progress and resting my arms. I felt the frame was substantial enough, yet conveniently sized for moving about in the room for a guy my size ( 5'8" height and about 280 lbs). I need the daily workout for cardio-weight loss and improvements in my breathing quality, which this does for me. I use it twice per day, 20- 30 minute in the morning & evening, and I am slowly loseing weight and improving my other aspects of health and strength as a result. The flaw to this bike lies in the manner that the pulley belt drive wheel and the axle are affixed to each other, and the bearings that this axle rotates on. If you are somewhat mechanically inclined and able to work with a few hand tools, you yourself can fix this bike so it works trouble free. As to the pulley belt drive wheel-axle assembly flaw, I found that they were tacked to each other with just 3 spot welds- not good, as they could -as in my case- fracture at the weld points and break loose from each other. However, I solved this problem by removing the pulley belt drive wheel-axle assembly from the exersize bike and bringing it to a local neighborhood muffler shop to have them arc weld an outside bead around the entire contact perimeter where the axle flange meets the pulley belt drive wheel. This will give you a solid assembly that should last. This cost me $35.00 cash. As to the bearings issue, I removed the old bearings and their components (bearing cages, cups, cones lock washer, washers and nuts) discarded the old parts (except the locking washers & thin nuts, I saved these), cleaned out the bottom bracket chamber, bought a new bottom bearing kit (old fashioned American (Ashtabula style) bottom bracket bearing kit for an adult sized bike complete with bearing cages, cones, cups, washers, and nuts). I bought this kit from a local bike shop. This bearing kit cost me $10.00- buy the grease tube/pouch also from the bike shop, you wont need much ( I already had my own tub of grease to use at home). You will also need a gear puller to take off the pedal cranks after removing their bolts. Any inexpensive pulller should do- this is about the only specialized tool you will need. This bike has a three piece crank assembly- two cranks and a tapered square ended axel like some bikes have. Take your digital camera and photo document each step of dissassembly so you maintain an accurate record of how everything goes and fits. When you go to take your pulley belt drive wheel-axle assembly to the welders and the weld joint had already failed so the assembly was loose as mine was, I used a 1.25" diameter by 3" long galvanized threaded nipple pipe fitting from ********** as an alignment spacer for the assembly. I took the new threaded cone and installed it onto the axel to press the pully firmly against the axel flange, then slipped the nipple over the axel, and then placed the other cone onto the opposite end of the axel to tighter the nipple against the first cone. This helped me because my threds were stripped and could not properly seat the cone next to the pully. This for me eliminated any wobble issues with the pulley belt drive wheel-axle assembly for welding purposes and acted as an alignment clamp. The nipple seats nicely onto the flat outer ring area of the cones. Use the cones from your new bearing kit. This galvanized theraded nipple cost me about $2.50 at **********. Remember, normally when you thread a nut and bolt the addage is-righty-tighty, lefty-loosey so you thread properly. BUT HERE YOU ARE THREADING A REVERSE THREAD FOR THE BEARING CONES AND AXEL SO ITS REVERSED. AS A RESULT YOU MUST THREAD IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER: LEFTY-TIGHTY, RIGHTY-LOOSEY, REMEMBER THIS SO YOU DONT STRIP THE THREADS. Youtube has a good two part video on servicing/replacing an american bottom bracket bearing for an adult bicycle you will have to look bit for it, but its there and very helpful- the guy works on a silver bike. Unfortunatly, I do not remember the name of the posting, but it will show you the steps involved in taking apart and reinstalling the bearings. It helped me a lot. Dont forget to use the grease and get the grease inside the bearing cages, also wipe grease onto the riding surfaces of the cups and cones. Make sure when you install the bearings that the ball side faces inside to the cups (The cups get tapped onto the bottom bracket housing-use a block of wood and a hammer or mallet to tap and seat them onto the housing), and the back side of the cages face against the cones (the cones have the threadings on their insides and are threaded onto the axle) The total cost for parts for me to fix the problem flaws on this exersize bike was just under $50.00- Good for another 10 years. I hope you find this helpful

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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guest123

Jamaica Plain, MA

Jan 16 , 2012
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ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise Bike

Love love love this machine! I've been using it for a week and have noticed an improvement in my mood and sleep. I did pay for delivery and assembly, extra $ but worth it. I also opted for the 5 year maintenance plan as it was reasonable and it looks like I'll be giving this bike a workout! I am a mature woman, not planning on running any marathons but want to stay in shape!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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toebyter

moncks corner, SC

Dec 28 , 2011
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The ProForm 280 Whirlwind exersize bike is a good value.

I have degenerative disc disease, so I needed a piece of equipment that would help me exercize my upper and lower body. I get a good work-out from the bike. It is heavy and appears to be much sturdier than many of the dual action bikes that I looked at. I purchased mine already assesmbled, so no stress there. I have used it for 6 months with no problems. I also have a ProForm treadmill that I have had for 7 years with very good performance. I would recommend either to my friends or family.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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cutecat

chowchilla, CA

Nov 19 , 2011
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Proform xl was the best total gym workout birthday present.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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smr8606

New Braunfels, TX

Nov 10 , 2011
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Awesome bike, great workout

Kicks my booty everyday! 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ApeyApeApe

Parkton, NC

Jun 24 , 2011
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BUYER BEWARE!!!

We purchased this bike today in the hopes of having a good quality exercise machine that would help us get into shape. We paid $250.00 for the bike and a whopping $50.00 for a 2 yr warranty. Upon opening the product we immediately noticed how poorly the bike was made. We found cracks and splits in various parts. Assembly was a nightmare. We spent six hours on just trying to get the legs and seat assembled. The product is so poorly made that the pieces DO NOT fit together right. Out of frustration and disgust...we decided to call Sears about the issues we were having. The male salesclerk immediately asked me "Are you sure YOU didn't break the bike? Are you sure YOU didn't assemble it correctly. I'm just sayin." That is exactly what he said folks. After checking with his manager to see if I could get a refund...thats right.....he had to check. He came back and said yes but it will be a 25% restocking fee....But after looking online at the return policy I found that it was actually 15%. I would NOT reccomend purchasing this bike nor would I purchase ANYTHING again from the Sears store.


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BrianDeff

Beverly Hills, CA

Apr 27 , 2011
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Clacks, Clunks and the arms are hard to push, Pedal Broke off!

Bought the bike in Feb of 2010. Assembled it and it began clunking within a month. Replaced bearings and just like another poster described, the pedal broke off (45$).

Now when riding the resistance goes from normal to extremely hard to push (I am a strong guy who lifts weights regulary). Just maintaining an average pace of 10.5 MPH with the extra tension will increase my Heart rate to 170 BPM (I average less than this on the eliptical at the gym in an hour).

I am expected for the belt to just snap one day, and that day the thing will be put out on the curb for the trash.

DISAPPOINTED!!! The thing was a peice of junk from the get-go and one I paid 269$ on Sale for.

PS I am not the complaining type, in actuality I am the guy who picks the hair out of my burger at the restaurant and keeps eating so for me to complain it must really be bad!

AVOID this product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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trendel13

Charleston, WV

Apr 22 , 2011
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Beware Big Guys

I purchased this to replace a older exercise bike that while reliable had finally broken after years of use.

Pros:

Uh.... seems to cool off my apartment well when in use.

Cons:

Well first off the build quality on this thing is horrible. Its mostly thin gauge steel and plastic. Feels cheaper than what I paid for it. Feels like it should be around $125.00 at best.

Ok I'm a big guy. I'm 6'2" and 245 pds. The rated capacity is said to be 250 pounds. That is a joke. If I was 200 pounds the design of this machine would still be ineffective. So if you are a big guy beware. The center of gravity for someone say around 6ft tall makes this thing feel like its going to fall over. It advises you in the instruction manual to clear 2 ft at least in each direction from the machine. If you have anything within 8ft of this machine that is delicate I would advise you to move it.

Assembly was problematic to say the least. It seems the tolerances for the production of the parts was extremely low. The metal bar that holds on the handles seems to be warped. The lock washers should go on smoothly with a minimal amount of force using a rubber mallet. I pounded on this bar with said mallet for a good hour and finally gave up. I instead used some horseshoe clamps to lock the handles on. They could have easily drilled the bar and handles. This would have given them the stability they needed. Would have made assembly easier. Tightened all parts down well and this machine still groans under a stiff breeze.

In short this is not even close to being a value. I found a extremely similar (different name) product at another store for about $70 less the next day after I bought this. Will continue to kick myself for not terminating this purchase then.

In short if you are a small framed person that doesn't care about price , quality, durability and Sears is your only store then buy this. Otherwise.... please don't consider this product.


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skinnywallet

Pearl City, HI

Apr 2 , 2011
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The ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise Bike works for me

The ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise Bike is probably the best deal for people like me. I am an older male who realized how out of shape I was at the time. A $5,000 machine wasn't in the cards for me for some reasons:

I really didn't know if I could stick with a regular exercise routine. A large, expensive machine could have become a $5,000 sculpture collecting dust. And in my state of fitness, I did not need some equipment that would build up my strength or prepare me for a marathon or ironman competition. What I needed was a machine that would get me moving my muscles and get my blood circulating along with slowly rebuilding muscle tone in my legs and arms.

The ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise Bike works like and elliptical X trainer, so my arms would also get some work as I pedaled. I can vary the resistance by working my legs against my arms and vice versa and can use just my arms or legs. The main resistance is provided by a fan/flywheel. You can easily increase resistance by increasing your speed.

It has the basic monitoring functions like speed, time, distance covered and heart rate and a simple LCD graphic for a visual of the distance you've pedaled. The heart rate monitor has questionable accuracy but that is a minor issue, since you can feel your pulse. The quality of the machine's build is good and should last many years.

The delivery and assembly costs do come out to more than the ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise Bike's price, but I recommend you pay for assembly, especially if you are seriously out of shape and cannot lift heavy items or have trouble putting things together. Trust me, the added expense is worth it!

Delivery was followed by the assembly technicians by a few days which was not an issue for me. The guys put it together very quickly and solidly and were very professional when explaining the equipment's functions and options and confirmed exactly where I wanted the bike in my home.

The salesperson at Sears was also very good, very professional and stayed with me through the whole process of selection and check out. She provided knowledgeable answers to all of my questions and offered much more attractive (and expensive) alternatives but understood exactly where I was physically and financially and made sure I was satisfied and fully informed about item and what would happen from the time I bought it through final assembly. She was really good and reinforced my feelings about the purchase.

I have used this now for about 6 weeks and have had no issues with the ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise Bike. Using the bike each day is not a chore because the bike doesn't feel like an antagonist. It has given me exactly what I expected. If you are considering this item and am a person like myself, I can truly recommend this product as a good starting point in the road back to fitness. When you outgrow the ProForm XP Whirlwind 280 Upright Exercise Bike, you can upgrade to a machine that can do more without losing a large sum of money and you also can get a better idea of what you want in your next puchase of an exercise machine

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dalwic69

Indiana, PA

Mar 9 , 2011
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product in good condition easy to use

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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userinwv

Hurricane, WV

Jan 28 , 2011
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OK until the noises start & bearings go. Keep looking elsewhere

Enough said.


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xochiti

Blair, WI

Jan 20 , 2011
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Pro-Form XP Whirlwind 280...great low impact workout

Sweet! Looked for a multi-function, low impact excercise bike for my wife and I. Wife wanted a bike-type for her knees, I, something to help with my shoulder rehabilitation. We chose this machine not only for its mulifunction and great arobic workout but also because we were so impressed with its sturdiness and quality of fit and finish. The other features like monitoring heart rate and calorie burning and smooth, quiet operation are just added bonuses. Very reasonably priced, we love this machine and look forward to our excerise time each morning.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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