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Company Bio: Adult and childhood obesity have become a national epidemic endangering the quality of life for many. Ziking synergistically engages the major muscle groups to deliver a total body fitness fun experience.
MSRP: $329.00 (Currently on sale for $169.00.)
Personal Experience: I had come across a few other reviews on the various Zikes, so I was pretty excited to give the Zike a try. When Zike asked me to review their Z150, I jumped at the chance. I should have paid attention a little more to the weight restrictions and ages on this particular model though… none of our little family could use it, so I had to wait until my nieces came around to visit. This review comes largely from their comments and experiences, so a big shout out to my gorgeous nieces for their contributions!
The Zike Z150 was a little bit of a challenge to put together… not because of the poor instructions or anything, but because I had a very curious little helper in my son. The pieces were a bit cumbersome at times. It is possible to put it together by yourself, but I think it would go more quickly and easily with an (adult) helper. My only real complaint was needing to inflate the tires. I completely understand the safety reasons of shipping the tires flat, but my tire pump recently broke and I wasn’t prepared for inflating tires.
When I put this together, I was really confused about how it would work. The large pedals are connected on one spot to the main structure and just rest on a small pegs extending out of the sides. The pedals press against the pegs as you push each pedal down and it creates the forward motion.
As you can imagine, there’s a little bit of a learning curve with riding the Zike. You put one foot on one pedal and push off with the other foot. Then you push downward on the pedals to keep moving. Both of my nieces said that it felt a bit awkward at first, but they got used to the motion quite quickly. Both are quite athletic, but commented that they felt the muscles really working hard in their upper legs and calves. They had a lot of fun riding it, though… they rode well into the evening and were up early to ride again the next day.
I love that the Zike folds for easy transport. I can take it along for my family to use in different places. I’m also looking forward to taking it on our local bike trails once I get my weight down in that 160 range! It also has a kickstand, so I don’t have to worry about damaging it while on the go. I can chain it up just like a bike when we stop.
Pros: Fun to ride vehicle. A cross between bike, scooter, and elliptical machine that gives you a great workout. A variety of sizes and styles available for all ages… yes, even us adults! Folds and has a kickstand for easy travel.
Cons: Price when not on sale is pretty hefty. There’s a learning curve to riding it.