Last year I made a concerted effort to improve my level of activity and fitness and began doing more to get out and be more active. I began taking about 40 minutes at lunch time to get in a 2+ mile walk, and then would try and do the same in the evenings when I get home. To many people, this doesn’t seem like a lot, but for me, it was a huge step. I work at a desk for 9+ hours a day and don’t get a lot of time to get steps in. For me, I went 0-100, and was thrilled. That wasn’t the best choice as my body wasn’t used to it, so I tempered things a bit, but worked my way back up. By December, I was doing significantly more activity than I had been in a long time, and was ready to take the next step.
I wanted something that I could do at home, as I do have a significant issue with self-consciousness in a gym setting, and I needed something low impact because of my back issues. I initially was looking at ellipticals, then I began looking into a bike as people were recommending them, so I started researching Peloton. Man, was that a disheartening thing to do. The cost was astronomical. I looked at the financing, I looked at other options and began looking at bikes with a low entry cost to get a trial in.
In mid-December, my mom, wife and I were looking at options and happened upon the Bowflex C6. I never really thought of Bowflex with this, but the reviews were all positive, it works with many of the different apps that are out there, not limiting you to one program, and was on the realistic side of the price point. After discussing it with Danielle, I began working on figuring out how I would be able to put the money together to get the bike. Well, it turned out that Danielle decided to pull the trigger on it for me. She went above an beyond in researching things, and looking at different app options, and made sure it would be a surprise for me. I was beyond thrilled.
This past Friday, after an interesting experience with FedEx, the bike was finally delivered. That night, we assembled it, and the next day, I took my first ride with the bike and the Peloton app.
That ride was more painful than I would like to publicly explain, but not for the reason of being out of shape. The seats on cycling bikes are notoriously uncomfortable, and I knew it would be bad – I didn’t anticipate it being so painful that I would be shaking in discomfort. After those 20 min, I took a bit of time, gathered myself, and went online to look into options. I was not going to let that be my excuse for failure.
I bought a couple options for myself, one was a gel cover for the existing seat, and another was a completely new seat. The gel cover was helpful for my wife, but the replacement seat was what I needed.
Ride 2. Man, was this another experience! The second seat arrived on Sunday and I gave it a go. This was a whole new level that has made me so much happier and excited to keep this journey going! I was able to knock out a 20 minute ride and had no ill-effects due to a seat. I got the blood moving, sweat dripping, and it felt great.
The bike is awesome. I know I am only two rides in, but I am feeling great about this, and this is something I cant wait to get more into.
The construction is solid, everything feels sturdy, and that means something coming from a large man like me. The bike was easy to assemble in the course of about an hour. It was able to be moved into the basement before assembly with just my wife and myself.
We both are on the Peloton train for the app, and for both of us it works extremely well as we both use iOS devices, an iPhone and Apple Watch, which allows the Heart Rate to be tracked and integrate with the Peloton application. When it comes to the adjustments to resistance, it is a simple rotation on the knob, and it all seems to line up to what is being mentioned in the videos.
In terms of overall adjustment of the bike, everything from handlebar height, distance, seat height and distance are adjustable. I am nearly 6’5″ and near the end of the weight limit and the bike fits me fine, and it feels solid under me. My wife on the other hand is around 5’3″ and is able to compress everything down to fit her well.
The only big negative that both of us have on the bike is the indicator for the RPM is a tiny bar at the top of the LCD screen, we both feel it would be better if this was a digital readout by number versus an arbitrary bar. We both had an issue where the screen is not readable with the overhead lighting in our room, so we had to actually turn the overhead lighting off due to the glare, which is a minor inconvenience. The water bottle holders are only good for ~20 ounce Gatorade-sized bottles, which is a bit of an issue for us as we both use larger bottles for this kind of thing.
Overall, we are both very happy with the bike. After having that successful feeling I am looking forward to getting back on and continuing my journey. I will be sure to keep updating this like I have with my Traeger Review Series and hope to have a successful story to tell along the way.
If you have any questions that I may be able to answer, please reach out! I will do my best to be able to answer them!
See my follow up, here: One month later
Please note this product was purchased with my own funds, however, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is no way changes my opinion of the product. If you are interested in the seat that I used please use the link below:
14 Replies to “Bowflex C6 Indoor Cycling Bike – First Impressions”
What replacement seat did you buy? (Having the same problem haha)
I bought the “DAWAY Oversized Comfort Bike Seat – C40” on Amazon, link: https://amzn.to/32zAn0Z
This seat has made a world of difference for me. Hope it helps you too!
Great blog and advice. really appreciated
Thank for the write up…any issues installing the replacement seat? Can you still slide the seat back and forth on the stock seat rail?
Not a problem, happy to do it, Jimmy! Functionality is the same as the stock seat, just a much more comfortable seat! All that was involved was using a wrench to loosen a nut, swapping the seat out, tighten things down. The seat adjustment is completely independent of the fastening.
Thanks for your post it was really informative! I bought the same bike seat and trying to replace the one on my Bowflex C6. Did you use any special tools to loosen the bolts on the Bowflex bike seat? I’m having a super hard time taking it out! It’s almost like I’m not supposed to remove it.
I would suggest a socket set and a crescent wrench as the tools to loosen the bolts beneath the seat. The included tools will work but will be very difficult as they are not as ergonomic as true wrenches. At this point, I forget the correct size. Good luck!
Hi – I purchased a similar Daway replacement seat, but am having issues switching them out. Do you remove the bracket (with the hole in the middle that goes on the bike post) from the Bowflex and put that into the Dalway? I’ve tried unscrewing the bracket from the Bowflex, but it’s not giving any. Am I missing something? Getting really frustrated after paying all this money! Thanks.
I only had to remove the seat itself and used the complete assembly from Bowflex.
Hi – thanks for the write up. Are the seat and handle bars adjustable for height. I’m 5ft.1″ and wondering if this is right bike for my size.
Hello Sophia! My wife is 5’3 and is able to use the bike just fine. The Seat and Handlebars are able to be adjusted vertically and horizontally. I cannot speak with certainty for you of course, but my wife and I cover both ends of the spectrum, I am 6’5″ and she is 5’3″ and we both are able to find adjustments that fit us.
Hi, I just got the bike and loving it. I do agree on the RPM issue. I actually have a hard time reading what number o am really on. Do you know how to really read? How many per mark? Is the 75 the 3rd larger line? Appreciate any help. Thank you!
I know this is an old post, but I am hoping someone can help! I might change out the seat, but what I find really difficult to get used to is that the seat slides me forward a touch, so I can’t really ride hands free (or while using the hand weights for example). Do you think switching the seat would help at all? I tried loosening it and tilting it back but that did nothing. Is this just a me problem??? Maye there is some other adjustment that would help? Thank you!