Let me tell you my story: I'm an old guy, not your typical Wooter, having made 37 purchases over the last nearly seven years. My first purchase was a Logitech flat panel speaker which we still like and use. From the very beginning, I was always astounded by the comments, on even the most esoteric of products, from Wooters who owned them and could make pithy comments.
Now I can speak from experience. In 2007 I had both knees replaced, you know, newer titanium ones. During my physical therapy, one of the many machines I used was an industrial strength recumbent bike. Much to my surprise, I found myself enjoying it. we went to Sears and bought a Schwinn Model 202 recumbent exercise bike. My wife, the technical one, put it together while I attended a football game.
Since then I have biked 30.000 miles, an average of over 15 miles per day. I have lost 50 pounds, have a resting heart rate of 55, and feel every bit as good as when I was running 60 miles a week. Yes, these miles are strictly fantasy Schwinn miles. If you pedal about 80 per minute, you go about 18 mph, no matter how you have the resistance set, so not all miles are created equal. BTW, I use the higher resistances, to get the calories and my heart rate up. I cannot speak to this model, as Schwinn seems to sell certain models in certain stores, but it is a better quality than the A20 or A25, the newer ones in this price range. Yes, it can be had for a comparable price, like on Black Friday or others, but this is a good price, if not a great one. This is way better than my 202, which cost just over $300, and is going strong in its sixth year. I use it, on average 45 minutes a day and have for coming up on six years. I read, watch tv, but usually just listen to music and try to see how far/fast I can go.
No doubt recumbent biking is not for everybody, but it works for me. I ordered one for when mine dies, as surely it will. These aren't gym quality, but certainly more than worth $50 a year(and going down). This one will go to the basement or garage for when I need it, I hope in several more years.