January 7, 2008
Expresso Fitness S2u: Exercise bike with 17-inch LCD screen that pits you against interactive courses and racers
Likes: The most fun, motivating, realistic health-club exer-bike I've used. True virtual-reality riding, pivoting handlebars, and resistance that changes with the terrain. As in real cycling, you must steer the bike through traffic and around corners and shift gears or stand up out of the saddle to climb hills and speed up.
More than 30 programs offer easy-to-difficult courses in which you race pacers or against your personal best. Includes heart-rate monitor, a watt meter, and calorie, distance, RPM, gear and slope readouts.
Dislikes: You can buy a Tour de France-caliber race bike and rollers for this price. 190-pound, 4-foot-by-5- 1/2 -foot unit won't fit in a closet.
Price: $5,145. (888) 528-8589; www.expresso.com.