A couple of days ago, a good friend of mine, asked me if I could help him choosing a good quality exercise bike in the "up to 200$" range. As he is a big guy and used to experience problems with his back, I suggested to restrict the research to recumbent bikes as due to his health problems recumbent bikes are much more easy to use and allow for longer workouts. I was a semi-professional cyclist for several years and due to my time restrictions I have been using exercise bikes during the last two to three years.
As usual, I started where I could find most user reviews i.e. on Amazon. There I selected all the best selling recumbent bikes in the selected price range with enough user reviews and my extensive research finally led me to the Marcy ME709 Recumbent Mag Cycle.