This week I bought myself a new toy – a Brizon Wingflyer 16 – which to the uninitiated is a stepper scooter / bike thing – an exercise scooter. After a brief initial ride I can report that I LOVE IT! Here’s my review, and if you see me out on it then do say hello!
Low impact outdoor exercise stepper
Although I love walking I’m not a fan of cycling and have recently had a hip injury so running has been out of the question. Local PT Jacqueline Hooton of HerGardenGym has an Elliptigo which I’ve always envied but they are completely out of my price range at around £3000.
So I did some research and realised that the Brizon stepper scooters would do the job, and the Wingflyer 16 model is just £399 (around $550). It’s not cheap but compared to gym memberships it’s great value and can be used by all the family. Stepper scooters are low impact so would be kind to my knees. I wanted to do something outdoors which I could ride along the seafront, and the Brizon Wingflyer 16 ticked all my boxes, so I ordered one from Amazon.
Assembling the Wingflyer 16
It took 3 or 4 days to arrive and my husband spent around 20 minutes putting it together. He was impressed with the build quality and it seemed very sturdy. After pumping up the tyres it was ready to go! The Wingflyer 16 is foldable so it’s easy to store in a car boot and it has a little side stand for convenience when you park it.
I was slightly worried about testing it out as one of the Amazon reviews was from a lady who’d fallen off when she first started and stopped hers! Luckily I picked it up easily, and when my sister had a go she found it easy too.
On my first test ride I visited Jacqueline because I was interested in a comparison with her Elliptigo (which you can see below).
It turns out my Brizon is a lot shorter than the Elliptigo and has a much smaller turning circle, which is handy. The riding action is different too as the Elliptigo is like a cross trainer whereas my Brizon is like a stepping machine.
The great thing about the Wingflyer 16 is that it is low impact, so is good for your knees and other joints. When you first start riding it the motion is quite easy and it doesn’t feel like much effort, but after a few minutes it turns into a decent cardio workout. If the wind is against you or you go up a very slight slope then the resistance is vastly increased and you have to work really hard. This is perfect for me as I rarely get out of breath riding my shopping bike.
The most overriding feeling I had was that it was great fun. I had chosen the yellow model because it was bright and cheerful. It has front and back brakes which work really well.
I came off!
Just as I left Jacqueline the front steering column folding clamp came undone and I fell off! Thank goodness nobody saw me because it was quite embarrassing. After a quick call to my husband he came out in his van, armed with allen keys, but it didn’t tighten up any more. I hadn’t been worried about any of the parts coming loose because Lee always tightens things up far more than I ever could.
He did mention a strap that was in the box but he wasn’t sure where it was supposed to be used, so we now think that the strap should be attached to the steering column clamp. To make sure it didn’t happen again he fitted a couple of cable ties instead, which worked a treat.
Back in the saddle (so to speak)
I rode the Wingflyer to my sister’s house and then to my Mum’s, to show them. It’s funny how it feels like a really easy motion but after a few minutes you really feel the extra effort needed. There is a slight slope on the road to the village and I struggled to get up there, which was great as I want it to be a good workout.
I then rode back along the prom for a short while which was fab, and it’ll be brilliant when the stones have all been cleared away.
Although I felt slightly silly riding the Brizon Wingflyer 16, the fun I had far outweighed that. Hopefully I’ve bought it at the perfect time of the year, with the days getting lighter and weather getting warmer. It will be so much fun to ride around my estate and along the prom.
The one thing I’d recommend is to fit a bell. When I was riding past people on the prom it’s so quiet that they can’t hear you coming, so having a bell would be a good safety feature.
Brizon Wingflyer 16 – Pros
- Easy to learn how to ride it
- Fairly easy to assemble
- Easy to manoevre
- A good cardio workout
- No uncomfortable seat like you get on a bike
- BRILLIANT FUN!
Brizon Wingflyer 16 – Cons
- No assembly instructions
- Front steering clamp came undone
- Can’t go up hills
- Only 1 gear
- No storage so you’d need a backpack if you used it for shopping
- Only suitable for people up to 220lb (100kg or 16 stone, 10lb)
Brizon Wingflyer 16 : Review conclusion
Overall I absolutely love the Brizon Wingflyer 16. I hope to use it all summer to get some fresh air and get fit at the same time.
Update after two months
Having ridden my Wingflyer for a couple of months I can honestly say that I enjoy it so much. I went to Southsea yesterday in the car and took the scooter with me and it was great for nipping around. I did over 16km in total, from the Spinnaker Tower to the end of Eastney’s promenade, through the Southsea shops and beyond.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Wingflyer then you can read more about them on Amazon.
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