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Best Exercise Bikes 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2018
Best Exercise Bikes of 2018
After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. Not all exercise bikes are created equal though.
Simply review and buy them. So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best exercise bikes of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this exercise bikes win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day.
№2 – Harvil Foldable Magnetic Exercise Bike with 10-Level Adjustable Magnetic Resistance and Pulse Rate Sensors
Why did this exercise bikes come in second place?
I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this exercise bikes take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work.
Exercise Bikes Buyer’s Guide
The first component to look at with any bike is the flywheel. The size of a flywheel is generally measured in either kg or pounds; you should expect a reasonable quality machine to operate from at least a 6kg one. The benefit of a larger flywheel is primarily for a smooth motion and quiet operation, it may not instinctively be the first feature you would look for but rest assured you should pay close attention to this all important component.
Finding a bike that suits your measurements shouldn’t be to challenging as most come with a good range of adjustments however you should check to make sure. The seat pad is naturally the most vital part to adjust, recumbents adjust horizontally because they’re horizontally aligned but upright cycles are the ones to watch. All adjust vertically but try and pick one out with horizontal adjustment too so that you’re not leaning too far away or too close to prevent back injuries.
Adjustable handlebars are not as common, they are particularly important on indoor bikes because you rely on the handlebars to lean on during high intensity bursts, for other versions you can get by without them adjusting though. Pedal straps must also be adjustable and this is almost mandatory for most models now, it’s important to be able to secure your feet firmly into place otherwise you’ll never be able to pick up momentum with your feet slipping off the pedals.
Almost every exercise bike now comes with some form a console display, indoor cycles have basic displays that just provide a readout of vital workout feedback such as your time, distance, calories etc… Uprights and recumbents on the other hand can offer much more, strive for a model that features a good range of resistance levels and plenty of workout programmes too. You may not feel like you’ll ever get use out of them but getting in shape and staying in shape is a marathon not a sprint, those programmes will be a much needed source of variation to avoid becoming de-motivated at some point or another.
Comfort & Access
For those with limited access and range of motion recumbents and some uprights have a step-through frame design so that you don’t have to step over the bike to get onto it, this is certainly worth looking into if this is the case.
Refurbished Exercise Bikes
One alternative to buying a brand new exercise bike, is to look at refurbished or ex-demo models. Even for home users looking for a good quality bike, a refurbished indoor cycle or exercise bike can be much more cost effective and are often better quality pieces of equipment.
If you do decide to buy a refurbished or ex-demo model, it’s important to ask what work has actually been done to the bike during the refurbishment. When Origin Fitness refurbish a spin bike, we take all of the components off the bike and make sure all the parts are in working order. If we find any parts that are damaged we replace them. When required, we also sand blast all metal parts to remove as much of the cosmetic wear and tear as possible.
Upright Exercise Bikes
If you’re old enough, you may have used one of these early in the 20th century; in fact, they’ve been around in various forms since Francis Lowndes invented the “gymnasticon” in 179as a way to “exercising the joints.” More recently, uprights experienced a surge in popularity in the mid-1900s and were a staple in most gyms and many homes for a number of decades, until they were overshadowed by spin bikes in the 1990s and 2000s. They still provide a good workout, but many riders prefer a spinner because you can’t stand on the pedals (as you would when climbing a hill or racing) on an upright. On the other hand, an upright bike is more suited to casual exercisers or those who want to just pedal as they read or watch TV from their padded seat.
Most of these upright exercise bikes operate by using electromagnets and a flywheel to create the resistance that the user pedals against. Less-expensive models sometimes use regular magnets, and older ones may rely on outdated air resistance created by fans. Whether the handlebars are in a “standard bicycle” position or tilted more like those of a racing bike, they will normally be joined with a console where you can see all important readouts, set and follow programs, and control the bike’s functions. You won’t get a full-body workout with an upright exercise bike, but you can enjoy an aerobic session in relative comfort.
Sometimes simply called “indoor bikes,” the spin bikes so common in studios and gyms today forced their way into the forefront of the exercise bike world more than 20 years ago, when Rolling Stone called spinning the “hot exercise” of 199A decade later, spin bikes for home use came onto the market and quickly became popular among those who had used or seen them while working out at their gym. Spinning is low-impact but high-intensity, and most closely resembles the “real” activity of riding a racing bike, from its physical benefits, to the feelings of euphoria caused by the endorphins released during strenuous exercise.
Choosing an Exercise Bike
If you don’t have a lot of space for an exercise machine, you’re in luck. Most bikes don’t require as much room as larger machines like treadmills, ellipticals or rowing machines; recumbent bikes are the only ones which have a somewhat-large footprint (although many also have wheels so they can be moved out of the way if desired). Be sure to figure out where the bike will be going and how much room you’ll need, and don’t forget to leave extra space for mounting, dismounting, and moving your arms and legs outside the footprint of the bike. Then check the specs of the bikes you’re considering to be sure they’ll fit easily.
If you’re shopping at a store, you should test drive the bikes for comfort, one of the most important aspects of any exercise bike. The seat should be sturdy and large enough to accommodate you (and any other riders in the household) and padded enough to fit your needs. The bike’s height, handlebars and pedal straps should be adjustable, the pedals should work smoothly, and it shouldn’t be too noisy (electromagnetic bikes will be the quietest). If you’re buying online and can’t try out the bikes in person, check all of the specs to be sure that the key components are all adjustable, and carefully read reviews and feedback from verified buyers.
Resistance levels are another key consideration. The more selectable levels you have to choose from, the more you can vary your workouts – for example, lower levels for cardio and higher ones for strength training – and challenge yourself as you progress. This is also important so you can warm up and cool down by gradually increasing or lowering the resistance level.
Upright and recumbent bikes will usually have electronic control consoles (more about these shortly), and most consoles will allow you to run a number of pre-set workout programs. You may be happy to pedal happily along without them, but the added challenge of biking hills or doing intervals will help you build cardio endurance and leg strength – and the more preset programs you have, the more variety there will be in your workouts. Being able to build your own programs is a nice touch offered by some models.
Exercise Bike Features
We’ve already discussed the fact that you won’t find consoles on spin bikes, and that most upright and recumbent bikes come with them already included – but not all consoles are created equal. You should look for ones which are easy to read and will display (at the very least) elapsed time, speed, distance and calories burned, as well as details on the program or course you may be following. A back-lit display is helpful if you’ll be biking at night or in low light.
Unless you’re purchasing a budget model, your bike will probably have the ability to support a heart rate monitor. They are often built into the handlebars with the digital readout showing on the console, but WiFi monitors which can strap to your chest will be more accurate and more useful even if you have to pay a bit extra for them. Some upper-level bikes will have built-in programs which change your workout depending on your heart rate.
Chances are that you’ll be looking for a model that’s a bit less pricey. With the information in this exercise bikes buying guide, you should have all you need to get started. Feel free to check out our Review of the The Best Exercise and Spin Bikes.
Indoor Cycling Bikes
Indoor cycling bikes, also known as training cycles or spin bikes, are the type found in local spinning sessions. They often have an open flywheel that’s weighted on its perimeter. This provides a more realistic feeling of momentum that isn’t found on a traditional upright.
Another difference is that the indoor cycles have a lower handlebar. This forces the upper body int a lower position, such as you would see on an outdoor racing bike. A lower position is great for a more vigorous workout, but it can also put extra strain on the lower back – especially if you’re not used to this position. Indoor cycles also tend to have dual-sided pedals, which allow riders to fix their feet to the bike to generate additional power.
The perimeter-weighted flywheel and body position of an indoor cycling bike provides a very different feel to an upright exercise bike. As the flywheel is directly attached to the pedals, they will continue spinning when you stop pushing. If you’ve never used a spin bike before, you might want to try one in a gym before you buy one to see if you like it.
Who should buy an indoor cycling bike? If you want an exercise bike to do most vigorous training, an indoor cycle is probably your best bet. They are also commonly used for training by athletes and cycling enthusiasts.
Basic Terminology You Need to Know
Flywheel. A flywheel is designed to make riding an indoor bike feel more like a “real” bike. A flywheel is a large wheel, usually found at the front of the bike. Basic exercise bikes have an enclosed flywheel, while spinning bikes usually have a perimeter-weighted wheel.
Console. The console is the on-board computer of an exercise bike. It can be used to control various settings while displaying important statistics about your workout.
Now you know your budget and the type of bike you want to buy, you’re already half-way there. The next stage is to look for a bike that closely matches your requirements. Here are the most important things to look for.
Flywheel weight. The weight of the flywheel determines how smooth the bike feels to ride. Lighter wheels are easier to get going, but are more likely to be bumpy. A wheel weighing 6-8kg is great for beginners – but lighter than this and the bike is likely to feel bumpy. For more advanced training 9-15kg is a good place to start, while experienced riders may want a heavier wheel.
Type of resistance. We’ve mentioned resistance earlier, but it’s one of the most important decisions when choosing a bike. Magnetic resistance bikes allow for dynamic pre-set programs, as the resistance can be adjusted by the on-board computer. Bikes with frictional resistance often need to be adjusted manually.
Maximum weight. Cheap exercise bikes may only support riders with a weight of 80-100kg, while more expensive models often have a higher maximum weight.
Adjustable handlebars and seat. Exercise bikes are great for low-impact workouts, but they can still cause repetitive strain on your joints if used incorrectly. Ideally, you should be able to adjust the height of the handlebars and seat to match your body height. On a side note, make sure you won’t hit your knees on the handlebars if you’re tall.
On-board computer. Some bikes have advanced computers with pre-set programmes, a variety of statistics and a clear display. Others are much more basic – although this isn’t always a bad thing.
Other features. There are a range of extra features available for exercise bikes. These include bottle holders, heart-rate monitors, book rests and many more. Decide which are essential to you and which would just be a bonus.
Warranty. As with any expensive item, it’s important to look for products with a warranty of at least two years.
Seat Size & Comfort
If you plan on using your recumbent bike to do workouts, then the reality is you will spend quite a long time sitting on your bottom. The seat needs to be wide enough to make this comfortable. I would also strongly recommend that the seat is well padded.
We noticed when reading all of the reviews, that quite a few people added a cushion to make the exercising more comfortable. On the higher end bikes you will not need to do that. It is however a very good idea for longer workouts.
Strong Back Rest
Like the seat above, you will also spend a lot of time with your back leaning back against the back rest. That needs to be adjustable for comfort and supportive reasons. I also strongly recommend that it is padded as well.
There is nothing worse than sitting on a narrow hard seat, or with your back pushed up against a hard back rest. Recumbents are all about working the lower body, and supporting the upper body. Make sure that those two parts, the seat and back are adjustable, comfortable and padded.
Pedals and Toe Straps
In many ways the pedals are often overlooked in many recumbent exercise buying guides that I have read. They are very important. Again as human beings, we all have different sized and different shapes of feet.
The pedals need to be wide enough to accommodate larger feet, and also snug enough for smaller feet. The only way manufacturers can accommodate that, is to have pedals with toe straps. You will find that most pedals are a standard size, and the toe straps then make the finer adjustment to suit the feet.
Make sure that whichever bike you buy has adjustable toe straps. Some of the better bikes come with extra wide pedals. Personally I prefer larger pedals as it minimises the risk of your feet slipping off. You should of course wear some type of a trainer with good grips, when riding an exercise bike.
Read Outs & Display
Even the most basic of recumbent bikes should be able to measure time taken, distance covered, calories burned, and some form of pulse or heart measurement. These are usually shown on a LED display. That should be easy to set up, easy to use and most importantly easy to see.
These measurements are important as they can help keep you motivated. They can also help track your progress.
Low Entry Height
This is just a fancy term for being able to get on and off the bike. If the seat is set at the right level, then doing this is a great deal easier. Some of the recumbent bikes simply have the seat too low down.
Recumbent Exercise Bike Buyer’s Guide – The Nice to Haves
As the name would suggest, these are set of riding programs. that have been designed by experts. When you select a program, then it takes you through a pre-defined program or workout. I like these as it mixes up the routine, and gives you the right level of exercise.
Many people who are new to indoor cycling tend to get a tad carried away at the start. The novelty of the bike, and the enthusiasm tends to highly motivate the user.
The main problem with that is they tend to ride harder, and stay on it longer than they should. That can lead to sore joints and aching muscles. It can also put that person off for a few days, even weeks.
It is much better to start slowly, and build up both the effort used, and time spent over a period of time. These programs are a great way of doing just that. You normally find the programs contained on an on-board computer, and from an LED display. There will be instructions with your bike, showing you how to set these up, and use them.
Over Sized Lumber Support
You can also get what is termed larger size lumber supported bikes. They come with larger seats, and easy glide seat adjustment. They will also come with extra wide ergonomic pedals. All of these have been designed for extra comfort. Below I have shown the Bremshey BRas an example.
These are normally more expensive, but are made much stronger.
The Upright Stationary Bike
This stylish spin bikes for home almost resemble the real bicycles, and most people are unable to notice any visible differences between them.
The seat of the upright spin bike is high up and lacks proper up for the back of the user.
Their handlebars are extended from the front while the pedals fall directly beneath the body for comfort and safety.
The Spinner Stationary Bike
These categories resemble racing road bikes and are suitable for hardcore bike workouts.
The handlebars are in a lower position while the seat that is much higher in position.
The unique quality is that spinner stationary bikes can support numerous riding positions for its users making it comfortable and enjoyable.
Due to these features, stationary spinner bike is suitable for experienced and advanced riders as it offers high-intensity workouts.
Most spinning training centers utilize spinner stationery bike.
The right poster is paramount to ensure the right muscles are involved and to avoid injuries.
The back should be straight, head upright and stomach muscles are tight.
Additionally, you should hold your breath shortly as you work out.
Have the appropriate Workout Gear
The stationary bike does not need a particular type of gear.
With a good athletic shoe, a pair of training shorts and a T-shirt you is ready to start routine exercise.
When engaging in tough workouts, you can also go for sweat band.
What to Look for in an Exercise Bike
Out of the two major types of indoor bikes – upright and recumbent – it is recumbent variant that is more recommended for seniors due to the special design that relieves the user’s back from any strain. However, both types are equally efficient when it comes to improving health and fitness. You can also get spin bikes which are upright exercise bikes that use a fly wheel which makes it feel more like road cycling. I would not normally recommend these to seniors because even the best spin bikes have a learning curve to get used to exercising on.
Here are the most important features you should pay attention to when out shopping for an exercise bike: – The seat – you need a bike that is comfortable to sit on, so make sure the seat is suitably sized for your body proportions and provides sufficient cushioning and support. Recumbent bikes usually come with larger seats and they also provide lumbar support that makes usage even more comfortable – Adjustability – the best bike for you is one that can be adjusted to your exact height, the length of your arms and legs. You should choose a bike that comes with adjustable resistance to be able to increase or decrease the intensity of your workouts as well. Many bikes have adjustable pedals, too, so if your feet are too thin or too large, make sure you check the bikes for that feature, too – Overall size – exercise bikes vary in size, but they are all bulky objects that take up a fair amount of space in the room. Recumbent bikes are a bit larger than upright bikes, so make sure you measure the space where you want to place your new bike before you commit to a purchase – Cost – exercise bikes can cost anything from a few hundred dollars upwards, but the best stationary or recumbent bike for seniors is not necessarily the most complex and the most expensive one. Expensive bikes usually incorporate complex electronics, lots of programming options and add-ons that you will not necessarily use to the fullest. Before buying your bike, consult the shop assistant or read the product description, then choose a bike that includes only the functions that you consider useful.
This recumbent has been designed to offer cardio exercise of maximum efficiency while also protecting the joints. It includes a Magnetic Tension Control System that allows the rider to customize training intensity and it also comes with a large, easy to read LCD display that shows you how much distance you have covered, how many calories you have burned as well as information related to your speed, your heart rate and the time you have spent cycling.
What kind of cyclist are you? If you ride outside in the warmer months are you looking for an indoors alternative or do you want an exercise bike for all your cardio workouts? If you are an outdoors cyclist, consider a spinning bike, it is a stationary version of a road bike and is more like what you are used to riding. If you prefer to ride indoors an electric bike is a better option for you.
You should insist on buying an exercise bike that is comfortable, regardless of the price range. The two basic styles are recumbent and upright. Recumbent bikes, which have a chair-like seat to sit in while you peddle, are generally more comfortable for most people. But upright bikes, with a traditional bicycle seat, can be best for more strenuous workouts when you want to stand up on the paddles for maximum effort.
Comfort is the way to go
So, if comfort and ease of use is for you, a recumbent exercise bike is definitely the way to go. Also, because you are reclining while pedaling, you do get a much harder workout. Particularly on your lower torso and legs than you do on an upright bike. So, not only are you exercising more comfortably, you are also exercising harder. That’s a win-win situation right there.
Recumbent bikes are also likely to encourage you to exercise more. Because they are more comfortable and less punishing than almost any other type of home gym equipment, you are able to use them for longer stretches of time.
The added comfort of a “chair”-like seat also encourages this. The added motivation might not sound like much but when working out in a home environment, every bit counts since you are always surrounded by distractions. Invest in a good quality recumbent bike that will last you years and also get you started on your way to better fitness.
What to look for
Now before we actually look at some of the best recumbent exercise bikes on the market, you should ask yourself a few questions about what you need or expect from an exercise bike. And also how you intend to use it.
Having the answers to these questions will greatly help you to narrow down your choices when the time comes to make a purchase.
When it comes to exercise bikes, we recommend a minimum set of features that each bike must have to make your shortlist. You want to make the most of your purchase, and following these simple guidelines is a great place to start.
Wind resistance machines connect the pedals to a set of propellers that spin in the air. The resistance comes from the stationary air that surrounds the propellers. Wind resistance machines have a great advantage in that the resistance you experience depends on how fast you are spinning the propellers.
Therefore, as you improve in strength, the resistance automatically levels up to match your pedaling. This keeps things interesting for both beginners as well as advanced users since there is no need to fiddle with resistance levels to change the difficulty of the workout.
Wind resistance machines deliver the perfect difficulty level to match your ability. The catch: noise. Because it involves spinning blades, wind resistance machines generate enough noise to wake up your family, housemates, pets, or even neighbours if you push it hard enough.
Consider the foot pegs. We prefer oversized foot pegs because they provide you with enough room to maneuver your feet into the perfect position. More room on the pedals also means additional grip, whether you prefer to pedal bare feet or with shoes on.
Well-designed pedals will also have an integrated strap that you can use to secure your feet to the pegs, thereby preventing accidental slippage.
In built console
While we do prefer entertainment options built into the equipment console, it is not a necessity. We do recommend buying a machine that displays some basic statistics like equivalent speed, calories burned, distance covered, pace, etc.
Optional extras that we like include heart rate monitors and built-in pre-programmed workout plans that help you track your progress and workout goals. However, these are optional for a reason. You can have the functionality quite easily by using your smartphone or fitness tracker.
The bike is made of folded steel, giving it a maximum weight capacity of 220 lbs. That is definitely a bit on the low side, but we can consider it since at this price range, we cannot reasonably expect a stainless steel construction.
The bike itself weighs 40 lbs, so you can easily transport it around the house from room to room with only minimal effort. The seat height can be independently adjusted, ranging from 3in. to 3in. This might make shorter users a bit uncomfortable, though.
The magnetic resistance system works wonderfully. It is not electromagnetic, so you need to manually rotate the control knob to vary the resistance between levels, but it is still a great deal for the price.
The machine is almost silent unless you are really going at it, and is therefore perfect for the household environment. The foot pedals are covered with non-skid material for enhanced grip and there is also an integrated strap to help secure your feet to the pedals.
The built-in console displays all the essential information like workout time, speed, distance, pace, and calories burned. There are no workout plans or fitness goal tracking, but at this price point, we are happy that the console covers the basics. If you are dedicated enough, you can do the rest using one of many fitness tracking apps on your smartphone.
If you are looking to perform any level of serious exercise, this model will probably not get you there. Also, the padding on the seat is quite thin, making it quite uncomfortable for long workout sessions.
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse
The Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse is not a recumbent bike, and that is okay. We thought a little contrast wouldn’t do any harm and it would be good to get an idea of some of the differences between functionality and pricing on a more concrete level when it comes to upright bikes and recumbent bikes.
The Mis made of a very durable material that performs its functions and it has a durable resistance system and virtually no maintenance.
Mhas a modern and optional screen computer that measures RPM, power in watts. And this wheel has multi-functional benefits showing calories, heart rates (using a wireless polar monitor), driving time, gear (stamina) and driving distance, this is a whole new way to enjoy the Keiser Mcycle.
No modern features
This bike offers a new standard for quality and accessibility with several or 40 resistance levels and a 14kg / 30lb flywheel that provides a good, smooth ride.
The transition between available resistance and gravity levels. The seat certainly resembles a comfortable cushion with both vertical and horizontal adjustments that make it pleasing and provides maximum comfort and ease of use.
In addition to the comfort, large-sized pedals feature adjustable leg straps that help the user feel maximum comfort and ease of sport. This is the only sports LCB simulator that provides both a contact and a telemetry heart rate monitor and features a bright 9-inch blue LCD monitor with a separate and important messaging window as well as cooling fans that will allow you to quickly snack and water bottle holders.
The main benefit of this bike is that it is self-contained, so there is no need for a power source, making it effective, comfortable and ideally suited for use at home or in any room.
This benefit (Sole Fitness 9-inch LCD monitor display) is made to dramatically simplify workouts and make them more effective.
This screen is equipped with a large and clean reader, providing users with useful, transparent and comprehensible information such as heart rate workout speed, pace and burn calories.
The best benefit of this model is the built-in speakers for MP/ iPod connectivity so you can listen to your favorite tunes while exercising and shouting vigorously.
In addition to the manual, pre-set and custom programs, the LCB gym bike is also suitable and provides the option to use the test option and heart rate controls (using the only optional fitness thorax strap).
LCD screen might too small for someone
The Schwinn 130 is made by a brand widely regarded as one of the best in the upright bike market. But does it live up to the expectations associated with previous gym equipment?
Through investigation and big research and diving deep into its functions, pros and cons to understand how it’s designed and where it excels.
One thing is clear; it’s packed with a lot of training options including a great variety of resistance and programs. This is unusual at this low price point, and it appears that consumers appreciate this with great ratings found at several online shops.
As you would expect from an upright exercise bike, the 130 offers plenty of challenging workouts that will push you outside of your comfort zone and have you improving your stamina and general well-being in no time.
Adjustable saddle and handlebars make light work of re-positioning yourself to where you feel most comfortable.
From visual and design this model specializes instability and a solid structure to cycle on. Levelers at the front and back plus oversized tubing in the frame keep things strong, reliable and durable.
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Most modern mechanical resistance models allow for the intensity to be changed from a lever on the handlebars. Older and/or cheaper models require the rider to dismount to do so.
Mechanical Braking Exercise Bike Advantages: • Plenty of Features: How much are you willing to spend? These bikes offer all the perks and options you could ask for. • Flywheel Design: Because they use a flywheel attached to the pedal mechanism; ride and resistance quality are far superior to fan/wind resistance models.
External Device Options
You might want to connect to your exercise bike using a chest strap for monitoring heart rate and blood pressure while you exercise.
Additionally, there are thousands of apps available on iTunes and the Google Play store to use your smart device to help you workout better and track progress.
If this is important, make sure the display has bluetooth or at least accepts a USB input for your devices.
This only applies to a mechanical braking or magnetic resistance type indoor bike. Though mechanical braking can be more forgiving of a lighter flywheel, either design with a heavy flywheel will always prevail when it comes to ride quality and comfort.
Not to mention that how comfortable the bike is to pedal also directly affects the wear and tear on your bottom (read: your tailbone) which can wear out your arms and upper body as you strain to keep your body-weight off your posterior section.
A 40-pound flywheel is generally considered the starting point when it comes to years of comfortable use. Heavier is even better.
How the Right Flywheel Makes All the Difference
For most of you, the real decision will come down to whether you want to go with a mechanical or magnetic (mag) resistance model of exercise bike.
Keeping in mind that flywheel weight and balance are what determines overall pedal resistance and comfort, the choice will come down mostly to budget and perhaps, personal preference.
Comfort and Resistance
When I refer to comfort I don’t just mean how comfortable the saddle is to sit on, since this can usually be remedied with a good gel seat cover. I’m referring to the smoothness of the resistance. The cheaper exercise bikes typically use a belt or fan for resistance. The belt tension bikes tend to feel a little weird while pedalling, or at least that’s been my experience. Also, they have a tendency to get louder with higher resistance settings, since they rely on friction for resistance.
A better option is to look at the magnetic resistance exercise bikes. The good models typically provide a much smoother and quieter ride. If you’re in the market for an exercise bike with higher resistance levels, look out for the size and weight of the flywheel, since the bigger the flywheel, the greater the range of resistance.
I think most people would prefer to have a quieter exercise bike, especially if you live with other people or have neighbours to think about. I suppose this really depends on when you intend to exercise, however, many people like to listen to music or watch TV while cycling and a noisy exercise bike can be disruptive. If this is an issue for you, I recommend reading user reviews regarding any undue noise for whichever bike you want to buy.
Foldable or Stationary
If you’re stuck for space, a good foldable exercise bike may be preferable to no exercise bike at all, however, many offer little to no resistance and even beginners may find them unchallenging. Assuming you have the space, a good stationary bike with a heavy flywheel should keep you challenged long-term.
User Weight and Height ay close attention to the reviews regarding seat adjustability. Also, take note of the max user weight. Some foldable exercise bikes for instance, can only hold up to 100 kgs.
The exercise bike reviews will be broken up into various comparison lists, then recommendations will be made based on a number of factors including best value for money, average rating, pros and cons, personal experience, user feedback and suitability. Budget Models Mid-range Models
Stowaway recumbent bike has a folding frame for easy storage; and an adjustable magnetic resistance system. The display features Time, Speed, Distance, and Calories. Adjustable seat fits various user heights and has a cushioned seat with back for comfort
Body Rider Exercise Bike offers you the freedom to vary the resistance as per your preferred workout intensity. With the adjustable resistance knob on it, you are free to raise the difficulty level gradually as you get used to working out or lower it if needed.
The bike is designed to give you both lower and upper body workout for a better balance. When you are searching cheap exercise bike, then Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike might be best solution for you. Its handlebars are set in a way to engage both the lower and upper body. So you are getting a uniform fitness throughout your body.
Sunny Fitness Cycling Bike operates quietly, thanks to its good mechanism and the quiet operation does not disappear just after few uses. It did keep operating quietly even after several years for most of the consumers.
Adjustable Saddle: The sunny exercise bike is designed to adapt people of 5′ 1″ to 6’2″. It’s seat goes up or down for the right strides length and adjustability makes it good bike for more people.
So, there you have it. These are the best exercise bikes in the market now, as per me and many fitness enthusiasts. If you are looking to buy an exercise bike, I strongly recommend you go for any of this bike as per your requirement (upright/recumbent, beginner/advanced etc.)
An upright model is, in essence, very similar to the version seen in the gym, as it requires you to maintain an upright position. This also means it is the closest to replicating the traditional cycling experience, making it very familiar to anyone who has ridden a bike.
It is this intuitive and familiar feeling that makes upright bikes very popular. Likewise, because they focus on keeping you in a vertical position, the floor-space required tends to be very light, compared to wider solutions (such as recumbent bikes).
Typically, these models come with an array of additional features, such as water bottle holders, heart rate sensors (typically built into the handle bars) and on board computers, depending on the quality of the product in question.
Because they are one of the larger products available, as well as being based on the traditional bicycle design, these designs can incorporate various sized flywheels, allowing you to find one that suits your needs. This can also be supported by crank systems and various resistance mechanisms, often adjustable, to further enhance the experience. Many products will be able to offer at least levels of resistance, while more luxurious options can offer 2or more.
Pedal exercisers take the basic components of cycling machines and strip them down into their smallest possible form. These machines are often very small, designed to fit in small spaces, such as under desks, making them much more versatile. They can be taken anywhere and are often easy to carry due to their small size and light weight.
As an added bonus, many of these products are designed to be used with both your hands and feet. As a result, they can be used to target both leg and arm muscles, something you cannot achieve on a recumbent or upright bike.
However, the downside to this is that these solutions often don’t provide as effective a workout. Because they lack larger cranks or flywheels, you often don’t need to push as much and, because of the smaller rotation, the muscles are not strained as much. This is the typical trade-off for getting an exercise machine that is more convenient to use.
The other downside is that these models often lack additional features. While more expensive, luxury options can come with a computer, this is generally avoided, since the controls would need to be removable, so that they could be used while the device is on the floor. The same logic applies to bottle holders and hand pulse sensors: there just isn’t room for them.
Likewise, the smaller design often means flywheels, if present, are very basic and most pedal machines don’t offer much in the way of adjustable settings, aside from a few resistance options.
On traditional bicycles, the brakes grind against the wheel, which often causes a discomforting experience. Because the ‘brakes’ are generally applied at all times on a home exercise machine – as this is what generates the resistance – modern equipment favours the use of magnetic brakes. This involves the use of electromagnetic brakes to help generate pressure to keep the wheel stiff. The harder this is to move, the more energy is required from you.
These magnets are controlled electrically and, when finely tuned, this is how many products change the resistance level. Yet the real benefit to magnetic brakes is in the home comfort. Without the uncomfortable noises, these items become much more welcome in the home, offering a quiet and enjoyable experience.
Magnetic bikes are not technically a type of exercise machine on their own. They often combine with one of the other variants on this list, such as upright, recumbent or pedal exercisers.
When it comes to any home gym equipment, space is an issue. This is why many people choose pedal exercisers, yet fold-able options also exist for the larger variants. This is very common for upright products, but there are more than a few fold-able recumbent solutions as well.
The major benefit to these is that they can be folded away when not in use. This makes them much easier to carry and, perhaps more importantly, easy to store away. If you don’t have space to leave a large machine at all times, a collapsible product is the best solution.
Likewise, these items are often light. This is an intentional part of their design, since they are intended to be unfolded, folded and moved on a regular basis. Yet, to compromise for this, some of the more basic fold-able options can lack some of the more luxurious features. This is because any such additional comforts have to also work with the foldable design. As such, it’s worth checking if any foldable bikes have the various additions that you require, as many do not.
So, there you go, these are the main benefits and drawbacks to each type of exercise bike. What option you need will, of course, depend on your own situation. If you have the space, upright and recumbent products are very popular, while foldable solutions can work in more space-restrictive areas. For the most inconspicuous, pedal exercisers are the most discrete and can be used in a variety of locations, not just in the home. As such, if you identify your own needs, you will often find that a specific type of product stands out the most for you.
In general, most recumbent bikes are pretty much maintenance free. The internal components come already assembled and lubricated. All you have to do in terms of maintenance is keep the bike clean, and if it has a computer, or progress tracking device, make sure you keep it dry.
Marketer, developer and manufacturer for different fitness equipment brands, such as Schwinn Fitness, Bowflex or Universal, Nautilus nonetheless have their own brand of fitness gear. The company has been an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly company beginning with 20They won for the Platinum Fit-Friendly Workplace award for three years in a row. The company is recognized for its Road to Wellness Program which rewards its employees to continuously get healthier, and has also been recognized in 201and 201as one of the companies in the US with the healthiest employees. They do provide a series of gym-quality exercise bikes, and one of their best recumbent bike is Nautilus 614.
Even though Nautilus owns various brands which provide different types of exercise bikes, there are several developed and manufactured under the name of Nautilus.
As the name suggests, the company has German roots, and was founded by a German mechanical engineer, Ignaz Schwinn, in 189They do have quite a history in bicycle design, even though Schwinn Fitness is currently owned by Nautilus. Schwinn specializes in outdoor bikes and indoor exercise bikes. Currently they make some of the finest recumbent bikes that you can find, Schwinn 270 being one of the most popular.
Diamondback is a major bycicle brand, known mostly for their low and mid priced outdoor bikes. They actually started as a BMX brand, in 1977, but currently offer all kinds of outdoor bikes, including BMX, road, cruiser, dual sport, roar, mountain bikes etc. ie..In terms of recumbent bikes, Diamondback offers two models: the 510SR and the 910SR.
Investing in a new product can be confusing with so many options available. Exercise equipment is made to suit all means and all budgets, but what’s the best treadmill for you?
Setting a budget is a good place to start. Our core range of treadmills are priced from £59up to £3,199, so making this decision will greatly narrow down the choices.
You need to decide how many people will be using the treadmill, how heavy are each of the users, what exercise will they be doing (running v walking) and for how long. We consider hour per day per user as average, so anything over this amount of usage we would recommend moving up in quality.
Our range of treadmills offers a maximum user weight of 130 kg to 150 kg, so for heavier users this should be a consideration.
A casual fitness enthusiast versus a seasoned athlete has different needs and expectations of a treadmill, so athletic ability and requirements are other important factors.
Once you have narrowed down your choices it time to look at more specifics of the particular treadmill. Some important factors to look at would be dimensions, ergonomics (deck length), motor size, and weight. Also consider features that are important to you in regards to the functionality such as programs available, incline percentage and cardiac monitoring.
As mentioned before, you can always contact us and speak to experienced professionals who will help match up the perfect treadmill to suit your fitness needs.
Elliptical Trainers are the fastest growing product group in the fitness industry, and their popularity is no mystery.
The elliptical trainer takes some of the best known workouts, stair climbing, running and cross country skiing, and combines them into a high intensity low impact exercise regime. By using both your upper and lower body, you are burning more calories and toning parts of your body that you wouldn’t be able to without other pieces of equipment.
Widest price variation: starting from as low as £69and up to £2,190, there’s one for every budget.
Consider how many people will be using the elliptical, how heavy each user is, and for how long will they be exercising. We consider 30 minutes per day every day of the week, so anything over this amount of usage we would recommend moving up in quality. Our range of ellipticals offers a maximum user weight of 13kg to 200 kg, so for heavier users this should be a consideration.
Casual or athlete? A casual fitness enthusiast versus a seasoned athlete has different needs and expectations of an elliptical, so athletic ability and requirements are other important factors.
Widest range of quality and specification: it’s essential to decide what features are important to you. All of our ellipticals are front drive, which means the drive axle, fly wheel and weight of the user are situated in the front of the machine. Our core elliptical range sports a minimum fly wheel weight of 1lbs with many of these same models featuring a dual guide rail system. Heavier fly wheels and dual guide rails insure that the motion of the elliptical is a smooth and stable as possible, making your workout more effective, comfortable and enjoyable. Other features to consider are resistance levels, elevation system, available workout programs and stride length.
Best Buy awards: We are proud to say that of our Sole Fitness elliptical have either been runners up or won Best Buy awards by a leading review website. You can have peace of mind that when you buy an elliptical from us that you are investing in a quality piece of equipment that is backed up by superb customer service.
Test them out in our showroom: It is highly recommended, if you have the opportunity, to “test drive” different elliptical trainers in order to see if the feel and movement is right for you. Our extensive showroom has all of our core range ellipticals on display and they are available for you to try out should you choose to visit us. However, you can always contact us and speak to experienced professionals who will help match up the perfect elliptical to suit your fitness needs.
When it comes to exercising, for a lot of people comfort is a priority, and bikes provide a perfect solution.
Sole Fitness UK offers two styles of exercise bikes: recumbent bikes and upright bikes/indoor cycles. Recumbent bikes feature large seats with back support, and an elevated leg position that reduces the amount of pressure and strain on joints. Upright bikes or indoor cycles are styled more like a traditional bicycle and utilize all the major lower muscle groups as well as the core muscles.
As with any exercise equipment purchase, several factors should be taken into consideration when choosing an exercise bike. We have narrowed down some key feature of bikes that you should look at when choosing an exercise bike:
Flywheel Weight – The flywheel is part of the drive system of the bike and determines how smooth the motion is. Heavier flywheels provide a smoother, more consistent and steadier movement. All of the core range of bikes at Sole Fitness UK have a minimum 6.kgs (1lb) flywheel, with our indoor cycle, the Sole Fitness SB700, boasting 2kgs flywheel.
Resistance – Magnetic resistance is by far the best system for exercise bikes. Our bikes feature 20 to 40 levels of resistance, so you will always be challenged. Magnetic resistance offers several advantages to other systems, including greater range of resistance, quieter operation and less wear-and-tear, as well as being easier to use because the resistance is controlled by simply pushing a button. Most indoor cycles, such as our CB900 and SB700, use a manual tension knob to control the resistance.
Design and Comfort – For many people who choose an exercise bike, comfort is a must. Any bike that you choose should offer basic adjustments to accommodate every user. Our upright and recumbent bikes offer padded, adjustable seating as well as ergonomically designed pedals, and our indoor cycles feature adjustable handlebars and two-way adjustable seating (up/down and forward/back).
As with any of our exercise equipment we encourage you to visit our extensive showroom and try the machines out for yourself in order to find the perfect fit; however, if you need further assistance or have any other questions, our experienced professionals are always here to help you choose the perfect exercise bike to suit your fitness needs.
There are several different types of resistance you’ll find in your exercise bike
1) Direct Tension – offers you a manual adjustment of resistance
2) Air – resistance is provided by pedaling against the airflow of a fan blade (found on dual action bikes)
3) Magnetic Resistance – this is the most sophisticated type of resistance allowing magnetic currents to create and track the resistance. It generally allows for a greater variety of workout levels.
Magnetic resistance is generally viewed as the best option since it tends to be quieter and provides a more even feel when pedalling.
Nordictrack VR Pro Console
The higher end bikes also usually have backlit consoles – which you really want because they help you see your workout stats more clearly. Non-backlit consoles can be hard to read.
It really depends on your personal preferences whether you choose a bike with preset programs and an ultra high tech computer display or one with just a simple display.
However, keep in mind that in general, the higher priced bikes have more sophisticated options.
Proper Ergonomic Design
This is another factor that gets better, the higher up in price you go. Higher end bikes usually have more comfortable ergonomic design (i.e. foot pedals lower than your seat, easy seat adjustments)
The seat design is also important, especially with recumbent bikes. Higher quality bikes usually have some type of lumbar support and comfortable padded seats which can also adjust based on your height.
So those are a few things to look at before buying an exercise bike. Unlike treadmills, ellipticals or home gyms, bikes are relatively easier to buy. There are really only a few “must-have” areas you have to consider. Make sure you go with a good brand and a style of bike that suits your needs. And then get excited about using your new home exercise bike!
Consider your height and weight
If you are taller, then you can ride any type recumbent exercise bike. If you have issues with your arms, a bike with under seat steering is good for you. And for those who have no problems and issues at all, an aerodynamic style of exercise bike like ASS or OSS will suit you best. Choosing the bike that suits your weight and height can help you go for a longer session everyday without discomfort.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Exercise Bikes wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Exercise Bikes
- №1 — Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS Bluetooth Smart Technology Folding Upright Exercise Bike
- №2 — Harvil Foldable Magnetic Exercise Bike with 10-Level Adjustable Magnetic Resistance and Pulse Rate Sensors
- №3 — DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser