How to Choose the Best Indoor Exercise Bike for You

Don’t let your workout gear end up as a clothes hanger—find out what you need to consider here.

Man riding indoor exercise bike.
Great sweat sessions ahead.Ivan Samkov, Pexels

With tons of indoor cycling options, it’s easier than ever to get a great workout at home. But because there are so many bikes to choose from, finding the right type can be a little tricky. Let’s jump in.

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Pulse
Has eight levels of tension to switch up your workout; 300 lb. weight capacity.Exerpeutic

If you’re living in a small space, a piece of exercise equipment isn’t just a financial investment—it’s an investment in space as well. A folding option can be tucked away when not in use and still has many of the features larger ones have. Make sure to double check any height or weight limits, since folding ones may be more limited in the riders they serve.

YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary - Cycle Bike with Ipad Mount &Comfortable Seat Cushion (Gray)
Has a stable steel frame and a spot for your tablet.YOSUDA

Flywheel bikes are frequently found in spin studios. The flywheel is the large wheel in front, which is weighted to mimic the feeling of riding on the road. A resistance knob lets you control challenge level, giving you the choice of an easy ride or a hard workout. A flywheel-style bike is also great for following along to on-screen cycling classes. You can either cast classes to a TV, or use a tablet mount.

Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Comes with preprogrammed sessions and a goal-tracking system.Schwinn

A recumbent bike can provide a great low-impact workout. The wider, lower seat and design of the bike may not strain your legs and back as much as an upright studio-quality bike, but it still works your muscles and provides an excellent cardio option. The added comfort makes this bike ideal if you’re ramping up an exercise program, or using it as an addition to intense cardio training, like running.

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rear Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike with RPM Cadence Sensor - SF-B1709, Black
Thirteen levels of magnetic resistance for a smooth, quiet ride.Sunny Health & Fitness

Serious riders may consider integrated systems that offer live workout sessions designed for the bike. An included display can also monitor data so you can track performance. Integrated bikes that provide a training program can be great for gym fans who like the direction and accountability provided by a class.

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