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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.