Three Things to Consider Before Buying an Exercise Bike

Stationary bikes are a terrific way to be active and healthy when you can’t go outside.

When you’re shopping for an exercise bike, it’s easy to get nowhere fast. Recumbent? Upright? Spin? Which one is best for losing weight/toning muscle/getting an aerobic workout?

Actually, no matter which bike type you choose, you can achieve all three. What makes the difference is how much time you put into the bike. That’s why it’s so important to choose a bike that you’re comfortable using—because that means you’ll use it often. Here are three types of exercise bikes and how to choose the best one for you:

High Weight Capacity

This model can hold your smartphone or tablet while you exercise. YOSUDA

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Spin bikes are characterized by allowing you the option of standing or sitting while pedaling. The experience is very similar to riding a road bike—the seats are small, set back just a bit from the pedals, and riders lean over the flat handlebars.

Spin bikes provide a very intense workout, which is why many people opt for bikes that offer virtual spin classes. Such bikes have touchscreen displays, offer programs with a virtual trainer, and will automatically adjust the incline and resistance. Some also allow you to compete with other riders via a leader board. If engaging with others motivates you during a workout, such bikes are ideal. If you don’t need the motivation, you can opt for a spin bike that isn’t interactive. No matter which spin bike you choose, make sure the seat and handlebars have a range of adjustment so you can remain comfortable during a prolonged workout.

Ergonomic Resistance Bar

This option is meant for users of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Cyclace

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Although they look alike, there are numerous differences between upright bikes and spin bikes: You don’t lean forward as much as you would on an upright bike, and the seat is more comfortable. Also, upright bikes aren’t designed to be pedaled while standing up, which is why they have more comfortable seats. You do lean forward on angled handlebars on an upright bike, but not as much as on a spin bike. Many people opt for an upright bike because it allows them to ride longer than they would on a spin bike, which makes for a better workout. Some uprights are foldable, which allows people in small living spaces to keep an exercise bike in a closet when not in use. Look for an upright that offers multiple levels of resistance and numerous exercise programs so you can vary your workouts.

Easy to Customize

This choice offers 22 workout programs and 20 levels of resistance. Schwinn

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Recumbents allow you to do two things: Sit back, and keep your spine straight. That’s very helpful for people who have back issues and could not get in a good workout while bent over a spin or an upright. Recumbents are also ideal for multitaskers, because they allow you to read or watch TV while working out. Some recumbent makers understand that many people want to work while exercising, and have come out with recumbents that feature a small desktop that will accommodate a laptop or tablet.

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Step-Through Design

This unit has eight difficulty levels, an odometer and shows your speed, distance and calories burned. Marcy

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Easy to Assemble

This product has a four-way adjustable seat and two-way adjustable handlebar. pooboo

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