I always try and share my learning and fitness journey with the readers on Sushi Fitness. My research into the best home exercise bike is no exception.
This article is going to review three types of home exercise bikes.
As the world was affected in 2020 by the Corona virus and most of us were in quarantine, my wife decided to make the most of her situation. My wife, who I am very proud of, decided to get herself in great shape and began an exercise program.
Working with Russ Yeager on a previous article, one of Russ’s tips for his clients was building a program around what they enjoy. This will give you the best chance at long term commitment and results.
When my wife made the commitment to exercise regularly, she asked me to help develop a program for her. We sat down and talked about what she would enjoy, and I crafted a program around that.
Now, when I say enjoy, I mean dislike slightly less. Unlike myself, my wife does not enjoy working out. It’s a necessary evil for her which I am proud of her for making the commitment and sticking with it. I can only hope that over time it becomes something she can enjoy and no longer a “necessary evil”.
Shortly after we created my wife’s program, she had to decide what she wanted to do on her cardio days. We discussed treadmills, calisthenics, and other possibilities. Something she decided she would enjoy would be to bike once or twice a week.
Instead of buying a bike that she could ride outside we decided it would be a good investment to purchase a home exercise bike. If my wife would use it 2 or 3 times a week, I would probably use it the same, along with our oldest child. This was an investment that we could easily justify spending money on.
However, I didn’t know very much about stationary bikes. I have worked in the fitness world for many years, have taken countless spin classes, and have a few friends who are spin instructors. Still, I had no idea what kind of bike to buy or how much I should spend.
This article is the compilation of my research. From the spin instructors in my personal circle, to online reviews, and bikes I examined. Hopefully compiling the information I learned into one article can save you some time on your research, and help you make the correct purchase for what you are looking for.
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Recumbent Exercise Bikes
- Recumbent bikes offer reclined seats with back support.
- Provide a laid back, more comfortable riding experience that is perfect if you suffer from any back pain.
- Since your upper body is supported your legs and lower body will be the prime beneficiary of your workout.
- Offer a gentler riding experience allowing you to ride longer and more comfortably than on an upright or spinning bike.
Recumbent Exercise Bikes
Pedal to eight levels of magnetic resistance, contact heart rate on grips, 5 panel LCD console. Easy to move from location to location thanks to front transport wheels, this bike fits in any part of your home or facility.
- Eight levels of magnetic resistance
- Contact HR readout
- Five panel feedback LCD display
- Walkthrough Design
- Dimensions: 39″ H x 52 “L x 26” W
This bike is a perfect fit for your home. With its small footprint design and transport wheels, space saving and designing are an easy task!
- 16 Levels of resistance, and 23 built-in programs.
- Polar® compatible
- Large comfortable padded seat with cool mesh seat back
- Fore/Aft Seat Adjustment
- Contact heart rate grips
- These sure-grip pedals and straps ensure a safe and comfortable exercise.
This bike provides a comfortable, low impact workout. Featuring frictionless, motorized, magnetic resistance, with a smooth yet challenging operation. The automatic resistance changes using the variety of built-in programs.
- LCD computer display provides high resolution and easy to read digital and graphical data
- The variable resistance levels are indexed from 1 to 16 providing enough range to challenge beginners through world class athletes
This indoor, stationary cycle bike features a 40-pound, heavyweight flywheel for a natural feel with steady momentum. The oversized steel frame is tough enough to stand up to your toughest workouts.
- Leveling feet for uneven surfaces
- Motivational LCD console displays time, speed, distance, total distance and calories with scan feature
- Ultra-smooth heavy weight 40 lb flywheel.
- Heavy duty oval tube frame
The feel of road biking with a 40 pound flywheel and chain drive system, adjustable seat and handlebars.
- Chain drive system offers feel of a real bike
- 40 lb. flywheel
- Adjustable seat height and position
- Adjustable handlebar height
- 3′ x 4′ working area required
- Transport wheels for easy movement
- Warranty: 5 years frame; 1 year parts; 3 months wear; 90 days labor
With components of similar quality to expensive outdoor bikes, you can train on the XIC600 Indoor Cycle in the comfort of your own home.
- Heavy duty precision balanced chrome plated flywheel, belt drive system, and cranks create a system that is smooth, quiet, and durable.
- Seat and handlebar adjustments provide infinite settings
- LCD console, dual water bottle holders, comfort groove racing saddle, and multi-grip handlebars
Upright exercise bikes
- Like the description states, riders sit in an upright position while using the bike
- Magnets are normally used to create resistance creating a slightly different “feel” than a traditional road bike.
- This is the more traditional model of a home exercise bike and often the most affordable.
The folding frame design and multi-seating positions maximizes your use of space while providing a workout that is comfortable and effective.
- Padded lower back pad, large anatomically designed seat, and multi-grip padded handlebars are designed for long lasting comfort and support
- 8 levels of manual resistance are easily controlled through the large dial tension knob for users of all fitness levels
- 2” x 1” LCD window is easy to read with all the necessary information – clearly displays speed, distance, time, calories, and pulse
Compact and affordable, the Best Fitness Upright Bike is a great entry-level exercise bike.
- Compact 2′ x 4′ Floor Area
- Eight levels of magnetic resistance
- 5 Panel LCD console
- Contact HR readout
- Dimensions: 41″ L x 20″ W x 55 ” H
BEST FITNESS PREMIER WARRANTY
- 5 YEARS Frame
- 5 YEARS Motor
- 1 YEARS Parts
- 1 YEARS Electronics
- 3 MONTHS Wear parts
- 3 MONTHS Labor
Stay fit with the Kettler Giro GT Trainer Exercise Bike, which features 12 preset programs and a motor-controlled, variable magnetic resistance system with 32 resistance level.
- Quick Start Feature-Simply begin pedaling
- Heart Rate Control Programs automatically adjust resistance to maintain target rate
- Displays: Total distance, Time, Speed, RPM, Energy consumption and Heart Rate
- 7 inch wide, contoured, thick padded saddle for maximum comfort
- No maintenance belt drive system
- Built-in floor levelers
If you want top of the line
The title of this article, “The Best Home Exercise Bike That Won’t Break The Bank” is just that. I wanted to find a bike that had all the features of a top of the line bike without the price tag. As mentioned, this article is a collection of notes from my research and conversations with friends who are professionals and very knowledgeable on this subject.
I did come across some of the premier models available and thought I would leave a link for one of those as a footnote.
The Nordictrack Studio Cycle we were strongly considering early on. I read about this bike in several articles and fell in love with the look. It’s strong alternative to Peloton and it’s about $500 less expensive. If my wife hadn’t put her foot down, this probably would have been the bike I chose.
Albeit, in her wisdom she was probably right. Since she was new to exercising regularly and I’ve never been a “biker,” we probably should not invest the money on a Nordictrack bike.
Hopefully this article can help enhance your biking knowledge to make a wiser decision. I made my best effort to provide bullet points from my notes on each bike and provide the highest quality, home exercise bikes that are affordable for the average consumer.
Are you an avid cyclist or a spin enthusiast?
What bike do you have or recommend?