Is a Fitness Bike Right for You? Must Knows before You
If you’re looking into creating a home
gym or if you just want to make exercising at home easier then
you may want to consider fitness bikes. If you particularly
like (or used to like) biking then this may be the best type of
exercise equipment for you.
Fitness bikes are great for people who
feel uncomfortable or unsteady on the other stand up type
fitness machines such as the treadmill or elliptical trainers.
If you have a physical problem, are carrying extra weight, or
if you just prefer to sit down when you exercise, fitness bikes
are a great choice.
There are two basic types of fitness
bikes. Knowing which one you prefer and will best meet your
needs are both key to identify before you start looking at
specific fitness bikes.
2 Types of Fitness
1. Traditional, upright fitness
2. Recumbent fitness
These fitness bikes are both a bit
different from each other. The traditional, upright bike is as
its name suggests just like a traditional bike.
On the other hand the recumbent fitness
bike is one that you lie back on, are lower to the ground, and
has pedals that are out in front rather than straight down.
This type of bike offers more back and knee support and is the
best choice if you have back, knee, or hip problems. Some even
come with armrests.
With either type of fitness bike there
are a few important features to consider when shopping around
for the best bike to meet your fitness needs.
4 Features to Consider When Shopping for
Be sure it is padded enough or be prepared to purchase a gel
seat cover or other type of cover from a sporting goods store
or bike shop. Also, if the bike will be used by more than one
person be sure the seat is adjustable
If noise is a concern opt for a fitness
bike with magnetic resistance rather than air resistance or a
tension belt or band. One of the most common complaints for
this type of exercise equipment is the loud noise it
Always have pedal straps so you feet
don’t unintentionally slide off. Most bikes do but occasionally
I’ve run across a few that don’t. Although this is a small
feature it’s an important one not to be
If you are limited on space, a fitness
bike takes up a large amount of room depending on the model and
may not be the best bet for you. There are a few on the market
that fold up but it’s important to make sure these are the
quality you want.
Let’s take a look at four of the most
popular fitness bikes on the market
Active 10 Series Upright Fitness
This bike retails for around $200. It has
11 programs, 8 resistance levels, pedal straps, and a heart
It has a maximum user weight of 275lbs,
the machine weighs 58lbs, and measures 40 x 20 x 38 inches (l,
w, h.) It uses magnetic resistance for a quieter
Sport Spin Bike
This bike retails for $500. It has 4 DVDs
included for program choices, offers a special wide, padded
seat for comfort, can handle up to a 250lb user, weighs 80lbs
and measures 44 x 18 x 38 inches.
Great for the more avid biker or
Active 20 Series Recumbent Fitness
This bike retails for about $250. It
offers 11 preset programs, 8 resistance levels, utilizes
magnetic resistance, and has a heart rate
The bike can accommodate a 275lb user,
weighs 58lbs, and measures 58.5 x 26 x 58lbs.
4545 Magnetic Fusion Recumbent
This popular recumbent bike goes for
about $200. It utilizes magnetic resistance, accommodates up to
a 300lb user, weighs 80lbs, and measures 53 x 24 x 44 inches (l
x w x h.)
The best thing to do if you’re serious
about buying a fitness bike (or any other piece of fitness
equipment) is to ‘test drive’ them. Searching online to do
preliminary research is a great place to begin but riding each
bike, trying different programs, speeds, and resistance levels
on each one is essential.
Make sure to try out a few of each type,
recumbent and traditional. Watch for wobbles, bumps, or what
seem to be ‘glitches’ in the operation of the
Take your time and do thorough research.
If you choose a quality bike that you really like it will be a
great addition to your home gym.