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Stationary Bike Buying Guide – How to Choose an Exercise Bike

Updated on May 30, 2017

When looking to buy the best stationary bike

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How to Choose an Exercise Bike

1. First things first, PURPOSE: Why are you interested in purchasing a stationary bike? Are you following doctor’s orders to get more exercise? Trying to change up your usual workout routine? Looking for a way to fit exercise in to a busy schedule where a gym membership isn’t truly workable? Personally, I prefer exercising in the comfort of my own home, which makes a stationary bike a good fit for me. There’s probably a reason you started searching for exercise bikes online. Once you isolate that, the process of selecting the best one for you becomes much easier.

2. PRICING: Stationary exercise bikes come in a number of different styles and each come with their own price tags. There are a wide range of options to choose from and prices run anywhere from $160 up to $2000. Like most anything else, the quality and features of the bike affect its price. Looking for a simple, folding bike that you can use a few times a week? That’s likely to run on the lower end of the pricing scale. At the higher end, you can purchase a bike with tons of bells and whistles, including a flat-screen LCD TV that integrates with GPS systems and online maps so you can virtually ride anywhere in the world and see the landscape as you ride! Then there are those which fall somewhere in between. It’s important to shop around and see what features are available and then decide based on what you’re looking for.

3. TYPES: Probably the most important point of this whole guide is the types of bikes available. Yes, your purpose for buying one and the price of your selection play a role in it, but when it comes down to it you want to know which is the right one for you. There are a few things to consider. One is how much space you have available for using/storing your bike. Another is your physical health and any problem areas. A sore back, weak knees or a heart condition that requires you to monitor your heart during exercise will all undoubtedly play a role in your decision about which bike to buy. Here are the most common types of bikes on the market currently:

Upright Stationary Bikes: The upright bike gets its name from the fact that it is ridden while seated in an upright position. There is no back support, so if you have any back pain or troubles, this may not be the best choice for you. Generally speaking, you can find an upright bike with adjustable resistance, a computer and even a heart monitor. Read more…

•Spinning Bike: This one is my personal favorite. The positioning of this bike feels much like riding a regular bicycle, adding for more comfort while riding. The difference in resistance and the mechanism of the pedals makes this one more vigorous in terms of cardiovascular workout and essentially burns the most calories. However, spinning bikes generally do not offer some of the features of other bikes such as heart monitors or bike computers. Read more…

•Recumbent Stationary Bikes: These bikes tend to take up a bit more space than the other two options. That’s because not only is there a seat, but you also have full back support and the pedals of the bike are located more in front of the rider, versus being located underneath you. They are almost always equipped with electronic bells and whistles along with more variable resistance. This is the definite choice for someone who needs extra back support or does need to monitor their heart during exercise. Read more…

So there you have it. If you know why you want to purchase a stationary bike and have an idea of what you want to spend, you can easily shop around using the above information and choose a bike that works for you. Make sure to read reviews and see what others have to say about a particular bike before buying, so you get more of an idea what to expect in terms of that specific model.

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