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Foldable Exercise Bikes - Folding Stationary Bicycles Fold Up and Stow Away

Updated on September 29, 2013

Many people do not buy home gym equipment because they feel they do not have the space for a bulky piece of metal and plastic in their lives. Now, there's one less excuse as the invention and perfection of folding exercise equipment technology means everyone can own their own stationary exercise bike even if they live in the smallest apartment in town.

Are Folding Exercise Bikes Any Good?

When these foldable stationary bikes first came onto the market there would have been something of a concensus of opinion which would have erred towards a simple 'maybe' to that question but fortunately much has changed over the years.

These days, a good folding exercise bike will give you virtually the same great performance as a fixed frame stationary cycle to the point where you will be hard pressed to tell the quality difference between one or the other.

The main questions to consider when buying a fold away exercise bike are as follows:

How Much Does A Folding Exercise Bike Weigh?

If it's too heavy for you to move then it is going to take up as much space as a fixed frame bike...because it will not be going anywhere! Equally, if it is too cumbersome to manage then you'll likely get tired of the idea of struggling to drag it in and out of your closet (or wherever you chose to pack it away at) and not use it. Also bad. Good portable exercise bikes will both close up easily and be lightweight and easy to move. Many will carrying handles for easy portability.

How Easy Is Your Exercise Bike To Fold Away?

Some models can simply be collapsed with one hand. Others are fiddly and require a lot of tinkering about with locks and levers. Check it out before you buy or read what other buyers had to say about it online.

Top Recommended Folding Exercise Bike

Confidence Fitness Space Saving X Bike
Confidence Fitness Space Saving X Bike

The top rated stowable exercise bike on Amazon comes from Confidence. Customers report it is very easy to assemble and fold away, has a smooth and quiet operation and is dollar for dollar a great little piece of space saving exercise equipment which comes at a low price.

 

How Sturdy Is A Foldable Exercise Bike?

This is an issue of safety and longevity. You want a strong frame which doesn't feel unsteady when in the unfolded, upright position. Try before you buy - or read what others have said in their reviews of the product, because if it doesn't feel sturdy then you'll not be comfortable using it. Cheap folding exercise bikes might suffer from stability problems, whilst more expensive models ought not to as a general rule.

How Much Space Does It Take Up When Folded Away?

Naturally your reason for buying a space saving collapsable exercise bike it so that you can easily store it away in a closet, under your bed, behind a wardrobe or wherever. So, you'll need to find out exactly ho big the equipment actually is when it is folded down before you know whether you are going to have space for it. Some collapse in from the side, others fold from the top down in a kind of concertina motion. You will want to know how long and how wide it will be in compressed format.

Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike

Stamina InTone Folding Recumbent Bike
Stamina InTone Folding Recumbent Bike

If the recumbent style of stationary bike is more to your liking then the Stamina model here is potentially perfect for your needs. Great Amazon ratings and customer reviews highlight the sturdy, comfortable, quiet running of this machine.

 

What Is The Maximum Weight A Folding Exercise Cycle Can Take?

This is an important question to ask, especially if you are overweight or your bike might be used by someone who is. Many folding exercise bikes do have low weight tolerances compared to their fixed frame counterparts, as low as 200-250 lbs in some models. Check before you buy.

Mini Exercise Bike Alternative

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike Arm and Leg Exerciser
MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike Arm and Leg Exerciser

Really short on space? Try this mini exercise bike! Place it under your desk and work out whilst you work, place it on the desk and pedal with your hands to work out your arms and upper body!This is a very versatile miniature exercycle.

 

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  • ForthepeopleinUSA profile image

    ForthepeopleinUSA 5 years ago

    It don't get any simpler than these bikes. Storage. More room. Fantastic. I'll be sure to buy one from you. I am going to need one soon.

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    turnerpool 5 years ago

    Nice Lens! It is very informative on what to do. I found a great website If anybody is looking for cheap weights, www.cheapweights.org You will find the cheapest online exercise weights on the internet.

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    bestbloodpressu 5 years ago

    Nice lens

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    hotnewsandviews 5 years ago

    Folding recumbent exercise bicycle is very helpful for those people they can not go for walk outside. Its price is not too much, itâs reasonable. We can exercise with comfortably.

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    Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

    wow ,great job

    gonna sit down and dig in here for more information

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    baby-strollers 5 years ago

    If you hve a small space, this is brilliant!

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    SquidooPower 5 years ago

    FANTASTIC alternative to the treadmill. In my experience treadmills tend to be to bulky to really pack away anywhere conveniently so thank you for this solution.

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    TransplantedSoul 6 years ago

    Cycling/Pedaling is a great form of exercise, especially if your knees bother you. I featured your lense here: http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/best-thing-to-do-f...

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    three rexer 6 years ago

    Interesting!Great lens.

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    KandH 6 years ago

    very cool idea for when you can't get out due to bad weather and perfect since they don't take up much space!

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    flyguybc 6 years ago

    That Mini Exercise Bike / Leg Exerciser would be the ticket for those long days at the office. You may get a few looks when people walk by and see your upper body bouncing around and your forehead showing tiny beads of sweat though, but I can also see it making people grin. Not a bad thing, spreading happiness while you workout.....and you're getting paid to do it.

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    cashstudent101 lm 6 years ago

    These would be great for people that live in condominiums. Fold it up to get it out of the way when you are not using them.

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    Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    I'd never heard of these folding bikes. Interesting!

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    Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

    I didn't even know these existed until now. Great lens.

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

    Looks like a great idea for 'space challenged' enthusiasts. Thanks for valuable tips!

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    BuddyShearer 6 years ago

    As a kid I loved riding my bike. In fact, up until my junior year in high school I rode every day. I would ride now but I live in area that is not safe for riding. Maybe I should go this route...hmmmm.

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    KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

    Wow these look great, I live in pretty confined quarters, but this just might work.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Great idea to get the equipment out of the way when not in use and can be taken along for travel. I like that you caution to check for stability before buying.

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    ChrissLJ 6 years ago

    I want one of the Mini Exercise Bikes to put under my desk. I've never seen them before.

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    karen vance loudermilk 6 years ago from charleston wv

    this is a very informative lens, loved it thanks

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    Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I like compact and fold-able equipment, but like you said, it's important to try it out and make sure that they are and will remain sturdy.

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    Chris-H LM 6 years ago

    These might be just the thing for me... Nice looking lens!

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    poutine 6 years ago

    Good idea for people who have very limited space.

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    ohcaroline 6 years ago

    Good product review. I have a recumbent bike that doesn't fold up. It takes up minimum space...but I live with it. I need it.

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    BadSoulPhotography 6 years ago

    I like it

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    CHalloran LM 6 years ago

    I have a limited storage space. Thank you for this suggestion. I was considering a stationary bike for exercising.

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    Ereinion 6 years ago

    Indeed a good solution for the limited space we have at home or at the office.

    Many thanks for sharing it!!

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    glowchick 6 years ago

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing :)

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    gypsyman27 lm 7 years ago

    I like the folding exercise bikes, I am an apartment dweller so they would be space savers. Good lens, see you around the galaxy...

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    SusansZooCrew 7 years ago

    Never heard of these, this is great information for those of us that live in small spaces!

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    I didn't know they made these, I sure could use one and the best part is they are Compact!! I love my Treadmill for this, now a Bike.., that's Awesome!!!

    Thanks for Sharing!!

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    Fit_Over_40_Buzz 7 years ago

    Your lens is great. Very informative. I liked your lens with a thumbs up.

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    Ladyclodine 7 years ago

    If you are only using the bike to loosen up your joints, the Mini Exercise Bikes will be the best item for you.

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    exercisebikecritic 7 years ago

    hi! wow, great lens you gave good justice on exercise bikes. Try checking out my page too, Foldable Exercise Bike Reviews , if you have free time. Same as your lens, readers would surely have a great time reading it. thanks!!

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    BPninja 7 years ago

    thanks for the overview, saves a lot of shopping around

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    dindine 9 years ago

    Great lens.

    That is a very cool alternative for a recumbent bike. They usually take up so much room