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Best stationary bikes

Updated on January 24, 2013

Choose the best stationary bike for you

Why bother searching for the best stationary bikes? Cycling is a great exercise for losing weight and fat burning, as well as increasing your stamina and fitness levels. The best form of cycling is to get a bike and get out on the road or the trails and take in the scenery and get some fresh air through your lungs. But what if this is not possible? What if you don't have the time to cycle during the hours of daylight?

The alternative is to use a stationary bike, i.e. one that doesn't actually move. There are some advantages in using a stationary bike. For example a stationary bike can be used all year round (i.e. the weather has no effect), it is safe (the public highway can be a dangerous place) and it can be used anytime night or day. So, if you want to lose weight or get fit by cycling a stationary bike is an essential purchase, even if you go out for road or trail rides.

There are many different stationary bikes for sale and choosing the right one can be a real headache. If you are looking for the bet stationary bikes currently available check out the following products, which includes stationary bikes of all different types and for all people.

Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle

Recumbent stationary bikes are those that offer a more relaxed and "leaning back" sitting position, as opposed to an upright position. Even though the recumbent stationary bike position looks more "lazy" than that of a conventional stationary bike it doesn't mean that a recumbent stationary bike is easier on your legs to use. In fact, many people find they can work their legs far harder on a recumbent stationary cycle than they can on a conventional upright cycle.

One of the best stationary bikes in the recumbent stationary cycles range is the Marcy recumbent mag cycle, a piece of fitness equipment that is tough, durable and exceptionally well made. The Marcy recumbent mag cycle is suitable for people of all ages, all sizes and all weights so if oyu buy this you won't go far wrong.

One of the weak points of recumbent cycles is the arm rests, which are often too weak to deal with the stresses users put on them, however this is not the case with the Marcy cycle. The arm rests on this cycle are very strong, which means you can lean back and put all your body weight on them and really "pump those pins" without fear of breaking the cycle.

Overall, the Marcy recumbent stationary cycle is an excellent piece of kit. It is strong, comfortable, easy to use and will really give your legs a hard workout to help you achieve your goals.

Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike

If you want the ultimate indoor cycle the Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling bike is one of the best stationary bikes for you. This stationary bike is aimed at those people who really want to give their legs a hard workout. This cycle machine is primarily aimed at keen cyclists who want to maintain their stamina and fitness levels, and keep their legs spinning, through the winter months when it isn't possible to get out on the road or trails. That said, anyone will benefit from using this stationary cycle.

With the lean forward and "racing crouch" riding position the Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling bike isn't the most comfortable of stationary bikes to use but it is ergonomically designed to target specific muscle groups, which it does very well. If you use this indoor cycle you can be sure you are hitting the right muscle groups at the right intensities.

The Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling bike isn't cheap but when you consider it is a professional piece of equipment that is strong, tough and will allow you to have a high intensity workout it is easy to see this indoor cycle is worth every cent. In fact, this stationary cycle is great value for money and gives you great bang for your buck.

Schwinn A10 Upright Exercise Bike

Many people don't want to be hunched up in the "racing crouch" when cycling on a stationary bike, and this is perfectly understandable. For people who like to be in a more comfortable and upright position when using an exercise bike the Schwinn A10 upright bike is one of the best stationary bikes of all upright stationary bikes.

The Schwinn A10 is a tough, durable and well built stationary bike that is more than capable of dealing with the heaviest of users. If you are on the heavier side you can still reap the benefits of indoor cycling on the Schwinn A10.

The Schwinn A10 is a basic indoor cycle so if you don't want to be messing around with complicated computers and measuring systems this is the exercise bike for you. The lack of advanced features helps keep the cost down, which means it is affordable even for those on a budget.

Overall the Schwinn A10 is a great upright stationary bike and is a piece of exercise equipment that will help you achieve your weight loss and/or fitness goals.

Body Rider Fan Bike

The Body Rider Fan Bike is another piece of equipment in the "best stationary bikes" category. This exercise bike is a traditional upright bike, which many people seem to prefer. One of the key features of the Body Rider Fan Bike is that it has moveable handlebars, which means you can pump your arms and spin your legs at the same time. Since you can have an upper and lower body workout on one machine and together it means you don't have to spend as much time exercising as you would usually have to.

The Body Rider Fan Bike is strong and very well made, which makes it ideal for people of all sizes and weights. So, you don't have to have any concerns over the build quality at all.

Even though the Body Fan Rider Bike is an awesome stationary bike it is not for everyone. Many cyclists use stationary bikes during the winter months to keep maintain their stamina and fitness levels during the months when it is not possible to get out on the road or trails. These cyclists and anyone else who prefers a more traditional stationary bike is unlikely to like the Body Rider Fan Bike but don't let this put you off buying one of these as you may really like the way it works. So please keep an open mind.

Overall, the Body Rider Fan Bike is an excellent stationary bike that will give both your upper and lower body a really hard work out to help you achieve your fitness and/or weight loss goals.

Stamina Instride Cycle XL

The Stamina Instride cycle isn't a "proper" stationary bike, however it is a cycling machine. The Stamina Instride is a small and compact machine you can use at home, in the garage, at the office, whilst eating, whilst watching a movie or anywhere else you can think of. The Stamina Instride is a very versatile machine that will help you keep trim.

The Stamina Instride cycle is not a stationary bike for enthusiasts and it is not designed for hard workouts. Consequently, this cycle machine is not going to quickly build up your stamina and fitness levels, or burn fat. The Stamina Instride cycle is designed for those people who want a little bit of easy exercise whilst doing something else. This cycle machine is ideal for older people who simply need a little exercise to remain mobile. Similarly, this cycle machine is perfect for recovery exercise between those hardcore stationary bike sessions.

Overall the Stamina Instride is a useful cycle machine that will help keep your legs moving.

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Stationary Bike Work Out

Working out on a stationary bike can be boring and it can be hard to stay motivated. If you need something to kick start your stationary bike routines I highly recommend getting a specific stationary bike workout DVD. Want to see one in action before parting with your hard earned cash? Check out the footage below, courtesy of Youtube.

Even more stationary bike DVD work outs

Has the above footage whetted your appetite? Can you now see the benefits of a structured stationary bike workout to help motivate you and keep your exercise bike routines interesting?

For some alternative stationary bike and exercise bike DVDs check out Stationary bike workout DVDs.

Sony HMZ-T1 wearable HDTV

Indoor cycling can be boring, but then again so can all types of exercise you do in a home gym. In order to make the time go faster and make the workout more enjoyable why not watch a movie, some TV or even a motivational DVD to get you working harder, and the Sony HMZ-T1 wearable HDTV is the perfect product for this.

When I exercise I find my head drops when I get tired and I end up looking at the floor so I can't use a normal television. With the Sony HMZ-T1 wearable HDTV this is not a problem and I can look at the floor, look at the ceiling or look wherever else I want and still see the screen. The Sony HMZ-T1 wearable HDTV has an effective screen size of 150 inches, which is simply massive. It also has some top quality headphones for a full on surround sound experience.

The Sony wearable HDTV has taken my indoor cycling workouts to the next level and it is one of the best purchases I have made. When I exercise I never get bored, which means I am motivated to work out and exercise for longer and the results come quicker. The Sony wearable HDTV isn't cheap but it is a top quality product that is tough, durable and going to last many years. Get a Sony HMZ-T1 wearable HDTV and you won't be disappointed.

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