Exercise Bike Buying Guide

An exercise bike workout can provide you with a low-impact, but effective cardiovascular workout that is capable of burning hundreds of calories, making it ideal for boosting fitness levels and promoting weight loss.

In addition, it will also help with toning because it works your legs, buttocks and hips in particular, and so it is easy to see why so many people use these machines in the gym, or have one of these machines in their homes.

If you are looking to buy an exercise bike yourself, you basically have four options. You can either buy a traditional exercise bicycle, a spinning bike, a recumbent bike or in its simplest form, a basic pedal machine.

So in this article I want to take a look at each of these in turn, and hopefully help you decide which one is right for you.

Traditional Exercise Bikes

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with PulseMost people who are looking to work out in the comfort of their own home end up buying a traditional exercise bike. These have always been very popular and remain so to this day because they are suitable for people of all shapes and sizes, and can be used by pretty much anyone.

These basic machines usually have multiple resistance levels, a comfortable seat that can be adjusted up and down and a computer display attached to the handlebars that indicate things such as speed, time, distance, etc. Some models can also be folded away when they are not being used, and some of the more expensive models may have a host of extra features included as well.

The top-selling exercise bike right now is the Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse (pictured above), which is a classic example of a traditional exercise bicycle, and is one that we have recently reviewed here:

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse

However there are lots more to choose from, which we shall be reviewing in due course.

Spinning Bikes

Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling BikeA lot of people assume that these are pretty much the same as the traditional exercise bicycle, but that is not the case at all.

Anyone that has ever used a spinning bicycle at their local gym or in a spinning class, for instance, will know that they have a completely different feel to them.

The main difference is that a spin bike offers a more realistic riding experience and is similar to riding a bicycle in terms of the actual riding position.

Furthermore as the name suggests, they are also perfect for performing spinning workouts as well because you can pedal away in a seated or standing position without any problems, and you can easily adjust the resistance to make your workouts easier or harder.

These bikes are often stripped down to do away with computer displays because they are not really needed, although some of the more expensive models do come equipped with LCD displays if you really want one.

They also differ from ordinary exercise bicycles because they tend to have heavier flywheels, which are attached to the pedals via a chain. This makes the pedal mechanism different as well because the wheel will continue moving after you stop pedalling, and you need to pedal harder to get going, similar to a real bicycle.

If you would like to buy one of these machines yourself, the most popular spinning bike at the moment is the Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike (pictured above), which we have reviewed here:

Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike

However we shall be reviewing plenty of other machines in the coming weeks and months if you are looking for some recommendations.

Recumbent Bikes

If you prefer working out in a more relaxed position, or if you are someone who suffers from a lot of back problems, you might want to consider investing in a recumbent exercise machine.

These offer all the same benefits as an upright bicycle, but provide much needed support for your back and provide you with a more convenient riding position so that you are able to pedal away in relative comfort.

These have become a lot more popular in recent years, and as a result of this, there are now lots of recumbent exercise bikes for you to choose from.

We haven’t yet reviewed any of these machines on this blog, but we shall be reviewing some of the more popular ones and will be providing links to these reviews on this page in the very near future.

Pedal Machines / Exercisers

If you don’t want to splash out on a full blown exercise bicycle, or if you have limited space in your home or just want to get some form of exercise whilst you are working or watching TV, for instance, you might want to buy a pedal machine because these are essentially just a pedal mechanism without any handlebars.

Often referred to as pedal machines or pedal exercisers, these are still capable of boosting your general fitness levels and burning lots of calories if you want to lose weight, but they can be moved around really easily and you can use them whenever you are sat down in a chair, either at home or at the office, for example.

There are quite a few of these machines to choose from nowadays, and many of them are available for less than $100. For a complete and intense workout, you should look for a machine that has a built-in LCD display and multiple levels of resistance.

We shall be reviewing some of the best ones, as well as the various other types of exercise bike in due course. So be sure to bookmark this page to keep track of all of the exercise bicycles that we review on this website.