Buying an Exercise Bike

At Exercise Bike Planet we want to make sure that you choose the right exercise bike for you.  That’s why we’ve put together this simple exercise bike buyer’s guide which should get you familiar with all the terminology we use on the website.  Helping you to buy the best exercise bike for you.

The most important thing to know is that when you choose your bike they come in two different formats which are recumbent and upright.  How will you want to sit is important. 

Recumbent Exercise Bikes

On a recumbent exercise bike you pedal with your legs out in front of you instead of sitting upright and has been compared to cycling whilst being sat down on a chair.  It’s more relaxing but you won’t benefit so much in all areas of fitness as arms won’t get worked out.  Recumbent exercise bikes are best for people that have back problems and are overweight.

Upright Exercise Bikes

Basically this is the traditional way exercise bikes have been built and is the same design as if sitting on a normal outdoor bicycle.  Upright exercise bikes let you burn the calories quicker and are a better bet if you want to start getting fit.  However they are not as comfortable as recumbent bikes but the fitness benefit definitely outweighs that downside.

How Much Space is Needed for an Exercise Bike?

The exercise bikes on this website all display a technical spec at the bottom of the page so you will be able to quickly figure out how much room you need.  Some versions are even fold-away so you can simply put it back in a cupboard after you’ve used it, or slide it under the bed.

Are Exercise Bike’s Comfortable?

You will need to make sure that you adjust the handlebars and seat so that you don’t injure yourself.  Generally speaking the more expensive the model, the more comfortable the ride.  Make sure you read the technical specification on all our listed exercise bikes so that you are aware of the maximum weight limits that bike will take.  Get an exercise bike that is suited to you.

Exercise Bike Resistance

There are two types of resistance available on exercise bikes.  Magnetic resistance or tension belts.  Tension belts tend to come on the cheaper models and can sometimes wear out or break.  Magnetic resistance will give you a quieter ride and is also smoother.  Tension rates on either of these two methods tends to be controlled by a button or knob so can be adjusted.

Exercise Bike Heart Rate Monitor

Increasing your heart rate happens when you exercise so you need to be able to view that data and get feedback on how effective your exercise bike workout is.  Try and buy an exercise bike with handlebar sensors or strap-on monitors which will ensure that you don’t over do it, as well as motivating you.  More expensive bikes will have programmes that change according to your heart rate data.

Exercise Programmes and Pre-Set Work Outs

Basic and cheap exercise bikes either come with no  pre-set programes or just a limited few.  More money paid will equate to many more advanced programs.  This can only be a good thing as sometimes after investing a lot of time riding on your exercise bike you will want to try something different in order to keep your motivation high.  Expensive bikes tend to show heart rate, calories burnt, speed, distance, and much more.  This feedback via the on-board exercise bike computer helps you keep the interest up.

Find the Best Exercise Bike for you

We hope our Buyer’s Guide as helped. Check out our Exercise Bike Reviews now and choose the best bike for you so you can start getting fit and healthy.

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