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Best Exercise Bikes: Review the Top Indoor Cycling Bike Brands to Buy

A good exercise bike can transform your life.

When you have an exercise bike at home, it’s easy to jump on that bike whenever for a daily workout.

Some buy exercise bikes to lose weight. Others purchase an indoor cycling bike to stay in shape all winter. Some use exercise bikes for muscle tone, while others use bikes for HIIT workouts or endurance.

With so many exercise bikes available, finding the perfect indoor cycling bike for you is challenging. Keep reading to discover the best exercise and indoor cycling bikes of 2021.

The Top Indoor Cycling Bikes of 2021

We tested bikes, contacted manufacturers, and did hundreds of hours of research to compile the rankings below.


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Peloton is one of the best-known names in the space for a reason: the high-end indoor cycling company has a dominant presence across the exercise bike space.

Today, Peloton is more than just an exercise bike. Your Peloton subscription comes with on-demand fitness classes you can follow on and off the bike. Plus, you can buy treadmills, accessories, apparel, and more through Peloton’s online store.

Peloton’s bikes may not be as expensive as you think: at $1,495 for the base model (or $39 per month), the Peloton Bike is comparable to other top-ranked exercise bikes on our list. The Peloton Bike+, meanwhile, starts at $2,495.

NordicTrack S22i Studio Cycle

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NordicTrack is another well-known name in the exercise bike space for a reason. Like Peloton, NordicTrack has created a commanding presence. The company’s S22i Studio Cycle bike is trendy, and it compares well with Peloton’s base model.

The S22i Studio Cycle exercise bike features a 22″ rotating HD touchscreen, quiet technology, on-demand worldwide workouts, automatic difficulty adjustments, and more.

Another unique perk of the NordicTrack S22i is that the company’s elite iFIT trainers digitally adjust your incline, decline, and resistance hands-free, giving you a fantastic workout experience you don’t get with other indoor cycling bikes.

Schwinn Fitness IC4

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Schwinn is well-known in the bicycling space. However, the company has also built a reputation in the exercise bike space for offering high-quality indoor cycling bikes at an affordable price.

Priced at $799, the Schwinn Fitness IC4 is the most expensive model from Schwinn (it’s an upgraded version of the IC2 and IC3 indoor cycling bikes).

Today, the Schwinn Fitness IC4 comes with a 1-year JRNY Membership (which creates adaptive workouts), support for third-party apps (like Peloton and Zwift), 50+ virtual routes, and magnetic resistance with 100 micro-adjustable resistance levels, among other perks.

The IC4 also has a full-color backlit LCD console that measures your heart rate, speed, time, distance, calories, and RPMs. Plus, dual-like SPD foot pedals come with toe cages or clips included, and the adjustable race-style seat makes it easy to ramp up performance at any time.

Rogue Fitness Echo Bike

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Rogue Fitness’s Echo Bike combines heavy-duty steel and precision engineering to create a sturdy fan bike.

Weighing 127lbs, the Rogue Echo Bike gives you a rock-solid foundation for sturdier maximum output bursts. You still get easy portability thanks to 1″ rolling wheels.

Despite the heavy-duty nature of the Echo Bike, it provides a quiet, belt-driven steel fan blade for a smooth and consistent ride. We also like ECHO’s two-year warranty. Although some riders may not enjoy the basic LCD console, others like the no-nonsense, heavy-duty nature of the bike and quality construction. Plus, at $795, it’s one of the most value-packed options on our list.


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The JOROTO X2 is a magnetic exercise fitness bike featuring a 10.2-inch (large) iPad holder, a 35lb flywheel, and other nifty features – all for a price of under $300. It’s a basic, value-packed exercise bike that punches above its weight class.

Despite the low price, the JOROTO X2 has a 35lb chromed flywheel, 50mm thickened frame tube, 300lb max user weight, and a surprisingly rock-solid build, all of which makes it one of the top exercise bikes for value-minded customers on our list.

If you want an exercise bike that does the job without spending a fortune (or including extra features you don’t need), then the JOROTO X2 is one of the top choices available today.

Echelon Ex-15

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The Echelon Ex-15 is a fitness bike available in multiple options, with the Ex-15 being the most popular. Priced at $499 (or an extra $89 with expert assembly), the Echelon Ex-15 provides basic features at a value price.

Featuring 32 levels of precise, silent resistance, the Echelon Ex-15 makes it easy to adjust your workout intensity. The bike also comes with fully adjustable toe cages on the pedals, giving you a secure fit for any ride. Plus, with extra-large cushioned seats, you can enjoy comfortable riding whether you’re biking for 10 minutes or 3 hours.

You can even buy an Echelon membership to participate in 5 to 45-minute rides, endurance training, climbing and HIIT rides, and more. Membership is not included and priced at $39.99 per month, but the bike is entirely usable with no membership required.

RENPHO AI-Powered Bike

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RENPHO’s AI-Powered Bike is a fitness cycle similar to other options listed here, but with advanced features we don’t see on competing units.

Priced at $599, the RENPHO AI-Powered Bike comes with the free AI Gym app. That app has 70+ classes with no membership required. You can participate in 5 different training modes, including professional coach video classes, HD Scenic rides and riding challenges to join with other users.

We also like the RENPHO AI-Powered Bike because it connects with popular cycling apps like Zwift and Peloton. If you want to enjoy a quality ride with plenty of app support, then the RENPHO AI-Powered Bike is one of the best options available.

Inspire Fitness IC1.5 Indoor Cycle

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The Inspire Fitness IC1.5 Indoor Cycle is a magnetic resistance bike with a 31lb flywheel, a 4-way adjustable seat, and 2-way adjustable handlebars, making it easy to get comfortable and adjust the difficulty as needed.

Like other magnetic resistance bikes, the Inspire Fitness IC1.5 Indoor Cycle provides long-lasting, contact-free resistance and a smooth braking system, giving you a quieter ride than we get with other bikes listed here.

At $899, the Inspire Fitness IC1.5 Indoor Cycle is roughly half the price of a basic Peloton model. You can pay an extra $89 for expert assembly.

Sunny 1805

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The Sunny 1805 exercise bike is a magnetic belt drive indoor cycling bike featuring a 44lb flywheel, making it one of the heaviest-duty options at the sub-$500 price range.

Priced at just $449, the Sunny 1805 is fully customizable with a 4-way adjustable seat, a device holder, and steel toe-cage pedals.

Like other budget exercise bikes, the Sunny 1805 doesn’t have a giant LED screen (or any LED screen whatsoever). Instead, the emphasis is on creating a high-quality bike that provides resistance training anywhere in your home.


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YOSUDA’s Bike is an indoor cycling stationary bike featuring an iPad mount, a comfortable seat cushion, and elemental resistance functionality – all for a rock-bottom price of just $299.

As one of the few sub-$300 exercise bikes on our list, the YOSUDA Bike punches above its weight class for functionality and features. You get a 35lb flywheel, a 2-way adjustable non-slip handlebar, a 4-way padded seat (with inseam heights of 25 to 35 inches), and a wide range of resistance options.

The YOSUDA Bike even comes with an LCD monitor that tracks your time, speed, distance, calories burned, and odometer – something we don’t see on other budget bikes. If you want maximum value at the expense of build quality, then the YOSUDA Bike is an effective option.

PooBoo Indoor Cycling Bike

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The PooBoo Indoor Cycling Bike is a uniquely-colored and fashionably-designed exercise bike that has remained one of Amazon’s best-selling bikes for months.

Priced at just $289, the PooBoo Indoor Cycling Bike provides basic cycling functionality for home cardio workout training. For $289, you get a solid build, a fully adjustable design, and a safe and convenient right.

The PooBoo Indoor Cycling Bike comes with an LCD monitor and an iPad mount. You can track your exercise in real-time to optimize heart rate, distance traveled, and speed.

Carol AI Bike

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The Carol AI Bike aims to provide cardio training in a shorter period than other bikes. Carol claims their AI-powered workouts “are proven to give you the benefits of a 45-minute run in 8 minutes 40 seconds.”

Instead of running for 45 minutes, you can participate in a more innovative, AI-powered workout using the Carol AI Bike. The UK-based company has created an exercise bike based on its REHIT workout philosophy.

If you’re the type of person who wants to get a full workout done as quickly as possible, then the Carol AI Bike and its famous sub-9 minute workout may be the right choice for you.

Horizon Fitness

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Horizon Fitness offers three types of exercise bikes for different budgets and needs. However, all bikes have things in common that make them among the most popular exercise bikes available today.

All Horizon Fitness exercise bikes come with access to Horizon StudioCycles, an app that gives you everything from cadence pushes to climbs. You get Bluetooth speakers and a large, eye-level tablet holder to easily connect to the app when riding.

You can choose from one of three Horizon Fitness exercise bike categories:

  • Indoor Cycle (including the GR3 Indoor Cycle and IC7.9 Indoor Cycle)
  • Recumbent Exercise Bikes (including the Comfort R and Recumbent Bike),
  • Upright Exercise Bikes (including the Comfort U Upright and Bike)

Horizon Fitness’s bikes also come with fully customizable handlebars and saddles, heavy aluminum flywheels, and precision resistance controls to ensure smooth shifts between intervals, among other perks.


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Stryde is an exercise bike featuring immersive cardio and strength workouts via the Stryde app. Like Peloton and other industry leaders, Stryde provides you with a high-performance bike, and you complete the exercises to get into the best shape of your life.

Stryde’s flagship model is the Stryde Exercise Bike. The bike comes with a 14-day trial to the Stryde app, including hundreds of challenging and fun workouts from leading fitness studios and independent instructors.

If you like the idea of Peloton without the brand premium, then Stryde may be the right choice for you. The high-quality bikes and popular workout programs continue to gain traction in the exercise bike space.

MYX Fitness II Plus

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The MYX Fitness II Plus is an exercise bike with a touchscreen and built-in camera – something we don’t see on many other exercise bikes on our list.

The bike also holds weights up to 350lbs, adjusts for heights from 4’11” to 6’8″, and features an optimized Q-factor for the better distance between pedals (165mm) to reduce knee stress. Plus, with a state-of-the-art sensor, SPD clip-in shoe support, and 18mm pedals (vs. the industry standard 14.3mm), the MYX Fitness II Plus is ideal for those who didn’t feel like other exercise bikes were just right.

The MYX Fitness II Plus comes with a mobile app and on-demand workouts. Overall, MYX advertises its Fitness II Plus as superior to Peloton.

Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle

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The Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle bundle is one of the most popular exercise bike bundles on Amazon. Instead of just getting an exercise bike, you get a bundle of tools, dumbbells, and other items to enhance your workout.

Your Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle package includes the bike itself, a media tray, stretch pads, floor mat, gel seat cover, dumbbell holder, M Series Assembly and Maintenance Kit, and the M Connect display.

The Keiser M3i is also the world’s first V-shape frame that mimics a road bike frame, allowing the seat and handlebars to be raised in conjunction to accommodate all riders. If you like the road bike experience and don’t like how other exercise bikes fit, then the Keiser M3i may be worth a try.

Like other top-ranked exercise bikes on our list, the Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle has great app support. You can use M Connect with your favorite fitness apps.

Cyclace Stationary Exercise Bike

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The Cyclace Stationary Exercise Bike is a value-packed exercise bike with a sturdier frame than other budget options on our list.

Priced at $329, the Cyclase Stationary Exercise Bike has a tablet holder and LCD monitor along with a non-slip handlebar, 4-way adjustable seat (supporting inseams of 28 to 39″), and a thickened steel, triangular frame, among other perks.

If you want a budget exercise bike where you can bring your apps, then the Cyclase Stationary Exercise Bike may be the right choice for you. You get effective, basic functionality without the bells and whistles of other indoor cycling machines.

ProForm Studio Bike Pro

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The ProForm Studio Bike Pro is a premium exercise bike featuring a 22″ HD touchscreen. That touchscreen can stream iFIT workouts on-demand.

Another perk of the ProForm Studio Bike Pro is adding up to 5 users, making it a popular option for the family. If multiple people want to use your bike with one subscription, then the ProForm Studio Bike Pro may be the right choice.

Each ProForm Studio Bike Pro features 24 digital resistance levels. Other features include a 250lb total weight capacity, a 10-year frame warranty, and an included 3lb dumbbell set.

How We Ranked The Top Indoor Cycling Bikes of 2021

Every exercise bike claims to offer a good workout. However, only the best exercise bikes live up to that promise.

Here’s how we separated the best exercise bikes from the rest of the competition.


Cheap exercise bikes feel like they’re going to snap during periods of maximum exertion. Good exercise bikes are rock-solid from the foundation up. We liked exercise bikes that were sturdy for people of all sizes.


Most people don’t like noisy exercise bikes. Loud exercise bikes make it hard to listen to music, follow a workout class, or hear important notifications (like your doorbell or phone). Most people don’t need bikes to whisper quietly, but most people do appreciate exercise bikes with a subtle design.

Ease of Use

Some exercise bikes are easier to use than others. They come with toe cages or clips included, for example, to make it difficult to slip out of the pedals when riding. Other bikes come with complicated instructions, long startup times, awkward difficulty changes, and other features that make them difficult to use.

Seat Comfort & Overall Rideability

If your indoor cycling bike is uncomfortable, you’re not using it often. We considered seat comfort and overall rideability in our rankings. Some bikes are designed with maximum comfort and rideability in mind. It seemed like the engineers never actually test-rode the bikes for comfort with other bikes!

Ease of Installation

Some indoor bike companies ship the complete bike to your address. Others expect you to do a full day’s worth of work before you ride the bike. An excellent indoor cycling bike is easy to install.

Warranty Period

All exercise bikes claim to be sturdy. However, only the top-ranked bikes live up to that promise with a 2+ year warranty. When a manufacturer offers a two-year warranty on an exercise bike, it shows they’re confident it will withstand everyday use without issue.


Some exercise bikes support a surprisingly narrow range of heights and weights – say, people who are under 250lbs and between 5’6″ and 6’3″. Other exercise bikes have much broader weight and height support. Generally, we preferred exercise bikes that offered a comfortable ride for people up to weights of 350lbs and with heights between 4’11” and 6’8″. 99.9% of people fall into these ranges.

Price & Value

You can spend $300 on an exercise bike or $3,000. We weren’t biased against specific budgets. Instead, we wanted our readers to get the best experience regardless of price. If you’re paying a budget price for a bike, you should still get good value. If you’re paying a premium price, you should get unparalleled quality. We considered price and overall value in our rankings.


The smoothness makes a big difference in the exercise bike world. Some exercise bikes feel like you’re gliding across a perfectly-paved race track. Other bikes make it feel like you’re struggling down a gravel road. We avoided exercise bikes with jerky, awkward motions that impacted smoothness.

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We tested each exercise bike whenever possible. However, we also considered customer reviews and testimonials in our rankings. A bike might feel good during our one-week test but fall apart after one year. We read thousands of reviews to compile the rankings above.

Manufacturer Reputation

Some companies have a long and proven reputation for creating high-quality exercise bikes that last for 10+ years. Other companies are new, unproven startups with a reputation for cutting corners. We weren’t biased against new companies, but we did consider overall manufacturer reputation in our rankings.

After analyzing these metrics, we compiled our ranking above of the best exercise bikes available today.

Top 20 Benefits of an Exercise Bike

Exercise bikes are associated with a range of powerful benefits, including:

Exercise at Home On Demand

Going to the gym seems like a hassle. You need to drive there, change, shower, and drive home. With an exercise bike, you have a gym in your home. You can spend 30 seconds changing into your workout clothes, then hop on your bike for an easy workout.

Fit Into a Busy Lifestyle

You can easily fit an exercise bike workout into a busy lifestyle. If you have kids at home, work from home, or have a few hours in the day to work out, then an exercise bike may be the best choice.

Get More Cardio Exercise

According to the American Heart Association, adults should do at least 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week. You can quickly meet that goal with a stationary bike at home.

Lose Weight

Many people kickstart a successful weight loss program with an exercise bike. Studies show that a regular cycling program can decrease body weight and burn body fat even if you don’t make additional dietary changes. In this 2010 study, for example, researchers told subjects to follow an indoor cycling routine for 12 weeks. Researchers observed a 2.6% decrease in body weight and a 4.3% decrease in fat mass – all without restrictions in food consumption.

Recover from Knee Injuries

Treadmills and ellipticals can be tough on the knees. Many people rehabilitate from knee injuries using an exercise bike. A stationary bike distributes stress throughout your lower body, including your quads, calves, core, glutes, and knees. Instead of forcing your knees to take the brunt of the workout, you can spread the load.

Low Impact Exercise

As you get older, low-impact exercise becomes more critical. Running on pavement can wreak havoc on your joints. Many people like indoor cycling machines because it’s effective in low-impact exercise.


Exercise bikes are safe for most people to use. You can avoid the hazards of cycling on roads – like dodging cars, potholes, and pedestrians.

Climate-Controlled Workouts

Want to avoid hot or cold temperatures? Do you live in a place with rainy or extreme weather? Exercising outside may be difficult. You can avoid exposing yourself to hot or cold temperatures with an exercise bike. Cycle away in your comfortable, climate-controlled environment at home.

Easy to Use

Whether new or experienced, an indoor cycling bike is easy for anyone to use. It’s ideal for those who are just starting a weight loss journey. It’s also suitable for those who are more experienced. Whatever your level may be, an exercise bike is easy o use.

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’re buying a $300 basic exercise bike or a $1,500+ Peloton, exercise bikes are surprisingly affordable. Sure, you can spend thousands on a high-end exercise bike. However, even paying less than $1,500 will give you a great exercise bike at a reasonable price. When you consider the costs of a gym membership (or a real bike), an exercise bike provides practical value.

Strengthens Legs and Lower Muscles

Exercise bikes are the ultimate lower body workout. Your body’s largest muscles are found in your legs. By strengthening your legs and lower muscles, you can tone your body, create a solid foundation, and become more powerful overall.

Burn Body Fat

Want to burn stubborn fat around your tummy, thighs, hips, and butt? Exercise bikes are ideal for burning body fat. Exercise bikes can create a fat-burning furnace within you by strengthening your body’s largest muscles. Studies show you can lose around 5% of your body fat within 12 weeks of using an exercise bike for the first time – even if you’re not dieting much.

Build Endurance, Lung Capacity, and Breathing

Studies show that exercise bikes can help you improve your respiratory capacity. All cardio workouts have been shown to improve your respiratory ability. As you work out, you increase muscle performance, which means your muscles need less oxygen during exercise and produce less carbon dioxide. That means you’re a better-trained person with better endurance and lung capacity. Some doctors recommend people with lung disease, asthma, and COPD use exercise bikes to build lung capacity.

Customized Workouts for Any Preferences

Some people want high-intensity interval training workouts, while others like long, slow, hour-long exercises. You can also do that on an exercise bike.

On-Demand Classes with Free and Paid Subscriptions

Some people pay $40 per month for on-demand cycling classes on their exercise bikes. Others use free YouTube videos. Whatever you’re looking for, there are more exercise bike class options than ever. It’s easy to find a suitable class for your needs.

Community Support

Some people like exercise bikes because they get community support. You can compare yourselves to others in your class, compete with friends and family, and participate in live fitness classes with other people every day. Studies show that weight loss is more effective when you have community support.

Burn Lots of Calories

A stationary bike can burn anywhere from 200 to 1,000 calories per hour. The best way to lose weight is to maintain a caloric deficit. An exercise bike can help you reach that caloric deficit consistently.

Nobody is Watching You

An exercise bike lets you enjoy impactful workouts from the comfort of home. You don’t need to go to a gym, work out around other people, or show other people what you look like after a 60-minute spin class. Some people thrive with community support, while others work out better when nobody is watching.

Increase Mental Toughness

It takes discipline to ride your exercise bike at home regularly. Nobody but yourself keeps you accountable. A good exercise bike can increase mental toughness.

Boost Your Mood

Any type of exercise can boost your mood, according to one major 2018 study. However, other studies have found that just 15 minutes of riding an exercise bike can help decrease cortisol levels in people with major depression. If you want to boost your mood, an exercise bike could change your life.

Types of Exercise Bikes

There are three main types of exercise bikes, including:

Upright Bikes

Upright bikes are what most people think of when they picture a stationary bike. These bikes feature an upright handlebar and a broader, padded seat. They have a more vertical frame, and you remain seated while riding the bike. Most of these bikes also have a digital display and a magnetic resistance system.

Recumbent Bikes

Recumbent bikes are the “reclined” version of the exercise bike. You can sit in a reclined position. Studies show this can prevent lower back pain and provide better overall body support. Recumbent bikes may be the best choice if you like to pedal in front of you (instead of beneath you).

Spin Bikes

Spin bikes are the bikes used by most indoor cycling classes. They have lower-set handlebars, and you lean forward more when riding the bike. They’re also designed for both standing up and not standing while operating. If you want varying intensity levels while participating in spin classes on-demand, then a spin bike may be the best choice.

You can also buy a street bike trainer or a roller bike stand. These stands allow you to use your ordinary bike as a trainer. They lock your back wheel, allowing you to pedal endlessly indoors without issue.

Top 5 Best Exercise Bike Posture Tips

Getting perfect posture on an exercise bike can be challenging. Here are some tips for getting comfortable:

  • Keep a straight spine. However you’re using your exercise bike, you should keep your spine straight. You should not slump your spine, and your shoulders should be relaxed and neutral.
  • Keep elbows slightly bent and close to your body.
  • Avoid leaning on the handlebars. Leaning on the handlebars can put too much weight on your wrists and forearms, preventing your lower body from doing the work it’s supposed to be doing.
  • Keep your feet flat. Avoid pointing your toes down as you pedal, as it can put pressure on your knees. Drive each pedal stroke through the ball of your foot, and make sure your feet stay flat on both the upstroke and downstroke.
  • Keep your head up. Your head should be aligned with your neck and spine while riding your exercise bike. Otherwise, you could have oxygen and blood flow issues. Avoid flopping your neck forward.
  • Sit on the broadest part of the saddle. Adjust your seat as necessary to ensure the best possible position.
  • Hinge forward at the hips to reach the handlebars. After sitting on the broadest part of the saddle, use your abdominal muscles to hinge forward at the hips, keeping your knees in line with your hips and feet.

FAQs About Exercise Bikes

We get plenty of questions about exercise bikes. Here’s how our experts answered some of the most common questions.

Q: What are exercise bikes?

A: Exercise bikes are stationary devices that help tone your lower body. You ride them just like you would ride an ordinary bike.

Q: What muscles does an exercise bike work?

A: An exercise bike works your butt, legs, thighs, back, and abs.

Q: How long should I read an exercise bike?

A: Most people spend 15 to 60 minutes riding an exercise bike per session. It depends on your workout intensity, fitness level, and preference.

Q: What are the benefits of an exercise bike?

A: The most significant benefit of an exercise bike is that you’re getting a fully-functional workout machine in the comfort of your own home. You can hop on that machine whenever, making it easy to stick to weight loss and fitness goals. Studies also show that exercise bikes are great for cardio, endurance, heart health, energy, and muscle tone, among other perks.

Q: How do I lose weight on an exercise bike?

A: The best way to lose weight is to maintain a caloric deficit. Use your exercise bike to monitor your calorie expenditure. Then, eat fewer calories per day than you spend to lose weight.

Q: Do I need an exercise bike mat?

A: An exercise bike mat is a crucial way to protect your home from damage.

Q: Are exercise bikes safe?

A: Exercise bikes are very safe to use by most healthy adults. They’re associated with fewer injuries than treadmills. However, talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the safety of your exercise bike – especially if you are taking medication or have a medical condition.

Q: What are the types of exercise bikes?

A: There are three main types of exercise bikes, including:

  • The upright
  • The recumbent
  • The spin bike

You can also find hybrids of these types. An upright bike is a bike that most people think of when they picture a stationary bike. You sit upright and keep the pedals below your torso, similar to a road bike. A recumbent bike has a larger bucket seat with an entire backrest, giving you better lumbar support with the pedals situated in front of you when riding. Meanwhile, a modern spin bike features a racing saddle, low-set handlebars, a weighted flywheel, fixed gears, and a bike chain (not a belt).

Q: What are the types of tension systems on exercise bikes?

A: Exercise bikes have three main types of tension systems, including:

  • Open-air flywheel
  • Mechanical resistance
  • Magnetic resistance

Generally, high-end bikes use magnetic resistance for better resistance and less noise. However, you can find plenty of good mechanical resistance and open-air flywheel bikes.

Q: Should I buy a chain drive or belt drive exercise bike?

A: Chain drive exercise bikes last longer but are noisier. However, you can also pedal backward and forwards. Because the pedals are linked to the drive system, the pedals will also continue spinning unless you apply the brakes. The flywheel spins freely with belt drive systems, and the flywheel will continue to turn when you stop pedaling. You also need to replace belt drive bikes after a certain period of use.

Q: Are heavier flywheels better?

A: The flywheel creates momentum when pedaling. You can find bikes with flywheels of 8lbs to 44lbs. a heavier flywheel can provide more velocity to keep the pedals revolving, making it feel more like a road bike. However, some prefer lighter flywheels.

Q: What type of maintenance does my exercise bike need?

A: Most indoor bikes require little maintenance. However, you may need to oil up your chain drive bike or replace a belt drive (which is cheap and easy). Other than that, the only maintenance you need is to wipe off sweat to avoid corrosion.

Q: What’s the difference between an upright and a spin bike?

A: An upright bike tends to have a broader, more comfortable seat than a spin bike. These bikes also have fixed resistance levels, computer displays, heart rate sensors, and customized workout programs. They’re ideal for seated workouts. Spin bikes, meanwhile, are more similar to road bikes because they use a racing saddle, multi-grip handlebars, and support standing and seated positions. A spin bike may be the right choice if you like HIIT workouts and indoor cycling training.

Q: Do I need a display on my indoor bike?

A: Some bikes no longer include displays; instead, they have tablet holders. You can bring your device, use your app, and buy a great bike without the added cost of a display.

Q: What’s the quietest exercise bike?

A: Any modern exercise bike with magnetic resistance technology will be quiet to operate. Some manufacturers also provide decibel or noise level information upfront.

Q: What’s the best exercise bike for seniors?

A: Most seniors prefer recumbent exercise bikes because of the better back support. Recumbent bikes are ideal for mobility issues, joint pain, and similar problems.

Q: Can I buy a fully assembled exercise bike?

A: Most exercise bike companies allow you to buy unassembled or assembled bikes. For example, you can pay an extra $89 for a fully assembled version with many Amazon exercise bikes.

Q: Are exercise bikes hard to assemble?

A: Most exercise bikes take 30 minutes to 2 hours to assemble. However, some take longer.

Q: Can I change the seat on my exercise bike?

A: Some exercise bike seats are downright uncomfortable. Some manufacturers offer multiple seat options. Alternatively, you may be able to buy a gel cover for added comfort.

Q: What exercise bikes do gyms use?

A: Gyms use exercise bikes from Schwinn, Life Fitness, BodyCraft, and Keiser. These exercise bikes tend to be outside people’s price range, yet they offer the best durability and lowest maintenance requirements even with high usage.

Q: Does weight limit matter for exercise bikes?

A: All exercise bikes have a maximum weight limit. We recommend following this weight limit to avoid damaging the bike or injuring yourself.

Q: How do I make exercise bike workouts more exciting?

A: Pedal in front of a TV and watch a movie or TV show, listen to music or a podcast, or download a fitness app with cycling classes.

Q: What are the best exercise bikes?

A: Peloton, NordicTrack, Schwinn, and Rogue Fitness make some of the best exercise bikes available today.

Q: Can I lose belly fat with a stationary bike?

A: Stationary bikes are ideal for losing belly fat. In one study, women lost 5% fat mass from all over the body after following a cycling program for 12 weeks. Women cycled just three times per week (36 sessions total) and did not implement any dietary restrictions, yet they still lost significant weight.

Q: Do I need special shoes to lock into my exercise bike?

A: You can use all exercise bikes with ordinary running shoes or sneakers. Some bikes have toe clips for better performance, and some prefer cycling shoes. However, these are not required.

The Top Indoor Cycling Bikes of 2021 Final Word

Exercise bikes, when used correctly, are highly effective pieces of workout equipment.

By installing an exercise bike in your home, you’re more likely to use it regularly and build a habit.

To learn more about exercise bikes or shop for the best exercise bikes available today, check our list of the best exercise bikes above.

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