Stationary bikes provide outstanding workouts for your thighs, hips, glutes, calves, and more. If you’re ready to invest in a stationary bike but aren’t sure where to begin, there are several things to look for to ensure that you choose the best stationary bike for you.
Below, you’ll find out more about how to select a stationary bike that’s perfect for your fitness goals and lifestyle.
Consider the Cost
New exercise bikes can cost anywhere from $200 to $2000. A more expensive bike will be engineered for sturdiness and will also come with more features than a cheaper option. Keep in mind that a high price tag won’t always give you a better workout. Depending on your needs, a lower priced bike may provide you with everything you need. Before you buy, look online at a wide range of bikes and determine which features are most important to you.
Exercise Bike Types
Exercise bikes come in two types. Upright exercise bikes are similar to a bicycle, while recumbent bikes provide you with back support and a more comfortable ride. Despite their differences, the two bike types will provide you with similar workouts. If you have back problems or pain, a recumbent bike may be the better choice for you. Also keep in mind that an upright bike will allow you to focus more on your glutes.
Investigate the Features
It’s best to only consider bikes with the features you’re looking for to keep yourself from overspending or being less than satisfied with your bike.
Most people want to monitor their progress. The best displays will feature heart rate, calorie, speed, RPM, resistance, time, and distance. Make sure the screen is clear and the controls are easy to use.
If you want to frequently adjust your workout as you improve, choose a bike with adjustable programs. Some bikes feature programs that can be customized to your age, weight, gender, fitness level, and more. Make sure the levels of resistance are easy to adjust and that the bike has levels of workouts that fit your fitness level.
If monitoring your heart rate is important to you, consider a chest strap monitor as it won’t restrict your motion. Contact monitors, which track your heart rate when you touch them, are another option but they can be less than convenient. Keep in mind that you can also buy a stand-alone monitor for under $30.
Try Before You Buy
The best way to know whether an exercise bike is right for you is to try out several bikes before you choose one. Bikes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so when trying out a new bike make sure to adjust it so it’s right for your size. Check the seat for comfort and make sure the pedals are the right size for your feet.
If your knees hit the handlebars or it’s hard for you to generate power because you have to stretch to reach the pedals or handlebars, the bike is definitely not the right fit. Make note of how easy it is to adjust the pace, select new workouts, and monitor your heart rate while you ride.
Choose a Good Warranty
The best warranties will offer at least two years of coverage on major parts and one year on labor. While extended warranties can offer you peace of mind, doing some research about the likelihood of failures that require expensive repairs is a good idea. Extended warranties are often an unnecessary expenditure.
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