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What is an Upright Stationary Bike?

Stationary bikes are popular for indoor exercisers.  You may even see them being used outdoors by professional football or soccer players who are trying to keep warm or work out an injury.  But did you know there’s a difference between an upright stationary bike, a spinning bike and a recumbent bike?  We’ve come up with an article to describe these differences by answering the question, “What is an upright stationary bike?”

What Is A Spinning Bike?

Probably the best way to describe an upright stationary bike is to first describe a spinning bike.  The main difference between the two is the way that resistance is created.  In a spinning bike (also known as an indoor cycling bike) a weighted flywheel is connected to the pedals in the same way that occurs on an outdoor bike.  Spinning bikes also have the same type of braking system as an outdoor bike.  This gives spinning bikes a very similar feel to outdoor bikes which makes them popular for those who are looking to improve their stamina and bike riding technique.  You can also ride spinning bikes while standing up, which is generally not done on upright stationary bikes.  Standing while pedalling brings into play a different set of muscles while encouraging a more intense workout.

What Is an Upright Stationary Bike?

Although it might look similar to a spinning bike, upright stationary bikes use magnets to create resistance.  These magnets allow you to choose varying levels of resistance using the control system.  The control system is typically more elaborate than found on a spinning bike and allows you to monitor and control things like heart rate, calorie consumption and more.  The handlebars on upright bikes are usually placed higher than those found on spinning bikes which reduces the ability to stand while riding.  However, some models of upright bikes have handlebars that move which allows you to work out your upper body at the same time as pedaling.  Upright bikes often have a much more comfortable seat than a spinning bike as well.  It’s typically wider and more padded allowing for a longer workout session.  For storage purposes, some upright bikes can be folded up and put away.

What Is A Recumbent Bike?

Recumbent bikes allow the rider to sit back with the pedals laid out in front of them.  This can be an advantage for those who have back problems or weight issues.  The larger bucket seat gives more support to the lower back while taking pressure off the knee and ankle joints.  Recumbent bikes have no need for handlebars and typically replace them with armrests instead.  You can’t stand up on a recumbent bike which generally makes them safer to use for people of all ages.  If you’re looking for a low impact workout based on bicycle riding, a recumbent bike might be the best choice.

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