Best Exercise Bikes
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Exercise bikes, also known as stationary bikes, are a great way to get an excellent cardiovascular workout at home when it best fits into your schedule. Exercise bikes also strengthen and nicely tone your legs, butt, stomach, and other muscles, and do so with less impact on the knees and lower back than other forms of exercise.
There are two general types of exercise bikes for home use: upright bikes and recumbent bikes. The upright exercise bike is similar to your standard road bike, with a saddle seat, and pedals positioned directly underneath the legs. Upright bikes allow for more movement, such as riding while standing on the pedals, or in a racing position, which can give you a more strenuous workout.
Diamondback has been a major BMX bicycle retailer since the 1970's, and today they also offer a line of indoor cycles at their Diamondback Fitness website. Diamondback offers several different styles of award winning exercise bikes at various price points and with some unique features we haven't seen in most of the other exercise bikes we've reviewed.
Diamondback has the standard Recumbent and Upright bike categories, and also offers a third category they call "Indoor Cycles". It's difficult to tell the difference between the Upright and Indoor categories, as all bikes in both of these categories have the traditional upright positioning.
On closer review, however, it appears that the Indoor Cycle options have a bit more of a forward lean, along with handlebar extensions to support the rider's forearms. Presumably this gives the rider the feel and positioning of a road bike, moreso than the standard upright positioning would. This is a nice feature for consumers who want the feel of riding on a traditional outdoor bike.
There are two Recumbent bikes ($799 & $999), two Indoor Cycles (also $799 & $999) and three Upright bikes ($699, $899, $999). With their focus on quality, Diamondback does not offer any cheap introductory bike models. While this could be a negative for anyone looking for a bargain bike, the fact is that you often get what you pay for. With Diamondback, you get a top quality bike at an affordable price.
We were most impressed with the accolades given to the Diamondback exercise bike line. Their lower prices Indoor cycle was named a #1 best buy five years in a row, and three of their other offerings won awards in 2014 for best bike at a certain price range. The reviews we read were all positive, citing the heavy duty quality of the bikes and the wide range of standard features like onboard speakers, iPod docks, adjustable seats and handlebars, and even personal cooling fans. Together with Free Shipping, Diamondback exercise bikes are well worth the price. Diamondback's line of exercise bikes earn our highest rating.
HealthRider makes a small variety of exercise bikes that will give you an entertaining and affordable workout. HealthRider is made by ICON Health & Fitness, the largest developer, manufacturer and marketer of fitness products worldwide. In the early 1990's, millions of people had heard of the HealthRider total body fitness machine that brought innovative technology to a low impact workout.
Twenty years later the new lines of fitness equipment from HealthRider provide a unique, low impact workout using new technology. HealthRider is well known for their affordable exercise bikes and treadmills.
One of the features we liked about the HealthRider exercise bikes is their attention to the customer. In addition to built-in workouts that focus on hill climbing or long-distance intervals, their models are also compatible with iFit Live technology, so you can work out with Jillian Michaels and draw real-terrain courses with Google Maps. The built-in workouts are designed by Certified Personal Trainers.
You can expect a very good workout from a HealthRider exercise bike, especially for the novice rider. The console is simple yet informative, and shows you speed, distance and pulse while you workout. Some models also feature heart rate monitoring with grips on the side arms. The Silent Magnetic Resistance system (SMR) provides a smooth ride even when changing intensity. As you might expect, the more expensive models provide a more comfortable ride.
HealthRider has been around a long time and has built up a large number of satisfied customers. With quality exercise bikes that are affordable and designed with iFit compatibility in mind, HealthRider is a great option for your exercise bike needs.
Horizon Fitness is a modern home exercise equipment company that has a huge selection of exercise bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines and elliptical machines. This review will focus on their line of exercise bikes.
The website at Horizon Fitness is sleek and well organized. At the top of the front page user can easily choose from a list of all the various types of exercise equipment, each pictured and summarized clearly for easy selection. A nice feature on the site is an area describing Horizon's exclusive technologies. Some of the unique features of Horizon's equipment are described here, like the Johnson drive system, the infinity belt and feather-light folding feature. Also outlined here are the Horizon ViaFit and Passport systems, which connect the equipment to a computer and monitor or TV.
ViaFit allows the athlete to record and track workouts online at the ViaFit website, while the Passport system allows the synching of high definition action footage with any workout. This is great for any athlete who wants something a little more modern along with their exercise machine. There are also links to the Horizon page on various social media sites which gives the site a modern feel. Also located clearly on the main page are the toll free numbers for both sales and customer support.
Horizon has all three types of exercise bicycles; the recumbent and upright styles as well as the more traditional indoor cycle which they break down into their comfort series and elite series products. The selection is at least as good as other exercise bike companies we have reviewed, and greater than most. There are five different recumbent bikes, five upright style bikes and two Indoor Cycles available. The selection allows for consumers to find a bike in their price range, and with as many or as few advanced features as desired. All bikes come with a standard chest strap to monitor heart rate during work outs, and many of the more advanced bikes come with the ViaFit and Horizon Passport systems as discussed above.
We would have liked to see some reviews or recommendations posted to the Horizon website. There are some testimonials from satisfied clients, but no links to any news articles, product awards or even a Better Business Bureau rating. Also, the warrantee was a little weaker than some others we have seen in this category. Only faulty parts are covered, unlike some other exercise equipment companies that provide a few years of free repair resulting from normal wear and tear on the equipment. However, with a wide selection of products we can recommend Horizon Fitness to anyone in the market for a home exercise bike.
Xterra is a fitness equipment retailer that focuses on providing sleek, modern exercise equipment that is both attractive and durable. This review will focus on Xterra's line of exercise bikes.
The biggest drawback we could see in the Xterra exercise bike line is that there are only two models to choose from. Fortunately there is a recumbent option as well as a standard upright bike. Unfortunately, both models cost the same at $799.00 giving no pricing options to potential buyers. For consumers who happen to be looking for an exercise bike in this price range, Xterra may very well provide the right equipment option. However the lack of a varied product line may cause consumers who want a more advanced bike, or more cost effective bike, to look elsewhere.
The bikes themselves are well built and have the standard features most exercise bikes in this price rage would have. Fully adjustable seats, heart rate monitor, and an LCD display that records speed, distance, time and calories burned come standard on both the upright and the recumbent model.
The testimonials from consumers who have purchased an exercise bike from Xterra are very positive for the most part. Consumers report a very quiet, smooth ride, and several said they liked the Xterra bike better than the exercise bikes they use in their spinning class at the gym. Others report the ease of assembly and the comfort provided by the fully adjustable seat and handlebar system. Still others noted the heavy-duty, solid construction of the bikes.
Our opinion is split on Xterra. Certainly the lack of options could be an issue for some consumers, but the products that are offered seem to be of high quality and a good value in this price range. We recommend looking at Xterra bikes for any consumers looking for a quality mid-range exercise bike
LifeFitness isn't shy about their place in the exercise bike industry. More than 45 years ago, they created the first electronic stationary bike and have continued to bring new products to the forefront of the exercise world - home and gym - ever since.
Unsurprisingly, LifeFitness has one of the widest ranges of exercise bikes available. With 14 different base models and a total of 19 different configurations to choose from, there's a product for every user. On the lower end of the spectrum are the R1 and C1 models - a basic upright and recumbent model for shoppers with a tighter budget - while on the high end there's the Platinum Club Series recumbent model with a health club-quality console with all the latest technology for Bluetooth connectivity and TV/app compatibility.
One of the reasons that LifeFitness exercise bikes tend to be considerably more expensive than other manufacturers' is the technology available even on the lowest-end models. For instance, the entry-level Track+ Console is compatible with both Android and Apple devices, includes 14 pre-programmed and 12 custom workouts, and allows users to establish up to four different user profiles on the machine. LifeFitness' most advanced console, the Discover SE3, has up to 50 different workouts, including 8 custom ones, limitless user profiles, all packaged in a familiar tablet-style screen. Warranty coverage is decent as well, particularly the three-year coverage for the console itself.
But, that high ticket price may be out of reach for some home fitness shoppers, with no model under $1,000 - and most models over $1,500 once sales tax is factored in. Also, it can be expensive if you decide you don't like your LifeFitness exercise bike and want to return it: a 25% restocking fee, up to a total of $500, will be charged if you return your equipment within 30 days of purchase.
Price tag aside, another reason to consider the LifeFitness is that, for users who are on the upper end of the scale (300+ lbs.), there are several models to choose from that can accommodate larger exercisers. Many of LifeFitness' competitors are designed with a weight limit of 300 lbs. or lower.
Overall, the upright and recumbent exercise bikes offered by LifeFitness have a reputation for quality, high-tech features, and a good standard warranty - with the prices to match!
LifeCORE Fitness, Inc. started in the early 90's as an owner/operators of fitness retail stores. LifeCORE Fitness recently started manufacturing their own exercise equipment and has kept the consumer wants in mind in the design. LifeCORE Fitness has a mission to make the highest quality equipment that is easy to use, and is a good value for the consumer. They also pride themselves on excellent customer service.
Each exercise bike comes with preset workout programs, time, speed, calories tracker and heart sensors. Anticipate a multi adjustable seat for comfort and fit as well as a low profile console to allow for easy TV viewing. The bikes offer magnetic resistance and a large LED display.
Priced a little higher than many other exercise bikes in our review, we liked the quality and warranty but would have liked a little more information on the equipment to feel comfortable with this size of a long term investment. We did find customer comments of a smooth and quiet ride without knee and back pain. Many customers thought the programs were simple and easy to use.
We liked the customer service team at LifeCORE Fitness and they answered our questions quickly and effectively. All in all LifeCORE is a good choice for those with deep pockets.
Founded in 1977, Sports Art began building fitness products for other companies in 1981. Throughout the '80s and '90s, Sports Art made exercise equipment for companies such as Schwinn, Universal, Precor and Tunturi. As a result of their commitment to superior engineering, Sports Art has focused on new product innovation and has established themselves as a leader with commercial and residential exercise equipment.
Sports Art Fitness provides top quality exercise bikes. They are adjustable to deliver an effective and comfortable workout for all body types. Sports Art Fitness also has the largest selection of quality recumbent and upright exercise bikes, with a range that can meet anyone's needs.
Sports Art Fitness exercise bikes feature state-of-the-art displays that can monitor both cardio and weight loss goals. They are the only company to offer infrared remote controls on some of their bikes and infinitely adjustable seat positions, so that any user can feel comfortable during their exercise.
Sports Art Fitness provides commercial grade home exercise bikes that are built to last. Their prices are somewhat higher than competitive models, but we were also pleased to find that Sports Art Fitness provides some of the best guarantees in the market.
Pro-Form is a high selling brand of fitness equipment in world, with more sales of treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and fitness equipment than any other brand. Pro-Form is made by Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of fitness and exercise equipment. Although the company originally sold just to home consumers, it now sells its equipment to commercial users such as health and fitness clubs. Icon is a major player in the world of fitness, a multibillion-dollar industry.
With Pro-Form having sold thousands of exercise bikes it was easy to find customer feedback on their products. Most agreed that Pro-Form was best designed for the beginner to intermediate exerciser. With some lower priced models available you can anticipate a basic exercise bike with some programs, a heart rate sensor, and a pacer to help optimize your workout. We found some reports of durability issues and odd noises, but overall average comments on set up and quality.
We liked that Pro-Form provides some lower price products for those on a budget. The warranty is a little better than average on the frame and the different models have a good array of features. Pro-Form does an admirable job of offering the latest technology in some of their products, including games, iFit, Live and more. If you are on a budget, are a beginner to intermediate rider, a Pro-Form exercise bike is worth consideration.
Precor prides itself on high-quality engineering and constant innovation within the fitness equipment market. For more than 30 years, Precor has provided equipment to gyms, the military, home users, and many other fitness facilities. They currently offer three models of upright bikes and three recumbent models for home purchase.
Using the website to compare options can be challenging. Even when we added all six available models to compare, the resulting page was difficult to understand and the names of the bikes don't give the average user much of a clue, either - for example, what's the difference between a UBK 815 and a UBK 835? After some scrolling around on the page, it was easier to determine that the main differences lie in the number of available workout programs, riding positions (upright, cruising, road), and whether pedals are dual-sided or single-sided.
One feature common to all of the upright exercise bike models is the "Knee Over Pedal Spindle". This design keeps the forward motion of the knee right over the ball of the foot when the pedals are horizontal, reducing harmful pressure on the knee joint.
Depending on the model you choose, Precor exercise bikes have either 6 or 12 programmed workouts, such as Cross Country, Weight Loss, and Hill Climb, and all models feature 25 resistance levels.
Compared with their competitors, Precor came up short in several key areas. First, despite a fairly steep price tag, none of the Precor exercise bikes had consoles with technology beyond the bare basics of time, heart rate, and exercise tracking. Most high-end exercise bikes include compatibility with smartphones, even TV screens and other up-to-date technology. Also, Precor does not offer free shipping: all exercise bikes are delivered and installed for a flat rate of $199.
However, the biggest drawback we found was that there is absolutely no possibility for returning your Precor exercise bike after it has been delivered. In other words, if you buy a recumbent bike without ever trying it in person, and something about the fit or feel of the machine doesn't work for you, you're out of luck. The majority of retailers of exercise bikes allow for returns - granted, often with significant restocking fees - specifically because it can be difficult to know how a machine will feel without trying it first.
We appreciate Precor's solid reputation, especially as a supplier of exercise bikes for fitness centers and other commercial environments. But, for the average home user, the steep price tag, lack of high-tech bells and whistles, and lack of a return policy make Precor a less attractive option among manufacturers of exercise bikes.
NordicTrack was founded as PSI NordicTrack, Inc. in 1975 by Edward Pauls who had studied mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was a designer of ski boots and bindings for the Minnesota based Rosemount, Inc. NordicTrack is best known for its cross-country ski simulator which ruled the home fitness equipment market in the late 80's. Since that time the company has manufactured several different pieces of fitness equipment including treadmills, strength trainers, exercise bikes, elliptical machines, and more.
NordicTrack exercise bikes have their pros and cons. Most customers have reported a smooth ride and a decent yet wobbly display. The workout and games on some of the consoles are a nice to have feature. Most notably, the machines are extremely quiet when working well. That's nice for someone that wants to watch TV or workout without bothering others.
Unfortunately we found several accounts of construction issues, a developed vibration, and serious belt issues. Problems often started immediately and were very frustrating to deal with. Many customers also find the seat very uncomfortable.
Some of the bells and whistles of the NordicTrack exercise bikes make them attractive, especially given the cost of the equipment. However, numerous customer complaints regarding manufacturing defects and wear issues brought us concerns. If you have a desire to try a NordicTrack exercise bike, purchasing an extended warranty is a must.
Gold's Gym started in 1965 and has since expanded globally to a well respected commercial gym for serious body builders and exercise fanatics. Unfortunately, the home equipment doesn't provide the same quality that we would expect with the Gold's Gym name on it.
Gold's Gym exercise bikes are super low priced and as a result seem to come with a lot of issues. You can anticipate a no-bells-and-whistles, standard exercise bike with fewer pre-programmed workouts then most other brands. On the other hand they do feature a built in fan and an adjustable seat.
Durability and equipment issues are the largest issues of the Gold's Gym exercise bikes. We found numerous complaints of bad or missing assembly instructions, extending setup time to hours or sometimes days. Many customers who have the exercise bike 90 days or more report serious complaints about quality, any many of the bikes are unrepairable.
Priced well below the average for home exercise bikes, we weren't surprised that the quality of the equipment was less than satisfactory. The guarantee is too short to manage the quality issues that seem to come with these bikes. We recommend you shop for an exercise bike from a higher ranked provider with a better durability history.
Weslo is another Icon product. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of fitness and exercise equipment. Although the company originally sold just to home consumers, it now sells its equipment to commercial users such as health and fitness clubs. Icon is a major player in the world of fitness, a multibillion-dollar industry.
We have to assume that Weslo must be their lowest-end brand name. You would be hard-pressed to find exercise bikes any cheaper than a Weslo. Unfortunately that's not a good thing when it comes to home exercise equipment.
We found several complaints of Weslo exercise bikes falling apart within the first week of use. What a disappointment to start a fitness routine and have it stopped so abruptly by faulty equipment.
Weslo offers the barest models of exercise bikes. They rave about a fan and a comfortable seat. While basic is good at times, cheap is not. Exercise bikes that don't run smoothly or suffer from equipment failure can be hard on your body and your wallet.
We recommend you shop a brand that offers products of better quality, even if the cost is more. Ultimately you'll save money by only having to buy an exercise bike once. Exercise equipment should not be disposable, but more of an investment into your health.
A recumbent exercise bike is more like sitting in a padded chair with back support. The pedals are situated straight ahead like a recliner. Recumbent bikes provide more comfort and ease of use, especially for those with back problems or who feel unstable sitting high off the ground.
Recumbent bikes can also encourage a less intense workout, which is good for those people looking to gently exercise at their own pace. In the end, choosing a recumbent bike or an upright bike is ultimately a matter of preference to the user.
Several different brands of exercise bikes exist today and they range greatly in cost and quality. Before you make the move to purchase an exercise bike, consider the following:
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best exercise bikes available today. We hope these reviews help you find a healthier, leaner you!
Shopping the Internet for Exercise Bikes
Finding a quality exercise bike for your home can be a positive, convenient experience without the hassle and stress of traveling from store to store to listen to another sales pitch. Search the widest selection of exercise bikes, easily access product information for a well-informed decision, and shop when it's convenient for you. We're referring to the superstore of exercise bikes - the Internet.
The Internet allows you to quickly compare and contrast several brands and models of exercise bikes at one time. You also have access to product reviews and customer feedback that is not available anywhere else. Also, enjoy the convenience of having your bike shipped directly to your doorstep - no need to squeeze a large box into your car or waste money renting a truck.
When shopping for a quality exercise bike you should consider the following in your search:
In summary, purchasing an exercise bike from the internet provides several benefits. With the largest selection available, the ability to easily compare and contrast products, competitive pricing, and convenience it's easier than ever to find exactly what you're looking for when it's most convenient for you.
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