Once a popular item in every household, the exercise bike was quickly overshadowed by fancy, high-tech gym equipment. Do you have one at home? It’s time to start dusting it off because bikes are making a comeback. You might even consider upgrading to a newer and better model. Here are somethings you need to know about exercise bikes:
Convenience – Aside from its fun and user-friendly design, a bike also puts minimal pressure on the joints, making it ideal for those with back or joint problems. If you are just starting out, then this is also perfect for you as it uses the same mechanism as an actual bike. Compared to other fancy equipment, it is much easier to learn. Exercise bikes can be used indoors, which makes it immune to outside weather (a problem for runners, outdoor swimmers and cyclists).
Quality – Before you buy your own exercise bikes, you must have a goal in mind-and it must be realistic. The ‘right’ bike depends on what your goals are and how much you can afford. It is not smart to buy a high-end, top of the line exercise bike if your goal is just to lose a few pounds.
Cheap exercise bikes typically make use of friction resistance (aka belts) that requires regular maintenance and replacement in a year or two. More expensive types of bikes have better structure and usually make use of magnetic resistance. For those with a bigger budget but plan on simply exercising and not training, then this is the most reliable type.
High-end exercise bikes have more advanced settings, computers, several resistance levels and are built with strong electro-magnetic resistance. This last type is perfect for commercial gyms and those training to become athletes.
Safety – As a general rule, the heavier the weight of the exercise bike, the more stable it is. If the bike is unstable when you test it out, then it is not safe for use. Double check the product description for maximum weight limits.