5 Tips For Choosing The Best Recumbent Exercise Bike

By | January 24, 2018

The best recumbent exercise bike must do several things well. To have the perfect bike, check out reviews to see how the bike stacks up in several critical areas. Several mid-priced bikes offer good combinations of features at a fair price. Here are some of what you could look for in the bike that might be best for you.

1. Resistance…

In most cases now you get a bike with a magnetic drive. Sometimes it must be plugged into an electrical outlet, sometimes not. In either case the resistance comes from a magnetic field. What that means practically is that resistance can be varied easily by just adjusting a setting. It also means little noise which opens all kinds of possibilities. See, you want to get a bike rated to be quiet so you can do other things as you pedal yourself into shape. With quiet you can read, watch movies, listen to music. All that helps fight boredom and keeps you pedaling. Many exercise bike workouts stop for no other reason than boredom. Fight boredom with quiet drives.

2. Review how it’s produced…

Compare the look and weight of cheap bikes and expensive bikes. You want a bike with plenty of weight, otherwise it’s going to rock, slide and move around as you use it. That’s no fun and if the bike moves while you’re using it, eventually things are going to break. Look at the weight of the bike and notice how it compares to the weight of the multi-thousand dollar bikes. Now look at how you move the bike around. Does it have wheels that look like they’re easy to use? What about the seat? Look for comments on the Internet on how comfortable the machine is. A comfortable seat is a must.

3. Electronic components…

High dollar bikes have more complex electronics. The electronics is responsible for the feedback you can receive like heart rate, calories burned, power output, distance travelled, speed and so forth. Make sure you get the feedback features that are important to you. Also the other important feature is the workout programs. You can often choose from several programs that simulate a variety of real-life situations. The more programs the better. You can invent your own workout routines, but the built-in programs help fight exercise boredom.

4. Works for everyone…

Some exercise equipment is an accident or an injury looking for a place to happen. Especially if you have an injury or a physical limitation, better steer away from many pieces of exercise equipment. That’s where a recumbent exercise bike excels. It especially spares the back and is often used in rehabilitation for many because it’s less likely to cause injury and is especially easy to get on and go. Comfort is a strong point of recumbent stationary bicycles and that isn’t just o make it easier to use either. It’s also to make it more likely that the machine gets used often and hard too.

5. Price…

Recumbent exercise bikes range in price from just a small price to big money. Here’s the deal, if you pay too little you are likely throwing your money away. A very cheap bike may have many of the features of a quality bike, but may be so poorly constructed that it is impossible to use. On the other hand, many medium price machines, like the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike, are very reasonably priced but very high in quality. A very expensive bike will be smooth operating, built to last and will have many built in workout routines and other features. Your best values will be in the mid-priced machines.

The best recumbent exercise bike will be one that will work for just about anybody. The machine should be stable and of heavy construction for a stable workout and include a comfortable seat and seating position. Really a must is powerful electronics to help battle back boredom and keep you performing regular workouts on the equipment. Often a commercial gym or club-type machine might be a prudent purchase. In any case, recumbent bikes encourage hard work but the workouts can still be comfortable and a satisfying, maybe fun, experience as well.

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To learn more about exercise bikes, view our page about the best recumbent exercise bike too.