The best recumbent exercise bike must do several things well. Check out reviews to see how different bikes stack up and compare. It’s true that some of the medium priced bikes offer high value. Here are some of what you could look for in the bike that might be best for you.
Compare the look and feel of cheap bikes and expensive bikes. You need some mass and size to get a bike that will be stable and not prone to move around on you. That’s no way for a fun workout routine and if the bike moves while you’re riding it, sooner or later things are going to start to come apart. Check the weights of the different bikes and see how a given bike compares to the weight of the multi-thousand dollar bikes. Now look at how you move the bike around.
What about the wheels for transporting the bike? And take a close look at the seat? Look for comments on the Internet on how comfortable the machine is. A comfortable seat is a must. That seat after all defines the real advantage of the recumbent machines. It’s the seating after all that makes the machines unique and best sellers.
It’s partly comfort that is the reason for recumbent bikes after all. That demands a comfortable seat. It also requires adjustments to put the seat in the right spot. Anything less and the whole riding experience becomes a pain and one that will probably be abandoned.
Most likely the loads you face as you pedal results from the magnetic and electronic drive system. In most bikes the load or resistance is simply generated by the pedaling and not external power. That’s the type of resistance system you probably want, so check it out. Is the resistance system quiet? Check out the noise level. Other resistance methods include the old friction bands as well as the fan resistance as used on dual action bikes like the Airdyne bike.
Shopping local is the way to get a feel for how the bikes really feel and operate. That way you also get set-up and service locally if required as well. But if you purchase on the Internet, you often can buy at a steep discount and get free shipping too. Trade convenience for lower price. Don’t forget the convenience of just staying home and ordering on the Internet.
Some exercise equipment is an accident or an injury looking for a place to happen. That’s so for several types of exercise machines. 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 real plus but it’s about more than just comfort. It’s also to make it more likely that the machine gets used often and hard too.
The best recumbent exercise bike will combine a quiet resistance with powerful computer power. Make sure to get a machine with heavy construction if you expect to enjoy using it. If you can get all that at a moderate price, you may be on the right track.
See our article about the Schwinn Airdyne bike, a proven design that’s worth a look.
A favorite, and a quality choice, is the Lifecycle exercise bike.