Many people enjoy riding a bicycle. It not only refreshes the mind but also keeps us fit. An exercise bike is primarily a stationary bike that is used for exercising indoors; in a gym or at home. It is one of the most popular fitness equipments that help to develop cardio fitness, lose weight and strengthen your body.
The basic information you need to have before buying exercise bikes is as follows.
Ensure that it is robust and long lasting; has a comfortable and adjustable seat; with a well balanced and smooth moving flywheel. Further it should have adjustable resistance for performing various workouts; and even includes a warranty and service contract.
First of all you should decide your budget and then get details about the various types of exercise bikes including their price and specifications. Normally the cheaper models have limited features while the costly ones provide several outstanding features.
Secondly you should buy a bike as per your usage. If you intend to use the exercise bike regularly for many years, purchase a high grade, durable equipment. While for occasional use, you should buy a cheap bike. All the models of exercise bikes are covered under various warranty schemes, for periods ranging from few months to many years. Usually the top quality bikes offer a comprehensive warranty for a longer duration.
Further, many exercise bikes provide details like speed, distance travelled, time of the training session; along with total calories/fat burned, resistance level, heart rate, pulse, workout feedback, workout foot straps, rpm etc. Also assure that the exercise bike has adjustable seats, according to your body size.
Moreover exercise bikes also include a variety of resistance such as: direct tension – manually adjustable resistance; air resistance – pedaling against the airflow; magnetic resistance – magnetic currents produce and track the resistance. Magnetic resistance should be smooth and silent; and preferable because it enables various workouts.
This is basically a stationary, upright exercise bike; very similar to the conventional outdoor bikes. However, a well functional spin bike is used for indoor exercises; especially for a good lower body workout. It is highly stable, with exceptional pedal movement and adjustable resistance. The pedal movement is very smooth and circular, similar to an outdoor bike. The seat is narrow with settings to adjust the height. It has a flywheel that produces resistance, and can be varied. The pedal is two sided; hence you can wear the conventional exercise shoes on one side; and bicycle shoes on the other side.
A recumbent bike is the latest type of exercise bike that allows you to sit in a relaxed, lie-back position on a low bucket seat that is nearer to the ground. The legs can also be placed at a comfortable angle in the front; in order to straightaway reach the pedals. They prevent leaning down and thus avoid neck and shoulder pain. Thus, these perfect recumbent bikes are widely used for physical therapy; particularly for better back support.