11 Bikes Ready to Bring the Spin Experience Home
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There are a lot of reasons why you might want a home exercise bike. You might live somewhere with chaotic weather patterns, the kind that makes planning ahead for road bike adventures almost impossible. Maybe the nearest gym is inconveniently far away and you want the freedom to bump your heart rate up any time you want. Perhaps you’re recovering from an injury, or suffer from joint problems, and you need a low-impact form of cardio to stay in shape. Or you could be a budding professional athlete, and you need to have your butt in a bike seat on the daily.
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Whatever your reasons, there are some great, affordable, and versatile exercise bikes out there, but where do you begin? To start, here are a few features you should be looking for in an exercise bike:
Stationary Exercise Bike Features
- Seat comfort: If you’re spending hours on this stationary bike each week, you’re going to want one with a comfortable, adjustable seat and decent cushion.
- Resistance: Are you a psycho who actually enjoys tackling steep hills, real or simulated, on your bike? You’ll want one capable of higher resistance.
- Noise factor: Some of these suckers are loud, especially when you’re pushing them to the limit, and that could upset your partner, children, or neighbors, so be mindful.
- Onboard computer: Most models you look at will have some sort of computer used to track distance, time, and heart rate, but a smart exercise bike will go the extra mile and include handy features like live and on-demand streaming workouts.
- Pricing: Unsurprisingly, there’s a wide variety of bikes available in a wide variety of prices. If you just want a simple cardio tool, you can get away with spending less; if you’re training for the Tours de France, you’re going to need an elite (and expensive) exercise bike.
- Size: While a lot of exercise bike models are relatively similar in size, you could opt for a mini bike to go under your desk, a foldable exercise bike. You’ll want to keep weight in mind as well to ensure the bike isn’t too heavy for your selected space.
If all of this sounds complicated, you’re in luck: we’ve done the research for you and come up with the best exercise bikes for home use, regardless of your budget or training needs.
Best Exercise Bikes for the Home
Spin Class Structure
Sunny Health & Fitness Cycling Exercise Bike B1002
If you were a spin class regular before you decided to make the switch to at-home workouts, this offering from Sunny Health & Fitness will feel very familiar to you. It’s designed to be pushed hard, with sturdy construction, a wide base, and a whisper-quiet flywheel – meaning you can sit or stand and pedal your heart out without fear of toppling this thing over or waking up your neighbors (who aren’t dedicated enough to get up early and crush a cardio workout).
P.S. A common hack with this model is to place an iPad on the handlebar and tune into spinning app classes, like Peloton.
Promising review: “I took a leap of faith and bought this bike without ever having been on a spin bike before. I couldn’t be happier! Everything is adjustable, the belt drive is smooth and quiet, and my iPad connects easily to the handlebars with a bungee cord around the case (works perfectly and saves $$)! I use the Peloton app and watch mountain biking videos during my workouts. The bike was easy to assemble and once put together, very sturdy, even on climbs… Seriously, buy it now and tell all your friends about it!” – Ceali
$349 at Amazon.com
Schwinn 170 Upright Exercise Bike
If you’re less concerned with mimicking actual cycling and more concerned with getting your heart rate up and your sweat on, look no further than the Schwinn 170. Its upright design and comfortable seating mean you don’t have to be a veteran cyclist to stay on this thing for long periods of time, and with 29 pre-programmed workouts, built-in fitness goal tracking, and 25 levels of resistance, it will help get you in the best shape of your life.
Promising review: “LOVE everything about this bicycle… I’m relatively fit and cycle outdoors regularly but haven’t since the pandemic. The programs offered are massive and will challenge any cyclist. I use the bike for upwards of two hours each day on 30-minute programs. Have not needed to make any adjustments yet. My 20-year-old Lifecycle stationary bicycle recently broke down on me – and in some ways, I wish I had purchased this even sooner! So much better.” – Java Gin
$549 at Amazon.com
Top-Notch Smart Bike
Sure, Peloton is the trendy choice. That doesn’t change the quality of the product. Instead of simply staring at a TV screen in the distance or even worse staring off into a void, you can join in on one of Peloton’s high-powered live cycling classes that bring the energy and competitive nature of an in-person studio class to the home. And if your schedule doesn’t sync up with the live options, you have an extensive library of workouts at your disposal – many featuring fun themes. The hardware of the Peloton bike is top-notch, and you can view all your training metrics (including your heart rate) on the screen.
Promising review: “I am fully obsessed with my Peloton bike. I get so excited to wake up at 5 a.m. (that never used to happen) just so I can ride it before work. I feel so amazing after every workout. It rides so smoothly and it’s easy to adjust. The instructors and classes are so fun you don’t even realize you are sweating out of every pore possible. I love the payment plan!” – Anonymous
$1,895 at OnePeloton.com
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JOROTO Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike
If you live in an apartment with thin walls or you don’t want to wake up a sleeping baby or spouse with your 4 a.m. bike ride, this exercise bike is the one for you. It’s sleek, fully adjustable, reasonably priced, offers a smooth ride, and it’s crazy quiet – thanks to the use of magnetic resistance and a belt drive. You can track your progress in real-time on the monitor and the handlebars are the perfect size to hold a tablet or iPad if you want to tune into a streaming service or cycling app.
Promising review: “I don’t even know where to start. This bike is absolutely fantastic. After researching, I knew I wanted the magnetic system. It’s so quiet, sturdy, and easy to use. Looks great! I can easily put on a free class on YouTube (see ya later Peloton subscription!!!) and go! I can do intervals on my phone, read a book, or whatever. The price is fantastic! It’s like the Peloton without the screen but it’s truly not needed!! Highly recommend!” – Amazon customer
$399.99 at Amazon.com
Echelon Smart Connect Fitness Bike EX3
This smart bike combines the ease of a bike ride with the Echelon Fit app that allows a rider to have a completely immersive experience that goes well beyond the bike itself. It has highlights like scenic rides to make workouts seem more like a fun expedition and energizing instructor-led workouts, too. The bike was designed with thirty-two different adjustable resistance levels – that can be controlled via the resistance knob – to evolve with you as your workouts become more advanced.
Promising review: “I’m not an indoor exercise person, but I bought this to use while I recover from plantar fasciitis. I love it. Great workout, and the ride videos are good and motivating. Thoroughly happy with my purchase. The bike is also easy to assemble.” – David J. Stewart
$799.99 at Amazon.com
Assault AirBike Classic
This sucker is notorious the world over for its ability to make even the fittest people drop to the floor and vomit. It has all of the features of a good exercise bike, coupled with the arms of an elliptical, meaning you’ll be maximally engaging your body just to get the flywheel spinning. You can opt for slower, steady-state cardio, or you can try a Tabata or interval workout on this thing and really see what you’re made of.
Promising review: “We have an Assault Bike at work and I wanted to get one for our home gym… Great thing about this bike is you can do an easy ride and get a good workout, or get after it and keep the RPMs up and you will fall flat on your face and get an intense cardio workout. Great for HIIT training as well. This bike and a rower are the best low to no impact on your joints workout you can get. Just look up Assault Bike on YouTube and you will see. Great piece of equipment.” – Mike Connor
$699 at Amazon.com
Unique Cycling Experience
Bowflex VeloCore 16 Indoor Cycling Bike
While this stationary bike has many of the same bells and whistles as the other bikes on this list, where it shines is in its adaptability. It can be used as a stationary bike or in “Leaning Mode” to strengthen your arm muscles. The JRNY experience is designed to personalize your fitness routine by analyzing your fitness levels and pairing you with daily workouts specifically designed to meet your needs. It also has a 16’ touchscreen and has 100 different resistance levels.
Promising review: “The leaning feature makes a huge difference to the feel of my workouts. Much more engaging than a normal exercise bike. The video rides of places like Switzerland and Lake Cuomo are great.” – SFL
$1,699 at Bowflex.com
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FlexCycle Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser
This is not your usual indoor exercise bike, this mini exercise bike is designed to tuck right under your desk. After all, why sit still while checking your email and hitting up a Zoom meeting when you can pedal away and get your heart rate up a little? This model has multiple tension options, a monitor to track your statistics, an easy-to-grip handle so you can tote it around your home, and the accompanying fitness app keeps tabs on the aforementioned stats.
Promising review: “I purchased this product because I sit all day long at work consulting. I know how important movement is and continuing calorie burn throughout the day. I appreciate having equipment that will last and withstand the test of time. This is easy to use and easy to set up. It is sturdy! I have purchased other equipment from Life Pro and have not been disappointed.” – Angela M. Rose
$149.99 on Amazon.com
XTERRA Fitness FB350 Folding Exercise Bike
If you’re looking for a no-glitz exercise bike that you can easily tuck away when you’re done, XTERRA Fitness FB350 is the one for you. It’s solid, easy to fold, and even comes equipped with an easy-to-read LCD screen. While it doesn’t have an HD screen with a real-time trainer rooting you on, it does display your speed, the distance you traveled, the time you’ve biked, the calories you’ve burned, and your pulse. It also has eight levels of resistance. Did we mention it folds up and can be easily hidden away even in the smallest apartments?
Promising review: “It’s a great bike, seat is comfortable, easy to move around. It has eight resistance levels so can choose easy to hard. The handlebars and bars along the seat allow different hand positions for comfort. It has a back if you need back support. No fancy bells & whistles like some $$$$ bikes, but for the price and what I wanted it’s great. I’ve put about 3,000 miles on it in seven months and no issues with it. Very pleased.” – H.J.
$166.49 on Amazon.com
NordicTrack Commercial S15i Studio Cycle
This exercise bike from Nordic Track comes packed with a ton of features that aren’t necessarily essential but are useful and enjoyable nonetheless. On top of the details you look for in the average spin bike such as incline adjustment (it goes from -10% to 20% ) and resistance levels (it has 22), it includes a variety of high-tech and engaging elements. A one-year family membership to iFit means you can take part in live, studio, and global workouts – all displayed on the rotating HD touchscreen – and you can pair Bluetooth headphones directly to the bike for effortless audio cues.
Promising review: “I just love this bike! Very well thought our design leading to a very enjoyable experience. The machine is stable. I’m 6’1″, 235 lbs and feel very secure when I’m up standing on the pedals and climbing inclines. Love the fact it inclines/declines with the trainer, but can override if desire. The fan is a smart and often used addition. Love the graphics and IFit choices. Have biked the Tour of Utah, Switzerland, New Zealand… Never boring, and usually challenging. The 15″ screen was enough for me… Find myself smiling on the way to the bike to take on my next adventure in a different part of the world!” – Brian B
$1,799 at Amazon.com
Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike
This offering from Marcy boasts all of the basics you need (eight different resistance levels, comfortable seating, and an LCD screen that displays distance, speed, and calories burned) at a very competitive price. It is a recumbent bike, however, and that means while it’s very useful for people with injuries, balance issues, or the elderly, it’s less well-suited to mimicking actual riding, or for pushing yourself to the absolute limit.
Promising review: “This bike is fantastic for the price! It’s easy on the back; nice on the eyes; and gives a good workout. It’s stable and easy to get on and off. It’s actually the 2nd Marcy exercise bike I’ve bought. I sold my first one when I moved… I decided to buy the Marcy again — and I’m not disappointed. You can’t beat the price or value of the Marcy! …Fortunately, assembly was a breeze — all the parts were there and with nothing bent or broken.” – TeacherGal
$159.99 at Amazon.com
There you have it: a bike for every budget and every possible need. Now you have no excuse not to put your feet on the pedals and get in shape.
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