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How to Choose an Exercise Bike

Before you invest your hard-earned dollars in an exercise bike, be sure that you choose the right bike for your needs. Head to a store that specializes in gym equipment, review your options, and give your contenders a test run. Take your time, and choose the bike that best fits your needs. After all, the wrong bike could waste your money, hurt your bum, sabotage your fitness routine, or even fall apart mid-workout. Use the helpful tips below to learn how to choose an exercise bike, and then head to Fitness Gallery to try out your options.

How to Choose an Exercise Bike

Decide which type of exercise bike you want. There are two types of exercise bike, upright and recumbent, and they both have pros and cons. Upright bikes are a lot like traditional bikes, except they are stationary. Recumbent bikes, on the other hand, allow the rider to recline and reach out for the pedals, which are located at the front of the machine. Choose whichever model you prefer.

Look for a comfortable and sturdy seat. You will be sitting on this bike’s seat for countless hours, so it had better be comfortable. Exercise bike seats can be hard or soft, wide or narrow, and the only way to figure out which type you prefer is to sit on them! In addition, be sure that the seat locks securely into place.

Evaluate the size. Typically exercise bikes allow you to manipulate the position of the seat, handlebars, and pedal straps to accommodate different body sizes. Be sure that your chosen bike can be adjusted to fit your specifications. This is especially important if multiple people of varying heights will be using the bike.

Test the technology. At the very least, your exercise bike should have a timer, an odometer to measure distance, and a speedometer that displays your revolutions per minute (rpm) and miles per hour (mph). However, you may want to look for additional technological features like preset workout programs, a heart-rate monitor, or even racing games. Be sure that the display is clear and easy to read.

Look for varying difficulty levels. Your exercise bike should provide a way for you to increase the difficulty of your workout, such as a knob or button that allows you to increase the resistance level. Be sure that the bike offers a variety of intensity levels and that it will challenge you even as you grow stronger.

Assess the warranty. Your exercise bike should come with a protective, multi-year warranty that covers major moving parts and labor. You never know what might happen in the years and months to come, and a warranty will provide protection and peace of mind.


Now that you know how to choose an exercise bike, check out Fitness Gallery. We handpick each piece of fitness equipment sold in our stores, so you know that you’re getting high-quality products at a great value. Plus, we have top-of-the-line used equipment for those wondering how to choose a treadmill on a budget. To learn more, please visit our website or stop by one of our showrooms in Denver (CO)Highlands Ranch (CO), or Overland Park (KS). Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect equipment for your fitness goals.

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