Exercise Bike Buying Guide
Exercise Bikes 101
Types of Exercise Bikes
Mini Exercise Bikes
Exercise Bike Buying Tips:
• Upright bikes occupy a smaller footprint than recumbent bikes
• Recumbent bikes are often recommended for seniors, therapy and rehab purposes
• Purchase a gel or foam seat pad for additional comfort while exercising
• Make sure you know how to adjust the bike’s height, resistance and electronic programs before making a purchase
Exercise Bike Features
Exercise bikes are equipped with adjustable resistance devices allowing the user to increase and decrease pedal resistance. This means you can easily vary your personal workout regime, and the different members of your family can all adapt the bike to their individual workout needs. The higher the resistance level, the harder the workout. There are a number of resistance technologies, including air resistance and the quieter, smoother magnetic resistance.
Electronic Display +
Choose a bike with a performance display screen if it’s important for you to monitor your fitness workout. The displays show a range of fitness and workout parameters, including heart rate, cycling speed, revolutions per minute, resistance level and calories burned.
If you enjoy challenging yourself or simply want to break the monotony of cycling indoors, choose an exercise bike that can be programmed to simulate different types of workouts, including variable-speed routines and hill climbs. Programming also allows you to adjust your routine based on your fitness level and design workouts based on your age, weight and gender.
Heart-Rate Monitor +
A heart-rate monitor allows you to track your heart rate while you're working out. Some exercise bikes are sold with heart-rate monitors. Options include models that strap to your chest and pulse-rate monitoring devices built into the bike handlebars. Alternately, you can purchase a stand-alone heart-rate monitor.
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Using Your Exercise Bike
Exercise Bike Maintenance Tips:
• Use a brush to remove debris from the chain and flywheel
• Check for looseness in the pedals, seat and handlebars and tighten as needed
• Check that brake pads are not worn or dry and lubricate or replace if necessary