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Lots of people have considered making the exercise bike their first investment in home workout equipment. Exercise bikes are beginner friendly, pretty straightforward to work with, and relatively inexpensive. However, it is important that you choose an exercise bike of the right type, quality, size, and features for your needs. It’s important that you do your homework beforehand, as buying a low quality bike will likely turn out to be a bad investment.
To help you make an informed decision, this article will highlight the most important factors to consider when choosing a stationary bike.
Type of bike
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Type often is the first consideration, and you can choose between the upright and recumbent bike here. Each has its pros and cons, so what type you settle on depends on your personal taste.
The upright exercise bike is similar in appearance to the traditional bicycle, except that it’s stationary. They’re a good fit for most types of riders. The recumbent bike is quite different however, with the pedals placed at the front of the machine, rather than at the bottom like it is with traditional bikes. In a workout, the rider lies in a reclining position and pedals with his/her feet at the front. Since the lower back is not under strain in the workout, recumbent bikes can be considered ideal for people with back problems.
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Adjustability of height
The ability to adjust your bike’s height to people of different sizes is important, so find one that’s flexible. Check to see if the seat fits well and is comfortable. Take your time testing the bike if possible, as you want to be sure it’s adjustable for your size–comfort is important, otherwise the bike will not be of service to you.
The best bikes have a feature that allows for adjusting tension to increase or decrease the intensity of your workouts. Because you plan on using the bike for a long time, it only makes sense that you should be able to up the intensity as you get fitter.
Heart rate monitor
A heart rate monitor is a feature that may be included in your exercise bike to help you track your fitness levels. It would be a nice thing to have on your bike, as you may find it useful to track the intensity of each of your workouts.
The best exercise bikes have a heart rate monitor plus a few other features to help you track such things as distance ridden and calories burned. To keep you entertained during your workouts, some bike come ready with a reading rack and/or headphones to listen to your favorite music.