How to Choose the Right Recumbent / Exercise Bike

Recumbent bike or upright? People are unique, and the bike that works for you may not be the one that works for your sister or your neighbor. A few benefits: Indoor bikes offer a great, no-impact option whether you’re mixing up your training or recovering from an injury. A good bike will also have a highly adjustable frame that lets you fit the bike to your needs and will be sturdy enough to keep you comfortable during your most challenging workout. For overall ease of use, you can’t beat a recumbent bike. Their natural positioning makes starting and ending your workouts as easy as taking a seat. Still can’t decide? Consider these factors:

  • Recumbent bikes take the load off of your back and knees, giving you a completely no-impact workout in the comfort of your home. This delivers an ideal workout if you’re recovering from injury or looking for a very safe form of cross-training.
  • Recumbent bikes also make it easy to start and finish your workouts. The low height and natural position make it easy to just sit, pedal and go.
  • Recumbent bikes may also feature lumbar support, which can be helpful if you struggle with low back issues.
  • Today’s bikes feature a natural, comfortable pedaling motion that won’t jar your joints when you stop pedaling.
  • Upright bikes and indoor cycles provide the feel of a road bike, making them a natural fit for outdoor cyclists looking for an indoor alternative or those looking to bring the feel of a spin class home.
  • To bring in the intensity you need to finish strong in your local road race or triathlon, upright bikes and indoor cycles also provide the option of training in a standing “off the seat” position for intense bursts of cardio.
  • Some upright bikes and indoor cycles feature a pedal cage with toe strap for a more responsive footing throughout your workout. You can even swap out pedals with your favorite standard pedals for an even more customized workout.
  • Some upright bikes offer a larger, comfortable seat. That way you can enjoy the ride of an indoor cycle without the pain.

Still trying to pick the best bike for your needs? We can help you evaluate your training needs to identify the best bike for you. We can even help you get started planning your first workout. So what type of cyclist are you?

Just Starting Out:  Whether you plan to lose a few pounds or just want to stay healthy, you’re looking for an indoor exercise bike that will keep you comfortable and challenged for the long run.

  • Both upright bikes and recumbent bikes are designed for easy on and off, which makes getting started on your workout a breeze!
  • If you’re concerned about your low back or knees, consider a recumbent bike. This style lets you use a natural seated position and provides support for your low back so that you can strengthen your cardiovascular system without worrying about pounding your joints.
  • If you see yourself working up to outdoor cycling or spinning classes, you may want to consider an upright bike to more closely mimic these activities and to offer options for adding intensity to workouts.
  • Still looking for some help to reach your fitness goals?

Everyday Fitness: You know regular exercise is important, and you want a workout that’s easy to start and doesn’t leave you by the wayside.

  • The seated position of the recumbent exercise bike takes the stress of your workout off your low back and knees, making it a great option if these are vulnerable areas for you.
  • Recumbent bikes are also a great option for a no-impact, indoor workout that will allow you to exercise while you’re recovering from injury.
  • Getting started on your recumbent bike is as easy as taking a seat. Simply start pedaling at a pace that’s comfortable for you and build up to new challenges.
  • If you are looking for an outdoor cycling experience indoors, an upright bike provides a comfortable indoor alternative. Often you can find one with a more cushioned seat than you would find on a road bike.
  • If you seek a traditional road bike feel, an indoor cycle allows you to work out in your home and avoid unstable terrain or sharp curves in the road.
  •  (Getting Started) A variety of pre-programmed workouts and an easy to use console will add new challenges as you grow stronger.

Love to Train: Whether you’re setting the pace in your favorite spin class or tackling your first triathlon, you’re looking for an indoor exercise bike that can challenge you and stand up to some hard miles.

  • If you’re recovering from an injury or seeking a cross-training option to protect your back and shoulders, you may want to consider a recumbent exercise bike. User-friendly consoles make it easy to replicate the cardiovascular challenge of your favorite rides. They can also track your distance, pace per mile and effort level, all of which make it easier to get going and keep going on those days you’d rather just stay home.
  • Indoor bikes offer the option of a lot of little extras that make your workouts even better. Features such as audio inputs, fans and speakers make sure you’re comfortable and entertained. Interactive consoles and intuitive apps will even let you track your workouts and download them for sharing with others or to track your progress over time.
  • While outdoor rides are an important part of your training needs, you can alternate them with home training when your schedule keeps you off the road and out of the gym. Enjoy challenging yourself with built-in hills settings, or use your bike for a bit of easy pedaling to work out the kinks from your last training day.
  • Upright bikes bring the feel of a road bike home, and some include features like interchangeable pedals that let you customize your bike to your training needs.
  • Modern, ergonomic seat designs mean you can train longer and more comfortably, giving you the endurance you need on your next ride.