With gymnasiums and indoor cycling studios closed due to the new coronavirus, and most of us practicing proper social distancing, investing in one of the best exercise bikes can help indoor cycling fans to bring their favorite workout in their living room.
If you’ve been an avid indoor cyclist, you’re not alone: cycling is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the United States, according to a Nielsen report, 14 percent of Americans report biking regularly, a figure that rises to about 1 in 3 when looking specifically at the 25-34 and 35-49 age groups.
One of the reasons why indoor cycling has gained so much love is that it is a great form of exercise for beginners.
“Indoor cycling is really suitable for all fitness levels because you have complete control over your own resistance and speed,” says Natalie Qayed, NASM certified personal trainer and master instructor at Haus Nashville Cycle. And, as with just about any type of exercise, “there really is no level of fitness you need to achieve before you start.”
But the best home exercise bikes probably won’t be cheap. Many solid options will bring you from several hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on the features.
“Get your money’s worth. Like most fitness equipment, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is,” says Quayed. “Quality is so important if you plan on having it at long term.”
Before you get started, gather some information first: think about the bikes you liked in different studios and gyms and write down the pros and cons of each, she says. Then think about the features that are important to you. You’ll probably want one with a console (a bike monitor screen), so you can track your progress and know how far you’ve gone in a set amount of time, says Quayed. It’s the key to tracking your progress and setting goals, she says.
“Can you motivate yourself enough to just have an autonomous bike, or do you need a full-service bike like the Peloton?” she says. (Full-service bikes like Peloton offer interactive lessons, but you can also use apps like CycleCast to complete your ride).
Need inspiration? Here are 8 great exercise bikes at home, chosen by instructors and experts in indoor cycling.