There was a time — not even that long ago! — when Recumbent Bike had cornered the market on indoor cycling. Now, you don’t even have to leave the house to get the same heart rate-boosting, calorie-scorching benefits that used to be reserved for dark, sweaty studios.
The current crop of at-home stationary bikes boasts major technological and connectivity advancements. So it feels like you’re riding outside or alongside other cyclists even when you’re in your own basement or living room. At-home fitness equipment can feel like a major investment, but there’s an indoor cycling bike for every preference and a good budget. See which one best fits your needs.
1. Sole Fitness LCR Recumbent Bike
Coming in at the very top of our list for 2020 is the Sole Fitness LCR. This model is today’s aspiration for all others, with excellent durability, programming, informational accuracy, range of use, and all other factors one looks for in a quality recumbent bike. Along with top-notch pulse sensory technology, this bike adapts to full-recumbent and semi-recumbent positions with great ease and comfort.
2. Peloton Recumbent Bike
Has any company disrupted the fitness industry quite like Peloton in the past decade? The bike is nice, but it’s the required Peloton membership (for $39 a month) that really makes this machine so special. Via the 21.5-inch screen attached to the bike, you can live to stream more than 90 classes per week. If you want to ride on your own time, there’s an on-demand library with thousands of additional classes ranging from 5 to 90 minutes. The digital membership also gives you access to the Peloton app, which offers running, walking, Bootcamp, strength, and outdoor (audio-only) classes for cross-training.
3. Flywheel Home Recumbent Bike
You don’t have to live near a Flywheel studio to reap the rewards of the high-intensity, interval-based class, anymore. Connect your bike to your TV via Apple TV, Chromecast, or your own smart device (or opt for the pricier version of the bike with a built-in screen) to stream in-studio rides in real-time or ride to an on-demand class for $39 a month. The bike’s data screen displays the same real-time data (By using your speed and resistance to calculate your total energy output), and you can participate in the community-based TorqBoard (or leaderboard) and Race Mode (with competitive 30-, 45-, and 60-second efforts) for that extra kick of competition.
4. Schwinn 250 Recumbent Bike
With a name like Schwinn, you know you are typically going to get a product backed by experience and know-how. The Schwinn 250 is maybe best described as the “King of Practicality” among this year’s recumbent series. Conveniences such as a strong under-basket, fine-tuned, telemetric sensors, lumbar adjust-ability, and a great range of software capability make this bike a great choice.
5. Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike
The Schwinn A20 is a great recumbent bike for any experience level. The reliable programming and LCD track and show your entire journey, while course profiles and personal data can be adjusted at any time. This model is quite sturdily built, electronically sound, very comfortable, and very capable of getting you in your best shape. There’s a reason Schwinn bicycling equipment always does so well.
6. Velocity Exercise Magnetic
To begin with, the stylish color schemes on this recumbent bike make it stand out. Get past its cool looks and realize its many power points: an enhanced magnetic resistance system, high-quality poly-v belt, intuitive sliding beam system, and amazing comfort to match. Go on a long ride and enjoy the beauty of the overall design of this particular recumbent.
7. MYX Plus Recumbent Bike
Get a full-body workout from the comfort of your home with the MYX plus total-body training system that includes a commercial-grade stationary bike, a stabilizing mat (24 x 48 inches), a six-piece weight set, a kettlebell, an oversized exercise mat, an EVA foam roller, a resistance band, and a Polar OH1 heart rate monitor. The MYX fitness bike features a flywheel, an adjustable, cushioned seat, an adjustable handlebar, and a sweatproof touchscreen with a USB port. It measures 21 x 55 x 47 inches and has a maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds.
The recommended user height is between 4 feet and 11 inches and 6 feet and 8 inches. For the accompanying tools, exercisers can choose between light, medium, and heavyweight sets. Once you have your bike, you can unlock your MYX membership benefits for $29 a month, which will give you unlimited access to hundreds of workouts (both on and off the bike) and the ability to measure your progress on the accompanying mobile app. The at-home fitness bundle comes with a 30-day return policy, a one-year warranty, and full-service delivery.
8. Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike
This wildly popular and value-priced Marcy recumbent bike has 8 levels of magnetic resistance, an onboard, a console to track your workout data, and a large wide padded seat for a comfortable ride.
For the price, it is surprisingly quiet and well built
9. XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike
Some of the fancier stationary bikes are essentially marketed as stylish pieces of furniture. But what if you don’t want to stare at a workout device all day, or you don’t have room to keep a bike out in the middle of your living space?
This device folds down to just 18 by 18 inches when not in use, but it’s still sturdy enough to hold up to 225 pounds. The small LCD screen clearly displays your speed, distance, time, and calories burned, and you can monitor your heart rate with the pulse grips on the handlebars.
Bonus: The seat is oversized and cushy for extra comfort.
10. Wattbike’s Atom
Wattbike’s Atom model is compact and quiet — a win-win for an at-home bike. But as sleek as it is, it doesn’t skimp on power. There’s a built-in power meter, 22 manual gears, and automated electromagnetic resistance for hill climbs. The bike syncs with apps like Zwift (a virtual training program), and when paired with third-party training software, you can track metrics like speed, cadence, power output, and even which leg is working harder in real-time. There’s no screen, but you can view the data by tucking your tablet or smartphone into a built-in holder on the bars.
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