Things to know before buying an upright bike
You have finally decided to make your little gym at home and to invest in a solid, good upright bike. But what now? How do you find the best upright exercise bikes? And especially, what do you need to consider when buying one? We are here to help you. Read on to discover the criteria and things to look at before your shopping.
Essential things to know before buying an upright bike:
What to look for in an upright exercise bike:
Do you know that those who use an expert to buy a car or a house usually make money instead of losing money? Yes, you read it right, experts know what to look for. Now, I’m not saying you are going to make money on an upright exercise bike but the least you will be able to do is buying something good for the value, an upright exercise bike that will last for years and something to look forward to when coming home from work, something easy to use and lose some of that fat around your thighs and belly. Here are some of my tips on what to look for when you are buying an indoor upright bike.
Seat and handlebar adjustability
To get in the position for your size it’s important to choose a bike with wider adjustability options. Some bikes come with a 4-way adjustable seat and handlebar which is perfect to get in the right position of cycling.
Some upright exercise bikes still come with pads and brakes that get in contact with the desk/flywheel to bring tension. The brake system is not good for two major reasons: it makes noise and it requires maintenance quite often. On the other hand, magnetic resistance does not come in contact with the desk/flywheel and it simply gets close to bring more tension which is both quiet and requires less maintenance. Especially if you are living in an apartment and don’t want to make a lot of noise to avoid bothering the neighbors, it’s better to go for a magnetic resistance upright exercise bike.
The integrated computer is important to show basic stats of your workout progress, preferably backlit screens. The screen plays a big role in keeping you motivated for a longer session of workout.
Built-in fans and speakers
If you are going to spend 30-50 minutes on your indoor stationary bike, it’s good to have something to keep you from overheating and keep you fresh to continue pedaling for that extra 10 minutes. A set of speakers is a good feature to keep you motivated and let you listen to your favorite music during the workout sessions without the need for cycling headphones.
Pedals and water bottle holder
Most indoor upright exercise bikes have water bottle holder but because it’s important to stay hydrated during the workout and you can’t leave the bike every time you need to drink. Check and make sure the bottle holder feature exists. All indoor upright bikes have pedals but some don’t have straps and quite often the users complain about the feet slipping off the pedals, especially if you sweat and it becomes slippery. Look for wide pedals with strapping.
Weight and height limits
Do not spend your money unless you are sure your indoor upright bike can support your weight and can be adjusted to your height. Go for the ones with a bigger range of height and weight capacity, in case another family member sometimes wants to use your upright indoor stationary bike.
Assembled dimensions and machine weight
Nowadays it’s hard and not so common to own a big house and if you are one of us with a small apartment, make sure that what you are paying for fits in your place. If you have to carry it to another room after using it every time, you may want to go for a lighter indoor upright bike that has transport wheels. With that being said, most indoor cycles have transport wheels, make sure you pick the right one.
It’s always important to choose an upright exercise bike with a longer warranty. This way, if something breaks you don’t have to spend hundreds to get it fixed, at least until the warranty expires. Plus, remember that when the warranty is longer, it means the company has more confidence in the quality of the product.
Preset programs and levels of resistance
Preset programs are very useful and most bike riders use them to quickly start a program and do the challenge. The number of resistance levels is important because it’s motivating and if you don’t have enough options, you can’t challenge yourself and you might get bored quickly. To stay more on the bike and lose more calories you need motivation.
The more user profiles, the better. Every person who uses the bike can create an account and save their workout progress for weeks, months and even years. It’s important to know how many calories you burnt in a week or a month so you can either lower or add up to the time and resistance. You can also manage your workout program in your user profile.
The benefits of an upright exercise bike
The stationary bike is the most popular equipment to lose weight and stay in shape used in every home and gym because they are a budget choice, light, compact and easy to use. Wondering what are the benefits of having an indoor bike at home?
They are safe
With the amount of traffic and pollution rising in every city around the world it’s not realistic to say riding a bicycle in your neighborhood is always safe. However, pedaling at home in your comfort zone on a stationary bike is both safe and less time-consuming. At the same time, it brings almost the same results. Plus, sometimes the weather is rough and you simply can’t go for a walk or cycling outside. This is when having an indoor bike comes very handy.
It’s one of the best ways to lose weight with the minimum impact on your joints and muscles as the bike is stationary and you are either sitting or leaning on it.
Fat burning + heart fitness
While sitting on the seat of the bike pedaling you have the comfort to both watch a TV and burn up to 350 calories per hour. By exercising not only you can burn fat, but you also tune your muscles (especially leg muscles) and strengthen your heart.
Not as much leg strength as you might develop in the gym doing squats with the weights, but using an upright bike is still considered great for your legs.
Good for beginners
Regardless of what fitness level you are, you can still use the upright exercise bike. The beginners with a little extra weight usually don’t feel going to the gym as they are shy, so an indoor bike is a great way to start, get your heart rate up and lose some weight.
With today’s economy everyone is struggling so why not save our $ if we can! You can spend $500 on a good bike that lasts for years instead of spending tens of dollars every month for gym subscription and transportation. Plus, you are not going to have control over your surroundings. For instance, if you are at the gym, you can’t watch your favorite TV show or listen to the news. Keep in mind that you can use your upright bike everyday anytime.
Helps you sleep better
Yes, you read it right. Exercising, in general, is a great medicine for proper sleeping. Do you sometimes wake up in the morning still tired and at the same time can’t sleep? Well, it’s because most of the times we didn’t sleep properly the night before due to the lack of movement we had during the day. After 40 minutes of pedaling in the evening, you will experience again how you used to sleep when you were a baby.
It’s proven that regular physical exercise helps you manage your weight, boosts your immune system and reduces the risk of developing a chronic disease. Using a stationary exercise bike is also recommended for those with diabetes or joints problems due to its low impact.