How to Choose the Best Exercise Bike for You, 92, Uyên Vũ, Giá Rẻ Cuối Tuần, 25/03/2016 15:55:15
How to Choose the Best Exercise Bike for You
Discussed previously. A normal (i.e. upright) model or a recumbent can be chosen. If you’re older, definitely choose a recumbent model. If you’re younger or not yet a senior, the choice is yours. I personally like the upright models due to the leverage an upright position provides.
From my experience, weight limits can often be exceeded, but this does not mean issues won’t arise. Before purchasing, ensure your current bodyweight is within the bike’s limit.
Looking to gain muscle and keep a toned body? Resistance allows you to increase the tension and challenge your muscles, leading to muscle gain. Resistance levels should be provided so that you can enhance your workout as you advance. If you’re just trying to boost cardiovascular health, resistance will be less of a concern.
LCD screens and on-board computers allow you to bike with a friendly program and statistics. Some models, those in the higher price bracket, allow you to adjust program settings and often choose from pre-set workouts.
Live in a small space? The storage options available will be very important if you live in an apartment or don’t plan to leave your unit out. If storage is an issue, you’ll want a folding exercise bike. These models can be found in every price range.
You’ll find prices can range from less than a hundred pounds to several hundred pounds or higher. The higher priced models often come with advanced functionality and are meant for commercial users.
Exercise bike reviews should always be consulted before making a purchase. Reviews will let you know what real buyers liked and disliked about a certain model. Always check out reviews prior to purchasing. Frequent problems, such as a motor going bad, can help you eliminate any potential problems in the future.
Exercise bike buying guide
Exercise bike buying guide
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You can pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000 for a new exercise bike. Pricier machines generally have sturdier designs and more features, but some bargain-priced machines can offer a good workout. Running is the gold standard for cardiorespiratory fitness, but exercise bikes might help strengthen your legs, hips, and glutes more than running because you can ramp up the resistance to work your muscles harder.
There are two kinds of exercise bikes. The traditional upright type resembles a regular bicycle; a recumbent bike has back support. They provide similar workouts; an upright might work your glutes better because you can fully extend your hips. Because body weight is supported, both types are options for people who have difficulty with balance or have lower-limb injuries. A recumbent might be more comfortable for those with back problems.
How to choose
To find the right machine for you, be sure to try before you buy. Exercise bikes vary in size and shape, so when you're shopping for one, adjust it for your size in the store. Look for a comfortable seat and pedals that fit your feet.
We found a few ergonomic and comfort quibbles with some bikes. On one bike we tested, the seat can adjust for users up to 6 feet 2 inches, but we found that anyone over about 5 feet 8 inches hit their knees on the handlebars. On another bike the handlebars were a long reach for some, and on a third bike, the seat was uncomfortable.
Watch the warranties
Look for a warranty that provides at least two to three years of coverage on major moving parts and a year for labor. Survey data on the probability of failure and repair costs showed that extended warranties are probably not a good deal.
Decide which extra features are important to you: simple ones like a water bottle holder or book rest, or more interactive ones like video games.
Look for a clear display with easy-to-use controls. A good one will show some combination of your heart rate, calories burned, speed, revolutions per minute (RPM), and resistance levels, and details such as time and distance.
Consider machines with programs that allow you to adjust routines based on your fitness level and have heart-rate-controlled workouts that consider your age, weight, and gender.
Those with a chest strap are best; they don't impede your movement. Contact monitors measure your heart rate only when you're touching them, which can be inconvenient. Stand-alone heart-rate monitors are available for about $28 to $100. (See our buying guide to heart-rate monitors.)
Look for a machine that is easy to adjust and has a variety of workout levels. Most exercise bikes have electronic resistance control. All of the tested bikes can be adjusted electronically by using the controls.
Exercise bikes have many moving parts and can be hazardous, so follow directions. Make sure that your exercise bike is locked and out of children's reach, and keep young children away from equipment without safety locks. Make sure children are kept away from your exercise bike while it is in use.
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