Gyms are beginning to open up. But as cases of the coronavirus are increasing across the country, you may not be ready to return to your local fitness studio to get your sweat on. You can recreate the gym vibe at home if you have the right sneakers, sports bra and fitness machines, among other fitness items. Enter indoor exercise bikes, a favorite among Shopping readers. We previously consulted personal trainers for their shopping guidance on the best exercise bikes. As expected, the more features a spinning bike sports, the higher the price tag. But you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on an indoor cycling machine (they might carry snazzy features but mostly worthwhile for those who are willing and able to afford it). Having said that, even lower-end stationary bikes will run you at least a few hundred dollars. With that in mind, we rounded up 14 spinning bikes ranging from top-rated options at reader-favorite retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, along with popular brands, including Nautilus, Sunny Health and Echelon. For added ease, most of these bikes have a 30-day return policy if you’re not fully satisfied with your new purchase.
If you’re looking to invest in your health and fitness tools, you should consider doing so with equipment that will last for years and have an impact on your goals. “It might seem like these are added luxuries, but an uncomfortable bike has the potential to affect your performance and form while you bike,” Caleb Backe, a certified personal trainer, previously told us. “In the long run, this could lead to unnecessary muscle strain and sustained injury.” The pros also explained that the best indoor exercise bike is the one that you’ll actually use. “Whether that means a realistic price point or the prestige of getting the same gadgets your friends have, it always comes down to the system that fits you best,” said personal trainer Eric Ridings.
Affordable indoor exercise bikes
Sunny Health is well-liked by Shopping readers and fitness pros have recommended its various models in our other guides to indoor bikes. This durable model, which sports a 49-pound chrome flywheel, is made from a steel frame and can handle a max user weight of 275 pounds.
Yosuda is a popular bike brand among Shopping readers, and this model helps track your calories burned, speed, distance and time spent working out since it is displayed on the LCD monitor. You can also spin while keeping up with your shows by placing your iPad on the dedicated holder. Before you hold onto the non-slip handlebars and pedal away, be sure to customize the bike’s resistance levels and four-way padded seating to ensure you’re comfy while on the machine.
Made from steel and a triangular frame, this indoor exercise bike offers…