Buying an upright exercise bike
If you’ve decided that you want an upright style of exercise bike, as opposed to a recumbent bike, which one is best?
Amazon’s best-selling exercise bike list changes constantly but, at the time of writing, the current top upright exercise bikes on Amazon.com are:
As it happens, this list also includes all different manufacturers, Magnetic Resistance and Fan bikes and a Spinning bike, a folding bike and a range of prices, so it comprises a good selection.
The best selling of all exercise bikes on Amazon and also among the highest rated, this is a simple but effective bike for those with a modest budget and not too much space.
It may not have all the bells and whistles of some more expensive exercise bikes but it still has more functions than you might expect. It is also solid enough to take a weight capacity of up to 300lbs.
The most popular spinning bike on Amazon, this bike is somewhat heavier and more than twice the price of the Exerpeutic.
Spinning bikes are thought to give a more intensive workout than magnetic resistance exercise bikes. The flywheel on this model is heavier than most, making it smoother than many bikes with much higher price tags.
Schwinn’s Airdyne system is a proprietary type of Fan-resistance. The main feature of these bikes is that the resistance increases as you pedal faster so there is a variable resistance with no upper limit.
The handles on the highly regarded AD2 also move providing synchronised arm and leg motion, so you get an upper and lower body workout, or you can concentrate on just one or the other.
Other indoor upright exercise bikes currently in the top 20 which may be worth checking out on Amazon are:
Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike
An upmarket version of the AD2.
Body Rider Fan Bike
Another wind-resistance bike, this one at a budget price.
Schwinn 130 Upright Bike
Lots of options characterise this bike – 13 different items of display information; 22 levels of resistance and the ability to save data and keep track of progress via the Schwinn Connect goal tracking system
Sole Fitness SB700 Exercise Bike
A very highly rated upmarket spinning bike. Definitely worth considering if you’re prepared to pay for high quality.