A buyer's guide to upright exercise bike
The Upright Exercise Bike is not only one of the most popular cardiovascular machines because it simulates the exercise on a conventional bicycle but also because it provides huge benefits for your health and your body:
When buying an exercise bike, there are many aspects to take into account, such as your budget or the use you are going to give it.
What types of upright exercise bikes are there?
In our catalog you will find three well differentiated lines. In each of the individual products you will find the label that shows to which range it belongs:
Home exercise bike
These products are 100% adapted for use at home, both for individuals and for several members. The guarantee it covers is only for this particular use. A machine of this line located in a professional facility will lose the warranty.
Semi-professional Exercise Bikes
You will find a complete catalog of exercise bikes specially designed in quality, warranty and price to meet the needs of fitness facilities in companies, communities of neighbors, hotels, physiotherapy and rehabilitation centers, municipalities, sports clubs and security forces and firefighters.
Professional exercise bike
Designed for professional fitness centers. From large gyms, Crossfit, Gym Boutiques or functional training. It is also valid for the semi-professional line of the most demanding.
If you are thinking of buying an Upright Exercise Bike, besides the size there are few other things you should take into account to make sure the machine you choose is the right one for your needs and your targets:
- Type of resistance or braking system
- Weight of the flywheel
- Console and training programmes
- Comfort and adjustability
- Maximum user weight
Type of resistance or braking system
Upright Exercise Bikes can have either a Magnetic or Electromagnetic braking system. On Upright Exercise Bikes with a magnetic braking system, the flywheel is slowed down and stopped through magnets, and on Upright Exercise Bikes with an electromagnetic braking system, the flywheel is slowed down and stopped with an electromagnetic field. Consequently, pedalling on bikes with electromagnetic braking is smoother and quieter and the braking is more precise.
Weight of the flywheel
The flywheel controls the smoothness of the pedalling action. The heavier the flywheel is, the smoother and quieter the bike is as the additional weight helps the flywheel to turn more efficiently.
Console and Training Programmes
The console is the part of the Upright Exercise Bike with which you can control all its programmes and functions. Also it monitors your workout and gives your important information: speed, elapsed time, distance covered, number of calories burned and pulse rate. The programmes and features vary in quality, comfort and entertainment level depending on the price and model. Fitness manufacturers are tending more and more towards consoles which can be used with smartphones or tablets for more interaction during workouts.
Comfort and Adjustability
How you can adjust your Upright Exercise Bike depends on the model. The saddle can have up to three adjustable positions: height, depth and incline. And, although in some models it is fixed, on most models the handlebar can also be moved forward or backwards to a greater or lesser extent. We recommend that you consider carefully the adjustment options for the saddle or the back support, as comfort is one of the most important points in every workout.
On the other hand, if you have mobility problems, keep in mind that there are open-step exercise bikes available that will allow you to perform your workout more comfortably and safely. If you are still not convinced by the models of exercise bikes with free passage or easy access available, we also have a variant of the exercise bike that facilitates accessibility even more. If you have reduced mobility or suffer from back pain, the recumbent exercise bike is the best option. Thanks to its design and ease of use, you will be able to exercise without the risk of injury.
Maximum User Weight
Every Upright Exercise Bike has a weight limit. To ignore this when choosing between models can affect its performance or even how long it will last. For this reason we recommend that you pay special attention to this detail.
Another point to take into account before and after your workouts on your exercise bike is stretching to avoid injuries. For this we have accessories for stretching that, when used correctly, help you to release the tension of the muscles in the different areas of the body.
Frequently asked questions about exercise bikes