The best exercise bikes for home gyms

Want to get fit at home? Get on your (exercise) bike! We bring you our top picks for home training bikes

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Does the gym bore you? Would you rather exercise from the comfort of your own home gym? Then investing in a home exercise bike could be the answer to losing those extra pounds. Many people assume that any bike will do if you want to shed some weight fast. However, with the rise in popularity of home workouts, there are now many different options on the market, and they all promise to help you achieve your goals.

Here's our pick of the best exercise bikes so you can create a home gym; find the best home gym equipment picks in our buyer's guide. Head over to our home gym hub page where you'll find design ideas and equipment recommendations aplenty. 

What to consider when buying an exercise bike?

When looking for the best exercise bikes on the market, it is important to consider what your fitness goals are. This will help you decide on features such as work-out programmes, resistance and riding position. All exercise bikes are said to be easier on your joints than other equipment, but the style of bike you choose will also help you cater to any specific joint or muscle problems you may have. 

Recumbent or upright?

Recumbent bikes are bikes that allow you to sit in a laid back position which provides more support for your back and is also easier for beginners. This style of exercise bike is suitable for almost all ages and fitness levels.

Upright bikes will simulate outdoor cycling and therefore will work the same muscles as if you were on a road bike. Unlike a recumbent bike, you’ll get a full-body workout which will target your abs and arms as well as the glutes and legs. 

Programmes

Most bikes come with pre-set programmes and a built-in monitor to track your progress, so if you’re training for something specific, make sure you pick an exercise bike with your desired level of resistance. 

Stability

Stability is vital so make sure you check the weight limit of the bike and the weight of the bike itself in order to avoid getting a bike with an unstable frame. 

Other than that it’s down to personal style, budget, and whether it will fit in your home gym. There are a number of different modes in this buying guide that cater to all preferences so that shopping for a bike doesn’t get you in a spin.

THE BEST EXERCISE BIKES

ProForm CSX Exercise Bike

1. ProForm CSX Exercise Bike

A smart bike for those who want a smart workout

Specifications
Best for: Smart bike
Resistance Type: Magnetic
Levels: 20
Max User Weight: 130kg
Reasons to buy
+Connects to smartphones+Integrated fan
Reasons to avoid
-Not for technophobes 

If you’re looking for a bike with all the features then the ProForm CSX Exercise Bike is the one. It uses Bluetooth and iFit so you can sync up your bike with your smartphone (Android & iOS) app for unlimited online training options. You can also attach your tablet to the integrated stand to use for either tracking your workout or as an entertainment system. There are 20 resistance levels and a workout fan to keep you cool for the most comfortable workouts even when working hard. In our opinion, this is the best exercise bike you can buy.

2. Ultrasport F-Bike Trainer

Save space in your home with this pop-up bike

Specifications
Best for: Space saving
Resistance Type: Friction
Levels: 8
Max User Weight: 100kg
Reasons to buy
+Foldable+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not as high-tech as some  

If you’ve only got a small space to work with then the Ultrasport F-Bike Trainer is your saving grace. This is one of the best foldable exercise bikes on the market and allows you to work out anywhere in the comfort of your own home. It features an LCD display and has 8 different programmes for you to try. It boasts no other frills but it does the job nicely and it saves money on costly gym memberships. 

3. V-Fit G-RC Recumbent Magnetic Cycle

Work towards your fitness goals with comfort and ease

Specifications
Best for: Bad backs
Resistance Type: Magnetic
Levels: 8
Max User Weight: 115kg
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Padded back support
Reasons to avoid
-Difficult to assemble 

This is an excellent value recumbent bike for just under £200, and its adjustable padded seat and back rest make it one of the best exercise bikes for bad backs. It allows you to exercise on your desired level without putting any stress on your back or other joints such as knees and ankles. We think this bike would be ideal for someone recovering from a sports injury or looking to regain strength. 

York Fitness Active Exercise Cycle

4. York Fitness Active Exercise Cycle

A simple bike for an effective home workout

Specifications
Best for: Everyday use
Resistance Type: Magnetic
Levels: 8
Max User Weight: 120kg
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for 6ft + 

If you’re simply looking for a great value bike that you can use daily, then the York Fitness Active Exercise Cycle is perfect for cramming in those cardio workouts. The monitor has a fitness test function so you can assess your progress and includes hand pulse sensors to measure RPM. It’s not bulky like some bikes so it will fit perfectly in your lounge or bedroom.  

Opti Manual Exercise Bike

5. Opti Manual Exercise Bike

A basic exercise bike that won't break the bank

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Resistance Type: Manual
Levels: N/A
Max User Weight: 100kg
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Easy to use+Adjustable seat and handlebar
Reasons to avoid
-May be too basic for some

If you're on the hunt for a basic bike at an affordable price, your search ends here. The Opti Manual Exercise Bike is ideal for those who want to work out without being bothered by a complicated screen or set up, and it's best used at a low resistance level, giving low impact to hips, knees and ankles. The console feedback tells you scan, time, speed, distance and calories on a small screen, and in terms of comfort, it has an adjustable handlebar and seat as well as self levelling pedals with straps. It's also on wheels so can be transported from room-to-room with ease. It's pretty basic compared to the other models on our list, but that's to be expected for a price tag as decent as this. Our pick of the best exercise bike for those on a budget.

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