The best exercise bikes for home gyms

Get on your 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. 

What to consider when buying an exercise bike?

So what should you be looking for? 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 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. 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 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.

1. ProForm CSX Exercise Bike

The smart bike for 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. 

2. Kettler Premium Recumbent Exercise Bike

Build up stamina slowly with this smooth moving bike

Specifications
Best for: Mobility issues
Resistance Type: Electronic magnet
Levels: 16
Max User Weight: 130kg
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Supportive on joints
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey 

If you have an injury or suffer with mobility problems then the Kettler Premium Recumbent Exercise Bike is a great way to keep active and give your muscles a gentle workout. It has 12 different programmes and a chest strap for monitoring your heart rate. The frame has been designed for ease of use and provides a secure seating position for all ability levels. 

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

5. 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.  

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