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Indoor Cycling Buyer’s Guide
Indoor Cycles, also known as spin bikes, are one of the most popular exercise cardio machines at the moment and probably the most used piece of equipment in gym fitness classes. Spin bikes operation is extremely simple and they make an excellent stepping stone for any training plan.
The nature of this physical activity allows to workout without putting too much pressure of the hips, knees, and ankles. Because of adaptability and ability to change the intensity of its resistance system, spin bikes are considered an ideal sport for beginners, athletes, elderly or even people who are recovering from an injury.
Indoor Cycling is an excellent cardio exercise that will help you burn calories. It is also an exercise that’s suitable for different types of users and has great benefits for your body like lose weight and tone your legs and buttocks.
Before making any purchase, you should read carefully our buying guide for home spin bikes and indoor cycles so when you are browsing through all the available products you understand and know what to look for in a indoor cycling bike.
Benefits of Indoor Cycling Workouts:
What muscles does a Spin cycle Workout?
Price - How much to spend on an Indoor Cycle?
Indoor bikes are still one of the most popular and affordable cardio machines. Why? Because in order to build a quality model the engineering you need is much more simple than for other gym equipment such as treadmills or elliptical bikes. In other words, the price - quality ratio of spin cycles is usually higher than other gym equipment available in the market. In addition, these cardio machines are really easy to use. All these qualities is what’s making spinning bikes grow in popularity.
The price should be set taking consideration your goals and expectations of the bike. For example, if you are going to practice indoor cycling only twice a week, for a couple hours then you should probably consider a low end bike, and it’s not worth spending a penny more. If you are looking for a bike that monitors your progress, with a heavy flywheel, a dual sided pedal type, and a water holder then you should be considering spending a bit more.
As it was mentioned before, spin cycle bikes are not an unaffordable piece of gym equipment. The most expensive bikes in our store range the £2.000 and £3.000. High range indoor cycling bikes and fully equipment and are a practically a guarantee for you to achieve for fitness goals. Those machines are the ones that resemble more the ones found in a gym. Another great choice are mid-range indoor cycles. These machines are considered semi-commercial and domestic machines for intense use. Mid range machines are between £2.000 - £800, like the Bodytone MT1 with magnetic brake or the Bkool Smart Bike, which is one of the most sold and prefered Indoor Cycle for home use. Finally, low end spin bikes range between £500 - £800. They are good for the purpose of a very simple and basic workout, on this range you can find the Bodytone EX1 Full or the Cybex IC1.
Space - Where do I fit my indoor bike?
This is an aspect that often overlooked but it’s very important. If you don’t have a lot of space then you should consider a folding indoor exercise bike. Folding spyn cycles are a practical choice for people with limited space and in addition they are easier to move around to clean.
It is also important to take into consideration the weight of the machine. Both factors should be taken into account when buying your indoor cycling. The weight and size of each spinning bike is found in their respective product description.
Who’s going to use it? - Consider the number of people using the Indoor Cycling
You should consider a different spin cycle model if your are buying just for one user or for your whole family. It’s also not the same if a person practices the indoor cycling 2 times per week or 6 times per week. The more users and the higher the expected cycling time the higher the range of the machine should be.
Therefore, when buying a indoor cycling bike it’s important to keep in mind how often this bike will be used.
Indoor Cycle Brake system
Most Indoor cycling bikes use a magnetic resistance, which, even though is expensive, it allows the manufacturer to optimize the tilt and heart rate systems, to name a few. The mechanical braking is simpler, cheaper, and offers high levels of resistance but it needs heavy steering wheel in order to give an realistic pedaling feeling. The air braking system provides more immediate resistance to the pedal and provides a pleasant cooling breeze; However, it is not possible to vary said resistance without changing the pedaling speed.
Flywheel in indoor cycles:
The heavier the steering wheel, the less abrupt the pedaling action. Factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing the type of flywheel:
Recumbent & Vertical Exercise Bikes
Vertical exercise bikes place the user in a conventional upright position, while reclining indoor bikes place him in a more horizontal position. The recumbents are also easier to mount and dismount but take up more space and generally have a slightly higher price than other cardio bikes. These types of exercise bikes does not workout the same way you can do it on a Indoor Cycling bike, but they are also a good alternative.
Feeling of pedaling
Ideally, the feeling of pedaling should be smooth with any level of resistance, even at high levels and outside of the the chair. All models with a feeling of uneven pedaling should be avoid.
The maximum working load of an indoor cycle is the amount of resistance it provides when pedaling. Most spin cycle machines provide more than 250 watts, but user tolerance levels are related to their fitness. For example, experienced cyclists will need more than 400 watts
The degree of usability of indoor cycling trainers is related to how easy and accessible is the information and the setting functions on the screen. In order to determine this, it must be taken into account how clear and complete the information shown on the screens is. And, of course, the ease of access to the bike programs (if they have them).
Indoor Cycling Programs:
These are key when it comes to offering variety and motivation to the user during their activity. A good indoor bike will allow you to monitor your heart rate during the workout.
Adjusting the position
The more adjustable the bike, the more comfortable you will be, especially during long sessions. You’ll be able to adjust the seat height in every indoor cycling bike. It’s important you check whether the saddle or handlebar can move back and forth as well.
In FitnessInn we offer a wide range of indoor cycle bikes with more than 150 different models for domestic and / or semi-commercial use. Browse through the most renowned brands such as Sole Fitness, Life Fitness, BH and many others. A well-padded saddle will improve the comfort of exercise and your personal well-being.
Indoor exercise bike Structure
Check that the frame is constructed predominantly of metal, that the welds are arranged and that the overall finish is good without sharp or rough edges. A solidly built indoor cycle bicycle will be stable.
Don't forget we offer free delivery on all our indoor cycles
Best Indoor Cycling Brands
If you are looking for the best Indoor Cycling Bikes, or you want to make sure that your purchase will be the right one, check out this brands and manufacturers that are well-known for bringing us the best Indoor cycle and Spin Cycle bikes on the market: