Best Exercise Bikes

Staying fit is no easy feat, but an exercise bike can help you get your heart rate going in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re after a regular upright bike, a spin bike or another kind of model, we’ve got a guide on what features to look out for when you shop. Continue reading...

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Karen Trist
Karen Trist
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Great valueGreat value for money . Solid structure easy to use. Compact for the house Show reply
Slim Cycle

Slim Cycle 🏆 2024

4.7  (38) Summary
$399.95RRP
Tyler Parker
Tyler ParkerQLD10 posts
 
very niceNice exercise bike, good for the body and work out, not too big and very handy also can move easily.
Kmart Mini Exercise Bike

Kmart Mini Exercise Bike

3.0  (15) Summary
$35RRP
KATHY B.
KATHY B.
 
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York C420

York C420

2.7  (3) Summary
$899RRP
Christian J
Christian J2 posts
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$1,299RRP
Ted
Ted6 posts
 
Lifespan Fitness
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Lifespan Fitness SM Series

Lifespan Fitness SM Series

3.0  (2) Summary
$579RRP
Peter
PeterNSW11 posts
  Verified LFEX-SM410
Bodyworx ABX600

Bodyworx ABX600

5.0  (1) Summary
Raymond H.
Raymond H.5 posts
 
NordicTrack S22i

NordicTrack S22i

5.0  (1) Summary
$3,299RRP
Julie C
Julie CNSW2 posts
 
Body Bike Smart+

Body Bike Smart+

5.0  (1) Summary
$3,999RRP
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew NguyenWA119 posts
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NordicTrack S27i

NordicTrack S27i

5.0  (1) Summary
$3,799RRP
Greg
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BH Fitness i.Pixel Program

BH Fitness i.Pixel Program

2.0  (3) Summary
Marbelup
MarbelupPerth16 posts
 
York C415

York C415

2.5  (2) Summary
$799RRP
David M
David M2 posts
 
Diamondback 910Ic

Diamondback 910Ic

3.0  (1) Summary
Milord
MilordACT341 posts
 
Sportsplus Spin Bike SBTK001

Sportsplus Spin Bike SBTK001

2.0  (1) Summary
$895RRP
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew NguyenWA119 posts
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There is a knob adjustment, however even on the highest adjustment one can still operate the spin bike. Personally I would not recommend this bike.

$599RRP
Nick
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Yesoul G1M Plus Bike

Yesoul G1M Plus Bike

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$1,378.87RRP
Kmart Anko Magnetic Exercise Bike

Kmart Anko Magnetic Exercise Bike

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$129RRP
Kmart Anko Air Bike

Kmart Anko Air Bike

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$399RRP
NordicTrack GX4.5 Pro

NordicTrack GX4.5 Pro

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$999RRP
York Fitness LC-UB

York Fitness LC-UB

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$1,699RRP
York Fitness C410

York Fitness C410

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$699RRP
Bowflex C7 Bike

Bowflex C7 Bike

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Renpho AI Smart Bike

Renpho AI Smart Bike

No reviews Summary
$999.99RRP
Proflex Spin Bike Flywheel

Proflex Spin Bike Flywheel

No reviews Summary
$799RRP
York Fitness FB300

York Fitness FB300

No reviews Summary
$1,299RRP
Lifespan Fitness EXER-58

Lifespan Fitness EXER-58

No reviews Summary
$469RRP
York Fitness RB420

York Fitness RB420

No reviews Summary
$1,399RRP
Bowflex VeloCore Bike

Bowflex VeloCore Bike

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A woman in a blue exercise tank top using a home exercise bike in her lounge room.

Types of exercise bikes

Upright exercise bikes

An upright exercise bike stands up like a regular bike, with similar pedals and usually a larger padded seat for added comfort. Most will come with basic features like the ability to measure metrics like distance, time, and speed. Some more advanced models also have workout programs you can follow.

They’re great for those with a sensitive or injured hip, knees, or ankles, because there is no impact.

Recumbent bikes

Recumbent exercise bikes have a larger seat and a backrest, allowing you the option of reclining back. You don’t have to hold any handlebars, and the pedals are in front of the seat instead of below it, putting less strain on your back. They target slightly different muscles to an upright bike but still provide a cardio and lower body workout.

Dual action exercise bikes

Dual action exercise bikes are similar to a cross trainer, but have a seat. This means they provide a full body workout with no impact on the joints. They’re upright and typically have different resistance levels that you can adjust depending on how intense you want your exercise to be.

Spin bikes

Spin bikes are similar to road bikes. They have a fixed wheel pedalling system and adjustable resistance. These types of bikes don’t tend to have a display that shows your time, distance, and speed, however they do provide a tougher workout than a regular stationary bike.

What are the pros and cons of an exercise bike?

Is it worth getting an exercise bike? Here are a few pros and cons to help you decide whether or not you might want to add a bike to your home gym.

Pros
Take up less space than other exercise machines, like treadmills or ellipticals.
Suits people of all fitness levels.
There’s no impact, so they’re great for if you have sensitive joints or are recovering from an injury.
Cons
Models that let you track a lot of useful metrics (like calories and heart rate) can be costly.
Need to have adequate space to put them in as they can be bulky.

What to look for in an exercise bike

Comfort

Comfort should be a priority if you’re expecting to spend lots of time on your bike, particularly if you want to do longer endurance sessions.

Some bikes have more plush saddles (also known as the seat), however performance bikes tend to have longer saddles with minimal padding. You can always purchase an extra seat cover with gel or padding if you find that yours isn’t as comfortable as you’d like.

The pedals should be wide enough for your feet and have strapping or something to ensure your feet won’t slip.

Adjustability

When shopping around, look for an exercise bike with adjustable seat height and pedals. It should be able to be customised to your height so that it’s comfortable and that you can exercise effectively. Handlebars should have good grip and can also be adjustable so that you can comfortably hold them.

Adjustable resistance is also important if you want to change the intensity of your workout. Sometimes you can adjust it electronically, while on some more basic models you turn a dial.

Safety

You want to make sure that you’re safe and stable on your bike. Always check the weight limit of a bike. If you’re buying online, you should also check the weight of a bike to try and ascertain how stable it will be - the last thing you want is for your bike to wobble while you use it.

If you have small kids around, make sure that you get a bike with enclosed mechanics. This means that the mechanics (such as the chain and flywheel) are covered, so that curious little fingers don’t get stuck in them.

How it monitors your workout

Some exercise bikes come with pre-programmed workouts that users can follow if they don’t want to put much thought into their routine beforehand. Many bikes also have the ability for you to manually program your workout.

Exercise bikes typically let you input or monitor at least some of the following metrics:

  • Speed: km/h
  • Time: duration of workout
  • Distance: how far (in kilometres) you’ve cycled
  • Calories: how many calories you’ve burned so far during your workout, or you can set the program to stop once you’ve hit a calorie goal
  • Heart rate
  • RPM: rotations per minute

Features

If you’re spending quite a bit of time on your bike, you may want to consider which of the following features you’d like to have while you work out.

  • Built-in fan: This helps keep you cool while you pedal.
  • Built-in sound system: Some bikes let you connect wirelessly (usually through Bluetooth) to play music, while some may let you do this via a USB port (which should charge your phone too).
  • Water bottle holder: If you don’t want to pause your workout to have a drink, then a water bottle holder will come in handy.
  • User profile: Some bikes let you have one or multiple user profiles so that you can track your progress over time.
  • Wheels: Wheels, particularly on heavier bikes, help you easily move your bike to where you need it.
  • Book or magazine stand: This can be handy to keep you entertained during longer, low intensity workouts.
  • Clips: Some bikes for more hardcore workouts have clips where you can clip certain shoes in.

Size

Unless you have a lot of spare space, or perhaps your own home gym, the size of the indoor training bike will be a big consideration. Upright bikes tend to take up the least space, while recumbent bikes tend to be the bulkiest.

Noise level

While noise level isn’t an issue for everyone, some bikes may be noisier than others, and this may limit the time you can spend on it, if say, you have a sleeping baby in the next room. If your fitness bike has a fan, it will be noisier. Some bikes also make a whirring sound when you pedal, so if you think this will be an issue, try out a bike in store before buying it.

Price

A ḧome exercise bike can cost you anything from $80 to over $2000 for models you’d find in commercial gyms. Most bikes for home gyms usually cost somewhere between $300 to $1000.

Generally, cheap exercise bikes have basic features like adjustable resistance and a few program options. Mid-range models tend to be better built, less noisy, and more sturdy. You can expect more advanced features - like more accurate metrics, a better display, a range of workout programs, and variety in resistance levels - on higher end exercise bikes.

If you’re buying online or need your bike delivered to you, factor in the delivery costs. Sometimes this can be a few hundred dollars, which may be a large chunk of the price of your bike.

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