The Different Types of Exercise Bikes

July 07, 2020 4 min read

Biking is one of the best ways to get cardio exercise regularly, and the good news is, you aren’t limited to a physical bike either. In many instances, an exercise bike is better and can easily fit in your own personal gym. Plus, you don’t have to deal with such as running, then biking might be a great option. Precor Home Fitness offers many different stationary bikes for you to choose from. You can get an idea of the exercise bike that suits your lifestyle and will help you achieve your workout goals below.  

The Different Types of Exercise Bikes 

Upright 

An exercise bike that you’ve probably seen in the gym is an upright option. A distinct feature of an upright exercise bike is that it features an adjustable seat with handles and pedals at the front that go up and down instead of side to side. This stationary bike is very similar to a physical one. Additionally, like most exercise bikes, an upright option will have a screen attached to it as well.  

Recumbent   

A recumbent bike is a bit different compared to an upright one and is probably the most unique option Precor Home Fitness has to offer. What sets a recumbent bike apart form an upright bike is that is features a seat that is lower to the ground, positioned further back, and is in a reclined position. A recumbent bike also has handles in the back by the seat along with a pair at the front as well. A recumbent bike isn’t meant to simulate a regular one as much as the others on this list, but it’s still great for cardio and offers more back support to prevent injury.  

Spinner  

Another type of exercise bike you can find at Precor Home Fitness is a spinner, also known as a studio bike. A spinner bike closely resembles a regular bike, but with a major distinction regarding the seat position. While the handle of a spinner bike will be in the normal position at the front of the machine, the seat will also be in the same position; however, there is room for adjustments. A spinner bike gives cyclists a realistic experience in an indoor setting. Spinner bikes can be a great addition to your home gym if you are looking for an authentic machine that depicts what it would be like to use a regular bike.  

Air Bike 

If you are looking for a different type of cycling challenge, then an air bike may be the option for you. The easiest way to spot an air bike is by the fan that is located near the pedals. The purpose of the fan on an air bike is to add resistance as you pedal, which will blow more the harder you pedal. The fan on the machine makes up for the wind that you don’t get outside. As far as the seating is concerned, it’s similar to an upright bike. An air bike is also great for a HIIT workout due to the added fan resistance and can be a great way to diversify your cardio workouts.  

Cardio Strider 

A final option you have for an exercise bike-like machine is a cardio strider. Unlike a traditional exercise bike, the pedals don’t move in a 180-degree motion. Instead, a cardio strider acts more like a stair master with low steps, but the seating position is similar to a recumbent bike.  

Why You Should Get an Exercise Bike 

Now that you have an idea of the different types of Precor exercise bikes that are available, it’s time to determine which one is right for you. The good news is, no matter which option you choose, exercise bikes are worth the investment. If you need more convincing, here are some of the advantages of having an exercise bike machine in your home gym: 

  • Small Footprint: When you are building a home gym, you are usually limited with the amount of space you are working with. A benefit of all the exercise machines mentioned above is they are all compact and easy to move around if necessary.  
  • Fewer Restrictions: Biking outside is great, especially on a nice day, but what about snowy and rainy days? Not to mention, the summer heat can be dangerous to bike in as well. Exercise bikes allow you to use it 365 days a year with no setbacks. These machines are great if you are looking to have nothing stand in your way from getting your cardio in every day.  
  • Safer: Exercise bikes are also a great option for your home gym because they are a lot safer than a normal bike. With exercise bikes, you don’t need to wear a helmet, worry about a car hitting you, or you hitting a pedestrian. Being able to bike in a controlled environment can keep you focused on getting through your workout instead of becoming distracted by what is going on around you.  
  • Low Impact: Exercise bikes can also help prevent injuries. This is because, like most machines, a stationary bike is low impact. This means an exercise bike is great for those who suffer from bad knees, back issues, as well as elderly individuals.  
  • Strengthens Lower Body: Exercise bikes are an effective way to improve your cardiovascular health. In addition to cardio, exercise bikes also strengthen your lower body, which is an area many people tend to neglect. However, by strengthening your lower body, you can be as mobile as ever and build a base of strong muscle.  
  • Technology: The final reason why you should get an exercise bike is because of the technology that comes included with it. Most exercise bikes have state of the art screens that give you valuable information such as your distance, how many calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, and so much more. 

At Precor Home Fitness, you’ll find a selection that includes all the different types of exercise bikes along with treadmills, ellipticals, climbers, strength equipment, and so much more. A home gym isn’t complete without equipment in it, so browse what we have to offer today.  

Types of Exercise Bikes


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