Having an exercise bike in your own home provides convenience permitting you to train regardless of the time and weather. Not all stationary exercise bikes are expensive. With a little research, you can find a budget-priced training instrument. What should you do to get a cheap stationary bike with good quality? Follow some tips below:
1. Decide the type
There are two models of exercise bikes, the conventional and the recumbent types. The recumbent model is more comfortable than the traditional one, but it tends to be more expensive and takes greater storage space. While the traditional model involves sitting upright like a normal street bike, the recumbent model has a reclining back, lower seat, and the pedals are placed out in front of you.
2. Set your budget
A stationary bike usually costs from $200 to $2000. To limit your search, set your budget to a certain amount of money. Selecting the equipment will be easier and faster when you know which type you prefer and how much you are willing to spend.
3. Search for your bike
Go online to find a stationary bike that suits your criteria noted above. Make a list of some candidates.
4. Test your candidates
With the candidate list you have created from searching the Internet, visit one or more local stores to test each one of them. Some stores may not have all brands, so you may have to go to more than one store. To determine which one is best for you, consider a few factors here:
– Height and distance
The stationary bike should have a variety of easily adjustable heights and distance settings for various training intensities.
The type of the seat should follow your body size and proportion. Too large or too small seat area will be a problem during exercise. Do not choose an instrument if you don’t feel comfortable while sitting on it.
When you use the pedals, the rotation should run smoothly and consistently. The position of the pedals should be your consideration as well, especially if the stationary bike is going to be used by several people. As people have different leg lengths, opt for adjustable pedal positioning. Make sure the pedal chain is covered. Uncovered chains or other moving parts can catch your fingers or snag your clothes.
A quiet machine is preferable as it can be used anytime, even in the middle of the night, without risk of waking up others.
Choose one that has at least a two-year of warranty for major moving parts and a one-year warranty for labor.
– More features
More expensive unit may have other features such as heart rate monitor and workout program. Include these in your consideration if your budget permits.