Different types of stationary exercise bikes. Which one is right for you?

Stationary bikes are suitable for most fitness levels and are a source of significant low impact exercise. With winter and cold weather approaching, you may want to move your workouts indoors.

My sister has been cycling outdoors and does not want to lose the progress she has made. She wants a stationary bike but does not know where to start. Pelotons are very popular right now. She just bought a new road bike and did not want to spend around $2000 on a stationary bike. She also does not want something that will take up a lot of space. She just bought new cleats that are not compatible with the peloton and does not want to incur another expense.


I have researched these issues along with the different sitting positions and resistance types to help her. You can make an educated decision based on my research to decide what type of stationary bike to buy.


There are two types of sitting positions for stationary exercise bikes. There are the upright and recumbent stationary exercise bikes.

Upright Exercise Bikes: 


The upright exercise bike is similar to riding an outdoor bike. It also ensures you use the same muscles that you use during outdoor riding. It is a whole-body consistent workout. By keeping your body upright, your abdominal muscles contract. You are also engaging your biceps, triceps, and shoulders. They have a smaller size, so they take up less space in your home.


Recumbent Exercise Bikes: 


A recumbent bike is easier on the lower back because of the way you sit on the bike. It encourages better spinal posture due to the reclining position of your body. They are also gentle on your joints. You cannot stand on the pedals, but it has a larger, more comfortable seat. The recumbent bike does not mimic the position of riding a road bike.



Clipless/Platform Bike Pedals

The clipless/platform pedal is a hybrid that is a combination of a platform pedal and a clipless system. On one side, there is a standard clip. On the other side, there is a platform that you can wear any shoe with. You have to choose between one or the other. Therefore, this pedal is best for a commuter who switches back and forth from work and cycling shoes. This pedal is also a great way to slowly move up to clipless if you don’t feel comfortable yet.

Pedal choice is based on comfortability and experience. With any of these options, it is essential to educate yourself so you can avoid injury. Whether it be knee or leg pain or safely getting on and off your bike, make sure you practice until you get comfortable. Start slow and make the right decision for yourself as you get more experienced. 

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