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Types of Exercise Bikes: Pro Explanation

Cycling has always been an excellent form of exercise. But there are some limitations also. Maybe you cannot go outside for cycling for various reasons. That’s why exercise bike was originally developed. You can do some cycling-like exercise at your home.

Exercise bike, also known as stationary bikes, is a piece of exercise equipment using which you can get a cycling-like experience. It includes all the major elements you can find in a bike except it doesn’t move from the position it is set on, thus deriving the name “stationary bike.”

But there are also different types of exercise bikes, each intended to fulfil different needs and requirements. Each type comes in different shapes and with different features.

So if you are considering buying an exercise bike or just interested in knowing which one is the best for you, then look no further. In this article, I am going to discuss three major types of exercise bikes comprehensively.

Types of Exercise Bikes:

● Upright Stationary Bike

An upright stationary bike is, perhaps, the most common type of exercise bike. If you have seen exercise bike before, the chances are high that you have seen an upright stationary bike.

The seat is smaller than that of a recumbent bike (discussed later), like most traditional bikes. The slope of the handle is low, making it steep. The paddles are positioned under the body. As you can see, the smaller seat and paddles positioned under that body get you in an upright position. Thus the name comes.

Key Features

Due to the rapid development of technology, newer bikes are getting different from each of its predecessors. The recent bikes are quite sophisticated. The features vary depending on which model you buy. But the most common features include digital displays showing heart-rate and speed, comfy handlebars, padded seat, etc.

You can also ride as fast as you like. The seat can be adjusted as well, allowing both short and tall people to adjust accordingly. The bikes are also quite lightweight. You can fold it when you are not using it, saving up your space. Depending on your weight, you can choose from different models, that is, each model accommodates up to a certain weight.

Pros and Cons

An upright bike is quite simple to use. It engages more muscles, almost the same number of muscles when you are working-out outdoor, as it allows you to stand while riding. Also, upright bikes can burn a great number of calories.

As an upright bike, like every other stationary bike, is a low impact activity, it doesn’t usually cause any stress to muscles or joints. 

However, it is less comfortable than other bikes. Also, it might cause some degree of instability for overweight people.

● Recumbent Bikes

While the upright bikes share many features of traditional bikes, recumbent bikes deviate from this quite a bit. It is not particularly designed to give you the experience that you get from conventional outdoor bikes.

The handlebars are not there in the sense of upright bikes. The seat is designed in such a way that your body position will be reclined, that is, you can comfortably lay your back sitting on the seat. The paddles are also positioned in front of the body, making you lean backwards. Simply put, as you can see from what has been said, a recumbent bike is designed to make you more relaxed while riding than upright bikes.

Key Features

While the seat on an upright bike is a bit small, recumbent bikes have a larger and comfortable seat. Like upright bikes, it also has a digital display that shows heart-rate, distance covered, RPM, speed, and calories burned as well.

A tablet holder attached to the bike comes as a convenient feature. You can also adjust the seat, catering to your needs.

Pros and Cons

The most commendable feature of a recumbent bike is the comfort that it creates for the rider. Due to its geometry, it always keeps the rider in a comforting position. And it does so not at the expense of burning a high amount of calories, that is, it burns calories as much as an upright bike. The recumbent bike is also quite safer than recumbent bikes as you don’t have to stand on the paddles.

However, a recumbent bike is not able to engage as many muscles as an upright bike. One consistent issue is that it takes up more space as it is a bit larger than its vertical counterpart. Also, it is more expensive.

● Dual Action Bike

Dual-action bike as the name implies is designed for both upper body workout and lower body workout. As mentioned earlier, upright bikes have full-fledged handlebars and recumbent bikes have small handlebars. But a dual-action bike includes moving handlebars., allowing for upper body exercise. Along with paddling, you can also move your hands back and forth, holding the handlebars.

The upright and recumbent bikes are only about paddling, that is, the lower body workout. Due to this limitation, the dual-action bikes were originally invented to tackle it, allowing you to do some hand exercise as well.

Key Features

As already said, the unique feature that sets dual action bikes apart is the design of moving handlebars.

Like the other ones, it also has a digital display that shows different measurements such as heart-rate, speed, time, distance covered, and calories per minute. The pedals are usually large, and the grips are padded. The cushioned seat is also very comfortable and thick. The seat is adjustable as well.

Pros and Cons

Using a dual-action bike, you can do full-body workouts – simultaneously upper body and lower body workouts. You can also do other things while locking the handlebars, for example, reading books. However, while the other bike is designed for low impact, as is the case with other stationary bikes, a dual-action bike can cause stress to spines. Also, it is more expensive.

Final Words

These were the most common types of exercise bikes. However, there are some other bikes with added features. But these three types represent the core features of any exercise bikes. For example, for lower body workouts, you can choose either a recumbent or upright bike. And if you want a device for a full-body workout, you can use a dual-action bike.

The other bikes are only the variants of each of these three. For example, some expensive versions of incumbent and upright bikes come with interactive screens containing a live shot of outdoors. 

Now that you have some basic knowledge about exercise bikes, I hope you can get yourself a suitable one. Remember, health is wealth. 

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