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For a versatile workout that will get you fit and keep you coming back for more, an exercise bike is one machine you can always rely on. Can’t decide between recumbent bike, upright or indoor cycle? Not exactly sure what accessories you may need? Read about features and benefits of exercise bikes.

Smooth pedaling

Many of today's exercise bikes feature a natural, comfortable pedaling motion that won't jar your joints when you stop pedaling.

No impact

Recumbent bikes take the load off of your back and knees, giving you a no-impact workout in the comfort of your home. This delivers an ideal workout if you’re recovering from injury or looking for a safe form of cross training.

Easy access

Some upright and recumbent bikes have low seat heights and step-through frames that make it easy to start and finish your workouts.

Natural feel of the road

Upright bikes and indoor cycles provide the feel of a road bike, making them a natural fit for outdoor cyclists looking for an indoor alternative.

Cardio options

To bring in the intensity you need to finish strong in your local road race or triathlon, upright bikes and indoor cycles also provide the option of training in a standing "off the seat" position for intense bursts of cardio.

Responsive footing

Most exercise bikes feature a pedal cage or adjustable toe strap for a more responsive footing throughout your workout. Certain models even allow you to swap out pedals with standard outdoor bike pedals for an even more customized workout.

Comfortable seats

Many upright and most recumbent bikes offer a larger, softer seat. That way you can enjoy the ride of an indoor cycle without discomfort.

Take a look “under the hood”

  • A good exercise bike should have a durable, high-quality frame.
  • A balanced flywheel will spin more efficiently. A flywheel that spins separately from the pedals lets you coast to a stop like you would on an outdoor bike. It also reduces friction and wear on your knees.
  • A magnetic brake will give you powerful, quiet resistance so you can work hard and still hear your favorite TV show.
  • A comfortable, highly adjustable seat will help you work out longer so you can burn more calories.
  • An easy-to-use console with meaningful programs takes the guess work out of planning your workout.
  • Adjustable resistance levels will let you add challenge to your workouts without increasing your speed.
  • Entertainment features like speakers and audio inputs make getting fit more fun.

Whether you plan to lose a few pounds or just want to stay healthy, you're looking for an indoor exercise bike that will keep you comfortable and challenged for the long run.

Back support

If you're concerned about your low back or knees, consider a recumbent bike. This style lets you use a natural seated position and provides support for your low back so that you can strengthen your cardiovascular system without worrying about pounding your joints.

You know regular exercise is important, and you want a workout that's effective, easy to start and convenient.

Feel of the road

If you are looking for an outdoor cycling experience indoors, an upright bike provides a comfortable indoor alternative. Often you can find one with a more cushioned seat than you would find on a road bike.

Varied intensity

A variety of pre-programmed workouts and an easy-to-use console will add new challenges as you grow stronger.

Whether you're setting the pace in your favorite spin class or tackling your first triathlon, you're looking for an indoor exercise bike that will complement your other training. Your bike will need to challenge you and stand up to some hard miles.

Easy tracking

User-friendly consoles make it easy to replicate the cardiovascular challenge of your favorite rides. They can also track your distance, pace per mile and effort level, all of which make it easier to get going and keep going on those days you'd rather just stay home. Interactive consoles and intuitive apps will even let you track your workouts and download them for sharing with others or to track your progress over time.


Indoor bikes offer the option of a lot of little extras that make your workouts even better. Features such as audio inputs, fans and speakers keep you comfortable and entertained.

Varied intensity

While outdoor rides are an important part of your training needs, you can alternate them with home training when your schedule keeps you off the road and out of the gym. Enjoy challenging yourself with built-in hills settings, or use your bike for a bit of easy pedaling to work out the kinks from your last training day.

Custom feel

Upright bikes bring the feel of a road bike home, and some include features like interchangeable pedals that let you customize your bike to your training needs.