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DKN AM-3i Exercise Bike View

DKN AM-3i Exercise Bike

Effectively improve cardiovascular fitness levels with the DKN AM-3i exercise bike that offers efficient and comfortable lower body training with its 11kg smooth-working flywheel, and 32 digital levels of magnetic resistance. The machine features 4 user profiles for more accurate settings and a wide selection of 18 programmes (including 1 manual, 3 user-defined, 12 pre-set, as well as heart rate control and Watt training options) to keep yourself challenged and motivated. Crucial workout data is provided on a clear, multi-colour LCD display, whilst heart rate can be easily measured via hand pulse sensors or a Bluetooth 4.0 wireless receiver with an optional chest strap. For a comfortable riding position, the bike offers a large, adjustable, gel covered seat and adjustable handlebars. Plus, it is compatible with Vescape and Kinomap fitness apps to give you access to unlimited interactive workout options. To make fitness time multi-tasking time, the machine has an integrated tablet holder.

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Viavito Satori Exercise Bike View

Viavito Satori Exercise Bike

For an enjoyable and motivating workout experience, the Viavito Satori exercise bike won’t disappoint. Its 9kg (19.8lbs) flywheel ensures smooth riding with 32 levels of computer-controlled magnetic resistance to vary the intensity and get your legs working harder. The 20 workout programmes present a challenge to get you pedalling towards your fitness goals. Measure heart rate via the hand pulse sensors or the wireless receiver (chest strap optional) and see your progress using the four heart rate control workouts. 4 user profiles allow feedback, shown on the dual colour backlit LCD display, to be personalised by saving gender, age, height and weight info. Comfort is critical for successful riding which is why the large seat is padded and adjustable horizontally and vertically, the handlebars are adjustable and there is a conveniently located bottle holder.

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DKN EMB-600 Exercise Bike View

DKN EMB-600 Exercise Bike

Built to last, the DKN EMB-600 exercise bike has a heavyweight 16kg (35.2lbs) flywheel to ensure an ultra-smooth pedal movement. At the heart of the EMB-600 is its innovative EMS brake system providing really fast resistance changes to make the bike perfectly suited for high intensity interval training. Thanks to 32 levels of digitally controlled magnetic resistance and a choice of 16 challenging programmes, the machine is great for users of all fitness levels. A blue backlit LCD display is easy to read and user-friendly, whereas 4 user profiles allow for a more personalised feedback. To enable you to maximize training efforts and take on the real-world adventures from the comfort of your home, the intuitive console works with compatible apps through Bluetooth connection. Plus, the machine makes longer riding experience comfortable with a multi-grip handlebar, an adjustable seat with extra-wide, soft padding and oversized cushioned pedals with a 2-degree inward slope.

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Viavito Onyx Folding Exercise Bike View

Viavito Onyx Folding Exercise Bike

Train your legs and lower body muscles on this practical folding exercise bike that gives you 8 levels of manually-controlled magnetic resistance and friction-free riding thanks to the 1.2kg (2.6lbs) cast iron flywheel. This indoor bike is comfortable, with its adjustable foot straps and padded seat, and an excellent choice for home use as it folds up compactly and is easy to store. It also offers heart rate measurement via the hand pulse sensors and full workout feedback on the LCD console.

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ProForm 325 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike View

ProForm 325 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike

Made to motivate you to reach your goals and provide effective and enjoyable workout sessions, the ProForm 325 CSX recumbent exercise bike offers a 7kg (15.4lbs) inertia-enhanced flywheel for smooth and quiet operation. Thanks to 22 digital levels of SMR Silent™ Magnetic Resistance, you can vary the intensity of each session, whereas an impressive choice of 25 programmes helps to keep yourself challenged. The bike is compatible with iFit® Coach BLE technology (12-month subscription included) to ensure unlimited online training options and has a clear round Watts LED display with Endurance, Tempo and Peak zones. For a comfortable workout position, there is a sliding saddle with lumbar support and to attach a music source and entertain yourself while exercising, the machine features a music port for iPod/mp3 player and stereo speakers. Plus, thanks to an adjustable tablet holder, you can multi-task while working out.

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NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent Exercise Bike View

NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent Exercise Bike

Delivering a highly efficient and comfortable cycling experience due to an innovative Step Thru™ design, the NordicTrack Commercial VR21 recumbent exercise bike concentrates on the most pleasant and relaxing biking sessions with a ventilated lumbar supported seat, extra cushioned providing proper support. The machine offers a fluid cycling motion with a 9kg (19.8lbs) effective inertia flywheel, plus with 25 levels of digital Silent Magnetic Resistance you can easily adjust the difficulty of workout to suit your fitness level. With 32 pre-set programmes, there are plenty of trainings to choose from, thus keeping yourself motivated for further progress. Additionally, with iFit® Coach BLE technology you gain access to ever-growing fitness library and revolutionary trainings taking place on real-life routes thanks to Google Maps™. The VR21 provides comprehensive training data with a user-friendly 5" backlit LCD display, therefore you can be sure what kind of progress are you making with your health and athleticism. Moreover, the machine comes with an auxiliary music port and stereo speakers, as well as the AutoBreeze workout fan to keep your body temperature cool.

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ProForm 320 CSX+ Exercise Bike View

ProForm 320 CSX+ Exercise Bike

The ProForm 320 CSX+ exercise bike is very well suited to those who want to increase fitness levels, improve cardiovascular health and shed a few pounds. It ensures a smooth, comfortable and enjoyable ride thanks to a 7kg (15.4lbs) Effective Inertia flywheel offering fluid action. With 16 levels of electronically controlled Silent Magnetic Resistance, the bike enables you to start out easy and progress to intense without interrupting your workout. The 320 CSX+ is fitted with an easy to read, user-friendly 5" high contrast multi-colour LCD display providing feedback on key workout statistics. This sturdy, sleek looking machine has 13 challenging programmes to let you target muscles in the lower body and really work those legs. It is compatible with iFit Coach BLE technology (12-month subscription included) for access to countless interactive workouts designed by certified personal trainers and global Google Maps™ routes. Measure your heart rate using hand pulse sensors or a Bluetooth Smart wireless receiver with an optional chest belt, and get into a comfortable riding position thanks to a cushioned seat with vertical and horizontal adjustment. Plus, to make each ride fun and exciting ‘me time’, there is an integrated tablet holder and a built-in sound system with dual 2” speakers.

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Exercise Bikes

The exercise bike is an ever-popular piece of fitness equipment found in homes and gyms the world over. Why is it so popular? For starters, exercise bikes are easy to use and very effective. They're also practical as they don’t take up as much space as other types of fitness machine. And, last but not least, buying one doesn't have to break the bank.

In our exercise bike buide below we’re going to look at how to choose the right model for you, explaining some of the important things to consider before pressing that but button. Did you know, for example, that there are different types of exercise bike that suit different purposes? Keep reading to find out about this and much more!

What can an exercise bike do for me?

Cycling on any kind of bike regularly will improve your overall fitness and help you stay healthier. Regular cycling will burn calories, help you lose weight, increase your stamina, build up your muscles, improve your cardiovascular fitness and provide many other related health benefits.

Plus, stationary cycling is impact free, so there’s no extra stress placed on your ankles, knees, back and other joints and body parts. This means it’s very friendly on the body and makes indoor cycling a popular exercise activity for people of all ages and fitness levels.

What types of bikes are there and which is for me?

Now we know that indoor cycling is beneficial it’s time to look at the bikes themselves. There are 3 types of exercise bike: upright, recumbent and Indoor cycles.

Upright – these provide a sitting position replicating that experienced on a road bike, you can also lean forward although obviously you work your core more in the upright position. Upright exercise bikes are very popular, delivering solid workouts while not taking up too much floor space in the home and appealing to a very wide range of users. They are also available in every price category in exsitence so whether you're looking for an inexpensive model to get started on or a bike that's going to be used by lots of people every day there are plenty of models to choose from.

Recumbent – the seats on a recumbent bike are reclined with back support, which rests the abdominals and lower back. But the revised seating position accesses a greater proportion of your back leg muscles (glutes and hamstrings) while you cycle. Recumbent models are especially suitable for those more out of shape or who are recovering from an injury, offering lower intensity riding and increased comfort.

Indoor cycles – also known as spin bikes, indoor cycles can often be found with a chain or belt driven pedalling system that is closer to a real-world outdoor riding experience. Resistance is typically set by turning a manual dial, though some electronic models can be found at the higher-end of the pricing spectrum. An indoor bike is probably the best choice if you’re a cyclist in training or want to concentrate more on performance or do interval training.

How do I choose the bike for me?

The first step is to decide which of the above types of bike suits your needs best. Having an idea of your budget is also important – you could spend under £100 on an exercise bike or over £5000! For under £100 you’re looking at simpler models with more basic build and features although there are compact folding bikes at this price point (see Storage below).

From about £200 to £1500 you’ll find a choice of uprights, recumbents and indoor cycles to meet all home workout needs. Upwards of £2000 you’re looking at more commercial quality machines.

Resistance is an important consideration because as you get fitter you’ll need to increase the resistance to challenge yourself and continue improving. Most upright and recumbent models will have magnetic resistance systems with a number of levels which you control via buttons on the console or handlebars. Indoor cycles have manual resistance usually controlled via a hand knob. You can also find air bikes, where the resistance is related to how hard you pedal.

Having a good selection of workout programs will help to keep you interested and challenged as your training programme progresses. Pre-set workouts, where the computer takes you through a defined session, can be scaled up in intensity as you get fitter by increasing the resistance level.

The weight of the flywheel has an impact on the smoothness of the ride. 7kg and above is a good level for most bikes, though some have ones weighing well over double this! More basic or compact bikes tends to have quite light flywheels, meaning they're easier to carry and store.

What ‘extras’ do bikes have?

User profiles, heart rate measurement, tablet and smartphone connectivity, interactive functions like iFit and other workout apps via Bluetooth, speakers and audio inputs are all available on certain bikes. These are by no means essential but can enhance your sessions and encourage you to use your bike more. It’s worth remembering that some manufacturers will focus on the quality of the parts and build rather than extra features.

What if I want to store it?

Exercise bikes don’t generally weigh as much as other cardio equipment, but even so they won’t fit in most cupboards. That is unless you choose a folding bike. These are extremely practical where space is limited as they are light and fold, so you can store it away when not in use and quickly and easily place it in the desired location when you’re ready to ride.

How do I get started?

Now you’ve got more of an idea about the types of bike our there, it’s time to start looking for your new fitness companion. Head up to the top of this page to begin browsing our range of top quality home exercise bikes. There are filters to refine your search by price, bike type and brand.

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