Honestly, sometimes it feels as though there just isn’t enough time in a day to hop on a bicycle and go for a ride (albeit weather permitting) or hit up the gym for some intense fitness training. If you are like the average working person who loves to ride and also cares for their body, then you know about these frustrations. At most, you probably get 2-4 sessions in during the week and weekends provide all the time in the world – but that’s only 2 days! Don’t worry, I can already hear you say “who wants to workout on the weekends when there are many other things to do?”

So what’s a good solution? Well you can supplement those missed sessions with a recumbent exercise bike. These bikes give you the benefit of a great cardio workout, which helps you to burn calories, stay fit and maintain good health. However, finding the right exercise bike can be an overwhelming task for some – especially those who aren’t professional cyclists or avid trainers. So fear not fellow rebels, most of the hard work has already been done for you. Here’s a comprehensive chart of some of the best exercise bikes on the market…also checkout the picks for the top 5.

Essential Guide to Indoor Bike Trainers

Sunny Health and Fitness Pink Magnetic Recumbent Bike8 levels$$4.4
exerpeutic400Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike8 levels$$4.5
Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike with Pulse8 levels$$4.3
marcymagMarcy Recumbent Mag Cycle8 levels$$4.2
Stamina 4825 Magnetic Resistance Recumbent Bike7 levels$$4.2
Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike (2013)8 levels$$$4,1
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike20 levels$$$4.3
Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike8 levels$$$$4.3
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike25 levels$$$$4.2
Schwinn 250 Recumbent Exercise Bike16 levels$$$$4.2

Advantages of a Recumbent Bike

  • Time: This is pretty self-explanatory. Assuming that the majority of gear rebels don’t have the luxury of endless free time, then most of us work or have a family. That means that anywhere between 10-15 hours of our days are already fully occupied. Having an exercise bike means you can plan accordingly to ensure you still have time for your fitness training.
  • Convenience: You wake up and its snowing with the temperature below zero or you are heading home and it’s a scorching 98 degrees outside. No riding or exercising today! Unless you have exercise equipment at home, own an indoor bike trainer or are a superhuman athlete who can brave all the elements. The fact is, nature happens but you can take action to prevent missing weekly sessions.
  • No Excuses: Lets face it, there are tons of things that “come up” and prevent you from riding or working out during the week. You don’t want to feel as though your fitness training is a chore, so knowing that you can stick in a session at home any time should be motivation enough – also knowing your body is in kick ass shape. Quick Tip: the super lazy or non-active individuals can also benefit from one of these machines. That wasn’t a knock on you, only a helpful suggestion – BE A REBEL!
  • Comfort & Privacy: Some of us might feel intimidated at the gym or incapable of going full speed in a spin class. Well as long as you care enough to want to ride or do some sort of fitness training, then you should consider getting a recumbent bike and workout in the privacy of your own home. Besides, if you can manage to build up the proper collection of exercise equipment, all those fees are one time costs and you won’t need to worry with some over-blown ‘health club’. Food for thought!

Top 5 Recumbent Bike Reviews

Stamina 4825 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike

Stamina 4825 recumbent exercise bikeThe Stamina exercise bike features a comfortable seat and large weighted pedals for support and stability during training. Its key features are the ergonomically designed seat that provides great support for your back and the magnetic resistance system, which allows for a smooth and quiet workout. In addition, the Stamina is capable of supporting body weights of up to 300lbs, thanks to the stabilizing caps on its legs and the sturdy dimensions which measure 56L x 26W x 33.5H inches when assembled. Tech-wise, the bike features an LCD that allows you to choose from 6 preset workouts, as well as gives feedback about important information such distance travelled, calories burned, speed and heart rate. The latter is supplied from holding onto the handrails, which have built-in pulse sensors. To adjust the levels of resistance, there is a dial that you can adjust simply by turning until the desired resistance is achieved. Setting up the bike shouldn’t take long for most people and the included guide is also helpful. The only knock on this otherwise good machine is that the tools supplied for assembly may make it difficult to set up for some. If you encounter this problem, other riders recommend that you use your own tools if you have any, which would help the otherwise easy assembly process. Get it if you want a bike that combines comfort, usability and quietness all in one package.

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Schwinn 230 recumbent exercise bikeListen up techies, here’s an exercise bike that is sure to spark your interest. The Schwinn 230 takes things up a notch in comparison to other models of recumbent bikes by allowing users to access the Schwinn Connect online service via a USB port, and allowing them to sync their fitness training data with myfitnesspal. How’s that for added convenience from your home training equipment? The Schwinn is also preloaded with 22 programs, including a dual user setting which can make for some interesting training sessions with a partner or friend – a little added motivation and fun. With 20 levels of resistance, an LCD screen that displays feedback from 13 categories, and a quick start button for immediate personalization, this recumbent bike will definitely help you boost your fitness training. The seat was designed with the user in mind and has a well built foundation. Therefore, you it is comfortable and can support body weights of 300lbs (some users claimed it can support upwards of 320lbs). The overall build quality is outstanding and the ease of setup and quiet operation are just extra features among others that make it one of our top choices. If tech appeals to you and the convenience of monitoring your fitness program is paramount, then the Schwinn 230 is your ideal choice.

Sunny Health and Fitness Pink Magnetic Recumbent Bike

Sunny recumbent exercise bikeYou’re probably thinking, “its pink, its for girls”. Well before you skip it let me ask you this: Does lazy or bad health have a color? Don’t think that this is here as suggestion for our female rebels. Absolutely not! As the most affordable recumbent bike in the top 5, the Sunny Health & Fitness gives you all the bare necessities needed for an effective workout. It’s also a great option for those who might be now starting out in their fitness training. The bike is sturdy and has a magnetic resistance system that has 8 levels of resistance. The LCD displays basic information such as distance, calories burned, speed, and heart rate. The seat won’t be as ergonomic or comfortable for bigger bodies compared to some of the other bikes but along with the frame, it can support body weights of up to 220lbs. The Sunny Health & Fitness is as barebones as you are going to get but don’t mistake affordable with cheap, it will still make you break a sweat. So if your fitness needs are basic or you are under 220lbs, then take a look at this exercise bike.

Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike with Pulse

Exerpeutic recumbent exercise bikeWhat the Sunny Health and Fitness bike lacks in body weight support, the Exerpeutic makes up for with its 300lbs body weight support frame. The seat is also well designed to support both your butt and back and is able to accommodate users of varying builds. The built-in handrails heart sensors absent from lower end bikes, projects your pulse onto an LCD screen in addition to calories burned, distance travelled, speed and time. However, there are no preloaded programs. One feature that doesn’t get too much mention is the ability for users to set a desired heart rate level, this can be extremely useful for those who don’t have the physical capability of pushing themselves past a certain limit due to fitness level or health concerns. The Exerpeutic also has a quiet magnetic resistance system, which can be adjusted with the turn of a dial to cycle through 8 levels of resistance. The only drawback with this exercise bike, according to some users is the seat adjustment. However, considering that this might be a one-user machine, once you make adjustments for your body type you won’t need to be changing it. Unless of course you are a growing teenager or an adult capable of stretching like Mr. Fantastic (Fantastic Four reference). All jokes aside, setting up the bike shouldn’t be too time consuming thanks to the supplied instructions. Considering all that it offers, we would probably rank this bike ahead of the Sunny Health and Fitness for beginning to average users.

Schwinn 250 Recumbent Exercise Bike

Schwinn 250 recumbent exercise bikeAsk most people who use recumbent bikes about the Schwinn Brand and you are sure to hear about its popularity and reliability. It’s not a coincidence that the Schwinn 250 is another great choice, even in comparison to the Schwinn 230. It has a robust and fully adjustable seat that offers outstanding lower back support for users. The seat size and durable frame means that this bad boy can support multiple body sizes and body weights of 300lbs. The control unit is large and has a highly visual LCD, which can be used for personalizing your workout by choosing from the 16 preset programs. The unit also has speakers, an mp3 port and telemetry monitoring, in addition to the heart rate monitor. It also comes with the Schwinn Advantage feature, which lets you keep track of your fitness training. This exercise bike also has a magnetic resistance system making it one of the more quieter workout systems on the market. Resistance adjustments allow you to pick from 16 levels of resistance to suit your endurance needs. Setting up the Schwinn 250 takes about the same time as any home workout equipment of this kind, plus the included manual is very detailed and is a helpful guide if you run into any problems. If you want to stick with a reputable brand that offers a high endurance workout but don’t care too much about some extra convenience features like myfitnesspal compatibility, then you may want to consider purchasing the Schwinn 250 recumbent bike.

What’s Next

This guide was for recumbent exercise bikes, check out this guide for spinning bikes. Hopefully the information provided above can serve as a useful guide for helping you to choose your own recumbent exercise bike. Remember to always have an idea of what your needs are and consider other factors such as price, training intensity, resistance levels, size & weight of the units, as well as your personal body composition. So go ahead: Gear up, Get Fit & Enjoy the Ride!