Looking to get a killer workout from your living room? You’ve come to the right place. If you haven’t got room for a treadmill, an exercise bike is a great way to get all the aerobic and muscular benefits that complement your running, without the impact.
We've already rounded up the best workouts for runners to try on a stationary bike, but if you're planning to add a bike to your home-gym set-up, we've found the best on the market.
Already got a road bike or mountain bike at home? You may want to consider investing in a turbo trainer instead, which transforms your bike into a static one – we've reviewed the best turbo trainers here.
The best exercise bikes on the market 2021:
We've rounded up our top picks, from affordable bikes to use now and again, to advanced options that could revolutionise your training:
1. JLL IC300 Indoor Exercise Bike
Best for: those looking for road-like experience
The JLL is a chain-driven exercise bike, giving you a similar experience to being on the road. The 18kg flywheel is designed to provide a smooth ride for beginners and experienced cyclists alike; there's also a small function monitor that gives you live information on your time, speed, distance, calories and pulse.
2. NordicTrack Commercial S10i Studio Bike
Best for: tuning in to live workouts
If you're living in a flat, or you're hoping to fit in a spin session without waking everyone up, this will do the job: the NordicTrack is designed with SMR (Silent Magnetic Resistance) that offers frictionless changes between the 24 digital levels. There's also a 10-inch full-colour screen, so you can tune in to on-demand and pre-recorded cycling sessions.
3. Opti Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike
Best for: those looking for an affordable option
If you're not looking to spend a fortune, this will do the job. It folds away for storage, has variable tension control and the console gives you all the information you need – such as time, distance, speed, heart rate and calories burnt.
4. JTX Cyclo Studio: Indoor Training Bike
Best for: those looking for all the bells and whistles
JTX has designed this bike for runners and cyclists who are serious about their indoor training. There's a 25kg perimeter-weighted Max Traction flywheel, which allows for smooth pedalling and greater efficiency during indoor training. The computer console tracks cadence, speed, pulse, time and distance, plus there's a tablet holder, which allows you to tune into live and pre-recorded workouts.
5. Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX-5S
Best for: those with lots of space
This comes with a 22-inch screen, which allows you to interactively join live or on-demand workouts. There are wheels on the front for moving the bike, but it doesn't fold down, so you'll need to have space for it to be set up all the time. You can split the cost into monthly payments.
6. Decathlon Essential Exercise Bike
Best for: those looking for a bike less than £100
Another super-affordable option, this offering from Decathlon allows you to spin away, without breaking the bank. It's got eight levels of manual resistance and the small console tells you your calories, distance, duration and speed. It probably won't be high-tech enough for serious training, but if you're looking to do some gentle recovery rides, it's a good choice.
7. Decathlon Basic Exercise Bike
Best for: those looking for an affordable bike to use a couple of times per week
This bike from Decathlon is more like the spinning bike you might be used to in the gym. It's designed to be used for an average of five hours per week, so won't suit serious cyclists, but if you want something for cross-training, it'll do the trick. It's easy to move around, (thanks to the front wheels), it's stable and the saddle and handlebars can be easily adjusted – handy if there are two of you sharing the bike.
8. JTX Cyclo-3 Indoor Racer Bike
Best for: those looking for a spin-class experience for less than £400
This is designed to give you a spin-class experience from home. It has a 17kg flywheel and infinity resistance for a smooth, balanced ride. The resistance-control knob allows you to easily up the challenge to simulate riding uphill, or reduce it when things get too tough. There are also toe-clip pedals, meaning you can ride wearing your running shoes. Wheels allow you to move the bike from room to room.
9. Life Fitness IC5 Group Exercise Bike
Best for: a spin-class experience
If you're a spin fanatic, there's a good chance you'll have already tried this bike, or one similar to it. It has a real road-bike feel and there's a fully integrated LCD screen, to display your watts, heart rate, RPM, exercise duration and resistance level. It comes fully assembled and has a three-year guarantee.
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