There are, generally, three types of exercise bike that you will find in a gym:
- Upright, which imitates the position of a normal bicycle and has a raised riding position that requires the ride to lean forward to grasp the handlebars. Most patrons are familiar with this type already.
- Recumbent, which features a bucket seat and allows riders to pedal in a more comfortable position. It can also allow patrons with knee or back injuries to get some much-needed exercise.
- Spin, which are typically utilised in spin class scenarios and imitate the position of a road bicycle (forcing riders to lean even further forward). They are similar to upright models but tend to have better features.
There are a number of points that you should be looking for when purchasing:
Resistance. Whilst the action of turning pedals with your feet is a strenuous exercise in itself, the fitness potential of the bike is simulated by its resistance. This can be achieved via direct tension, air, and magnetic resistance – the latter is the most expensive, but most durable.
Frame. It is important to choose bicycles that allow for adjustment without compromising the integrity of the frame. You should be able to adjust the height of the seat and the height and proximity of the handlebars (at the very least).
Control Panel & Programs. Investing in machines with a range of monitoring capabilities will greatly improve the control your patrons and trainers have over their fitness. Feedback could show speed, distance, calories burned, heart rate, and more!