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Choosing an exercise bike will depend on your fitness goals (getting/staying in shape, losing weight, performance development). There are five criteria to consider: use frequency, pedalling action, coaching, comfort and handling.
Choosing an exercise bike depends on your fitness goals.
FOR REGULAR USAGE
If you want to lose weight or tone up, we suggest choosing a model with various programmes to keep you motivated. These models are great for training more regularly to help you reach your goals. They have a comfier saddle, are easier to mount and also adapt to suit different heights.
FOR OCCASIONAL USAGE
If you want to get back into sport or stay in shape, go for a bike with manual adjustments and simple programmes with basic information. These models are easy to use and are perfect for occasional use.
FOR INTENSIVE USAGE
If you want to improve your athletic performances, go for a model with more features. These models were designed for intensive use and offer a greater number of programmes, heart rate monitor and coaching solutions.
Comfortable pedalling means a smooth motion without jerks. The flywheel weight is a major factor in this action, which is why we suggest choosing a model with a flywheel weighing at least 3 kg for improved joint comfort. Remember that the heavier the flywheel, the more comfortable pedalling will be, especially if you plan to cycle regularly. You should try several models to find the level of pedalling comfort that suits you best.
Different exercise bikes offer different features:
Basic indicators on all exercise bikes will provide the information you need to start out: speed, distance, exercise time, average calories burnt, etc.
Various programmes (such as weight loss, performance development, etc.) and heart rate tracking are great to change up your workouts, track your progress and develop your performances. Remember that for maximum accuracy on heart rate, you should opt for models with a heart rate strap.
Compatible applications for certain exercise bikes can give you a customised workout depending on your physical ability and goals. Enjoy having a real coach at home!
On certain models of exercise bikes, the height of the handlebar is adjustable, in addition to the saddle. This criterion of comfort is a significant advantage to have a better posture during your workouts. It will allow a better adaptation to your morphology.
Some exercise bikes have adjustable handlebars in addition to adjustable saddles. This comfort criteria is very important to have a better position during workouts. It allows you to adjust the bike to your body.
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