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2016 "Best Buy" Exercise Bikes
by Category and Price

The following exercise bike reviews and recommendations are based on a number of factors. Each factor is very important when considering what qualifies as a "Best Buy." This includes...

      • Overall Design and Engineering
      • The Quality of the Components
      • The Extent of the Warranty
      • Multiple Review Analysis
      • Customer Service Reputation

Our Best-Buy selections are by Price Range within Fitness Bike Category:

Best Indoor Cycles

Best Buy Indoor Cycle - Under $400

NordicTrack 3.5 Indoor Cycle -NordicTrack GX3.5The NordicTrack GX3.5 provides a good workout at a low cost. The 40lb Flywheel gives you a stable ride and the Four End Handlebar Design allows more positions for less fatigue.

You even get an electronic console that is easy to use and right in front of you so you can easily check your workout stats at anytime.

Of course, you also get the fully adjustable seat and handlebars, for a perfect fit and a chain drive and friction based resistance system.

See the NordicTrack GX3.5 Indoor Cycle Review for our review and all the details on this bike.

Best Buy Indoor Cycle - $400-$600

Proform 315 IC Indoor Cycle -Proform 315 ICThe Proform 315IC gives you the features that you expect from any Indoor Cycling Bike including Infinately adjustable Resistance via the felt pads, Quick Stop Braking with the brake lever, Fully Adjustable Seat and Handlebars, non-slip handlebars with cross bars for more hand positions and Pedal Straps for a full cycling leg workout.

You also get a very nice console with the key workout stats which also accepts a Polar® heart-rate monitor and you get a couple of free workout DVDs.

Indoor Cycles of this quality are usually priced much higher than the Proform 315IC, so if you are looking for a great workout of your body and not your wallet, check out the Proform 315 IC Indoor Cycle Review.

Best Indoor Cycle -  $700-$800

Sole SB700 Indoor CycleSole SB700 Indoor Cycle - Finding the perfect riding positions, for your serious indoor fitness routine, is easy with the fully adjustable seat and multi-position handlebars found on the Sole SB700 Indoor Cycle.

The Sole SB700 also gives you a quiet and stable ride, an attractive 48lb chrome flywheel plus Sole also includes an easy to use electronic console to monitor your fitness routine.

The console monitors RPM, time, KCal, distance and speed and is also compatible with wireless heart rate chest straps.

For more information and/or to buy this bike see Sole SB700 Indoor Cycle.

Best High Tech Indoor Cycle

Proform Tour de France (TDF) Indoor Cycle - If you would like a Tour de France style workout or relief from the boredom of your indoor fitness routine, you will want to check out the new and very exciting Proform TDF Indoor Cycle. Proform RDF Centennial

This bike is unlike any Indoor Cycle currently on the market and can really add some fun to your otherwise serious indoor workout and training routine.

The Proform TDF is a magnetic resistance Indoor Cycle that uses the iFit Live and Google Maps technologies to control the bikes resistance and incline/decline to simulate any course, roads, trails or "stage" that you select.

For more information on this exciting new product, see the Proform Tour de France (TDF) Indoor Cycle Review.

Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes

Best Buy Recumbent Bike under $800

Horizon Comfort-RHorizon Comfort-R - Recumbent Exercise Bikes are generally more comfortable and provide more upper body support than upright models and the Horizon Comfort-R is not only comfortable it is also a high quality fitness bike priced lower than most others in its category.

You can tell by the model name, the "Comfort" R, some of what the people at Horizon had in mind. The Comfort-R is definitely very comfortable but there is actually much more to this bike than just comfort alone.

For more on the Lifetime Warranty and/or to buy this fitness bike at the best price see the Horizon Comfort-R Recumbent Review.

Best Recumbent $800-$1000

NordicTrack Commercial VR Recumbent - The Commercial VR  is built like a tank with a heavy duty frame, a 375lb weight capacity, very strong resistance system, cardiogrip heart-rate monitor, wireless chest strap, and a comfortable, ventilated and easily adjustable seat. Commercial VR

The Commercial VR comes with a Lifetime Guarantee on the Frame, 32 workout apps, 26 resistance levels and an easy to read 7 inch console display.

For additional motivation this bike is iFit compatible ~ allowing you to download more workouts and routes ~ comes with an iPod/MP3 player jack and speakers and easy to use console controls in the lower handlebars.

For more information and/or to buy this bike at the best price see our NordicTrack Commercial VR Pro Bike Review.

Best Recumbent Exercise Bike $1,000-$1,100

Sole R92 Recumbent Exercise Bike Best over $700Sole R92 Recumbent - The Sole R92 Recumbent gives you a comfortable and productive workout with an large and easy to use console. The industry leading warranty also takes the worry out of your online purchase.

The Sole R92 is a sturdy, quiet and comfortable recumbent that comes with all the extras like hand-grip and chest strap heart-rate monitors, heart rate control programs, a large 9 inch display and iPod/MP3 hook ups and speakers.

For more information and/or to buy this fitness bike at the best price see the Sole R92 Recumbent Bike Review.

Best Upright Exercise Bikes

Best Buy Upright Bike Under $350

Proform 5.0 ES Upright - The Proform 5.0 ES  is our New Best Buy Upright for Proform 5.0 ES Uprightunder $350. There are lower priced upright bikes but you will not get the quality, features, reputation or warranty that you get with the Proform 5.0 Upright.  

The Proform 5.0 Upright gives you a nice mix of comfort and motivational features at a very reasonable price.

You get a very nice, comfortable, heavily padded and fully adjustable seat (that adjusts vertically and horizontally), a 14lb flywheel and motivational features including an iPod/MP3 player port with sound system and an iFit® Compatible Console.

We can easily recommend this stationary bike for moderate residential use. For more information and/or to buy this bike online see our Proform 5.0 ES Upright Review.


Best Buy Upright $400-$700

Horizon Comfort-U UprightHorizon Comfort-U Upright - The Flat-Bar Handlebars on the Comfort-U feel more like a traditional outdoor bike and the total step-through design makes it easy to hop on and off this bike.

You also get a newly designed electronic console that is easy to read and use and has many new features including the Heart Rate Wheel, which shows your current heart-rate in addition to the Heart-Rate zone that you are in as you ride, and a music player jack and speaker so you can lose those ear buds if you like.

For an Upright Exercise Bike with comfort, technology, quality and a trusted brand name in fitness equipment at a discounted price see the Horizon Comfort-U Upright Review.

Best Upright Exercise Bike $700-$800

Sole B94 Upright for 2013Sole B94 Upright - For the best in-home and light commercial quality Upright Fitness Bike at an affordable price we have selected the Sole B94 Upright.

In addition to the outstanding quality of Sole Fitness fitness bikes, you get a very comfortable Gel Seat, Large Easy-to-Read Console Display with Built-in Heart-Rate control programs.

You also get the hands-free Heart-Rate Chest-Strap in addition to the usual handle grip HR monitors, a music player jack and sound system and a 300lb weight capacity.

For our top-pick Upright Bike see the Sole B94 Upright Fitness Bike Review.

Our 2015, 2016 Best Buy Exercise Bike recommendations are based on our own personal testing, reviews with industry professionals and product specialists, product sales and pricing and customer reviews and ratings.

Features and prices can change without notice. We can not be held responsible for equipment malfunction or service failures on the part of the manufacturer.