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2013 "Best Buy" Exercise Bikes
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
Best Buy Indoor Cycle - Under $400
Horizon M-4 Indoor Cycle - The Horizon M-4 is a sturdy, well made, mid-range indoor cycle with everything you need for a serious indoor cycling workout. This is the best buy for a completely mechanical fitness bike (other than the electronic console for workout stats).
The Horizon M-4 has comes with a 42 Pound Flywheel for a smooth and stable workout, Aerobar (pitchfork shaped) handlebars for plenty of riding positions, Chain Drive and a 10 year warranty on the frame to backup your purchase.
Indoor Cycles of this quality are usually priced much higher than the Horizon M-4, so if you are looking for a great workout of your body and not your wallet, check out the Horizon M-4 Indoor Cycle Review.
Best Indoor Cycle - $500-$800
Sole 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 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 Indoor Cycle - $800-$1000
Livestrong LS9.9IC Indoor Cycle - For serious indoor cycling workouts at home we recommend the Livestrong LS9.9IC Indoor Cycle. The LS9.9IC is a sturdy, durable and well made fitness bike, from Johnson Fitness (near Madison Wisconsin) that has been a favorite among cyclists for years.
The 40-pound flywheel, belt drive system , cantilevered braking system, highly adjustable seat and handlebars and the console computer make this Indoor Cycle an easy bike to recommend.
For more information and/or to buy this Indoor Cycle see Livestrong LS9.9IC 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.
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 Recumbent Under $400
Horizon RC-30 Recumbent - The Horizon RC-30 is a high quality recumbent exercise bike with more features than you would expect in its price range. Horizon is a high quality brand made by Johnson Fitness near Madison Wis. and comes with an excellent warranty.
This recumbent has a lifetime warranty on the bike itself. For more on the Lifetime Warranty and/or to buy this fitness bike at the best price see the Horizon RC-30 Recumbent Bike Review.
Best Buy Recumbent Bike $400-$500
Nordic Track GX4.5 - The Nordic Track GX4.5 is a high quality recumbent fitness bike, with all of the features that you would expect in its price range. You get the Nordic Track name along with the excellent Nordic Track warranty.
This recumbent also has plenty of options for variety and motivation with the iFit technology in addition to the built-in workout programs. For more on the Lifetime Warranty and/or to buy this fitness bike at the best price see the Nordic Track GX4.5 Recumbent Exercise Bike Review.
Best Recumbent $600-$700
NordicTrack Commercial VR Recumbent - The Commercial VR is built like a rock with a heavy duty frame, a 350lb weight capacity, very strong resistance system, cardiogrip heart-rate monitor, wireless chest strap, and a comfortable, highly padded and easily adjustable seat.
The Commercial VR comes with a Lifetime Guarantee on the Frame, 32 workout apps, 24 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 Recumbent Bike Review.
Best Recumbent Exercise Bike Over $700
Sole R92 Recumbent - The 2013 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
Schwinn 150 Upright - The Schwinn 150 is our New Best Buy upright for under $350. There are lower priced upright bikes but you will not get the quality, features, reputation or warranty that you get with the Schwinn 150 Upright.
The Schwinn 150 is a solid and stable upright fitness bike featuring quiet magnetic ECB resistance system, Multi-Color Backlit LCD, 4 Heart Rate control programs, oversized seat and pedals, telemetry and grip heart rate monitors, 18 workout programs, 16 resistance levels, iPod/MP3 connection and speakers and many more options all at a very reasonable price.
We can easily recommend this stationary bike for moderate residential use. For more information and/or to buy this bike online see Schwinn 150 Upright Bike Review.
Best Buy Upright $300-$400
Nordic Track GX2.5 Upright - You will probably be more comfortable on the Nordic Track GX2.5 Upright than you would be on your own outdoor bike and you will basically get the same (or better) workout than you would outdoors.
See the link below to find out how this is done and why the motivational technology of iFit Live and Google Maps, along with the oversized and fully adjustable padded seat, CardioGrip™ Heart Rate Monitor, 20 resistance levels and 20 Free Workout Apps make this a Best Buy.
For an Upright Exercise Bike with comfort, technology, quality and a trusted brand name in fitness equipment at an very low price see the Nordic Track GX2.5 Upright Exercise Review.
Best Upright Bike $500-$600
Livestrong LS5.0U Upright - The Livestrong LS5.0U Upright adds Motivation to your workout routine with Uploadable Stats, new (Free) Downloadable Workout Routines, New Console Apps, Workout Tracking and Reporting.
In addition to the stability and smooth riding motion that all of the NEW Livestrong models give you, you get the Livetrack Interactive option, USB port and
iPod/MP3 player jack and speakers.
The Livetrack Interactive option allows you to upload your workout data (to the free Livestrong MyPlate site), download new professional trainer workouts (also free) and update the console with upgrades and improvements from the Livestrong site as they become available.
For an Upright Fitness Bike with comfort, stability, durability and plenty of tracking and motivational features see the Livestrong LS5.0U Upright Review.
Best Upright Exercise Bike $700-$800
Sole 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 2011 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.