Buying Guide for Recumbent Bike
Posted by: Atul Singh

Recumbent bikes have been available in markets for decades and used extensively at home and commercial gym. Recumbent bike is basically an exercise bike with back support. Recumbent bike eliminates the risk or injuries and soreness after the workout due to easiness on knees and joints. There are various models of recumbent bike available in the market with different price tags and specifications. Before purchasing a recumbent bike the most important thing to consider is your personal requirement which should match with your fitness goals.

Few things to consider before buying:


Before you even consider buying a recumbent bike first decide your fitness goals because you will find various recumbent bike with different specifications and features. If you are looking light cardio workout then prefer buying recumbent bike with less specifications. If you are looking heavy cardio workout then prefer buying recumbent bike with some advanced specifications. Price will vary for both the recumbent bike. The bottom line is that you don’t want to pay more if your fitness goal is not matching to it, so know your fitness goal first before deciding to purchase any recumbent bike.


Recumbent bike typically comes with magnetic driven resistance system. Lower end models comes up with manual controlled resistance. High end recumbent have electronically controlled resistance. Changing the resistance will make the movement of pedaling more tough which will help in burning more calories.


The flywheel weight is one of the most important criteria to look for when deciding to buy a recumbent bike. It basically tells you about the quality, comfort and fluidity of pedaling. Too light flywheel will cause unpleasant jerks while pedaling. Flywheel weight is directly related to resistance, heavier the flywheel, more pedaling will be required to reach the desired speed. Always prefer a recumbent bike with minimum flywheel weight of 6kg.

Comfort and adjustment

The most appropriate word to define recumbent bike is comfort. The flywheel system is located in the front and the seat is not that far away. Most of the recumbent bike have hand rails beside seat with sensors which measures heart rate. In recumbent bikes the seat adjustment comes in two way, few recumbent bikes have sideways seat adjustment which the user can change as per his stride length. Other recumbent bikes have inclined seat adjustment.


Recumbent bikes are generally bulky and are not foldable. Before purchasing a recumbent bike make sure that you have enough space to keep it. Recumbent bikes are basically indoor bikes and should be placed in dry room without much temperature variation.


Every recumbent bike will have basic console features like time, distance, speed, calories, heart rate and pulse sensor. Higher end recumbent bike comes up with in-built Bluetooth feature and also touch console. It depends upon your fitness goals whether going for a touch console or normal console.

Max user weight

The weight of cross trainer and maximum user weight supported by the recumbent bike are inter linked. A lighter recumbent bike will have lower maximum user weight and mostly vary from 90-100kg. Medium and heavy recumbent bike have higher max user weight and mostly vary from 120-150kg. If your user weight is just touching the maximum user weight of a recumbent bike then I would recommend you to go for next higher model to avoid any issue.


The burning question for everyone whoever is looking to purchase a recumbent bike because it takes a huge investment and you want to make sure that you go for the right recumbent bike. You will find ‘n’ number for recumbent bikes model with ‘n’ number of prices. You should consider the recumbent bike which is in sync with your fitness goals and desired specification.


Warranty is something which generally people over look due to price. Warranty is the indicator for the quality and the trust manufacturer has on his product. If you go for high end recumbent bike the warranty will be more and vice versa. You should go for the recumbent bike which has at least one year warranty and life time frame warranty.


You will find n number of brands in the market with n number of models for recumbent bikes. The right way to choose any brand is to look for number of years the brand has been in the industry along with a good after sales service. The top brands as per my research for recumbent bikes are Life fitness, Technogym and REACH. The standout brand among these three is REACH purely on the basis of right price matching with the desired specifications.


After searching online I have found the REACH recumbent bikes as the best one available in the market with the right specifications. Personal experience will tell you that you should always purchase these machines offline once you have the full satisfaction of what you are getting as you are making a big investment. I have bought REACH R-400 recumbent bike as it was in sync with my fitness goals and budget. Other good thing of REACH was the delivery and installation process which was very smooth. The service person were well experienced and certified. You can visit to know more about REACH Recumbent bikes.