Stationary bikes are the most basic exercise bikes which are available at commercial gym and at home. Whenever you start your workout, first thing you look to purchase is a Stationary bike. Stationary bike are also called up right bikes. There are various models of Stationary bikes available in the market with different price tags and specifications. Before purchasing a Stationary 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 Stationary or upright bike first decide your fitness goals because you will find various Stationary bikes with different specifications and features. If you are looking light cardio workout then prefer buying Stationary bikes with less specifications. If you are looking heavy cardio workout then prefer buying Stationary bikes with some advanced specifications. Price will vary for both the Stationary bikes. 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 Stationary bikes.
Stationary bikes typically comes with magnetic driven resistance system. Lower end models comes up with manual controlled resistance. High end Stationary bikes 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 Stationary bikes. 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 Stationary bike with minimum flywheel weight of 4kg.
Stationary bikes basically have two kinds of seat adjustment. One is in which seat can be adjusted vertically and other is in which seat is adjusted horizontally. Basic stationary bikes comes with vertical seat adjustment. High end Stationary bikes have both kinds of seat adjustment. It will basically depends on your requirement. I would recommend you to go for Stationary bikes having both kinds of seat adjustment.
Basic Stationary bikes are lighter in weight and are foldable. Before purchasing a Stationary bike make sure that you have enough space to keep it. Stationary bikes are basically indoor bikes and should be placed in dry room without much temperature variation.
Every Stationary bike will have basic console features like time, distance, speed, calories, heart rate and pulse sensor. Higher end Stationary 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 Stationary bike and maximum user weight supported by the Stationary bike are inter linked. A lighter Stationary bike will have lower maximum user weight and mostly vary from 90-100kg. Medium and heavy Stationary bikes have higher max user weight and mostly vary from 120-150kg. If your user weight is just touching the maximum user weight of a Stationary bikes 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 Stationary bike because it takes a huge investment and you want to make sure that you go for the right Stationary bike. You will find ‘n’ number for Stationary bikes model with ‘n’ number of prices. You should consider the Stationary 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 Stationary bikes the warranty will be more and vice versa. You should go for the Stationary 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 Stationary 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 Stationary 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 Stationary 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 B-400 Stationary bike as it was in sync with my fitness goals and budget. Another deciding factor was the warranty period. 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 www.reach2fitness.com to know more about REACH Stationary bikes.
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