Best exercise bikes – the top indoor cycling machines to get you moving

Smash your fitness goals at home with our pick of the best exercise bikes for every budget

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Getting fit doesn’t have to mean signing up to an expensive gym membership. Investing in an exercise bike is a great place to start if you fancy training at home. Just 20 minutes of cycling a few times a week is enough to burn fat and improve your fitness. 

To help you decide which exercise bike to buy we’ve rounded up a few worth considering. Our list includes budget exercise bikes, folding bikes and bikes that work with your smartphone and even your Apple Watch to help you track your fitness goals.

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1. Reebok GSB Electronic Bike

One of the best exercise bikes under £600

Size : 105 x 52 x 127 cm
Resistance: 32 electronic resistance levels
Max Use Weight : 135 kg
Monitor: LCD display
Flywheel: 18 kg
Reasons to buy
+Preset programmes+Pulse sensors track your heart rate+32 resistance levels
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t connect to smartphone apps

You don’t have to spend a fortune to own a gym-quality exercise bike - the Reebok GSB Electronic bike fits the bill at under £600. The 32 resistance levels and preset programmes provide enough of a challenge no matter your level of fitness. 

The GSB electronic bike is powered by an electronic resistance system but can also be used without having to be plugged into the mains. Adjustable foot straps, handlebars and seating provide comfort, while pulse sensors track your heart rate as you cycle.

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2. Peloton Bike+

Best for replicating that gym class feeling

Size : 149 x 135 x 58 cm
Resistance: Magnetic with digital adjustment
Max Use Weight: 135 kg / 21 stone, 3 lbs
Monitor: 10-point Multitouch Touchscreen
Reasons to buy
+Live weekly classes+Just like having a gym instructor in your home+Easy to stay motivated+Near-silent belt for quiet operation+Automatically adjusts tension
Reasons to avoid

The Peleton Bike+ is the best exercise bike around if you miss the gym or struggle to motivate yourself at home. It has all you need to stay fit thanks to a built-in monitor that displays live weekly classes from a real human trainer. You can pick from thousands of classes to do in your own time. 

One of the more impressive features is automatic tension adjustment – when the trainer on screen says it’s time to ramp things up the bike will automatically increase the resistance. 

The large screen even has a built-in speaker with subwoofer for a proper spin class feel. And when you’re done cycling, the screen rotates to make it easier to follow the strength and weights classes available. 

With so many different classes available it’s like having a personal trainer in your own home. Peleton Bike+ even works with your Apple Watch to track your heart rate and calories burnt.

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3. JLL RE600 Recumbent Bike

Best for cycling in comfort

Size: 147.5 x 66 x 130 cm
Resistance: Electronic Magnetic Resistance
Monitor: 12 Workout Programs
Flywheel: 6kg One-Way Flywheel
Reasons to buy
+Great for those with lower back or neck pain+12 workout programmes+Compatible with smartphones, tablets and smartwatches
Reasons to avoid
-Takes up a lot of space

Recumbent bikes may look a little different but offer extra an extra level of comfort for those who suffer from back or neck pain. The JLL RE600 PRO Recumbent Bike has an adjustable seat, soft grip pedals and an ergonomic design for a cozy ride during workouts.  

A 9 function monitor displays: time, distance, speed, distance, heart rate and calories burnt. The JLL RE600 will also connect to your smartphone – making it easier to track your progress as you get fitter.

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4. YYFITT 2-in-1 Fitness Exercise Bike with Resistance Bands

Ideal if you don’t have much space at home

Size : 96 x 53 x 113 cm
Resistance: 16 levels
Monitor: LCD screen
Flywheel: 2.5 kg flywheel
Reasons to buy
+Can be used upright or in a recumbent position+Resistance bands add variety to workouts+Folds up for easy storage
Reasons to avoid
-Not as many resistance levels as pricier bikes-The console is basic

If the thought of crowding your home with gym equipment has put you off home workouts in the past, then check out the YYFITT 2-in-1 Fitness Exercise Bike. It folds up for easy storage and can be used in an upright or recumbent position. 

At under £200 it’s not as expensive as some of the other models on our list but has plenty of features to help you keep fit at home such as 16 resistance levels, an LCD screen that displays your speed, distance and heart rate. 

A large backrest delivers extra comfort while cycling, while resistance bands provide extra variety for upper body training as you smash those personal bests.

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5. Stages CS2

The smoothest ride for high intensity training

Size: 63 x 111 x 110 cm
Resistance: Magnetic
Max Use Weight: 158kg / 350 Pounds
Flywheel: 23kg
Reasons to buy
+Top quality build+Used by actual spin class instructors+Change resistance with a single touch+Easy height adjustment+10-year warranty
Reasons to avoid

Used by some of the world’s most popular spin class studios – and is a personal favorite of mine – the Stage CS2 comes with a trusted seal of approval. Everything about it is designed for the smoothest ride possible. The Carbon Drive system makes cycling at home feel so natural for an authentic outdoor feel. 

Adjusting the resistance is easy too. The SprintShift system lets you adjust the difficulty with a single touch – which makes this bike perfect for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) routines where you’re required to constantly adjust the resistance.

Are stationary bikes worth it?

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Stationary bikes are definitely worth the investment, especially when coupled with a balanced diet.

Riding a stationary exercise bike is an effective way to burn calories and and stubborn belly fat while strengthening your heart, lungs, and muscles. 

What's more, in comparison to many other types of cardio equipment, a stationary exercise bike will put less stress on your joints – while still providing an excellent aerobic workout.

What is the difference between an exercise bike and a spin bike?

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Exercise bikes are a lot more comfortable than spin bikes thanks to the fact they usually have higher handlebars. Traditional exercise bikes resemble moving bicycles without tires. With comfort at the forefront of its design, this type of bike is particularly beneficial for those with back injuries.

Spin bikes offer a far more more realistic experience of cycling outside thanks to their fixed flywheel. You will also tend to burn more calories on a spin bike because you'll incorporate more muscles into the exercise (if you stand up) and because it takes more energy to keep that flywheel going.

According to Cycle Masters: 'Most people start exercising with the same goal: a healthier lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight or improve your fitness, it’s all about feeling fit and healthy. Both spin and exercise bikes are suitable to increase your lung capacity and improve your physical fitness.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

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