Top-Rated Exercise Bikes 2015

165087295_XSAn exercise bike, more commonly known as stationary bike, is a type of indoor exercise bike that allow you to get all the benefits of real cycling outdoors without having to leave your home. Additionally, you can easily replace your need for an instructor or gym membership by simply setting up your indoor bike by your computer or TV and watching an array of fitness DVDs or any of the tons of workout program videos on Youtube. Strap on a pair of quality indoor bike shoes and it can be just you and your exercise bike.

There are, of course, a lot of brands and models that cover almost every feature and price level you would come to expect when looking for the perfect machine. To help you zero in on the best model for you, we’ve broken down our top choices for the best exercise bikes below.

Top-Rated Upright Exercise Bike

For starter, the Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike, is one that is so easy to assemble right out of the box. Although the instruction suggests getting two people to work on its assembly, it can very well be a one-person job. Every part has a clear label indicating the side where it corresponds. All the necessary tools, as well as bolts and screws are also included in the package. You will surely have the bike ready for you in no time.

Another great feature of this model is its fan integrated into its body. The advantage of having a fan is the unlimited  resistance, which you can achieve simply by pedaling harder. Also, on the plus side, the harder you pedal, the breezier it gets. This type of resistance is low on the noise too, which means that nothing will get in the way of you doing some other activities while pedaling, like watching TV or listening to music. At top speeds it does become louder, but not to the point of becoming annoying. Moreover, there’s the much improved console that gauge for stats on calories, distance and speed. When it comes to comfort, it doesn’t disappoint either. All in all, this model is an extremely well-built bicycle and the fact that you can use it for both your upper and lower body is a huge plus, because this feature catapults it among the very best bikes of its kind.

Top-Rated Professional Spinning Exercise Bike

If looks matter, then the Keiser M3 Plus Black Indoor Cycle might just win your heart. In fact, it is one of the best looking spinning bike out there. At first glance, you’ll get the impression that it is made out of a single block of aluminum. It is stable, sturdy, and almost like bulletproof. There’s no wonder it is a bit more expensive than other exercise bikes out there; it has been designed to last a lifetime with little or no need for maintenance.Unlike other exercise bikes whose parts experience a lot of wear and tear and require replacements over and over again, the Keiser M3 Plus requires none of that, which saves you a lot of money in the long run.

But this model isn’t all about the looks. It is also impressive when it comes to performance. It has such remarkable resistance levels and tension. Depending on your dedication and stamina, you can burn as much as 1000 calories per day using this indoor cycling bike! This bike weighs 140 pounds and its maximum weight capacity is 300lbs. Because the bike is so heavy, transport wheels are pretty much a necessity. No need to worry, though, as they are included in the package.  Both the seat and the handlebars are adjustable so that you can find a workout position you are comfortable with. Its oam-padded seat is moderately firm and very wide, accommodating any user size and comfort level. And best of all is the extreme quiet operation of its magnetic resistance system. So, if you can afford it, you wouldn’t definitely regret having it.

Best Rated Versatile Exercise Bike

The FitDesk v2.0 Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar is a folding exercise bike with sliding desk platform that is perfect for improving your cardiovascular health while working on an important assignment or surfing the web. It features  an adjustable 16” x 19” desk surface for your laptop. It is lightweight and can be stored easily and with little footprint, thanks to it being foldable.

This bike has 8 different levels of resistance, which you can choose from with just a turn of a knob. Since it employs magnetic resistance, it is ultra-quiet and smooth, which means it won’t distract you from your work. Moreover, because the manufacturer designed it with using a laptop in mind, they also added a drawer for small items. This makes the machine very practical, because you have everything you need within your reach, without the need to get off the bike. The drawer can store cell phones, music players, earplugs, pencils, notepads and every other small office item you can think of.

Top-Rated Budget Folding Recumbent Bike

Last on our list but certainly not the least when it comes to performance is the Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike. Its frame is constructed out of heavy-duty steel tubes, supporting a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs. Its ergonomic seat is large and soft, thanks to generous padding. This makes the comfort level comparable to the one usually found on gym bikes. There’s also a built-in leg stabilizers that prevent the bike from tipping over during the workout, and they are equipped with wheels and light enough to make this bike easy to transport from one room to another .

You don’t have to worry about cumbersome moments when exercising. It runs smoothly through your workout. This can be atrributed to its three-piece “high torque” crank system, which ensures that the pedalling motion won’t suddenly stop midway through. Together with the 8 different resistance levels this allows for very smooth pedalling. After you finish your workout, you won’t have to worry about what to do about that exercise bike being right in the middle of the living room, since you can just fold it up and put it away.