In the U.S. practically all fitness gyms have their own set of exercise bikes and people often use them regularly. This type of equipment is very popular for many decades now probably because of the simplicity and ease of use for the machine yet giving you a really great cardiovascular workout.
You may be more familiar with the upright type of bike as it’s the most common but there’s actually another type of bike which is called as the recumbent bike. The upright bike is just like a regular bike but is made stationary and is either missing 1 wheel or even both wheels.
The recumbent bike is very different and may seem strange to you at first as you are actually lying down and you are going to put your feet on the pedal that is in front of you.
There’s actually another kind of exercise machine that somehow falls into this category and it’s the bike trainer. It’s actually just a stand where you put a real bike in and it lifts its rear wheel and makes it stable. You can even add resistance to the rear wheel and that’s what will give you a more powerful workout. It pays to get a great bike trainer as it can handle even the fastest pedaling of a biker. This is a great idea for those who are already comfortable with their own bike and want to use it both indoors and outdoors for their workout.
If you have already decided whether you’d go for the upright bike, the recumbent bike or the bike trainer, you should then choose what model you’d want by checking the features being offered. There are different features you should look for and the most useful are usually the electronic display and the heart rate monitor.
The heart rate monitor must be interactive and gives you your pulse rate and it adjusts the intensity of the workout based on that while making sure that you are getting the most from your workout. This means that you no longer have to constantly monitor your own heart rate and make the necessary adjustments to keep your heart rate at the optimum level and not go over or below it.
Electronic display on bike machines must be readable and clear and lets you manually adjust it even while you continue to pedal your way to fitness.