Whether you usually cycle on the road and trails or in a studio, bringing a set of wheels into your home can transform your cycling routine and help you score more time in the saddle. Rainy, cold days stopping you from getting outside? Not anymore. Zero time to get to the gym before work for a Spinning class? Now you can sneak in a quick sweat session before leaving the house.
If you’ve never tried Spinning or indoor cycling, here are a few reasons to give it a go: The fast-paced pedalling provides a cardiovascular workout that can reduce your risk of heart disease, burn up to 600 calories in 45 minutes and—because it’s a low-impact sport—won’t beat up your hips and knees. Look for an indoor cycling bike with a flywheel, which is what provides the resistance that mimics steep hill climbs (and makes you legs burn!). Ready to give it a spin? Try one of these top bike picks.
#1Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle Stationary Indoor Trainer Exercise Bike (high end)
If you’re willing to splurge on an indoor cycling bike, then check out the sleek Keiser M3i. The bike is Bluetooth enabled, allowing it to pair with certain heart rate monitors. It also connects to BKOOL, a 3D virtual training system. Magnetic resistance makes for a smooth, whisper-quiet ride, which is why this bike is a great choice if you want to avoid disturbing roommates or waking up a sleeping baby.
#2 Bladez Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle Trainer (pro)
If you want the same level of quality you get at a pricey spin class in the comfort of your home, look no further than this choice from Bladez Fitness Master. The GS Indoor Cycle Trainer has a heavy flywheel (45 pounds!) and a top-down magnetic resistance which will make it feel like you are on the road and not in your living room. You can move the seat both forwards and back to give you that custom fit you crave. The LCD screen will display your time and calories burned but if you want a more accurate read you can easily pair this with a Polar Heart rate monitor (sold separately) that will monitor your intensity.
#3 Marcy Club Revolution Bike Cycle Trainer for Cardio Exercise (mid)
Snatch up a health club-quality indoor cycling bike for less than the price of an annual gym membership with the Marcy Club Revolution Cycle Trainer. The bike, made from durable steel, boasts a balanced 40-pound flywheel as well as basket cage pedals to prevent feet from slipping out. The adjustable handlebars and seat allow you to correctly position yourself for the perfect ride.
#4 ProGear 100S Exercise Bike/Indoor Training Cycle ( budget)
Affordable doesn’t mean minimal when it comes to the ProGear 100S indoor cycling bike. The workout machine is decked out with a 22-pound flywheel, LCD computer that displays calories burned, distance, time, speed, and pulse (thanks to heart pulse sensors), and water bottle holder.
One reviewer notes that this ProGear model exceeded expectations based on the price, and another says that the bike is sturdier and heavier than they expected it to be. People also agree that the indoor cycling bike is easy to assemble and adjust to the rider’s height.
#5 Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike (adjustable)
The key to a comfortable ride is a bike that’s fitted to your exact proportions. The Sunny Health & Fitness indoor cycling bike allows you to make tweaks until the bike is just right. The handlebars move up in down in height while the leather padded seat moves both up and down as well as forward and backward with a simple twist of the knob, allowing you to adjust in the middle of a workout. The bike is also equipped with a 40-pound chrome flywheel.