Exercise Bikes – No Gym Membership Required

If you have been considering the purchase of an exercise bike, there are several factors you should consider before taking the plunge. First and foremost, you have to find a place in your home to park it.

Next, you need to decide whether you want a recumbent bike, a semi-recumbent bike or a standard upright bike. Of course, you can purchase two or all three, but then we’re talking real money…

Once you have decided which type of bike to purchase, there’s still some homework to do.

The best way to determine the quality of any individual bike is to check out Consumer Reports and unreimbursed consumer reviews – probably online for convenience.

Checking out Reviews

In addition to checking out reviews online, you can also ask among your family and friends or at a local health club.

Weigh such features as performance, function, and quality of construction. While many exercise bikes come with warranties, it is a case of buyer beware.

What to Look For

One of the first things to evaluate when choosing an exercise bike is comfort. Ideally, you should be able to sit comfortably in an easily-adjustable seat.

If you can’t use the exercise bike in comfort, odds are high are you aren’t going to use beyond week one. And if you can’t adjust the seat, you are not likely to feel comfortable in it – another deterrent to long-term use.

While checking out reviews, keep an eye open for discount offers while scouring the Internet. This can save you a substantial amount of money.

And even if you don’t find a lower cost bike, you will at least have a good idea of the fair market pricing of the exercise bike that has your attention.

Have Realistic Expectations

If you read reviews that sound like they were written by somebody trying to sell you something, you can almost be certain they were. All bikes have pro’s and con’s, so be realistic.

Knowing potential flaws associated with a specific exercise bike as well as the benefits can help you to make an informed decision, as well as prevent ugly surprises after your purchase.

Additional Exercise Bike Options

If you don’t have Internet access or even if you just prefer a more personal approach to shopping around, you should consider checking out your local gym for recommendations and general information about exercise bikes.

Alternatively, if you can’t afford to purchase a bike or simply don’t have the space, joining a nearby gym can be a viable alternative.