Exercise bikes – the laid-back fitness partner
Exercise bikes – the simple way to increase your fitness
Exercise bikes were the first commercially successful home exercise equipment. Their story begins around 40 years ago. And their popularity continues to this day. Do you want to get rid of those winter pounds, but avoid an expensive gym membership? Then get back on the exercise bike! You will notice the effects in no time. Physicians and health scientists agree that devices like these are hugely beneficial for the human body: just 15 minutes of exercise a day will extend your life. It improves cardiovascular health, and even your mental health too.
Exercise bikes are often mentioned in the same breath as ergometers. But there are some significant differences between these machines. Ergometers are considered to be the 'big brothers' of exercise bikes. That's because they have so many extras. Exercise bikes, however, are limited to only a few features. They forgo elaborate computer programs and complicated settings. But that also makes them much cheaper.
Factors to consider
These criteria are important when you are making a purchase decision. Quality features are not always recognisable at first glance. That's why it can be worth taking a look at consumer reviews. But to put it simply:
At the very least, the seat must be height adjustable. But it is also useful if the arm and hand rests can be adjusted.
These include options for specifying values like time and performance level. This is how you can chart your progress.
The design is important when purchasing an exercise bike. As a home athlete, you are much more likely to use a device and work out more effectively if the machine puts you in the mood for training.
On the way to increased endurance and fitness
The braking system is an important factor for success. This functions as resistance and makes your movements more challenging. Some models feature band brake systems, and others have magnetic braking systems. Both are characterised by extensive adjustability and a long life. In the first model, a textile band is placed around the flywheel. Felt pad reinforcements are commonly used. With increasing tension, pedalling becomes more difficult. With a magnetic braking system, the weight is slowed down using a permanent magnet. A regulator reduces or increases the distance between the weight and the magnet. Our online store features both types of devices.
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