Indoor cycles – Indoor cycling with the speed bike from the test winning manufacturer
Indoor cycles from AsVIVA – Fitness tools for your own four walls
More and more people want to be fit and healthy. Home training is important for achieving your exercise requirements. This is best achieved with exercise bikes, including indoor cycles. These speed bikes also offer many advantages over other fitness products.
Which areas of the body are trained with an indoor cycle?
An indoor cycle primarily trains the legs. These devices train the body using the same movements required for outdoor cycling. However, indoor cycles stand firmly in one place and have freely selectable resistance, which means that numerous other muscle groups can also be worked.
Conventional use of a speed bike trains almost all the leg muscles. If the movements are performed in a standing position, similar to climbing when cycling outdoors, the back, arms and shoulders are also targeted. With an indoor cycle, backwards pedalling is also possible, which targets different muscle groups.
The main components of an indoor cycle
An indoor cycle always comes with a stable frame. In addition to the handlebars and the saddle, the pedals are also attached to the frame of the speed bike. These feature foot straps, and the pedals can usually be detached. This allows clipless pedals to be attached, so that professional cycling shoes can be used on the indoor cycle. These devices usually feature belt drives (very quiet). Sometimes chain drives are also used (a better option in terms of wear and maintenance).
The drive of an indoor cycle powers a flywheel. This should weigh at least 15 kg, as the effectiveness of the workouts largely depends on this unit. If the flywheel weight is sufficiently high, an even pedalling motion is guaranteed. This is important for the user, especially with high resistances.
The braking system of an indoor cycle
An indoor cycle is a practical training device. With a suitable model, you can simulate steep mountains, or just go for a relaxed bike ride in your living room. This is only possible if the fitness device is also equipped with an appropriate brake. In most cases this is similar to a rim brake on a classic bike. Two metal plates covered with felt press laterally against the flywheel. Some models also feature a brake on top of the flywheel. In both variants, the resistance is freely adjustable. In general, the adjustment is effected by means of a rotating knob, which changes the contact pressure of the metal plates against the flywheel.
Many sports enthusiasts will know about magnetic brakes from other indoor devices. This system is not found in indoor cycles, as it simply does not provide enough braking power. This is because of the larger flywheel weight. We have chosen to manufacture devices using the classic shoe or upper felt brake.
Safety precautions on an indoor cycle
If you are training on an indoor cycle for the first time, you will soon notice the absence of the freewheel. The flywheel is firmly connected to the chain and the crank arms. This means that you cannot just let your legs dangle during training, as the pedalling will continue. If you want to take a break, the pedalling frequency must be reduced slowly.
But what if the user slips out of the pedal during a workout? In order to prevent injuries, speed bikes should always have an emergency brake. With this unit, the flywheel can be braked directly. The button is usually integrated in the dial of the resistance adjustment, to ensure it can be reached quickly. But this emergency button may be situated elsewhere on the bike, as long as it can be reached quickly and easily.
Effective training using a heart rate monitor
Home athletes love indoor cycles because of their impressive simplicity. They also usually do not require a power connection. A heart rate monitor is a useful option. This allows the heart rate to be constantly monitored to allow targeted control of the workout. With a heart rate monitor, a range of training variations can be achieved. Interval training or even basic endurance training is only possible by monitoring the heart rate. As an alternative to an integrated heart rate monitor, a heart rate watch can also be used. Both versions offer the same functionality, meaning even if you use a heart rate monitor on the wrist, you can control and monitor your training on the speed bike.
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