Indoor cycling bikes are also known as indoor cycle trainers and spin bikes. Compared with traditional stationary bikes, they’re better at simulating the feel of outdoor cycling. They also allow more intense workout sessions and are ideal for high intensity interval training. You might choose an indoor cycling bike to train for races, to get challenging cardio workouts, to manage your weight or build lower body strength.
The resistance system on an indoor cycling bike is largely responsible for its on-the-road sensation. The flywheel weighs at least 40 pounds (which is double what you’d get from a traditional exercise bike) and is engineered to build inertia like a road bike. On an indoor cycle trainer you can actually sense that you’re climbing hills, and you can stand on the pedals to isolate different muscle groups. Additionally this kind of ride usually has racing-style handlebars, and it’s likely you can customize the pedals and saddle. Add parts built for outdoor bikes and prepare for your cycling tours like never before! As for data feedback, the best indoor bikes have wireless heart rate monitoring to guide your workout intensity. But data and workout programs tend to be absent or streamlined compared with the variety found on traditional stationary bikes. Exceptions are pointed out in our spin bike reviews, which look at cycle trainers part-by-part.
Our three favorite cycle trainers score high on comfort and performance, and you can get data feedback from this set of bikes too.. The first model is the Keiser M3 Plus, which first gained popularity in commercial gyms. Spin enthusiasts are bringing this trainer home thanks to its great adjustability, durability and selection of data screens. A second recommendation is the XTERRA Mountain Blazer. It costs less than the Keiser but has an even heavier wheel, and it gets overwhelmingly positive reviews. Third, the Sole SB700 lets you bring home an affordable combo of exercise intensity, comfort and useful data feedback.
|Model||Rating||Console Display||Resistance||Seat Type||Programs||Flywheel||Pricing|
|1||Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle||N/A||24 Levels||Adjustable||N/A||N/A||See Best Price|
|2||ProForm Studio Pro 22 Bike||22" Smart HD Touchscreen||Silent Magnetic||Adjustable||24||Inertia-Enhanced||See Best Price|
|3||Sole SB900 Bike Light Commercial||3" X 4" LCD||Eddy Current Magnetic||Adjustable||N/A||48 LBS||See Best Price|
Our three favorite indoor bikes supply workout data and come from the brands Keiser, Sole and XTERRA. Discount brands offer some enticing deals too, although they don’t always provide heart rate receivers. The most inexpensive yet durable indoor bike we’ve seen is from Sunny Health & Fitness. It’s simply named the Indoor Cycle Trainer.
Indoor spin cycles replicate the feel of outdoor bicycle riding. Compared with other inside bikes, they support especially intense training and can provide greater resistance. Click images below to see honest in-depth reviews for a wide range of indoor bikes.