Exercise in comfort! Recumbent bikes are the gentlest of all exercise bikes. Instead of having regular upright bike saddles, the best recumbent bikes have chair-like seats with ample cushioning and great lumbar support. They relieve pressure on the back and support a seated cycling motion that’s less jarring to joints.
Recumbent bikes especially help people who have limited mobility or back pain — but these comfortable rides are also popular with people in top form. Their design prevents the literal pain in the rear that some people experience with upright bikes. Plus, using a recumbent exercise bike is less likely to bring muscle soreness the following day. This is partly because riders exert less downward pressure than they would if seated upright.
Calorie burn is less intense than it is with upright bikes, but the best recumbent bikes can still be excellent tools for weight loss. They’re also useful for rehabilitation, muscle toning and cardiovascular workouts.
Our favorite recumbent exercise bikes address three groups of shoppers. For people who love to be online, NordicTrack entices with web-enabled touchscreens, tablet computer holders and unlimited workout downloads. For riders most interested in powerful resistance, Diamondback Fitness beckons with 32-pound flywheels. Their best recumbent bike has dozens of built-in programs too, some of which are heart rate controlled. Finally, we suggest Sole Fitness to luxury shoppers and light commercial fitness room buyers. Sole’s best recumbent bike is made to light commercial standards and has an extra-long parts warranty for residential owners. Specs include a 30-pound drive, 10 preset programs and wireless heart rate control.
|Model||Rating||Console Display||Resistance||Seat Type||Programs||Flywheel||Pricing|
|1||Vision R40 Recumbent Bike||3 Options||1-20 Levels||Comfort Arc Mesh /w Recline||Depends on Colsole||24 LBS||See Best Price|
|2||Vision R20 Recumbent Bike||Extra-large LED||ECB magnetic brake 1 - 20 Levels||Breathable mesh seatback with lumbar support||5||23 LBS||See Best Price|
|3||NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Elite||7" Touchscreen||26 Levels||Lumbar Support||35||25 LBS||See Best Price|
Popular two-in-one fitness machines are reviewed here too. These recumbent bikes can also tone the upper body. For example, the Yowza Naples Recumbent Trainer has moving arm bars, and the Avari Conversion II can easily be converted to a rowing machine. These recumbent bikes are sometimes called total body trainers.