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10 Best Upright Bikes 2020 Reviews

With the increased need for at home gym workouts and the approaching winter months, exercising outdoors or in the traditional gym setting has been reduced. Cycling on the road is not always an option when you live in an area that does not have bicycle lanes or any safe roads to cycle on, such as in the centre of a busy city. An upright stationary bike can be a clever addition to your home gym routine. I have been motivated to find out even more on the benefits of a stationary bike versus the traditional road bike.

Some of the advantages of an indoor stationary bike:

  • Little to no balance needed so a beginner rider can safely and confidently use a stationary bike without any prior experience.
  • The stationary bike is suitable for any age, all the way up to 100 years old. It is a simple, effective exercise and will benefit mentally and physically.
  • Adjustable speeds and resistances to simulate real life cycling even when inclines and declines are not available.
  • Boosts your cardio fitness. The stationary bike is a great for endurance training which increases your heart rate and your cardiovascular health.
  • As a cardio fitness machine which works your lower body muscles, the upright bike can increase muscle mass in the calves, glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps
  • The upright bike increases calorie burning which as a result reduces fat storage in the body. The stationary bike can be used for weight loss successfully.
  • The bicycle is a low impact exercise, with little to know compounding impact on body parts such as the ankles or knees, persons with limited mobility or strained joints.
  • High intensity interval training is an excellent workout which optimizes fat burning and muscle building at the same time. The upright bike is excellent at achieving these results from interval training. A prime example is a Spin Class, trending as a very effective exercise class in a gym setting.
  • Road cycling comes with the risk of falling off or colliding with another vehicle. If a passing car or truck perhaps drives into a cyclist, sometimes the consequences can be fatal. With an indoor upright bike, these safety concerns are non-existent.

How to Choose the Best Upright Bikes

top 10 Best Upright Bikes

I joined a spin class. The cliché, I joined in on the trendy exercise bandwagon. Everyone was going to spin class, so I needed to know what all the fuss was. It is intense, make no mistake, it is an hour of non-stop high intensity workout. With loud music and a class filled with sweaty, exhausted, and panting classmates, the instructor seems to be smiling and giddy with our punishment. I must have burned ten thousand calories in that one session, more realistically it was only about six hundred calories. After the last minute which seemed to last forever, I slowly disembarked off the stationary bike and felt my legs turn to jelly. I sipped from my water bottle but nothing seemed to quench my thirst. Once my heart rate had returned to an average resting rate, I looked at my fitness watch and was surprised at how an hour could feel like four hours. While I wiped the sweat off my forehead (actually everywhere was sweating) I pondered on the experience I had thought I would not survive, spinning releases endorphins. A hormone that creates a feeling of euphoria, energy and happiness. This is why this trend, this popular workout class, is so mainstream, the feeling of being a superhero after such an incredible workout, is fantastic!

Following a feeling that I am now indestructible and I can achieve greatness if I cycle like that every day, I researched online for an upright bike that would suit me at my home gym.

Top 10 Best Upright Bikes

Best Upright Bikes Reviews

ModelRating
L NOW5.0
AECOJOY Magnetic Exercise Bike5.0
TODO Stationary Indoor Bike4.0
Pooboo Fast and Furious4.9
Relife Stationary Bike4.5
VIGBODY Exercise Bike4.5
Sunny Health & Fitness Upright Bike (SF-B2956)4.6
MEVEM Indoor Bike4.2
Pooboo Stationary Bike (D686)4.1
Merax Stationary Bike4.6

1. L NOW

This exercise bike from L NOW is prices mid-range and is one of the quietest bikes on the list. It uses a magnetic and belt driven system to drive the front wheel which gives the user quiet seamless riding, with 4 strong magnetics in the driving system for a whisper quiet workout. The top advantage to a magnetic drive system is that it is virtually maintenance free. The magnetic drive system of this upright bike comes with 10 fully adjustable resistance settings. With 10 adjustable seat positions (4 more than the average stationary bike) and a maximum ride weight of 350 pounds, this bike is built tough. Full steel frame and a well-researched frame design to take on the strain of higher weight users, strong non-slip feet on the bottom of the frame for secure riding. The handlebars and seat are adjustable to the varying heights of different users and made with soft padding creates a comfortable ride. Although the potential major disadvantage of this bike could be the lack of a display unit, it is what makes me more drawn to this one, with the space and connectivity of adding a phone or iPad to the device, an app tracks all your statistics for you while you are able to use the phone during the workout.

Details

  • Dimensions: 41 x 21 x 52 inches
  • Weight: 77 pounds
  • Materials: Steel
  • Maximum User Weight: 350 pounds

Pros

  • Magnetic system provides a quiet ride
  • Extra seat and handlebar adjustments
  • High maximum weight user
  • Adjustable resistance settings

Cons

  • Price
  • Lack of inbuilt statistics display

2. AECOJOY Magnetic Exercise Bike

The unique modern design of this exercise bike has made it to number two because of the possibility to reduce strain on the back when in use, with a more upright design than other exercise bikes, the AECOJOY has their own branded customised design. Featuring magnetic technology flywheel for a quiet and smooth cycle workout. With fully adjustable resistance levels and the option for an emergency stop, makes this bike user friendly and safe. Choose from 8 different resistance levels for a high intensity workout. One possible disadvantage is the minimal adjustment levels on the seat and handle bars, with only 4 adjustable seat positions and 2 handlebar positions, the maximum weight for the bike is only 280 pounds, these points make it a little bit limited to the type of user. Comfortable, and breathable, the seat is one of the more comfortable designs. The multi-function LED display shows time, calorie, distance, and keeps track of your progress. Available with wheels to easily move around the home gym, out of the way when not in use.

Details

  • Dimensions: 29.8 x 10.4 x 22.8 inches
  • Weight: 55 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 280 pounds

Pros

  • Price
  • Customized upright design
  • Lightweight device, easy to move and store

Cons

  • Minimal adjustment settings
  • Low maximum weight user

3. TODO Stationary Indoor Bike

The TODO bike is beautifully designed, with a typical stationary bike design, but the manufacturer had customized some of the aesthetics to appeal to a modern user. The 30 pound flywheel and heavy duty steel frame comes with stability feet which are adjustable to ensure a stable riding experience. This bike is perfect for spinning at home, with multiple restistance settings, the belt driven system provides a smooth and quiet riding motion suitable for home or even office use. With the what shouldn’t be standard, but is, only 4 way adjustable seat posiions, and 2 way handlebar adjustment, the bike promises to be comfortable to use with a maximum rider weight of 300 pounds. The TODO bike comes with a LCD monitor mounted to display calories burned, time, speed, distance and odometer (distance). There is also an iPad holder should you decide to use your iPad for movies or music while you workout. There are 2 transport wheels on the back of the bike which are installed to allow the user to move and store the bike out of the way when not in use. TODO also promises a 2 year warranty on parts replacement should you need it.

Details

  • Dimensions: unknown
  • Weight: 62.7 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • 2 year parts replacement warranty

Cons

  • Minimal adjustment settings

4. Pooboo Fast and Furious

Perhaps I just liked the name – Fast and Furious? At a mid range price, this bike appealed to me because of the magnetic drive system again, promising a super quiet riding experience. Another bike with virtually no maintenance needed because of the belt and magnetic drive system. For the safety of the user, there is an emergency stop option, alongside the option for several resistance levels to give you the ability to increase or decrease your intensity as you need during your workout. Another standard 4 way adjustable seat and 2 way adjustable handlebars, perhaps there was a precedent set too high with number 1 on the list, this does not limit the usability of the machine. This bike is perfect for the beginner or experienced rider, with an LCD monitor and hand pulse handles, you are able to track calories burned, time, speed, distance and most importantly pulse. With 2 transport wheel standard with the bike, it is easy to move the bike to an area for storage when you are not using it. Pooboo also offers a 12 month parts replacement option for owners. This bike was quite possibly the better option to make it to number one, however with such limiting information online, it fell down the list.

Details

  • Dimensions: unknown
  • Weight: 65 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: unknown

Pros

  • Magnetic drive system
  • 12 month parts replacement guarantee
  • Hand pulse reading handle

Cons

  • Minimal adjustment settings

5. Relife Stationary Bike

A much more affordable option, the Relife stationary bike is built tough with heavy duty steel and a high maximum user weight of 330 pounds. With an ergonomic design, the back feet are concave in design with adjustable pads for ultimate stability and safety during use. The bike uses a heavy duty flywheel system with a smooth polished design to work noise free and quick braking ability. With realistic road feeling riding, the bike has several resistance levels to control your ride. The multiple adjustment levels of the bike allows any level of user to find comfort in riding, from the professional to the entry-level user, this bike is ultimate comfort with easy adjustability. With a simple LCD monitor to track your calories, time and distance, this bike is user friendly and a good choice for the user who is starting out, easy to assemble and simple to move around the house using the standard transport wheels.

Details

  • Dimensions: 46.1 x 25.2 x 44.1 inches
  • Weight: 69.45 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 330 pounds

Pros

  • Durable Structure
  • Extra safe structural design
  • High maximum user weight
  • Price

Cons

  • Limited LCD tracking

6. VIGBODY Exercise Bike

The Vigbody bike is very similar to number 5, only second place because it is very slightly more expensive. With an ergonomic design, sturdy and strong frame, the back foot is concave for extra stability and safety. The Vigbody bike comes with a maximum user weight of 330 pounds and several adjustment settings for the seat and the handlebars, the variety of settings makes this bike suitable to most users of various skill levels in riding. Using a heavy duty flywheel resistance system, there are multiple levels of intensity, making this a perfect choice for a number of different fitness levels. The LCD monitor tracks the users time, speed, distance, calories burned and odometer. Two transport wheels at the front og the bike, makes for easy and simple movement solutions for successful storage out of the way when not in use. The Vigbody bike comes with an incredible 12 month warranty for the bike.

Details

  • Dimensions: 46.1 x 25.2 x 44.1 inches
  • Weight: 64 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 330 pounds

Pros

  • Durable Structure
  • Extra safe structural design
  • High maximum user weight
  • 12 month warranty

Cons

  • Price

7. Sunny Health & Fitness Upright Bike (SF-B2956)

Another one on the list which is specially designed to be more upright in design to be more comfortable for a mobility impaired person. This does not mean everyone cannot use this style, it ergonomically is better for your shoulders and back and makes for just as intense workouts when needed. This low intensity exercise machine will still help you burn calories while building the muscles of the lower body. An all-round good workout to help you achieve your goals. With a belt-driven magnetic resistance system, this bike is silent and smooth to ride. It has 8 adjustable resistance levels to ensure optimum intensity workout sessions. With a strong steel bike frame, wide seat and adjustable seat height and handlebars, the entire bike can safely carry a weight of up to 265 pounds. The LCD monitor is one of the best in this list, and together with the pulse reading handle bars, you can track your RPM, speed, distance, calories burned and pulse. There are added functions of calendar, clock, room temperature, BMI and recovery mode. The Sunny Health bike has a special holder for your electronic devices for you to use while you workout. Easily transported with the standard 2 wheels to move the bike to where you need it to use.

Details

  • Dimensions: 42.5 x 21 x 51 inches
  • Weight: 68.1 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 265 pounds

Pros

  • Upright ergonomic design
  • Whisper Quiet
  • Pulse measurements
  • Additional functions on LCD monitor

Cons

  • Price
  • Low maximum user weight

8. MEVEM Indoor Bike

A mid range price exercise bike. This is standard, without any special bells and whistles, it makes a durable and safe option for a first time bike rider. With one of the lightest in weight flywheel systems, this bidirectional magnetic flywheel offers higher momentum for a more challenging exercise. The belt driven magnetic drive system needs almost no maintenance, making this bike a good choice for the busy owner. Heavy duty steel frame, strong feet with adjustable peddles and an emergency stop function on the drive system makes this bike a very stable and safe option, perfect for any age or fitness level. Standard 4 way adjustable seat and 2 way adjustable handlebar positions, bottle holder included and comfortable seat cushioning for an enjoyable workout. LCD monitor to display time, calories burned, and distance; and a phone holder for your convenience. The Mevem stationary bike is the ultimate standard stationary bike for indoor exercise, it comes with a 12 month warranty.

Details

  • Dimensions: 39 x 18.2 x 42.9 inches
  • Weight: 67 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 280 pounds

Pros

  • Trusted worldwide
  • Lightweight
  • Performance Monitor 5 wireless connects to your heart rate applications
  • Separates into 2 for easy storage
  • Price

Cons

  • Flywheel and Chain needs maintenance

9. Pooboo Stationary Bike (D686)

Another entry by Pooboo, this particular bike is one of the priciest bikes on the list. With a heavy duty belt driven 40 pound flywheel system for smooth and challenging experience. The strong and sturdy frame, with wide feet and adjustable pads provides ultimate stability and safety for the user. There are several adjustment settings for the seat and handlebars together with multiple resistance settings for a comfortable and intense workout, fully tailorable to your needs as the user of the machine. The multi-functional handle bar features a pulse sensor, holds the LCD monitor with a frame to hold your own personal electronic device. You are able to track you time, distance, calories burned and heart rate as you exercise. Standard with two transport wheels for easy movement to an area or storage or use. This is a slightly higher than basic model, suitable for any fitness level especially a higher experienced rider.

Details

  • Dimensions: unknown
  • Weight: 100 pounds
  • Maximum Weight: unknown

Pros

  • Pulse monitoring function
  • Heavy flywheel for high endurance training
  • Quiet flywheel

Cons

  • Price
  • Weight

10. Merax Stationary Bike

This bike is also slighter better than the basic design, a clever choice for someone with the desire to increase functional fitness at home indoors. It has a super silent 30 pound belt driven flywheel with cowhide brake for an ultimate quiet smooth and quiet riding experience. The Merax has a wider and more cushioned seat for a more comfortable cycling workout session. Standard with an LCD monitor to display your time, distance, calories burned and speed. Personlise your seat height and handlebar height together with several resistance settings for an effective workout, easily adjusting from simple cycling to high intensity interval training. Easily transported with the usual 2 wheels on the frame for simple storage solutions.

Details

  • Dimensions: 41.5 x 21.1 x 43 inches
  • Weight: unknown
  • Maximum User Weight: 330 pounds

Pros

  • High maximum user weight
  • Heavy-duty flywheel drive system
  • 1 year warranty

Cons

  • Limited adjustment levels

FAQs

What are the benefits of using an indoor upright bicycle?

Suitable to all ages and fitness levels, a bike can be used for very low impact exercise or for very high intensity interval training sessions.

Do I have to use a specific technique to cycle?

Depending on the style, traditionally triangle versus upright frame, cycling is pretty simple, follow the guidelines set out in the instruction manual to avoid any confusion or misuse.

What muscles are worked during a cycling workout?

With heavy dependence on the lower body, the indoor bike works the calves, glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings well.

How many calories does a rowing machine workout burn?

In a high intensity spinning class workout you can burn up to 600 calories in one one-hour session.

How do I know what upright bike to buy?

By reading reviews by industry-leading professionals, and comparing your individual needs for a specific type of machine. It pays off to shop around and read the pros and cons of each one.

10 Best Upright Bikes Reviews

Are stationary bikes noisy?

It depends on the type of resistance system, magnetic resistance systems are the most silent, however the belt tension flywheel system is also relatively quiet.

Is a upright bike better than a treadmill, elliptical, rowing machine, or step machine?

Each machine has its pros and cons, so it is relative to your intended needs and expected results which machine is best for you. They all have their place in a well-balanced workout routine.

Are exercise bikes weight sensitive?

Some stationary bikes have a relatively low maximum user weight; thus you should carefully choose your bike to avoid any stability or safety issues.

What resistance type should I buy?

Again this is specific to your requirements and preferences. Some types are quieter than others, while some need some oiling and maintenance, others not. There are pros and cons to each type of exercise bike resistance type.

Conclusion

 Best Upright Bikes

In conclusion, there are several types of exercise bikes available on the market and there are so many features and options that come with each type. Your specific needs and requirements as a single user or as a family of users would highly influence your choice of exercise bike. Some are more suitable to more professional riders, others are user friendly for older more physically impaired users. Read carefully professional reviews and make your choice my weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of each type. My personal favorite in the list above is the Pooboo Fast and Furious, perhaps it is because I am drawn to the unique name or the turquoise blue color, this exercise bike provides a smooth and quiet ride for a fitness enthusiast like me.

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