Cheap exercise bikes: worth it, or waste of time?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by ohnovino, 17 Jul 2012.

  1. ohnovino

    ohnovino Large Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I've been toying with the idea of getting a cheap exercise bike, and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience of them.

    It wouldn't be used for a hard work-out; the idea is that if I have a long ride in the morning, I could have a gentle spin in front of the TV in the afternoon to stop me feeling stiff the next day.

    Rollers / turbo trainers are far too much of a faff, so I was thinking about a very cheap (possibly second hand) exercise bike, or something like this from Lidl.
     
  2. if rollers or turbo are 'too much faff', then how is lugging one of those contraptions around the house less so..?
     
  3. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    Location:
    Half way there
    Save your money and spin easy for the last mile or so of your ride, do a decent 10 min warmdown and stretch.
     
  4. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    A few years ago I used a cheap exercise bike every morning for about 20 minutes. Headphones on, computer was saying I was doing about 50km each time, I lost 10 KG, with a change of diet also.
    Killed the bike, got another one, from Argos, I think, on the 30 pound mark.
    Moved house, got rid of the exercise bike for logistic reasons, by that time fancied a real one anyway.
    While I had my exercise bike, I enjoyed using it.
     
  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    It's a good idea. Though warming down on the actual ride is a good idea also
    You can get cheap' light foldaway ones for a few quid these days. Ideal for just to keep the legs spinning.
     
  6. Wester

    Wester Über Member

    if you are going to buy a exercise bike buy a new one because when you buy a second hand one you could get one that has the drive belt worn out and will not last much longer
     
  7. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    You can also hang clothes to dry on it. Seems to be what anyone I know who bought an exercise bike ends up doing with it.
     
  8. LosingFocus

    LosingFocus Lost it, got it again.

    50k in 20 mins...hello Mrs Boardman... :tongue:
     
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  9. MrJamie

    MrJamie Oaf on a Bike

    I bought one for about £200 in a sale, before I started any real exercise. It was pretty good with a HRM, magnetic resistance so no belts wearing out, 30kg flywheel so even now theres ample resistance and the computer seems to match up annoyingly accurately with real cycling in terms of speed and mileage. The geometry is a bit stupid and the saddles too wide to pedal on, but you can put normal bike saddles on. Id be tempted to use it again, but I just get so bored even watching tv the exercise bike really seems to drag. Going out for an hour on a real bike I find time always goes so fast, looking at scenery, thinking about road position, visualising traffic movement and pacing myself etc.
     
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  10. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    O if you don`t mind riding knees to your chest stylee, tried a few out and they all had the seat to low at maximum setting and i a only 5 fott 7 "
     
  11. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    he, he: I was 10 years younger, Queen blaring in my portable cd player.
    I want to ride my bicycleeeeeeeeeeeeeee :music:
     
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  12. HovR

    HovR Über Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    I've never liked exercise bikes - They always feel so unnatural and un-bike-like. Would much rather be out on a real bike.
     
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