Regular exercise can drastically improve the quality of your life while allowing you to feel much more energized. According to doctors from around the world, regular exercise can also boost your overall health by protecting you from issues such as obesity, diabetes, elevated blood pressure and the likes. On a more realistic note, however, quite a lot of people cannot afford a gym membership, hence the importance of investing in a solid piece of equipment that will help you work out at home. Whether you choose to purchase a spinning bike or an upright bike, you should first be familiar with the pros and cons of each to ensure that you make a right choice. While these two kinds of exercise bikes can seem similar to the untrained eye, there are quite a few differences between them that may affect your choice.
Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each machine.
Spinning bikes are usually more suited to advanced users since they can provide you with more challenging workouts. These machines may not be suited for you if you are on a limited budget since they are often more expensive than regular upright bikes. They are also far more suited to experienced users than beginners. Since they are designed to provide you with more intensive workouts, professional spinning bikes are commonly found in gyms and fitness centers. As you can see in the popular Sunny SF-B1110 and the Schwinn AC Performance Plus, they have a far sturdier frame than their counterparts and come with solid pedals since several spinning workouts require the athlete to stand up during their workouts. They also include -and this is their most important quality- heavy flywheels to really engage all the muscles of the body.
On the flip side, spinning bikes do not usually come with comfortable seats. Once again, this is because you will need to stand up during most of your workouts, but this will undoubtedly be detrimental to anyone who prefers to remain seated during their training.
Upright bikes are perfect for anyone who wants to purchase an affordable machine that will allow them to workout at home. Available in different sizes and price ranges, these machines are ideal for beginners since they are extremely easy to use. In fact, if you are on a severely restricted budget, you will be glad to learn that these bikes can actually only cost between $100 and $200. More expensive models can even come with thickly padded seats to keep you comfortable while you train. Some models actually include a backrest for added comfort. Unlike indoor cycles, they are very often equipped with LCD screens to provide you with rather accurate renditions of your pulse, calories burned, distance, heart rate and other such information.
There are still a few drawbacks to these bikes. For instance, they tend to be more fragile than indoor cycles, which means that you probably won’t be able to stand up while you pedal. Most upright bikes also lack the commercial frames that are usually found in indoor cycles which means that they may not be as durable. Users should keep in mind that upright bikes do need to have their bolts tightened on an occasional basis for a better cycling experience.