There are some very good solid recumbent exercise bikes under $200 available that provide you with an affordable way to exercise at home.
However, you do need to keep your expectations realistic as to what you can get for your money (I guess I’m being a little negative here).
By this I don’t mean that you have to put up with something that is going to rattle and just generally be more trouble than it’s worth or breaking down a few short months after you buy it. You won’t end up with just an expensive clothes hanger.
The bikes below do offer very good value for the money.
The bikes hold together well and provide a good low impact workout but that they are basic and just not generally at the level you would get if you paid the extra. Which I think is reasonable.
They do give you a good sold experience so that you get a comfortable low impact workout at home, there is just some small compromises that need to be made.
There is plenty of choice in this price range to chose from. I owrked through them and here are my top 3 best recumbent exercise bikes under $200:
Exerpeutic 900Xl Recumbent bike
The pedaling motion is smooth and quiet. You can workout when you want without disturbing others or having to turn up the TV volume.
The seat adjustment of the bike is a little fiddly as it involves three knobs. It is annoying but can be done in less than 60 seconds once you get used to it. It can be adjusted to fit people between 5ft 3 ins and 6 ft 3 ins.
It comes with a basic console that provides you with basic information that shows you how you are getting on which can be great for keeping you on track.
Exerpeutic 400Xl Folding Recumbent Bike
This bikes is best for beginners and those who are pushed for space in their home or live in an apartment. It folds up for storage when you’re finished with your exercise. It’s folded up dimensions are about 54 by 17 by 33 ins – so it can fit in a closet but not under a bed.
The riding position is more semi-recumbent than recumbent which does add a little more pressure on the joints but it is still gentle and easy on the joints.
You vary the resistance using the tension knob at the front of the bike. It is easy to use There are 8 levels marked and the transition between them is smooth. It starts off very easy and moves up to moderately hard at the top level.
The bike can be adjusted to people between the heights of 5ft 2 in and 6 ft 2 ins comfortably.
Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Bike
The operation is quiet and stable with no side to side rocking or annoying creaks or squeaks.
The bike provides a good solid base for workouts. The pedaling motion is smooth and consistent. The resistance starts off at very easy and moves up in increments to moderately difficult.
However, adjusting the seat position to fit people between the heights of 5ft 2 ins to 6ft 2ins can require a little muscle power as you need to move the back of the bike after loosening the adjustment knob in the middle of the bike.
It does the job and the bike can be used by multiple users without too much trouble.
The bike comes with adjustable resistance with 8 levels marked that goes from very easy up to a moderate level difficulty.
It has a basic console that easy to see in good light conditions. It provides measures that are great to keep you on track and motivated as you workout.
The bike is best for beginners and those only wanting moderately hard workouts.
In coming up with this list I checked the best sellers and through all the features of the bikes, investigated them by checking their manuals, asking questions of the suppliers and going through hundreds of customer reviews so that I could select and rank the best bikes for this best recumbent exercise bikes under $200.
Unfortunately none of them have everything you might want from a recumbent exercise bike but for the price these offer the best value and you should get a number of good years use out of them. Most customers have a trouble free experience and find them reasonably comfortable, they support their backs and easy on their joints.