When you look to buy an affordable spin bike you still want something that is built to last. It needs to be able to give you a good workout. There shouldn’t be any nasty surprises waiting around a corner where you realize it doesn’t work as promised.
Spin bikes are designed to be able to provide stable and hard workouts that imitate riding a bike outside. You can turn the resistance up and down for hill climbs and get out of the saddle and stand on the pedals when you pushing hard. They don’t have to be used this way and you can also get a moderate level of cardio exercise from them too.
In assessing spin bikes to be listed in my best under $200 I wanted to see that they were sturdy and durable enough to give a good and intense workout for beginners and up to intermediate. There may be compromises on some features such as consoles, accessories, seat comfort and pedal types. However, many spin bikes at any price don’t come with too many features as they are supposed to work machines rather than for leisure.
With regard to the pedals and seat I looked for those bikes where they have standard bike fittings so they can be swapped for other bikes.
The bikes needed to have good settings for resistance in that it goes up incrementally and not just go from easy to too hard to pedal against in a quarter turn. This is frustrating when that happens and means you can’t get a proper spinning or indoor cycling workout. The bikes on this list don’t do that.
Next it was looking at the adjustability and how much movement there was when being used. The bikes needed to be able to adjust quickly and easily for different heights so that more than one person can use it. After being adjusted the bikes needed to be solid with little or no wobble in the seat and handlebars and no rocking generally whether standing on the pedals or sitting or moving from seated to standing and back again. It is important to feel secure and be secure when you are giving it you all. You certainly don’t want to feel like you’re going to be tipped off it.
To come up with the list I spent hours researching each of the models available. I looked at their specifications, read through the manuals, asked questions of the suppliers and went through the customer reviews online to see how they work in practice. After that I put the information into a spreadsheet to help in comparing and assessing them to come up with the listing of the best spin bikes for under $200.
The frame is constructed of steel and the bikes weighs 78 lbs. It holds steady while cycling and doesn’t move around when you are out of the saddle and pushing hard. The flywheel weighs 30 lbs which is towards the low end of weight but it gives a good continuous feel to your cycling. The resistance is adjusted by a knob at the front of the frame to tighten a felt wool pad on the flywheel. The resistance can be adjusted in small increments making possible to adjust to how hard you want easily.
The handlebar height can be adjusted up and down. The seat can be adjusted vertically and horizontally. This is done by turning the adjustment knobs and sliding the pole to required height. it is a fast process meaning it can be used by more than one person in the household. The seat and handlebars don’t have any noticeable wriggle even when extended to the last adjustment hole. The height range of users it caters for are between 5 ft and 6 ft. The maximum user weight is 220 lbs.
This bike weighs in at 61 lbs and the flywheel weight is 22 lbs. This is more suited to beginners with a flywheel weight this low. It still gives a fairly smooth cycling experience just not as good as you’d get from a heavier flywheel. Users report being happy with how it feels
It uses a chain drive to turn the flywheel. It is like riding a bike and makes about the same amount of noise which is quiet enough that you can use in apartment or when others in your house are asleep.
It is best for people between the heights of 4 ft 10 ins and 5 ft 10 ins with maximum user weight of 240 lbs. T
It is easy to adjust for different user heights by sliding the seat adjustment pole to the required position and tightening in position. The handlebars do not adjust.
The resistance can be increased in small amounts as required by turning the tension knob making it easy to get to the amount of resistance you want for your workout.
This is a very good bike for spin and cycling beginners and those wanting moderate levels of exercise.
Neither of these bikes is perfect but they are good solid bikes at an affordable price. They are great for spinners
and cyclists who range from beginners up to intermediate. The flywheels are lighter than I’d like to see to give a natural riding experience but users have found that they still get a smooth ride. Also they are great for those who want to do some exercise while watching TV or moderate exercise.
Very experienced spinners and cyclists may find they are too basic for their use and the flywheel is not heavy enough for them to get a full fluid cycling experience .
They don’t have loads of features such as consoles, somewhere to plug in your ipod or built in workout programs. But if you want spinning workouts you can find them on YouTube or you can buy a DVD to follow along to. You get a well constructed spin bike that you can have a stable and tough as you want workout for many years if you want.
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