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How to Buy an Exercise Cycle

Cycling is a great form of exercise. It burns calories, and with enough resistance, can build up the leg muscles. But sometimes, the weather just isn’t conducive to riding a bike, or you may live in an area where it is hard to find a place to ride your bike. If this is the case, then you may want to consider buying a stationary exercise cycle for your exercise. Exercise cycles come in different styles, sizes, and price ranges.

One of the first things to consider when buying an exercise bike is the cost. You can find exercise cycles to fit your budget, whether you have a lot to spend or just a little. Keep in mind the less expensive bikes will not have the range of features that the more expensive bikes will. More expensive bikes may have features, such as variable resistance levels, speedometers, and odometers. Cheap exercise bikes may not have these features.

You should also consider the style of exercise cycle that you want. Most exercise bikes are two styles, upright, and recumbent. An upright bike is much like your regular bicycle. You sit on the seat, with the pedals below the seat, and the handlebars in front. With a recumbent exercise bike, you have a seat with a back rest, and the pedals in front. A recumbent bike may be a good choice if you have back problems. You can recline against the seat and pedal with a more relaxed posture than an upright bike. The downside, though, is that recumbent bikes will take up more space.

Space is another consideration in choosing an exercise cycle. As stated above, a recumbent bike will take up a lot of space. Upright bikes can take up a lot of space, but you can also find folding models, which you can fold up for easy storage when the bike is not in use. These folding models may not have a lot of the features that you will find in the larger models, though.

If you are really cramped for space, you can find exercise bikes which consist only of a set of pedals, which you set in front of your chair or couch. You simply set it on the floor in front of a seat, and start pedaling. Naturally, you won’t get as much of a workout as you will with a full sized exercise bike, but any exercise is better than none. These small compact exercise bikes are great if you want to burn a few calories while you’re watching TV.

When you’re looking at buying an exercise bike, you should look at the features available, and match the bike to your needs. If you are looking for a more intense workout, you should look for bikes with variable resistance. These bikes have an option to increase the resistance on the pedals, giving you a more intense workout. Lower resistance will allow you to increase the pedaling speed, giving a different type of workout. Other options you may or may not want on your exercise bike are speedometers, which will let you know how fast you are going, and odometers, which let you know how far you have gone. One feature that you should look for, no matter what kind of bike you’re getting, is an adjustable seat, so you can set it at your own ideal height.

Exercise cycles come in different styles and price points. Take a look at what is available, decide what features you want in a bike and the space you have available. Once you buy an exercise bike, you can get a good cycling workout, no matter what the weather.

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