Getting tired of the commute to the gym or paying a gym membership? Perhaps, you’d like the convenience and the privacy of getting your cardio done in your own home? Purchasing an exercise bike would be a great decision that provides a solution to all of these problems. The exercise bike, or in this case the recumbent bike, has been around for decades. Normally, it’s a purchase for those who would like to get in shape. But they are also purchased by those who consider cycling to be one of their go-to hobbies.

Many people who are looking to buy a recumbent bike often experience a bit of confusion because they aren’t in the know of any tips or advice that can allow them to make a good buying decision. It brings a lot of questions to the surface that need to be answered to make sure buyers get the right bike. Here are some tips and questions that you should consider when purchasing a recumbent bike – think of this as your ultimate buyer’s guide to recumbent bikes 😉

You Could Go With A Specific Brand

Chances are you may have seen and used a specific bike that you really enjoyed using and you got a good feeling while working with it. Perhaps, you like the one at your local gym but you just don’t want to go there – you want your own. Nothing beats having personal experience with a specific recumbent bike or brand. If you know the brand and model of the bike, trust your gut and go with it.

What Is Your Experience Level?

This is something that you can gauge on your own. By experience, what we are referring to is your level of cardiovascular strength. In other words, how strenuous of exercise is your body capable of undergoing. If you feel you are at the novice level and you’re just getting back into things and you want to pace yourself, then you will want to get a recumbent bike according to that level and vice versa. Really, any recumbent bike can assist you in this area because there are different difficulty levels to which you can set it for your workout.

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Features & Accessories

Many recumbent bikes have built in fans, stereo systems, digital faces, cup holders and other accessories. Truth is, you really don’t need them, but of course it doesn’t hurt if we get a recumbent bike that has a few bells and whistles to it. Maybe you have an ipod that you’d like to hook up to the stereo system, or maybe you like the luxury of a built in fan to cool you off while you sweat. If these things sound like your cup of tea, then they’d be a great addition to your bike.

Is It Noisy or Quiet?

Are you getting your workout done in the morning? Do you live with other people? If so, you may want to choose a recumbent bike that is fairly quiet so that it doesn’t disturb others within your household. Maybe you like to watch TV while you workout? If so, a quiet recumbent bike would be great that way you don’t have to turn the TV so loud to drown out the noise.

Conclusion: Recumbent Bike

These are great tips and can serve as the ultimate buyer’s guide to recumbent bikes for anyone. However, what we recommend most is to try a few bikes. Get a feel for them and whichever one feels best, follow your gut and go with that one.

By Chris Wright

Chris has spent many years working and teaching in the IT field. He enjoys spending time outdoors and learning about new topics. He likes playing golf, spending time at the beach and working on classic cars and woodworking projects.

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