The best exercise bikes to up your cardio from home – Runner’s World (UK)

The best exercise bikes to up your cardio from home  Runner’s World (UK)

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Looking to get a killer workout from your living room? You’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best exercise bikes to help you spin from home. As well as the best turbo trainers, which allow you to use your own bike indoors, we’ve also included studio exercise bikes, which often have in-built trainers to keep your motivation up.

Not for you? We’ve also rounded up the best treadmills for runners to keep you clocking up the miles when the weather changes.

The best exercise bikes 2020:

Here, we’ve rounded up the best traditional exercise bikes for working out indoors:

NordicTrack GX 3.9

Best for: Those looking for a spin bike similar to the gym

GX 3.9

NordicTrack nordictrack.co.uk

£499.00

This NordicTrack bike can be paid for over 12 months and has all you need for that spin class experience at home. Just like the bike you use in the gym, the seat height can be easily adjusted and the bike can be easily moved between rooms thanks to the in-built wheels. There’s no screen for virtual training, but you can always use a laptop and log into Zwift, or any other virtual spin class.


NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle

Best for: Those looking for interactive coaching

Commercial S22i Studio Cycle

iFit nordictrack.co.uk

£50.19

With all the bells and whistles for home training, this exercise bike comes complete with a large, 22-inch interactive touch screen, with the NordicTrack iFit coach experience. With the interactive training, you can join live sessions or take part in on-demand workouts with qualified cycling coaches. The bike itself has live resistance control, comes with a pair of dumbbells for at-home training and an in-built fan to keep you cool as you work up a sweat.


Decathlon Essential Exercise Bike

Best for: Those looking for an exercise bike for less than £100

Essential Exercise Bike

decathlon.co.uk

£99.99

If you’re looking to add cycling to your weekly routine, but don’t want to spend a fortune, this basic exercise bike from Decathlon ticks the right boxes. The battery-powered console shows you your speed, distance, calories burned and duration. There’s also eight levels of manual resistance. This might not be the best choice for serious cyclists, but if you’re just getting started, it’s affordable and will do the job.


Decathlon 500 Self-Powered Exercise Bike

Best for: Those living in a flat

500 Self-Powered Exercise Bike

decathlon.co.uk

£249.99

If you find yourself living in a flat, you’ll know the difficulties of finding space to exercise. If you’re worried about finding space near the plug socket to install your bike, this self-powered offering from Decathlon is made for you. The bike is powered by your movement; the console displays your heart rate, calories, speed, distance, time. The bike can easily be moved from room to room using the wheels and there’s 15 levels of resistance to allow you to modify your workout.


Matrix ES Indoor Spin

Best for: Serious cyclists

Matrix ES Indoor Spin Bike

Matrix johnlewis.com

£1,399.00

If you’re a cyclist who is heading indoors during the winter, this is the bike for you. The 21kg flywheel provides smooth, consistent performance and the bike has been designed to feel like riding outside. There’s easily adjustable tension control, adjustable seat and multi-position handlebars, plus transport wheels to move the bike from room to room.


Reebok GB60 One Series Bike

Best for: Those looking for a bestselling exercise bike

GB60 One Series Bike

Reebok very.co.uk

£399.99

One of the bestselling bikes during lockdown, this Reebok bike has 32 different levels of tension to allow you to make things easier or harder at the click of a button. The console allows you to keep an eye on your speed, time and distance. The bike is designed to be comfortable and there’s an adjustable seat and handlebar which allows you to customise the fit.


The best turbo trainers for indoor cycling 2020:

Of course, if you’ve already invested in a bike during lockdown, you won’t want to buy another one for cycling indoors. A turbo trainer or roller allows you to use your bike inside (however it’s worth checking the spec of your bike before investing to ensure it fits):

In’Ride 100 Home Trainer

Best for: Those looking for an affordable option

In’Ride 100 Home Trainer

decathlon.co.uk

£99.99

With a quick-release system that makes it easy to get your bike on and off the trainer, this turbo trainer is affordable and easy to use. It’s got a quiet elastomer roller, which your neighbours will thank you for and there’s seven levels of resistance at your disposal with a manual adjustable dial.


Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer

Best for: Those looking for a realistic cycling experience

As a fully smart interactive turbo trainer, this trainer makes it super easy to connect via bluetooth to apps such as Zwift and Trainer Road which automatically change your resistance for you. It realistically simulates slopes up to 16% and power measurement accuracy to within +/- 2.5%.


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