First Time Stationary Bike Buyer Tips

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So you’re in the market for a stationary exercise bike and don’t know where to start? There are several different bikes with varying features to choose from. What you want to achieve is going to determine the best type of stationary exercise bike to fit your needs. You have already determined that stationary exercise bikes are the best low-impact cardiovascular workout. Are you a beginner, novice, or expert biker, looking to stay motivated, beat time, go for speed, or train to cycle outside? After selecting what type of exercise bike is best for you, there are several things to consider before the bike is delivered.

Before your Bike Arrives

All the excitement of having your new bike arrive at your doorstep could make you overlook several important details. Here are some important tips to keep in mind so you are ready for your bikes arrival.

Space

Make sure you know where to put your exercise bike before it arrives. Find the dimensions and measure out the space for your new piece of equipment. If you are short on space, it is a good idea to invest in a folding exercise bike. That way it can be stored when not in use. A nice view would also be advantageous and make for a more pleasant riding experience.

Protect the Floor

For the new space your exercise bike will be occupying consider purchasing a mat to keep your flooring protected. This is recommended for any type of flooring your new bike will reside. A high density equipment mat will help absorb the vibration and noise caused by working out, it will also prolong the life of your new stationary bike. The mat for your bike will also keep it more stable while 

Seat Cover

Spinning bikes or indoor cycles are notorious for having a tiny uncomfortable seat. It will be easier to get use to riding your new bike with added cushioning. Finding a seat cover pad will help minimize the pain in your butt after a hard workout. The seat of a spinning bike is also referred to as “saddle”, you will hear others mention “getting out of the saddle” meaning putting all your weight on the pedals and getting your butt off the seat. Make sure you know the measurement of your bike seat before you purchase a seat cushion, that way you know it will fit.

Keep Hydrated

To stay hydrated during your intense workouts, make sure your bike has a water bottle holder, if not you should look into purchasing one. Staying hydrated will help avoid craps and dehydration.

Extras

A book holder might come in useful if you plan on reading during a workout. There are also tablet and cellphone holders to add to your stationary bike, if it isn’t already a feature. Cycling pants are good to prevent chaffing and can be quick-drying, comfortable, breathable, and padded. Indoor cycling shoes aren’t required, but if you get serious, could be something to invest in.  Good ones have no laces, are breathable, and connect to pedals for maximum push and pull.

Pro Tips

  • When riding a indoor cycle (spinning bike) the pulling up with the pedal (which gives you power) is just as important as the pushing down motion.
  • Keep children away from exercise bikes that don’t come with safety locks. Curious fingers could get trapped in a number of moving parts.
  • Make sure you are not putting too much pressure on your hands when gripping the handlebars. Your body weight should be adjusted to your legs.

Time to make the decision and find the best type of bike for you and your needs. Good luck and happy riding!

 

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