The 8 Best Spin Exercise Bikes to Buy in 2017

Stay in shape year-round by spinning at home

Looking to keep your summer bod year-round or keep your bike training going in the winter? A good way to keep those extra pounds off is by picking up an upright spin bike and riding in the comfort of your own home. Why a spin exercise bike instead of the seated stationary bikes you also see at the gym?  The knock on stationary gym bikes is that they simply don't really feel like biking on a road.  Spin exercise bikes, on the other hand, simulate a true road biking experience and feature heavy flywheels with connected pedals that provide the most accurate feeling of resistance and a more effective workout. Many now also feature computers and programmable resistance that borrow the best features of stationary gym bikes - the ability to customize and measure your workout - while still providing the feel of a true outdoor bike ride.

The Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike is the best value spin bike on the market.  It's half the price of comparable indoor spin bikes, and is quiet, compact, durable and fully adjustable.  It  boasts a heavier than usual 40-pound flywheel which one glowing reviewer boasts "makes all the difference in smoothness.".  Combined with the thick steel frame and a chain drive,  the bike can accommodate strenuous biking and riders weighing up to 275 pounds, all while still feeling sturdy.  It is easily movable around the house via it's small base wheels, and quiet enough that it won't bother your family, roommates or neighbors.

The engineers behind Keiser have been innovating the way we exercise for more than 30 years, and their Keiser M3i sets indoor cycling standards with a whisper-quiet magnetic-resistance belt drive system. The V-shape design allows the seat and handlebars to adjust to most adults, and Keiser has redesigned the pedals to curve with your cycling shoes and eliminate pressure points. Best of all, the M3i adds Bluetooth connectivity so you can link up with your smartphone, tablet or smart TV.

If you’re looking for a lightweight spin bike that you might ride in a small space, check out the lightweight Schwinn IC2. The direct-drive system, 31-pound flywheel and steel tube frame weigh just total 83 pounds, and the rear transport wheels make it easy to roll the bike into a closet or spare room for storage. Schwinn’s innovative resistance system adjusts in continuous increments, and a basic LCD computer tracks time, distance, RPM, speed and calorie readouts.

Women under 240 pounds looking to add indoor cycling to their home workout regimen should check out Sunny Health's P8100 for a lightweight, smaller fully customizable ride than the SF-B901. The P is for “pink” on this chain-drive bike with a 22-pound flywheel; add the heavy duty crank and steel frame, and it just weighs 61 pounds. Increase or decrease the intensity of your workout with a twist of the tension knob and track your progress on the basic computer displaying distance, speed, scan, time and calorie burn.

When you’re ready to graduate from the beginner and budget exercise spin bikes, the Phoenix 98623 Revolution Cycle Pro II is a great bang for the buck. The bike’s bio-mechanically efficient design allows for adjustments in the saddle position, and the saddle mount adjusts horizontally and vertically allowing for additional legwork. A direct drive resistance system and 40-pounds flywheel allow for forward and backward pedaling, and the resistance system features oversize, center-pull brake pads controlled by the tension knob. Adjustable forward positioned handlebars and racing style pedals give the Revolution Cycle Pro II a road bike feel.

The brand that brought you the first Spin® classes in a Santa Monica studio back in 1991 has come out with the new Spinner S3, which is an entry-level machine that makes for a smooth start for beginner riders that integrates decades of Spin® classes into an affordable package. The S3’s linchpin is its 31 pounds perimeter-weighted flywheel generating momentum for a fluid pedal stroke. The Spin® bike also comes with four DVDs and the Spinning® Guide to Ride manual to help you reach your fitness goals at home.

Swim, bike and run? You’re going to need a tough upright spin bike so you can get a ride in no matter the season or weather. The Ironman Triathlon X Class 510 has a 44-pound flywheel, a precision belt drive and a three-piece crank for a smooth stroke. The heavy-duty steel frame construction will hold up to 300-pound riders, and the X-Class 510 can even withstand stand-up pedaling to simulate uphill rides. There’s even a built-in elbow rest for aero-position training. On top of it all, the X-Class 510 ships with a folding equipment mat to protect your floor and a My Cloud Fitness chest belt to track your heart rate.

Whether you’re training for the Tour de France or a tour of wine country, exercising on an upright spin bike that replicates road feel can improve your fitness. Schwinn’s Carbon Blue chain-drive uses a carbon fiber toothed belt to replicate the feel of a road chain minus lubrication and regular adjustments. Schwinn’s Virtual Contact™ Magnetic Resistance eliminates friction for a smooth stroke every time. Schwinn Lightweight Performance Handlebars include infinite fore-aft adjustments and comfortable hand positions for both sitting and standing. The aluminum frame is sturdy enough to accommodate riders weighing up to 350 pounds. 

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