The 7 Best Spin Bikes to Buy in 2018

Clip on in and pedal your way to better health with one of these bicycles

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Whether you usually cycle on the road and trails or in a studio, bringing a set of wheels into your home can transform your cycling routine and help you score more time in the saddle. Rainy, cold days stopping you from getting outside? Not anymore. Zero time to get to the gym before work for a Spinning class? Now you can sneak in a quick sweat session before leaving the house.

If you’ve never tried Spinning or indoor cycling, here are a few reasons to give it a go: The fast-paced pedaling provides a cardiovascular workout that can reduce your risk of heart disease, burn up to 600 calories in 45 minutes and—because it’s a low-impact sport—won’t beat up your hips and knees. Look for an indoor cycling bike with a flywheel, which is what provides the resistance that mimics steep hill climbs (and makes you legs burn!). Ready to give it a spin? Try one of these top bike picks.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Peloton

PELOTON BIKE
Courtesy of Peloton

For people who aren’t ready to give up the high-energy atmosphere of a Spin studio, go for an indoor bike that brings the class to you, such as the Peloton bike. The highlight of the bike is a sweat-proof touchscreen for streaming live studio classes as well as 5,000 on-demand workouts. The bike is known for its smooth ride and quiet belt drive and features a knob that allows you to quickly and easily adjust the level of resistance.

People who own the Peloton bike say that the studio instructors are motivational and that they like having multiple classes to choose between. Another big selling point: The bike is set up in your home by a team of delivery professionals, ensuring that you won’t have to fumble through assembly instructions.

Best for on a Budget: ProGear 100S Exercise Bike

Affordable doesn’t mean minimal when it comes to the ProGear 100S indoor cycling bike. The workout machine is decked out with a 22-pound flywheel, LCD computer that displays calories burned, distance, time, speed, and pulse (thanks to heart pulse sensors), and water bottle holder.

One reviewer notes that this ProGear model exceeded expectations based on the price, and another says that the bike is sturdier and heavier than they expected it to be. People also agree that the indoor cycling bike is easy to assemble and adjust to the rider’s height.

Best High-End: Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle

Keiser
Courtesy of Amazon 

If you’re willing to splurge on an indoor cycling bike, then check out the sleek Keiser M3i. The bike is Bluetooth enabled, allowing it to pair with certain heart rate monitors. It also connects to BKOOL, a 3D virtual training system. Magnetic resistance makes for a smooth, whisper-quiet ride, which is why this bike is a great choice if you want to avoid disturbing roommates or waking up a sleeping baby.

One reviewer says that the Keiser M3i indoor cycling bike is virtually silent, and another says that the quiet ride allows them to watch a movie while they work out. It’s also praised for being extremely well made and easy to assemble.

Best Mid-Price: Marcy Club Revolution Cycle Trainer

Snatch up a health club-quality indoor cycling bike for less than the price of an annual gym membership with the Marcy Club Revolution Cycle Trainer. The bike, made from durable steel, boasts a balanced 40-pound flywheel as well as basket cage pedals to prevent feet from slipping out. The adjustable handlebars and seat allow you to correctly position yourself for the perfect ride.

Reviewers say that the bike is sturdy yet easy to move around the house thanks to transport wheels. However, people do recommend investing in a gel seat cover, since the saddle can be uncomfortable.

Best Adjustable: Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike

The key to a comfortable ride is a bike that’s fitted to your exact proportions. The Sunny Health & Fitness indoor cycling bike allows you to make tweaks until the bike is just right. The handlebars move up in down in height while the leather padded seat moves both up and down as well as forward and backward with a simple twist of the knob, allowing you to adjust in the middle of a workout. The bike is also equipped with a 40-pound chrome flywheel.

People who own the Sunny Health & Fitness indoor cycling bike say that adjustments are quick and easy. One reviewer was so impressed with the bike that they ordered more than ten to use in their fitness facility.

Best Professional: Bladez Fitness Master GS Indoor Cycle Trainer

If you want the same level of quality you get at a pricey spin class in the comfort of your home, look no further than this choice from Bladez Fitness Master. The GS Indoor Cycle Trainer has a heavy flywheel (45 pounds!) and a top-down magnetic resistance which will make it feel like you are on the road and not in your living room. You can move the seat both forwards and back to give you that custom fit you crave.  The LCD screen will display your time and calories burned but if you want a more accurate read you can easily pair this with a Polar Heart rate monitor (sold separately) that will monitor your intensity.

Reviewers commend this for its solid construction, low sound volume, and overall great performance for a mid-level priced bike.

Best for Beginners: Spinning Spinner S1 Indoor Cycling Bike

If you’re new to indoor cycling—or biking in general—the Spinning Spinner bike can help you get started. It has all the safety features a newbie would want, including no-slip handlebars with rubberized grips, a wide, padded saddle to keep riders balanced, and comfortable and an emergency stop capability. It also comes with four DVDs to guide you through your workouts.

The bike has a 31-pound flywheel and is made from powder-coated, rust-resistant steel, so it’s protected against sweat and other moisture. One reviewer notes that the bike is built well and is perfect for people who are new to indoor cycling, but even those who are serious cyclers say that this bike is equipped with the features they need for a solid workout.

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