Types of Exercise Bikes
Exercise bikes are designed in all different ways to suit everyones unique needs for exercising. Whether it is for high intensity workouts, emulating real life cycling or rehabbing injuries, there is always a type of exercise bike to suit your needs perfectly. There are 4 types of exercise bikes, and they all serve a different purpose. They are Upright, Recumbent, Spin and Air Bike.
Upright Bike - An Upright Bike is the most common bike that you will find. You sit in an upright position with the pedals underneath your body. The upright bikes put your body into a position that you would be while riding a normal bicycle. You use your Quads, Calves and Hamstrings while pedaling and also use your core muscles to stabalise yourself. We recommend the Freeform UB5 Upright Bike for people who want to cycle in comfort and get medium level of intensity out of their workout.
Recumbent Bike - A Recumbent Bike is a bike where you pedal in a reclined position with your feet out in front of you. These bikes are more comfortable as they have a bigger seat and a back rest. The recumbent bikes put less stress on your joints and are very common for rehabbing knee or hip injuries. You also use your whole lower body while using the bike and it takes the pressure of your back while riding. We recommend the Freeform RB7 Recumbent Bike to people who have been referred to use a recumbent bike and to people who want a lower intensity workout on a bike.
Spin Bike - A Spin Bike closely resembles a riding experience that you would find while riding a road bike. They have bigger fly wheels to allow for a smoother ride and emulates real life cycling. The resistance is typically a break-based resistance, meaning you can tighten the breaks to increase or decrease the tension and also press down hard on the break to stop the flywheel from spinning. We recommend the Vortex S7 Spin Bike for people who are very familiar with riding bikes and want to take their outdoor riding experience inside.
Air Bike - An Air Bike utilises your whole body to operate. The resistance comes from a fan instead of a flywheel, meaning you need to consistently push hard to keep the fan spinning. Mainly used in your F45 and Crossfit types of training, these are often referred to as "Calorie Burning Machines" as you are moving your whole body to use the bike at a high intensity. We recommend the Pure Design AB10 Air Bike to people who want to burn calories fast and challenge themselves to a very high level workout.