Six of the best indoor exercise bikes - including recumbent and folding bikes you can use for home workouts

For many of us a new year is the motivation needed to get fitter, healthier and stronger.

The best indoor exercise bikes

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Typically January is a time when most of us consider buying a gym membership but, with more Covid-19 rules announced in Wales along with new restrictions in Scotland - both effective from Boxing Day - and Boris Johnson warning that more coronavirus restrictions may come in England, it seems that we may be better off investing our money in to gym equipment that can be used at home.

Indoor cycling is a great way to burn calories, and improve endurance, stamina and cardiovascular fitness - all without having to leave the comfort of your home.

There’s a number of options out there on the market too, whether you want a no-frills option to simply power through your daily 30 minute cycles or you want something a little more advanced which will measure all of your key stats as you ride.

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We’ve rounded up six of the best indoor exercise bikes for home workouts below, and there’s something suitable for every budget and every skill level.

It’s not just bikes that you can use to help you keep fit at home either.

However, whether you’re just starting out on your fitness journey or you’re looking to enhance your existing workout regime, it can be hard to know what to buy as there’s a wide range of items out there - all promising to help you achieve your goals quickly.

So we’ve done some investigating for you and written a handy guide to home exercise gear that actually works.

Premium Folding Exercise Bike 2-in-1 Upright & Recumbent Options

Premium Folding Exercise Bike 2-in-1 Upright & Recumbent Options
4.5/5

This KT20 exercise bike features a 2-in-1 cardio function which allows you to cycle in two different positions.

You can either opt for the standard upright position, which will give you the benefits of a high-intensity workout, or opt for a low-impact more comfortable, longer session in the recumbent position.

There’s also 8 different resistance levels which mean you can tailor your workouts to suit you. This makes it ideal for different age groups, and people with fitness levels.

Use the lower resistance levels for cardio based workouts and higher resistance levels for muscle and leg toning.

This also means you can increase the resistance level as your fitness improves to maximise your workouts, so your bike with stand the test of time.

With adjustable settings, the exercise bike is suitable for users from 150cm/4ft 11” up to 182cm/6ft and 242lbs/110kg/17 stones.

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Stages SB20 Smart Bike Indoor Trainer

Stages SB20 Smart Bike Indoor Trainer
5/5

The Stages SB20 Smart Bike is the ultimate indoor trainer.

It has been built with the latest technology to make your virtual riding easy. At its heart is the brand’s industry-leading power meter technology, which measures each leg independently.

This superior engineering has been used to win seven cycling Grand Tours including the Tour de France and helped Stages become the world’s largest power meter manufacturer.

It’s also really quiet so it’s perfect for those times when you want to do a late night or early morning training sessions without waking the house.

There’s two USB charging ports keep your devices fully charged during your ride, and an integrated adjustable tablet holder so you can watch all your favourite shows and listen to your favourite music to help motivate you during your workout.

It fits riders of all sizes, from XS to XL, and is fully adjustable - making it ideal for households with more than one rider.

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JTX Mission Air Bike

JTX Mission Air Bike
4.5/5

This fan bike is built for intense workouts.

Also known as a cross trainer bike, this machine is a smart choice for HIIT, weight loss and endurance training.

This fan bike will give you a strenuous, full-body workout. Pushing and pulling the handlebars, as you pedal hard, works out your arms, back, legs and core. This full-body motion is why air bikes are also known as cross trainer bikes.

Two large transport wheels make this bike easy to move and store too. Its compact frame makes it a good choice for small spaces.

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Echelon Connect EX3 Indoor Exercise Bike

Echelon Connect EX3 Indoor Exercise Bike
4/5

This smart and sleek bike provides an immersive indoor cycling experience with a blend of comfort, efficiency and modern training app compatibility.

Plus, it functions with the state-of-the-art Echelon Fit App.

Comfort features like fully padded handlebars will help you transition between high-and low-resistance postures with ease, while technical aspects such as the 32-level magnetic flywheel offer a range of resistance necessary for the bike to keep challenging you as you travel on your fitness journey.

The weight limit of this bike is 136kg or 300lb.

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Reebok GB40 Exercise Bike

Reebok GB40 Exercise Bike
4/5

This bike has all you need to create challenging home workouts from home, whether you are a beginner or a more experienced rider.

Functioning from a 6 kg flywheel, the bike offers 8 resistance levels and 3 target programmes, meaning you can increase the intensity of your workout as your fitness levels improve. Allowing you to monitor and control each ride, the bike has a 5.5” LCD screen which displays live performance stats and heart rate data through the built-in hand pulse sensors.

The seat, handlebar, foot straps and floor level are all adjustable too.

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Ultrasport F-Bike

Ultrasport F-Bike
4/5

This collapsible home trainer fitness bike with 8 resistance levels is quick and easy to set up, as well as simple to foldaway.

It provides the perfect way to do some gentle endurance training and build up your skills overtime.

Hand pulse sensors are located on each of the handlebars, and your pulse and other key stats are shown on the bike’s display throughout each workout.

It’s a great choice for those who are on a budget and are also short on space. It is compact and can be put away when not in use.

This bike also comes in 7 colourways, including black, silver, pink, navy and mint.

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