When it comes to indoor cycling, the most vital piece of equipment is the
This article will tell you everything you need to know, and we will be telling you the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a spinning
- Spin Bikes Vs. Exercise Bikes
- Choosing A Spin
- Recommended Spinning
Check out my YouTube video on how to choose a spin
Spin Bikes Vs. Exercise Bikes
The first thing that is vital to mention is the difference between a spinning
Spinning bikes are what you will see in a spinning studio. They typically have a large flywheel and use both friction and magnetic resistance systems to challenge you as the rider. They are typically made with a more aggressive position compared to an exercise
Exercise bikes are generally what you will find in gyms in the cardio equipment section. They typically use magnetic resistance and are designed to be as comfortable as possible. They have upright riding positions, large comfortable saddles, and tall handlebars. Exercise bikes generally are not very comfortable when it comes to standing and are made to be sat on, not for standing riding.
Spin bikes and exercise bikes come in all different shapes and sizes. It’s easy to get confused between the two, and it’s important to understand their differences and the experience you will get from each.
Choosing A Spin
Now for the exciting part. Here’s what you need to be asking yourself when it comes to buying a spinning
The first step when it comes to looking for a
We think it’s vital to establish a budget and then go into the search for a
Next, we have size. You need first to make sure that the
Next, you need to consider fit. If you are very tall or quite short, check the
Interactive Or Non-Interactive
Some spinning bikes come with screens or options to connect to tablets with applications. These are what we call interactive spin bikes, a good example is the Peloton and the NordicTrack S27i. They come with screens and have connectivity features such as Bluetooth.
A non-interactive spinning
When it comes to connecting to applications, you are going to need a
Be careful not to go for a
Magnetic Or Friction Resistance
Spin bikes come with two different resistance systems. One is called a magnetic system, and the other is called a friction system. A magnetic system is where magnets are used to create resistance through the use of eddy currents, this is what is called a frictionless system.
Then we have a friction resistance system. This is where you have a wool brake pad that will compress onto the flywheel and slow it down, creating resistance for the rider. Frictionless is normally quieter and doesn’t wear out when friction is noisier, and you might need to replace pads sometimes.
Front Or Rear Flywheel?
The flywheel is a vital part of the spinning
A rear-facing flywheel can make the
Spin bikes come in many different styles. You might like a classic-looking
You will find bikes that have drop bars and are made to replicate road bikes and some that run the spin
Next, we have a brand, and in our experience, you can get more from using a well-known brand compared to a cheaper lesser known brand. The product goes through more research and development, the customer service is often better, and warranties are longer and can be easier to initiate.
It’s not fun having a broken spinning
Spinning bikes often offer different warranty levels depending on the
When looking at bikes seriously, we highly recommend using a chart such as this to see if it ticks all the boxes for you. It might seem like a lot to think about, but getting distracted when you’re excited by a
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Now that you know how to pick the right
- Cycling Shoes – Gives the rider the ability to clip in.
- Sweat Towel – Great for the sessions where you give your max.
- Water Bottle – It’s vital to stay hydrated when cycling.
- Padded Shorts – They will make the ride much more comfortable. (Check our guides on the best shorts for men and women)
- Floor Mat – To protect the floor you’re riding on and make the
- Heart Rate Monitor – To tell you what your heart rate is while riding.
- Cadence Sensor – If your
bikecan’t tell you your RPM, this can. (We tried and compared the most popular cadence sensors. Check out our guide)
- Tablet Holder – For holding tablets that are running your favorite applications. (We bought and tested more than four tablet holders)
- Padded Seat Cover – If your saddle isn’t working for you, then this will help. (We have tested the best-padded seat covers. Checkout our guide and video!)
- Power Meter Pedals – To give you power data.
These accessories are going to add so much value to the cycling experience. We highly recommend each one.
A Final Note
Finding the perfect spinning