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Old 02-23-12, 07:46 AM   #1
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Spinning Bikes - sizes

Greetings, I am a new member here. I have been asked to purchase a spinning bike for my company's onsite fitness center. While several of the members use spinning bikes at various clubs, ( all different models) they can not come up with a model which accommodates the petite woman and moderately tall man. I would appreciate any and all suggestions or recommendations.
Thank you, Jim
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Old 02-24-12, 12:01 AM   #2
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I was a spin instructor at Gold's Gym for several years.

This is the bike we used. It fit people under 5 ft to over 6 ft who weighed 100 lbs to 350.

With proper care, they will last a lifetime.



http://profitnessmd.com/proddetail.php?prod=SBST-505
http://www.spinning.com/spinning-sho...r-bike-pro.asp
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Old 02-24-12, 07:26 AM   #3
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The new Keiser M3 (one with adjustable handlebars) is one of the best out there. Keiser's website for details, Pedal-On.com for more opinions.

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a few things to consider on picking IDC bikes (Spinning is a trademarked name, and there is really only one "Spinning" bike; IDC is the legally correct way to refer to indoor cycling stuff that is not of the Spinning brand):

some bikes use pull/pop pins in drilled holes to adjust the seat height, handlebar height and seat for/aft position. The hole locations may or may not be in the right spot for you (if you're trying to dial in an IDC bike to your outdoor bike geometry, this may be a big deal.

The maintenance on bikes can be a pain- chains, bottom brackets, pad lubrication, flywheel clutch adjustment.

The feel of the bike- heavy flywheel versions with chains vs lighter flywheels with belts- latter are MUCH smoother.

Most IDC bikes have no instrumentation, cadence/speed/power/distance. Some do. Some have options.

Some bikes have for/aft adjustments on handlebars, some do not.


I have no dog in the which bike to buy fight. Our club has 4 different style bikes- Schwinn Spinners, Star Trac Spinners, the ones pictured above, and Keiser M3s (older model without the adjustable handlebars). If I was going to buy a bike for my facility, based on my experiences with all the versions we have at our club, I'd buy Keisers. Reason? Feel, maintenance, data readouts, and adjustability

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Old 02-24-12, 07:48 AM   #4
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I have only done a couple spin classes, but I am 6'5", and there were people in the classes closer to 5' and we all rode the same bikes just fine. And I am very fussy about fit. I suspect most spin bikes are pretty adjustable that way.
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Best bike I've ever used have been a Lemond spin bike. And, it was the only spin bike where I could get the bars significantly lower than the saddle. http://www.lemondfitness.com/product...mond-revmaster

Adjustability IS a big problem, a few of the popular bikes are a good fit for 70% of the users, and screw the rest. Keisers are a good example of a poor fitting bike, I guess they have gotten around to acknowledging that an adjustable reach might be a good idea, dah, but I wonder if they fixed the problem that the pedal Q is so wide it's like riding the worlds fattest beach cruiser.

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Old 02-24-12, 09:24 AM   #6
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Do they actually want a spin bike, or just a stationary bike?

My experience is that you can't get a particularly comfortable fit on a spin bike (and I'm pretty average as far as sizing goes), but it's marginally better than on a stationary bike. But then you are on the bike for 40-50 minutes so it doesn't really matter that much.
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Best bike I've ever used have been a Lemond spin bike. And, it was the only spin bike where I could get the bars significantly lower than the saddle. http://www.lemondfitness.com/product...mond-revmaster

Adjustability IS a big problem, a few of the popular bikes are a good fit for 70% of the users, and screw the rest. Keisers are a good example of a poor fitting bike, I guess they have gotten around to acknowledging that an adjustable reach might be a good idea, dah, but I wonder if they fixed the problem that the pedal Q is so wide it's like riding the worlds fattest beach cruiser.

They have fixed the reach on the latest model, but the Q is the same. I notice it for about the first 5 mins of riding. Since most of the time I'm only on for an hour or so, it's not an issue for me. The Revmaster Pro looks pretty good; I'd like to try one sometime.
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Thank you John, The unit look promising.
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