Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Illinois (near St. Louis)
Bikes: Specialized Expedition Sport, Surly LHT
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.
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
Last edited by Dellphinus; 02-24-12 at 08:10 AM.