I am new to spinning class but love it. Unfortunately, the new gym has bikes that don't stay calibrated properly and the pedals spin freely. It is very frustrating to try to adjust the tension for a hill, following instructor, as the bikes vary in tightness. Some or very loose until about the tenth click then are so tight I can't pedal at all! Others start out tight and stay the same tension. I am trying to convince gym to get new bikes ( as many of the instructors would like also). I think it would be great to test market a couple of brands. What brands of bikes do others use successfully? I greatly appreciate any comments. If I convince the gym to do this, I plan on writing an article on the test outcome and submitting to appropriate mags.
Get the Revmaster bikes. Then you can get the Pilot machines that attach to the bike, and that measures cadence, speed (kph or mph), calories burned, heart rate, plus has a timer and stopwatch. Plus, they have proactive customer service- they were constantly calling just to check in with the bikes.
Unfortunately, with all bikes, you're eventually going to get that problem with the brakes. The answer to that is PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE. If you check the bikes out at least once a week, you should be able to calibrate the brakes yourself. Ideally, you want to check once a day, but if you can't do that, once a week is best. If you write an article about this, the best kind of article you can write is how active, vigilent preventative maintenance can make the bikes last a long time. Our gym runs at least five classes a day with heavy wear, and we've had the bikes now for at least four years, and the reason why we're still happy is that we do PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE. A little bit goes a long way and saves you thousands of dollars over the long run- yet clubs continue to do the minumum, but expect the maximum. That is really puzzling.
I wanted to buy a spincycle for home workouts and did a lot of google searches. End result: I ended up buying the RevMaster and have to give it a big thumbs up. I make sure to release the brake tension after riding and wipe it down, but that's about it. I will do the brake checking thing, as suggested by Koffee, but don't foresee any out-of-the-usual problems there either. Very solidly build.
Like the others, I suggest you also consider their Pilot computer, but find the addition of a compatible heart strap invaluable.
What they said above but, most importantly is you can infinatly adjust every aspect of the bike. The spin classes I go to use the JohnnyG spinner or whatever the new version is called and they adjust by holes in the posts for the seat and bar hight. No adjustment whatsoever with the handlbars fore and aft. I'm always either cramped up or way behind the pedal axle trying to extend my body. The only reason I go to this place is they have really really good instructors and are, in most cases, actual cyclists and not exercise/areobic(sp?) class people. But yes, Revmaster. Lemond got it really right on this one.