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Old 01-28-14, 03:56 AM
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Stationary Bike Advice

I'm in the market for a stationary bike in the 600 to 800 US dollar range, and was looking at brands like Sole Fitness, Diamondback Fitness, Kettler, and Precor (used since this brand is pricey). Right now I'm leaning towards a Sole Fitness R92, though its a bit out of my price range. My main concern is consistent resistance when peddling, as I hate the herky jerky stuff found in some of the cheaper stationaries. And the next most important specs are a seat comfortability, a high number of resistance levels and then overall build quality in that order.

Do you guys have any advice in regards to what brands and/or models to avoid? Which to recommend? I'm only interested in re***bent stationaries and not uprights. Thanks for any help!
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magnetic resistance and heavy flywheels are what you should look for.

chest strap heart rate monitors are a little better than the hand grip monitors.

check out sports authority. there are usually a online coupons for extra discounts and they usually have free shipping on orders over $500.
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I had a cheap stationary bike and it was a mistake. The saddle was OK at first but got worse over time to the point where I couldn't use it for more than 10 minutes. I would get a trainer that you can use your bike saddle.
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Why not get a trainer and use your own bike on it ?? Cheaper, you get to use your own bike, smooth, with as many resistance choices as gears, plus whatever the trainer has. Even buying a decent used bike and a trainer would be more practical in my opinion. Then you have 2 real bikes that can be used inside or out. I have my "rain bike" on my trainer most of the time.
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Originally Posted by Kconan View Post
I'm in the market for a stationary bike in the 600 to 800 US dollar range, and was looking at brands like Sole Fitness, Diamondback Fitness, Kettler, and Precor (used since this brand is pricey). Right now I'm leaning towards a Sole Fitness R92, though its a bit out of my price range. My main concern is consistent resistance when peddling, as I hate the herky jerky stuff found in some of the cheaper stationaries. And the next most important specs are a seat comfortability, a high number of resistance levels and then overall build quality in that order.

Do you guys have any advice in regards to what brands and/or models to avoid? Which to recommend? I'm only interested in re***bent stationaries and not uprights. Thanks for any help!
Consider the Schwinn Airdyne that is used in most rehab clinics due to it's easy and super smooth operation from it's air resistance flywheel. The faster you pedal the harder it gets from wind pressure.
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Although new it is out of your range, I HIGHLY recommend the Keiser M3. I have seen them on craigslist. I have never used a better spin bike.
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The Schwinn Airdyne and Keiser are uprights rather than re***bent. I'll check and see if there are re***bent versions out there.

I used a trainer before and it is a good idea for saving space, but I didn't like it.

Appreciate the advice guys!
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I have a Schwinn Airdyne, and it will kill you above 70 RPM........... It's got a lot of hours on it, and still going stronger than me.
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