A buyer's guide to the Indoor Cycling Bike
As with all cardiovascular apparatus, Indoor Cycling or Spinning Bikes also provide a series of benefits for users:
- · Strengthen and tone the lower body: legs, thighs and glutes.
- · Combine aerobic and anaerobic workouts thanks to changes in rhythm.
- · Guarantee low impact physical activity and are suitable for any age.
- · Burn off fat and reduce volume.
- · Work and tone the core (abs) intensively.
- · Improve stamina as the intensity of the workout increases.
- · Help to reduce stress and enhance concentration.
- · Enable diverse and varied workouts (individual, group, with music, etc.)
Before buying an Indoor Bike, there are a series of aspects which you should bear in mind to ensure the right choice.
- 1) Type of transmission
- 2) Braking system
- 3) Weight of the flywheel
- 4) Adjustment possibilities
- 5) Monitor and console
1) Type of transmission: belt or chain
Indoor Bikes have the pedals connected to the flywheel in two different ways, such that when the user begins to pedal, a rotation of the flywheel is generated. This is called transmission, and may be by belt or chain. Transmission by chain is the most economical and offers a more realistic sensation, more similar to that of a racing bike, but is a noisier option and requires more maintenance. On the contrary, transmission by belt is quieter and requires less maintenance, but is also more expensive.
2) Braking system: magnetic or friction
Braking on a Spinning Bike can be by friction or magnetic. Braking by friction (pads) is most common in the domestic environment, mainly due to cost. In this system, pads rub against each other and exercise pressure on the flywheel to reduce speed or to brake. Magnetic braking is more common for top of the range Indoor Bikes aimed at professional use. In this system, the flywheel brakes using electromagnets that follow the indications transmitted by the user through the monitor. This is more expensive, but unlike friction brakes, is much more quiet and does not require any kind of maintenance.
3) Weight of the flywheel
The flywheel is the element of the bike that turns the pedal axle and transmits the different resistances to vary intensity during workouts. The greater the weight of the flywheel, the smoother and more fluid the sensation when pedalling, and the greater the possible variation of the resistance, which means more demanding workouts can be handled.
4) Adjustment possibilities
Adjustment options for the saddle and the handle bar are closely related to greater or less comfort when doing the workout. Not all saddles can be regulated or substituted should this be necessary, so it is important to check that the bike you select has a saddle that can be adjusted, for increased comfort when working out and to avoid postures that could lead to injury. The same applies to the handle bar, which should be adjustable in length and height to adapt to the size of the user and avoid discomfort in the back following training. We should bear in mind that an uncomfortable saddle or handle bar can spoil the workout session.
5) Monitor and console
The console is essential, as it is from here that the different functions of the bike are controlled and important information is viewed such as: speed, RPM, calories burned, time, distance, etc. In addition, if the console is compatible with your Smartphone, iPod, iPad or iPhone, you can carry out interactive workouts with the available Apps, which will make your workout a more pleasant and motivating activity. Nowadays, the monitor and this compatibility with different applications is the area which is changing the most and one which manufacturers are following carefully as in this way workouts become more useful and more fun.