How to find out The Best Exercise Bikes

What are ergometers – the big brothers of exercise bikes

Ergometer Home trainers are ideal for beginners as well as for professional athletes and have become known and popular for use in fitness centers. With an exercise, bike ergometer can be achieved a lot of training goals and also from the comfort of home. Strengthen your cardiovascular system, increase your fitness, build muscle and burn calories to make unwanted pounds fall.

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The practical and joint-saving trim wheels are available in various designs and price ranges. What you should pay attention to when buying, we would like to explain to you now.

Exercise bike or ergometer?

Exercise bikes usually have a decisive advantage over ergometers and this is the price. The cheaper price, however, also leads to reductions. These can sometimes be so large that the purchased device ultimately serves as a dust catcher instead of supporting the initially desired training goals. Before you get yourself a very cheap and therefore rattling, unimaginable and uncomfortable bicycle exercise bike, you should consider whether you would rather invest in a reliable and stable companion, who keeps faithfully a hand or feet for years.

Bicycle ergometer, recumbent bike or spin bike?

With a bicycle ergometer, you sit upright like on a real bike. Saddle and handlebar can be adjusted individually. This type of ergometer is the best known and most common variant.

When Recumbent bike, also called recumbent bike or seat ergometer, the seat is shifted backward, so that one steps forward instead of down. Riding this type of bike is especially gentle on people with back problems as it relieves the spine. Instead of a saddle, the athlete expects a generous seat with backrest and side handles. The disadvantage of a recumbent bike is the higher price and the larger footprint.

The spin bike, also called spin bike or racer bike, of course, you know from spinning! It is a professional fitness equipment for ambitious athletes, that allows very intense workouts over particularly heavy flywheels of 18 kg and more. The spin bike does not have a freewheel when pedaling, so if you stop pedaling, the pedals will continue to run until the set resistance slowly stops the flywheel.

What one should ultimately decide on depends mostly on the following factors:

  • Space requirements – bicycle ergometers or spin bikes require less space than seat ergometers
  • Price – Bicycle ergometers are priced often cheaper than recumbent or spin bikes
  • Ergonomics – the gentlest kind of cycling is possible with the Sitzergometer and especially interesting for people with problems on the spine
  • Intensity – The spin bike allows very high intensities via the very heavy flywheel, although with all ergometers considerable training successes can be achieved, even for experienced endurance athletes

What should you look for when buying an ergometer?

The quality of the individual components of ergometers is an important factor for all cyclists and fitness lovers, but in finding the right device, personal desires and preferences play an equally important role. An ergometer can still be so good, if it does not have a connection to the smartphone for a music playback, it is simply not the right device for some people. Someone else might want to have the option of a specific interval training that he knows from his fitness center. Which features your ergometer should definitely have on board for you, ultimately only you can decide. In the following, we would like to give you some explanations of the basic components that every ergometer and every exercise bike has,

Flywheel and braking system 

When you step on the pedals, you move the flywheel. For a harmonious, pleasant run, the weight of the flywheel should be 8 kg and higher. Ergometers usually have 10 kg and more weight. Spin bikes come with 18 kg and more. To adjust the training intensity, the flywheel mass must be braked. So you create a resistance on the brake, which should be as high quality. Ergometers are mainly high-quality eddy current brakes wear, with which one can produce a high resistance and thus a high wattage performance. Magnetic brakes are also good, but not quite as powerful. Both brake systems brake the flywheel without contact and are therefore noiseless and wear.

Saddle, handlebar and seat and handles

The more options an ergometer offers for saddle and handlebars or for seat and handgrips in the case of a seat ergometer, the better. You want to be able to choose the ergonomically optimal setting and often even more family members want to use the device. In addition to the height of the saddle, it is also good if you can adjust the inclination. Also important is the ability to properly position the handlebars. With the bicycle ergometer, the seat should be adjusted so that the knees are only slightly bent when passing through and the hips remain straight. Of course, the saddle or the seat should also be comfortable, because you will spend many, many hours of training on the ergometer at best and there is particularly well-padded gel saddle for a perfect sitting experience.

Similarly, the seat should be adjustable and comfortable on the recumbent bike and the handles should be made of a grip-friendly, durable material to provide years of training fun.

Pulse measurement, program variety, and display

Ergometers have the advantage that you can train independently of speed and the set power is accurately represented according to the DIN standard. They are therefore suitable for therapeutic use.

1st pulse measurement

In order to keep track of the pulse during exercise and to maintain the desired heart rate, the pulse must be measured via an ear clip, hand grips or a telemetric chest strap. Experience has shown that the ear clip is a bit uncomfortable when worn and can slip. The hand pulse measurement can give inaccurate results. In addition, the hands have to keep in touch with the handles all the time. The most precise is a chest strap that wirelessly transmits data received from the heart to the ergometer computer. In most models, a corresponding receiver is integrated or can be retrofitted as needed. Pulse-precise training is a particular advantage of the ergometer. Many devices can even adjust the wattage power to the pulse. For example, if you set a target heart rate of 140 beats per minute, the device notices when it is above or below and raises or lowers the pedaling resistance. In this way, the training is extremely well scalable and progress can be tracked well.

2. Program variety

In general, it is nice to be able to choose from many different training programs, to bring more variety into training and to keep the long-term motivation up. In practice, however, everyone exercises differently and needs more or less stimulation. If you’re a guy who always needs something new to stay motivated, then you can look for exercise bikes that come with a lot of programs and maybe even a built-in training coach. 

Other athletes need only the common basics and do not want to think big during training, but simply train effectively or turn off a round of sports head and maybe while listening to music or reading a book. Which type are you?

In addition to the variety of programs, it should be noted that many ergometers can also store user profiles and training sessions, while others do not. If you want to keep an eye on your training with statistics, then this could be an important buying factor for you. If there is an interface to your computer or smartphone on board, then so much the better.

3. Display

A clear display, where you have all the important data directly in view, makes training much easier than if you have to clumsy through twenty submenus, for example. Of course, the size of the display also plays a role in the clarity of the display, but glass and lighting are also relevant. The glass should not reflect too much and the display should be easy to read even in low light conditions.

How to exercise with the ergometer?

Before you start training, you should start with a few basic considerations. If you are a newcomer and want to do something primarily for your health, then you should first get used to the new fitness equipment and set small goals. If you already have experience as a recreational athlete, you are usually very fast in training. You can safely and comfortably increase continuously and work with clear training goals. Professionals and endurance athletes primarily use ergometers when the weather is too bad outside, little time is available or a relaxed early morning or evening workout is desired at home.

Classic cardio training or rehab training is child’s play with the built-in heart rate control. Ride and descent, interval training and challenging high resistance training are also possible and ideal for building muscle and increasing overall fitness. To lose weight, We recommend a mix of cardio and muscle building. Those who train one-sidedly and only keep their heart rate at 120-140 will find that he will not be able to progress at some point. Changing and sometimes crisper training sessions challenge the body and encourage it to build muscle. The nice thing is that more muscle also consumes more calories, even when you sleep! Ultimately you decide what is the right training for you, but of course, it is helpful and useful to inform yourself beforehand with coaches, on the net or with friends who are already training. Basically, each unit starts with a 5-10 minute warm-up to get the circulation going and then starts properly. The conclusion of each training is a one to five-minute erasure.

Incidentally, there are already a variety of fitness and training apps on the net or are already offered for download via the device manufacturer. With them, you can easily get started with training planning. 

Selection and offer

Are you looking for a suitable bicycle or seat ergometer for your home to finally get started? You want fitness without a center and like doing sports in your own home regardless of the weather. In our online shop, you will definitely find your perfect fitness device for you. Look forward to great offers, choose from high-quality ergometers from renowned manufacturers and order conveniently from home. Benefit from our free shipping and return shipping and a return policy of 100 days. If you have any questions or would like a personal consultation, just drop us an e-mail or visit one of our branches. We are happy to advise you.

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