If you already know the type of bike you want but aren't sure about which one to pick then our Top Rated Cycles
section is a great place to start as we've done all the hard work for you by selecting the best bikes at different price points. What is Indoor Cycling?
First and foremost indoor cycling is a great way to get fit and to stay in shape. An indoor cycle enables you to enjoy cycling in the comfort of your own home or in a group environment at the gym. Indoor cycling isn't for the faint-hearted - it's a tough workout but you'll get fit quickly and build up a good level of stamina.
You get all of the fitness benefits and cardio exercise that you would on a normal outdoor cycle, but without getting wet, cold and without the danger of traffic.
An indoor cycle is designed to be static, with the pedals connected to the wheel (flywheel) so that when you pedal the flywheel turns giving the effect of normal cycling, but unlike normal road cycling you don't move. You can change the resistance of the flywheel to simulate climbing hills for example.
Most indoor cycles are fixed wheel meaning that the pedals will continues to move after you've stopped pedalling (because the flywheel is connected to the pedals). This is different than a road bike which will normally free wheel when you stop pedalling.What is an Indoor Cycle?
Before we get into the detail of what to look for and how to choose the right bike for your needs, it's worth being clear about the definition of an indoor cycle. Of course an indoor cycle is a stationary bike that allows you to train indoors, but are all indoor cycles basically the same? The short answer is no. There are different types of indoor cycles that suit different needs:
- Spinning Bike - This is a fixed wheel bike that can be used for general purpose exercise, high intensity training and following spinning routines. The bikes are designed to more closely replicate the feel of an outdoor bike. The main benefit of this type of bike is that you get a great workout in a relatively short space of time so it's ideal if you struggle fitting cycling into your busy schedule
- Training Bike - This is a freewheel bike, again designed to closely replicate an outdoor cycle, that is ideal for long training rides. If you want to replicate outdoor training rides then this type of bike is ideal
- Indoor Cycle - This is the term that's used to include both spinning bikes and training bikes. As our name suggests these are the bikes that we specialise in.
- Upright Bike - This is what most people would recognise as an exercise bike. It's not so easy to recreate a normal riding position and you don't necessarily get the same level of workout as you do with an indoor cycle.
- Recumbent Bike - Like an upright bike but with a different seating position. The seat will have a backrest and your legs are out front. These are ideal for anyone with balance issues
- Exercise Bike -This is a generic term that describes all types of stationary bikes