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About Exercise Bikes

At Fitness Superstore we offer a huge variety of exercise bikes for both home and commercial use, manufactured by world renowned brands such as Schwinn, York, Kettler, Life Fitness, NordicTrack, Pro-Form, BH Fitness, and many more. We have the largest fitness showrooms in the UK, so if you would like to try out an exercise bike before you buy, simply view our store locator page to find your nearest showroom.


Why purchase an exercise bike?

The humble exercise bike remains one of the most popular and affordable types of fitness equipment, and it's easy to understand why. For starters, stationary exercise bikes offer a relatively inexpensive entry route for those seeking high quality aerobic training gear without breaking the bank. This is because the engineering required to build a decent, reliable exercise bike is far more modest than for some other fitness equipment machines, such as treadmills. The cycling movement itself is another reason; almost everyone can cycle. There's very little co-ordination required and the weight-bearing nature of the exercise makes it particularly easy on the hips, knees and ankles. Aside from being an excellent cardiovascular exercise for those with a love of fitness, cycling is also ideal for beginners, the elderly or those suffering or recovering from injury.


What are the benefits of an exercise bike?

Less impact on joints: Cycling on an exercise bike reduces the impact on your joints, compared to cardio exercises such as running.

Reduced stress: During cardio exercise, endorphins are released into your bloodstream. This release of endorphins produces a natural high, which in turn relieves stress.

Boosted energy levels: Exercise of any kind will increase your energy levels, and cycling is one of the best forms of exercise to help increase your overall energy.

Increased lung capacity: Cycling will help improve your lung capacity, making you stronger and healthier.

Encourages aerobic fitness: Pushing pedals provides an aerobic workout which is great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels.

Helps to build muscle: In the power phase of pedalling (the down-stroke), you use your quadriceps, gluteus muscles, gastrocnemius muscles and soleus muscles. In the recovery phase (back-stroke, up-stroke, and over-stroke), you use your hamstrings and flexor muscles.


What should you look for in an exercise bike?

Braking system: Most exercise bikes use electronic braking which, although not cheap, is generally smooth in use and enables manufacturers to offer programmes such as hill and heart rate control. Mechanical braking is simple, cheap and offers potentially very high resistance levels, but it needs a heavy flywheel to give a good pedalling feel and requires regular maintenance. Air braking gives you more resistance as you pedal faster, provides a nice cooling breeze and is a robust system of generating resistance. However, it doesn't allow you to alter resistance without changing your pedalling speed.

Flywheel: All other things being equal, the heavier the flywheel, the smoother and less jerky the pedalling action.

Recumbent and upright exercise bikes: Upright exercise bikes place you in the conventional upright cycling position, whereas recumbent exercise bikes place you in a more horizontal position, are easier to mount and dismount and have a more supportive seat with a back support. However, recumbent exercise bikes take up more room and are generally more costly for the same standard of bike.

Pedalling feel: Ideally, this should be silky smooth with the same level of resistance throughout the 360 degrees of pedal revolution, even at high resistance levels and out of the saddle. Avoid models with an uneven or jerky pedalling feel.

Maximum workload: This is how much resistance the bike will give when pedalled flat out. Most bikes will provide in excess of 250 watts; experienced cyclists or the very fit will need in excess of 400 watts.

Console feedback and ease of use: How clear and comprehensive is the displayed information? How easy is it to access programmes (if there are any)? Are the buttons clearly visible and easy to use?

Bike programmes: These can offer variety and motivation via simulating various hill courses, allowing you to create your own programmes or by controlling your heart rate and more.

Exercise bike power supply: Is the bike self-powered or does it need mains electricity? You can purchase either option depending on your requirements.

Riding position adjustability: The more adjustable the bike, the more comfortable during longer sessions. All bikes have saddle height adjustment. Check whether the saddle or handlebars can be moved backwards and forwards too.

Bike saddle comfort: How padded is the saddle? A well-padded saddle will improve comfort.

Standard of construction: Check that the frame is built predominantly from metal, the welds are tidy, the overall finish is good without sharp or rough edges and that the moving parts are adequately shielded from prying fingers. A solidly constructed exercise bike should also be stable and not flex or wobble, even when you are out of the saddle, giving it some stick!

Exercise bike warranty: Check the warranty with the manufacturer, especially if you expect it to receive heavy use. Some manufacturers now give more than the standard year's warranty on bike frames and parts.



Can I try out your exercise bikes?

Yes, we have nationwide showrooms where you can try out a selection of our exercise bikes. To see a list of our showrooms, visit the contact page.

Can I purchase an exercise bike on finance?

Yes, a selection of our exercise bikes are available to purchase with interest free finance or buy now, pay later schemes. Payments can be spread over 6, 12, 24 or 36 months (depending on the product and finance type). For more information see our finance options.

What is the cost of delivery?

At Fitness Superstore, all orders over £99 are delivered to UK mainland addresses FREE of charge (exclusions apply). For details please see our delivery information

Do you offer a quick delivery service?

A large selection of our exercise bikes are available for a next day or Saturday delivery service. For more information on our next day delivery, see our delivery information

How do I install my exercise bike?

Some are quick and easy to install and some can be a little more difficult. Whilst all the models we sell come complete with instruction manuals, we do understand that some of our customers may not be confident with installing their exercise bike. For this reason we offer an installation service on a selected range of equipment. For more information call us on 01604 673000.

What if I find the same exercise bike cheaper elsewhere?

Our 14 day price promise assures that you purchase an exercise bike at the lowest price. If you subsequently find the same like-for-like product at a lower price, we will refund 110% of the difference immediately.

Do you stock used exercise bikes?

As well as brand new, we also have a small selection of second hand and ex-display exercise bikes available to purchase and pick-up from our store locations. For more information see our ex-display list of exercise bikes or contact us on 01604 673000.