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8 Best Exercise Bikes for 2020

With gyms and indoor cycling studios closed due to the new coronavirus and most of us practicing proper social distancing, investing in one of the best exercise bikes can help indoor cycling fans bring their favorite workout into their living rooms.

If you’ve been an avid indoor cycler, you’re not alone: Cycling is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the U.S. According to a Nielsen report, 14 percent of Americans say they cycle regularly, a figure that grows to about 1 in 3 when looking specifically at the 25-34 and 35-49 age groups.

One reason indoor cycling has gained so much love is that it’s a great form of exercise for beginners to get started with.

“Indoor cycling really is suitable for every level of fitness because you completely control your own resistance and speed,” says Natalie Qayed, NASM-certified personal trainer and Master Instructor at Cycle Haus Nashville. And, as with just about any kind of exercise, “there really is no level of fitness you need to achieve before getting started.”

The best exercise bikes at home probably won’t come cheap, though. Many of the solid options will set you back anywhere from several hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on features.

“You get what you pay for. Like most fitness machines, if the price seems too good to be true it probably is,” says Quayed. “Quality is so important if you plan to have it for the long run.”

Before you make the plunge, gather some intel first: Think about the bikes you liked at different studios and gyms and jot down some pros and cons of each, she says. Then, consider which features are important to you. You’ll probably want one with a console (a bike’s monitor display), so you can track your progress and know how far you’ve gone in a set amount of time, says Quayed. That’s key to monitoring your progress and setting goals, she says.

And ask yourself how much support you’ll need too, says Emily Collins, a Los Angeles-based indoor cycling instructor at VERVE Studios.

“Can you self-motivate enough to have just a standalone bike, or do you need a full-service bike such as the Peloton?” she says. (Full-service bikes like Peloton offer interactive classes, though you can also use apps like CycleCast to supplement your ride).

Need some inspiration? Here are 8 amazing at-home exercise bikes, as chosen by indoor cycling instructors and experts.

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