Which exercise bike is best for you?

If you want to work out and get into shape in the comfort of your own home, there’s a lot to be said for exercise bikes. These provide all the benefits of a normal bike while you can stay warm and dry inside – and maybe even enjoy your favourite TV programme while you work out.

We have a huge range of new and second-hand exercise bikes to choose from at Pinnacle Fitness. But which type of exercise bike is right for you? Let’s take a look at some of the main options.



Upright bikes look very similar to standard bikes, with the seat positioned above the pedals and the handlebars about level with the seat. This design makes you adopt a more upright position, hence the name.

They are convenient, they don’t take up much space and they are easy to operate. Some come with different fitness programmes, and they can often be folded up for storage.

They are similar to standard outdoor bikes, so there is no learning curve – you can get on and get peddling right away. If you’re looking for something that replicates the real cycling experience, an upright bike is a great option.



If you’ve ever been to a Spin® class, you’ll know all about Spin® bikes. These are very similar to upright bikes in appearance, but the handlebars are sometimes slightly further away so you lean over more when using them.

These are also similar to standard bikes, making them a practical and versatile choice if you’re looking for something that replicates the real cycling experience. Most models are fairly compact so they won’t take up much space, and they are a great option for cardio workouts to burn off those calories.



Recumbent exercise bikes are quite different from the above bikes. These are designed with the seat almost level with the pedals and the handlebars positioned at the sides. The seat is more like a chair than a standard bike seat, and this design allows you to sit back and pedal in comfort.

They typically provide a more comfortable and even relaxing cycling experience, and they have less impact on the joints. But despite being easy to use, they are often larger and slightly more expensive.



Upper body bikes, also called upper body ergometers or hand bikes, are not really bikes in the traditional sense. Instead, think of them as bikes designed for arms rather than legs. They come with a seat, and once you’re sitting down, you hold the handles with your hands to ‘peddle’ with your arms rather than your legs. As such, they are great for upper body workouts, providing a high-intensity cardio workout to burn calories.

These are a good choice if you’re looking to strengthen up your arms and upper body – but don’t expect to use them for cycling in the traditional sense.


If you’re looking for a refurbished exercise bike, these are the most common types to choose from. So have a think about the pros and cons of each option to decide which is the right one for you.

Whichever type you choose, you’ll find that exercise bikes provide a convenient way to workout, burn off some serious calories and get in shape – all from the comfort of your own home. So check out our collection of second-hand exercise bikes at our online store today and get cycling!

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