Wondering why? Well, probably as gyms are closed and we’re being asked to stay home during yet another nationwide UK lockdown, but also because, with extra time on our hands, we now have that spare twenty minutes to get a sweat on.
If you’re trawling the Internet in search of the best spinning bikes, chances are, you’re thinking about investing in an exercise bike for your home. And you’re far from alone – spin bike manufacturer Peloton doubled their sales from 2019 to 2020, while similar brand Wattbike saw an 113% increase in sales in March alone.
Meanwhile, searches for certain brands of spin bikes, like Slim Cycle and Olympus Sport, are up a whopping 3,200% on Google. So yep, spin bikes are in.
We all know exercise is good for us and those handy little endorphins that get released when working out make us feel great, but spinning, in particular, boasts loads of health benefits. According to one Medicina paper, spinning could help you lose excess fat, improve muscle definition, boost your cardio fitness, and reduce your blood pressure, too.
Not sure what to look for in a spinning bike, should you buy? We’ve got you covered.
What should I look for in a spinning bike?
Good question. There are 21,100,000 results for spinning bikes on Google, so it’s fair to say, plenty of options to choose from.
Of course, what you’ll need depends on how advanced a cyclist you are, plus how often you’ll be using your new bike. Note, most spin bikes should have a brake, flywheel (that’s the front wheel), legs and frame, transport wheels (to move the bike around your home), a drive system (to pedal), and seat adjustments.
Generally speaking, make sure to check the height of your bike before ordering and ensure the seat will adjust to your hip height. This is recommended for all riders, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
You’ll want to clue yourself up on resistance a little – that’s the force you push against when you’re cycling. Invest in a bike with a manual screw or magnetic resistance and it’ll definitely provide enough push for a tough workout.
Make sure your flywheel is 15kg or more – any less, and your spin bike may not be quite as sturdy as it promises to be in the description. Note here: you can get much cheaper exercise bikes without a front flywheel, but this will impact the amount of resistance you can build up and result in a not so difficult sweat session.
And finally, do check the reviews, always – the last thing you want to do is spend half of last month’s paycheck on a wobbly, creaky bike that ends up gradually collecting dust in the corner of your bedroom. This is more often a problem with the lower price points, so be mindful of this.
Which are the best spinning bikes to buy?
As with any home gym equipment or gym clothes, there is some truth in the more you invest, the better quality you get, but that’s not to say there aren’t some great bargains to be had, too.
The best spinning bike on a budget is the Esprit Fitness Unisex Elev-8 while the JLL IC300 PRO costs less than £400. Despite their affordable price tags, both of these affordable spinning bikes have flywheels (aka front wheels) that weigh 15kg or more, the minimum requirement for a spin bike if you’re after a smooth ride.
If you’ve got more cash to invest, Apex Rides and Peloton are great higher price point options – there’s a reason they have such a cult following. Peleton offers live spin classes available 24 hours a day.