Best exercise bikes Thrifter 2020

No one really needs a gym membership to stay active. With the right equipment at home, you can keep your body moving on your own terms whenever your daily workout time comes. Exercise bikes are popular because they're generally good about not taking up too much space and can be moved around quite easily. Of course, there are a few different models to consider and so many brands to choose from, so we're gathering a list of our favorites that won't steer you wrong.

Exercise on your terms: Lanos Folding Exercise Bike

Staff Pick

Switch from up-right to semi-stationary to recumbent with the Lanos Folding Exercise Bike. It offers 10-level magnetic resistance, support for up to 330 pounds, and a foldable space-saving design. There's even a spot to hold your phone or tablet for easy viewing.

$199 at Amazon

Ride in style: Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

The Schwinn Recumbent Bike features Bluetooth connectivity for fitness tracking, along with built-in LCD displays which let you workout with nearly 30 different programs. There are also integrated speakers, an adjustable fan, and more.

$649 at Amazon

Space saver: Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike

The Exerpeutic Upright Exercise Bike is a stellar pick for those who don't have much room at home. It's easy to fold up and store out of the way. Plus, it has features like an 8-level Magnetic Tension control system, an LCD display, and a large seat cushion. It offers support for up to 300 pounds.

$191 at Amazon

Ride comfortably: Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Resistance

Marcy's Recumbent Exercise Bike is a model that's lower to the ground and easier to mount. Its counterbalanced pedals offer maximum foot support while the large padded seat and backrest are designed for comfort as well. Its eight different resistance levels let you adjust the difficulty of your workout on the fly.

$195 at Amazon

Don't resist: Sunny Health & Fitness Comfort XL Folding Exercise Bike

This exercise bike by Sunny Health & Fitness is equipped with a 3.3-pound flywheel that supports 10 levels of adjustable magnetic resistance as well as an adjustable seat to switch up your workouts. Its performance monitor will help keep track of important stats like time, speed, distance, calories, and more. Plus, it can be folded up when you need to save space.

$213 at Amazon

Ride on: XTerra Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike

The XTerra Fitness FB150 Exercise Bike features a solid x-frame design that takes up just 18 inches of floor space when not in use. Its large seat and multi-grip padded handlebars are designed for long-lasting support while the 8 levels of manual resistance let you push your workout to the next level before you get too comfortable.

$130 at Amazon

Have it your way: Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike

Along with 2-way adjustable handlebars and a 4-way adjustable seat, Yosuda's stationary bike is an excellent choice thanks to its heavy steel frame, resistance adjust knob, integrated transport wheels, and the handy device holder which lets you keep your phone or tablet in view during your workout.

$340 at Amazon

Cycling through the options...

There are a few different types of exercise bikes, so it helps to be familiar with which position you prefer while riding. Recumbent bikes generally allow for a reclined body position and a larger seat with the pedals positioned in front of the body, while upright bikes require an upright body position and usually have a smaller seat with pedals positioned underneath. Depending on your body or how you workout, it may make more sense to go for one over the other, though it's also worth keeping in mind there are some models which offer versatility and can adjust to allow for recumbent or upright cycling such as the Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike.

The Lanos Folding Bike ended up at the top spot on our list for a few different reasons. Not only can it switch from recumbent to semi-stationary to up-right position with ease, but it's also able to support up to 330 pounds and can be folded away when needed. There's even a spot that can keep your phone or tablet in view while you're working out.

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