When looking to purchase a spin bike there are many things to consider and it can get overwhelming when trying to figure out what you need in a spin bike. This is why we put together this guide on the most important features to consider.
First of all, if you’re in a rush here are the main things to look for in a spin bike:
- Resistance: Not all spin bikes have extensive resistance levels to suit beginner and expert riders, so make sure you find a bike that’s resistance supports your fitness level
- Support & Stability: Having a stable bike is crucial especially if you go all out in your workouts a stable bike is typically determined by the weight of the flywheel, the heavier the better.
- Durability: When looking for a durable system with minimal maintenance look for a spin bike with a belt drive opposed to a chain drive this requires less maintenance & will last longer
- Additional Features: This is your water bottle holders, monitors, portability of the bike. This is not a must but provides for a more enjoyable experience.
Let’s take a look at the detailed guide as well as how you can improve your bike if it lacks the features you want.
How To Choose A Spin Bike:
The heavier the flywheel the better, the flywheel is there to keep the bike stable and secure therefore providing for a smoother ride. So if your workouts consist of high intensity it’s important you get a heavy flywheel to have a smooth ride and keep the bike steady and secure.
When riding a bike your seat height should be parallel with your high hip bone & the handlebar height should be slightly higher than the seat. Unfortunately, not all bikes have full adjustability options such as adjusting seat height or moving the seat slightly backwards or forwards.
Not all spin bikes will work with your height so make sure to get a bike with a maximum range of adjustments to suit your needs.
When it comes to drive systems you have two options chain drive or belt drive.
Always go with a belt-drive, belt drives are durable, efficient and are built to last. Belt drive requires minimal maintenance, as Opposed to chain drive systems which require daily maintenance and are more susceptible to breaking down early.
Chain drives are typically found in older bikes and although a chain drive offers more of an authentic vibe such as riding your bike in the outdoors, similarly to an outdoor bike the chain needs to be maintained regularly to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
The pedals come with toe clips, as well as straps to tighten and secure your feet position. Some bikes come with clipless pedals that work with cleats & shoes. The pedals can always be replaced if it’s not to your liking.
Most spin bikes come with a resistance control knob to adjust the resistance manually, a better option would be to find a bike with an electronic resistance this will allow you to easily change the resistance on your bike while continuing at the same pace. Apart from convenience, the electronic resistance also comes with built-in exercises which allow the built-in program to automate the resistance.
Not all spin bikes come with monitors but the purchasing one that does allow you to keep track of calories burned, time spent on the bike, heart rate, miles traveled.
Keep in mind this feature although nice to have may cost more than bikes without a monitor.
Not all spin bikes come with bottle holders & although not necessary it can be a handy feature to have especially if your going all out in your workouts staying well hydrated is key for performance.
When it comes to moving the bike around it’s important to get a bike with castor wheels allowing you to easily move your bike wherever you want without hassle.
Some spin bikes can be folded and stored away easily, allowing you to workout and store the bike away when not in use, which is ideal if you don’t have much space.
Accessories That Will Enhance Your Bike:
Let’s take a look at some of the accessories that can enhance your bike depending on your needs.
Let’s be honest most spin bike seats are uncomfortable so purchasing a well-padded seat cushion can enhance your spinning experience dramatically.
Indoor Cycle Device Holder
This is an awesome feature to have especially if your training at home and want to follow a specific workout, this can also make up for not having a built-in spin bike monitor and you will have more useful features you can add through apps. This supports phones & Tablets.
Spin Bike SPD Pedals:
As mentioned above not all spin bikes come with spd pedals but the good news is you can easily replace them. SPD pedals (clipless pedals) allow you to use professional cycling shoes (cleats) and clip into the pedals making your rides more efficient, as well as comfortable.
Water Bottle Holder
As mentioned above most bikes don’t come with bottle holders but don’t worry because there are various water bottle holders in the market that are easy to integrate with your bike. So stay hydrated at all times!
If you’re like me and want to make your workouts more intense a good dumbbell holder can help you do that. It attaches a dumbbell rack on the back of your bike allowing you to start using the dumbells at any moment without getting off the bike.
Mat To Place Under Your Spin Bike
When cycling at home you always want to make sure you don’t damage your floor or the bike so it could help to get a matt to place underneath the bike. This keeps the bike stable and secure and your floor is safe from any damage or scratches.
Other Beneficial Accessories To Consider: (Apparel)
Investing in some good SPD cycling cleats can enhance the quality fo your workouts by providing you with security and stability which convert into more power generated from pedaling.
Sweat absorbing Top
Spinning when done with maximum intensity will cause you to sweat a lot so a lightweight breathable workout top will comfortably help you get through your workout.
Performance Enhancing Leggings
Wearing the right leggings can have a huge impact on your performance. When looking for the right pair of leggings for spinning look for lightweight, with high elasticity, as well as breathable.
Moisture Wicking Socks
Moisture-wicking socks provide ventilation and rapidly expel hot air providing your feet to cool naturally. This is essential to eliminate blisters & hot spots, allowing you to focus on your workout comfortably and perform with maximum intensity without discomfort or pain.
So there you have it, overall you’re looking for features that provide a smooth stable & comfortable ride. Even if you want to stick to your budget but really want a certain feature you can simply add that to your existing bike such as spd pedals or a tablet, phone stand, or even a water bottle holder. The main features of the bike to consider is the weight of the flywheel as well as the adjustability and resistance this is crucial and can’t be improved upon once the bike is purchased. All that’s left now is to pick a bike and get going.