Many people will have purchased a standard upright exercise bike over the years, but in recent times it is spinning bikes that are really starting to grow in popularity.
Spinning bikes offer a much more realistic riding experience and really replicate the feel of outdoor road cycling, whilst they can also be used to perform a full range of high intensity spinning routines, like the ones that are performed in spinning classes.
These bikes are therefore ideal for toning and weight loss, and can also be used to keep fit during the winter when the weather is too bad to go cycling outdoors.
If you are looking to buy one of these machines yourself, there are quite a few to choose from, but on this page I want to list some of the best ones you can buy right now in 2014.
I will start by recommending a few good quality entry-level spin bikes, before discussing a few mid-priced and commercial gym-standard bicycles that you might want to consider if your budget can stretch a little further.
Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike
If you are looking to buy a really good spinning bicycle, but don’t want to spend too much on one of these machines, then the Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike is an ideal choice.
This particular model has been on the market for a few years now, but it continues to receive rave reviews because it is exceptionally well-made, and is really strong and sturdy first and foremost (accommodating anyone up to 275 lbs).
As well as this, it also comes with a large 40-lb flywheel and a smooth chain drive mechanism that delivers a smooth and quiet workout that is every bit as good as those you would get on a top-end spin bike, whilst offering a full range of workouts with its adjustable resistance system.
Plus it also has a fully adjustable seat and handlebars so that you can find the most comfortable riding position, and comes with transport wheels so that it is easy to move around if necessary.
Also worth considering:
→ Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike (newer version of the one above)
→ Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike (cheaper alternative)
Phoenix 98623 Revolution Cycle Pro II Exercise Bike
Another reasonably priced spinning bicycle that has some impressive looks and performs really well as an actual exercise bike is the Phoenix 98623 Revolution Cycle Pro II Exercise Bike.
This too has a large flywheel at the front (weighing 39.6 lbs) and includes a direct-drive resistance system so that you can get a challenging workout.
It also has a heavy-duty emergency-stop braking system as well as a 2-way adjustable seat and handlebars. Plus it has a few other nice touches, including a water bottle holder and racing-style foot pedals.
The bike itself weighs 113 pounds and accommodates users up to 250 lbs, and as you can see from the photo, it has a very strong construction that should be able to withstand heavy use without any problems.
Horizon Fitness M4 Indoor Cycle
The Horizon Fitness M4 Indoor Cycle is a similar price to the model above, and is an equally impressive machine, if not more so.
This one has a 42-lb flywheel and utilizes a chain drive system to deliver a smooth, quiet and very effective workout.
Made from heavy duty components, this one is clearly built to last, which is why it comes with a massive 10-year warranty, and once again has some useful features such as an adjustable seat and handlebars and a water bottle holder.
However what I really like about this particular model is that it is one of the few low-cost bicycles that comes with its own LCD display (even if it is fairly basic).
Stamina CPS 9300 Indoor Exercise Bike
Moving on to some of the mid-priced spinning bikes (between $500 and $1000), one of the models that you might want to consider is the Stamina CPS 9300 Indoor Exercise Bike.
This is a professional spin bike that once again comes with its own LCD display so that you can monitor time, speed, distance, calories, etc, and uses a belt drive operation that is smooth and very quiet.
It can accommodate users up to 300 lbs, and comes with its own water bottle holder and transport wheels, and has a seat that can be adjusted up or down and non-slip handlebars that can also be adjusted if necessary.
As one reviewer pointed out, this is a gym-quality bike at a great price. Therefore it should be perfect for home use, and should deliver a good all-round workout.
Sole Fitness SB700 Exercise Bike
Another of the best mid-priced spinning bicycles has to be the Sole Fitness SB700 Exercise Bike.
This powerful machine has a massive 48 lb flywheel and is an exceptionally strong bike (accommodating users up to 300 lbs), which is why it comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame.
It has adjustable resistance so that you can vary the intensity of your workouts and has fore/aft up/down adjustments on the seat and handlebars so that you can find a really comfortable riding position.
This model comes with a blue backlit LCD console that enables you to track your time, speed, distance, RPM and calories burned, and is fully compatible with a wireless chest strap should you want to monitor your heart rate.
You should find that this bike provides you with a realistic riding experience, and is ideal for both indoor road training and spinning workouts.
Diamondback Fitness 510IC Indoor Cycle
One final mid-priced model that you might want to think about buying for your home is the Diamondback Fitness 510IC Indoor Cycle because this has some of the features that you might expect to find on a top-of-the-range model.
For instance, in addition to providing you with all the basics that you might expect to find on a bike in this particular price range, such as an adjustable seat and handlebars, an LCD display and a water bottle holder, it also comes with 16 levels of resistance that you can control via the console, as well as 14 individual workout programs.
Indeed the LCD console is one of the most impressive you will find, and the fact that you can set yourself targets using the pre-set workout programs makes it even better that many of the models discussed above.
Plus as several customers have pointed out, it compares favorably to many of the machines that cost twice as much because it is also super quiet in operation and extremely strong and sturdy.
Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle
If you have a large budget to spend on a home spinning bicycle, then the best spinning bike you can buy in 2014 has to be the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle.
If this bike looks familiar, you may well have seen it in your local gym because many gyms (and spinning classes) use this particular model because of its stylish looks, its strength and durability and the smoothness of the actual workout.
This machine has a fairly standard computer display, as well as all the usual features, including an adjustable seat and handlebars, a fully adjustable resistance system (with an impressive 24 levels of resistance), a water bottle holder and good quality Shimano pedals.
However as mentioned above, it is the quality of the construction and the smoothness and professional feel of this bicycle that really makes it stand out from the rest. Indeed many people have commented that this is the smoothest and quietest bike currently on the market.
So this really is the bike to buy if you enjoy road training indoors during the winter, for example, or if you want to perform professional spinning workouts in the comfort of your own home because it really is a top quality machine.
(Another commercial gym-standard spin bike worth considering is the Schwinn AC Sport Indoor Cycle Trainer if your budget can’t quite stretch this far).