How to Buy a Spin Bike: Ultimate Guide
Are you aware of how good a spinning workout is but don’t know best how to buy a spin bike that suits your needs?
If you’re not, well don’t worry, because we can ensure you that spin bikes are a different beast of a workout compared to an exercise bike.
It’s the closest thing possible to replicating cycling on a track or road, bringing that outdoor cycling experience indoors.
That’s why spinning classes are becoming so popular worldwide.
In this blog, our Home Gym Expert Team member, Emma Kate Harris, tells us about some of the most important features to consider when buying a spin bike.
While she will also give some benefits to spinning.
If spinning is not your thing, some maybe a Beginners Yoga Session is your thing?
How to Buy a Spin Bike Overview
“Hi guys, so the first thing to know is that “pin bikes are different to most of the other kinds of indoor cycle machines we stock as part of our Home Gym range.
“They are designed with the aim of closely replicating what you experience cycling on a road or a track.
“So if you want to bring that outdoor cycling experience indoors and really get that feeling of a tough cycling workout, then a spin bike is for you.
“Here are some of the main features to look out for.
“Before we start, you might enjoy our blog on the Benefits of Fasted Cardio.”
How to Buy a Spin Bike Key Features
“On a Spin Bike, the Q factor is one of the most significant features to consider.
“It’s the distance between the inside of the pedal attachments on both sides of the crank arms, or, to put it another way, the gap between the two pathways your feet take.
“Lower Q factors tend to be a more accurate portrayal of real bikes when it comes to recreating the most authentic riding experience.
“The Q factor of the most popular indoor cycles will be between 155mm and 175mm. A narrower Q factor is more ergonomically efficient and allows the rider to apply more effort to the pedals, according to research.
However, other experts say that riders with exceptionally broad hips are sometimes better suited to a bike with greater Q factor.
“The first thing you should look out for on a spin bike is the weight of the fly wheel, which is generally located at the front of the bike.
“The weight will dictate the motion of the bike, so the greater the weight the smoother the motion. We recommend spin bikes with a flywheel over 6.5 kg, which is more than enough to allow a smooth and seamless workout.
“Spin Bikes are powered by a chain or belt and have an open front flywheel.
“The rolling road bike feel is influenced by both visible rotation and force transferred from the pedals to the wheel. Because of the fixed gear, you can’t coast or stop abruptly like you can on other stationary cycles.
“Magnetic discs are used to produce resistance on traditional recumbent or upright exercise bikes.”
Frame Size and Weight
“Secondly, you want to check out the weight and frame size of your spin bike.
“Not everyone will have a lot of space to work with in their home gym, so you want to find a bike that is light enough to move around and strong enough to provide optimum balance with even the most rigorous use.
“Without wheels at the front of the machine, spin bikes can be difficult to transport and move. They’re necessary for simple, convenient movement, especially at home where room is restricted.
“Today, almost every Spin Bike has wheels attached to the base of the bike for simple transporting. These are crucial for both household and professional users, as the frames and flywheels are large pieces of equipment, weighing around 50-55kg.”
“You also want to become familiar with the type of resistance on your spin bike. Generally, there will be two types, friction resistance and magnetic resistance.
“Friction resistance works by pressure being put on the flywheel to slow it down and make it harder to spin.
“These bikes will need replacing the long term due to wear but would not be as expensive as their magnetic counterparts that work by bringing a magnet close to the wheel to increase resistance.”
Adjustable Seat & Handlebars
“We’re not all the same shape and size, so having an adjustable seat and handlebars is very important.
“This is key to making sure your time on the spin bike is as comfortable as possible and with the lowest risk on injury from over reaching.
“So, consider whether the spin bike you’re buying has fixed heights and positions on their seats and handlebars, or whether it is a free movement system.
“Handlebars/seats may be moved to accommodate people with longer and shorter arms/legs and upper and lower bodies, allowing users to select their most comfortable riding position.
“This is especially crucial for inexperienced cyclists or those with back difficulties, as riding with low handlebars or a seat in the wrong position is likely to be uncomfortable.”
“And finally, there is all the small little features that can really top off your spin bike, such as the display screen, water bottle holder, bike pedals and arms rests.
“All these little features add up to really compliment the perfect spin bike, so take time to find ones that suit your needs.
Benefits of Buying a Spin Bike
Feel Good Factor
“Endorphins are produced by exercise and interact with receptors in the brain to cause happy feelings.
“You’ll leave your class or session physically exhausted, but mentally elated, and this is the sensation to which you’ll grow addicted.
“That is why being active can aid in the treatment of depression and other negative mental and physical health issues, such as stress, in so many people.”
Low Impact Exercise
“Spinning is ideal if you’ve recently recovered from an accident or surgery, or if you simply need to ease back into things.
“Don’t get us wrong: you’ll still get a fantastic workout, but there’s no fear of falling off or colliding with another cyclist because the bike remains motionless.”
“There’s no denying it: exercise has been scientifically shown to help people cope with stress.
“Exercise clears your thoughts and allows you to temporarily forget about whatever stressful day you’ve had at work or at home.
“Exercising makes you feel good about yourself and boosts your confidence, which all contribute to a reduction in stress in our daily life.”
Build Lean Muscle
“The development in muscle definition in your legs and core is one of the finest benefits of a spin session.
“We don’t have to tell you how vital core strength is; it’s what keeps your body upright.
“Because muscle weighs more than fat, many are perplexed when they desire to remove their muffin top but notice a weight gain!
“Our recommendation is to get rid of the scales and focus on how you want your body to look rather than a number or a pant size.”
We hope you enjoyed this blog on how to buy a spin bike.
Make sure to check out our range of leading spin bikes HERE or below.
Enjoy the spinning!