As explained by Wikipedia an 'exercise bicycle or bike, or stationary bicycle, or Exercycle is a device with saddle, pedals, and some form of handlebars arranged as on a bicycle, but used as exercise equipment rather than transportation. A cycloergometer, cycle ergometer or bicycle ergometer is a stationary bicycle with an ergometer to measure the work done by the exerciser.'
The early antecedent of modern exercise bikes was the Gymnasticon, an exercise machine developed by Francis Lowndes in 1796. The current version of the exercise bike has been developed by the South-African cyclist Johnny Goldberg as explained in my previous post. Today, exercise bikes are presented in many different models such as recumbent, upright, mini bikes as well as professional indoor cycles. In addition, there are certain models that have handlebars connected to the pedals in order for the person to train both legs, arms and the whole body during the exercise. The majority of current exercise bikes have a mechanism built in to regulate the resistance that is applied when pedaling, and it can be magnetic or based on air or/and water.
Recently, some of the well known exercise bike manufacturers such as Marcy have started with cheaper solutions such as mini exercise bikes that are provided with just pedals and resistance mechanism, without pedals or other accessories and are mainly used for just exercise. These are usually put on the floor and used why sitting on a chair or even used with hands for a different type of exercise.
Use of exercise bikes
Stationary bikes can be used for many different exercises, from general increase in fitness whether using it at home or in a gym. On the other hand help in losing weight is probably the most the most wide use of stationary bikes. A third and very important use is related to physical therapy, as a solution for cardiovascular problems. Last but not least, exercise bikes are as well used for training purposes for cycle events, whether amateur or professional.
- Require almost no maintenance
- Learning the exercise is quite easy... it's just pedaling
- Very low impact ensures almost no risk of injury or strain
- A lot of motivational and landscape videos available to boost your willingness to exercise
- Possibility to choose between different types (recumbent, upright, etc) depending on the required comfort level, budget and experience
- The focus is solely on exercising legs, although this problem is solved with the use of models with handlebars. In any case it is ideal for the user to balance bike exercise with upper body exercise for a balanced workout