Exercise Bikes: Ratings of Sources
Hundreds of models of upright, indoor and recumbent exercise bikes are available here. Owners leave feedback, often highly detailed with accompanying photos, to comment on performance, durability, customer service and other important factors of the exercise bikes they have purchased. Most helpful are those that also detail the assembly process. Many owners come back after months or years to provide durability updates. Ratings from 1 to 5 stars are provided.
Walmart.com is another good source to check for reviews of exercise bikes, especially less-expensive models. Its selection is fairly extensive and some models attract hundreds or even thousands of individual comments. The ratings are extra helpful for gauging durability since reviewers must list how long they've owned the bike.
Bicycle enthusiast "Dave" names his top 5 picks in indoor stationary cycling bikes, noting that they allow you to work out just as if you were on a real bike. Although he focuses only on this one type of indoor exercise bike, his reviews are thorough and it's clear that he's ridden each choice, even though testing methodology is not specifically detailed. Still, the bikes he names as his top picks tend to be very popular with owners.
Just a handful of upright exercise bikes are tested here, with two earning Recommended status. However, we downgraded this normally reliable source because those top two picks are widely panned by owners (even on ConsumerReport.org's own site) and are not as widely available as some others. They're also pricier than more popular bikes of similar quality.
There are not as many reviews for exercise bikes at Overstock.com as there are at some other retailers, but some bikes get more than 100 reviews. This gives a good overview of the product's performance, features and durability, both short and long term. Reviews tend to be thorough and the bikes are rated on a five-star scale. Reviews reflect owner expectations of the product and whether those expectations are fulfilled.
There are fewer exercise bikes for sale at SamsClub.com, but the top sellers attract a good number of reviews, sometimes in the dozens. Reviews are broken down by quality and value, and reviewers can say if they would recommend the product.
Sears.com offers lots of models of indoor, upright and recumbent exercise bikes, and allows owners to review their purchases. A search for "exercise cycles" brings up sorted categories for upright, recumbent and indoor bikes, making it handy to narrow down your choices. Very few bikes, however, receive a significant number of comments.
Like Sears.com, DicksSportingGoods.com sorts exercise bikes by category. However, while plenty of exercise bikes of all types and price ranges are offered, few attract very many reviews.
FitnessZone.com is an online retailer that primarily carries pricey, high-end exercise bikes. Most get just a review or two, a couple have more than five. Unlike at other sites, these reviews read almost like company testimonials.