Exercise Bikes: Ratings of Sources
Total of 12 Sources
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by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is the best source for user reviews of exercise bikes, and since professional reviews are few, this site should be at the top of your list for reviews of both upright and recumbent cycles. The comments are detailed and specific in discussing the features users either enjoy or find difficult. Schwinn exercise bikes receive good reviews here, especially the Schwinn 240 and Schwinn Airdyne. Bikes from Stamina, Phoenix and Nautilus also get high marks.
Fitness Bike Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com collects reviews from a number of retailers, combines the numeric ratings and pins each product with an average score. Some of the exercise bikes listed here get a large number of reviews, including the Schwinn 240, which has more than 1,000 individual reviews. However, the reviews here tend to be less detailed than those available at Amazon.com.
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests nine exercise bikes in this report, rating each on ease of use, ergonomics, exercise range, construction, heart-rate monitor and safety. One upright and one recumbent bike earn a recommendation. The editors say that many of the tested bikes had some sort of ergonomics issue, such as seats that are too close to the handlebars. This report has not been updated since early 2009, and one of the recommended bikes has been discontinued.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com is a good source to check for reviews of cheap exercise bikes. The site's selection is pretty extensive, and some bikes earn hundreds of individual ratings. The ratings here are also helpful since each reviewer lists how long they've owned the bike. However, the reviews themselves usually aren't as detailed or thorough as those found at Amazon.com.
New Spinning Bikes Get Supercharged
by Roy Wallack
Our AssessmentRoy Wallack, an endurance cyclist and author, tests four spin bikes for the Los Angeles Times. Each bike is personally evaluated, and pros and cons are noted for each one. The write-ups are relatively detailed. All of the tested spinning bikes are quite expensive, with one recommended model costing close to $4,000.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com has a good selection of exercise bikes, but few bikes receive more than a handful of user ratings. One exception is the NordicTrack GX4.0, a recumbent bike that receives a 4.5-star rating after nearly 40 individual reviews. Other exercise bikes sold here attract considerably less feedback.
Build the Perfect Home Gym
by Megan McMorris
Our AssessmentYahoo's health channel reprints this article from Prevention magazine that looks at the best exercise equipment for a home gym. Megan McMorris discusses a variety of equipment that can be purchased at different prices. Only one exercise bike is recommended -- the Vision Fitness R1500 -- and it receives only a two-sentence overview.
Best Exercise Bike
by Arthur Thares
Our AssessmentArthur Thares, a certified personal trainer, reviews several exercise bikes for Bestcovery.com. The bikes aren't rated but are listed in order. Each bike links to a brief single-product review that describes the bike's features and why it was picked as one of the best exercise bikes. While the list is helpful, there are few downsides noted for any of the bikes, and it doesn't appear that any of the bikes have been personally tested.
Stationary Bike Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com doesn't have as many reviews of exercise bikes as Amazon.com or Buzzillions.com, but the site is still worth a look. Dozens of bikes are listed, but most receive only a handful of individual reviews. The reviews themselves are nicely detailed, and each reviewer rates their bike on a 5-point scale.
Exercise Bikes Reviewed and Rated
by Chad Davies
Our AssessmentExercise-Equipment-Review.com covers some exercise bikes in addition to other gear. The site is written by Chad Davies, a test engineer, certified personal trainer and certified sports nutritionist. Davies, along with his team of sport fitness and health experts, provide an overview of the differences between stationary and recumbent exercise bikes. He also evaluates, reviews and recommends exercise bikes. Features are compared, but it does not appear that the bikes have been personally tested. It also seems that the site hasn't been updated in several years, since many of the recommended bikes are discontinued.
5 Best Fitness Recumbent Exercise Bikes
by Maggie Eliot
Our AssessmentMaggie Eliot reviews five recumbent bikes for MadeMan.com, a men's interest site. Bikes from Nautilus, Lifespan and Schwinn are all recommended, but the analysis is based largely on features and doesn't reflect any hands-on testing. There is also no explanation about why these five bikes are better than any others. Though this article is relatively recent, several of the bikes on this list are discontinued.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentEpinions.com has an astonishing list of exercise bikes of every imaginable make and model. The only thing more surprising than the list of bikes listed here is the small number of actual reviews presented at the site. Even those models that receive a 5-star rating rarely have more than a handful of short comments.