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How To Choose The Best Exercise Bike

Exercise bikes provide a great cardio workout with many fitness benefits: they increase muscle tone, strengthen your legs, and can be great for burning calories too. But with so many on the market how do you find the best exercise bike for you?

Exercise Bike Buying Guide


Strengthen and Tone

Cycling will strengthen and tone your leg muscles. The primary muscles worked on a gym bike are the quadriceps (front of the thighs), glutes (bottom), hamstrings (back of the thighs), calves (back of the leg below then knee) and hip flexors (bottom of the stomach).

Weight Loss

Cycling is a very effective form of exercise for weight loss. The number of calories burned will depend on your age, gender and so on but as a guide a young man can burn around 500 calories cycling for 30 minutes at around 17mph. Working out on an air bike can burn even more calories, as this bike type offers a more intense workout. You could burn as many as 80 calories per minute on an air resistance exercise bike. Once you’ve finished your cycle your body continues working to repair the muscles used during your workout. This burns calories even once you’ve finished exercising.

Cardiovascular Fitness

Cycling is an effective and simple form of cardiovascular exercise. Cardio training on a static bike can help you prepare for marathons or just help you deal better with daily demands. A healthy cardiovascular system increases the supply of oxygen to your blood and the supply of energy to your body. It helps reduce your risk of stroke and disease and can lower blood pressure.

Improve Your Sport

A static bike can be more than a piece of home gym equipment. It can allow for specific training focused on the discipline of road cycling. The controlled environment that an exercise bike produces can help improve and track your cycling fitness as well as improve your technique. An exercise bike will let you work on the elements you need to improve on, whatever the weather!

Low Impact Exercise

The low impact nature of static gym bikes make them a good option if you want to lessen any risk of injury or strain. Their smooth motion and low impact action combine to make a workout that is easy on your muscles and joints. As long as your gym bike is properly set up, the pressure is taken off of knees and ankles making it a popular alternative to higher impact activities such as running.

Convenient and Cost Effective

A static exercise bike is compact and doesn't take up much space. They also let you make maximum use of your time: you can watch TV, read a book or listen to music as you workout. Cheaper than paying gym fees, all of our cardio bikes come with fantastic warranties that ensure you get years of exercise out of them.

3 Steps To Buying The Best Exercise Bike For Your Home:

Before You Buy An Exercise Bike

Choosing the best exercise bike for your personal goals is crucial. Exercise bike workouts can improve cardiovascular fitness, tone muscles and burn fat. So how to choose the best exercise bike for you? Start by thinking about your fitness goal.

We have a team on the phones during business hours ready to provide customer service or personal training advice. If this page doesn’t help you find your perfect exercise bike please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Upright Exercise Bike, Indoor Cycling Bike or Air Bike?

You’ll see from our exercise bike range that we stock upright bikes, indoor cycling bikes and air bikes.

Reasons To Buy An Indoor Cycling Bike:

  • Increase physical and sports performance (fitness, strength and speed) and physical health (weight management, cardio benefits, reducing the risk of illness).
  • You enjoy regular road bike cycling outdoors or spinning classes.
  • Your priority is a higher intensity workout. Using a combination of changes to resistance, standing/sitting and speed, indoor cycling provides a great format for interval training.
  • Some users also find indoor cycling bikes easier to stand up and pedal on for higher intensity and replicating uphill riding.
  • Indoor cycling bikes can also be used with an iPad or tablet to connect to cycling apps and technology to complete home-based classes.
  • You like the idea of following online workouts or pumping up your favourite tunes to help you keep up the pace of your workout.

Intensity level: 5/5

Reasons to buy an upright bike:

  • Regular home workouts to increase physical health (weight management, cardio benefits, reducing the risk of illness).
  • To start or keep up a regular fitness programme or weight management plan.
  • Your priority is a comfortable ride with good cardio benefits. You can watch TV or listen to a radio programme at the same time.
  • The onscreen programmes can take you through a range of fitness workouts including warm-ups and cool-downs.

Intensity level: 3/5

Reasons to buy an air bike:

  • You work out regularly and are ready to take your cardio fitness and muscle tone to the next level.
  • You're an athlete looking to enhance your performance.
  • You want a bike that offers a full body workout, that tones your arms, legs and core.
  • You live for the burn! You love intense workouts that push your body to new limits.
  • You love HIIT training and are looking for the perfect bike for interval training.
  • You enjoy CrossFit® training and are looking for an alternative to the Assault Bike® brand.
  • You want to burn as many calories per minute as you can to support your weight loss goals or long-term weight management.
  • You want a heavy duty fan bike that’s built to last and can withstand regular, intense workouts.

Intensity level: 5/5

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Choose an Exercise Bike to match your Fitness Goals:

Best Exercise Bike for Weight Loss

Most upright bikes come with workout programmes specifically designed to help you burn fat and lose weight. The programmes will help you to stay motivated and will display your progress throughout your workout. If your budget can stretch to an upright exercise bike with responsive heart rate programs it’ll enhance your training experience and help you to burn fat more efficiently.

Air bikes are also a smart choice for weight loss. They use dynamic air resistance -- the harder you work out, the greater the resistance. This allows for a super intense workout and an extremely efficient way to burn calories.

Check out our exercise bike workouts to help give your new fitness regime a great head start.

Exercise bikes are also one of the smallest types of home gym equipment. So if you are short of space these are probably the best place to start.

We think that the best exercise bike for weight loss should feature:

  • A good range of exercise programmes that include interval training.
  • Responsive heart rate training programs. This will allow you to exercise more efficiently.
  • Clear warranties, returns policies and independent reviews.
  • A comfortable, padded, seat.
  • A large flywheel will provide a smooth ride.
  • Electro magnetic or air resistance.
  • A high maximum user weight. Your weight may be comfortably within the user weight guidelines but they also indicate the build quality of the machine.

Best Exercise Bike For Event Training

Indoor cycling bikes allow you to use a racing style posture and are great for sprint, interval or endurance training. If you are training for a cycling event these bikes will provide you with the best alternative to cycling outdoors. Don’t let the British weather put you off your training plans.

The JTX Mission Air Bike is also ideal for performance enhancement. Training on an air bike boosts your cardio fitness, muscle tone and stamina, allowing you to excel at your next event.

Best Exercise Bike For Group, HIIT or Gym Training

Indoor cycling bikes are often used in gym cycle classes, with high-intensity interval workouts, led by a coach. These classes use a mixture of resistance and changing seat positions to ensure the workout is challenging and improves fitness quickly. They have a broad range of resistance and heavy flywheels. The seat and handlebars should be fully adjustable to offer all users a comfortable riding position.

A Spinning® or Spin® bikes are a brand name owned by an indoor cycling bike company. But you can stream free Spinning® videos with your phone or tablet and follow along on any exercise bike!

The best indoor training bikes have these features:

  • A large fly wheel size (minimum 20kg) to provide a smooth ride.
  • Emergency stop breaking feature.
  • Clear warranties, returns policies and independent reviews.
  • No creaks or squeaks. These bikes should be made of high grade steel and have a large footprint for stability.
  • Fully adjustable saddle and handle bar positions.
  • A high maximum user weight. Your weight may be comfortably within the user weight guidelines but they also indicate the build quality of the machine.

The JTX Cyclo-3, JTX Cyclo-6 and JTX Cyclo-Studio are all excellent options for group, HIIT or gym training.

Air bikes are another great option for for HIIT training. Popular with CrossFit® athletes, air bikes offer an intense, full body workout. They are ideal for short bursts of exercise. Pushing and pulling with your arms, while you cycle hard will push you to new limits. Regular HIIT training on an air bike, such as the JTX Mission Air Bike, will significantly improve your cardio fitness and muscle tone.

Best Exercise Bike For Low Impact Workouts and Injury Recovery

Recumbent bikes provide the best low impact workout. The seat offers full back support and encourages a better posture than upright or training bikes. This is better for the long term health of the lower back (lumbar spine).

Your knees and ankles also have much less weight exerted onto them with a recumbent cycling position. This means they are less likely to be strained or injured than other forms of exercise.

Recumbent bikes are also thought to be more comfortable because of the wider seat…no need for padded lycra shorts!

The best recumbent bike should feature:

  • A large padded seat which is fully adjustable.
  • A good range of exercise programmes that include interval training and responsive heart rate programs. This will allow you to exercise more efficiently.
  • Clear warranties, returns policies and independent reviews.
  • No creaks or squeaks. These bikes should be made of high grade steel and have a large footprint for stability.
  • If you are looking for a bike for an elderly or unstable user make sure it has an easy step through feature and handles for support.
  • Electro magnetic resistance.
  • A high maximum user weight. Your weight may be comfortably within the user weight guidelines but they also indicate the build quality of the machine.
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Need help choosing which exercise bike is best for your fitness goals and budget? Here’s a summary:

Upright Exercise Bike

Also referred to as a static exercise bike, this is the most common type of home fitness equipment. The position when exercising is similar to a regular shopper bicycle. If you are looking for a cheap exercise bike, upright exercise bikes are often the most affordable type of bike to buy for the home. They are a great entry level option for anyone who doesn’t regularly exercise. An upright bike is also the best option if you are looking for a compact exercise bike. They are an excellent low-impact option that will improve muscle tone and strengthen your legs and also provide a great cardio workout. We offer two upright exercise bikes: the JTX Cyclo-Go: Home Exercise Bike and the JTX Cyclo 5: Upright Exercise Bike.

Recumbent Exercise Bike

These bikes provide a similar type of workout to the upright exercise bike but allow you to sit in a position which supports the back. The choice between an upright or recumbent exercise bike normally centres on exercising comfort – recumbent seats resemble a chair rather than a saddle. People who are recovering from knee or back injuries also seem to benefit from a recumbent rather than upright bike. The focus of the exercise tends to be slightly more on the glutes (bottom) and has slightly more impact on the lower stomach muscles compared to an upright exercise bike.

Combination Or Hybrid Exercise Bikes

These are a combination of upright and recumbent bikes to suit the whole family. With a combination or 2 in 1 exercise bike you have the ability to work a broader range of leg and lower abdominal muscles and varying your exercise position can be better for your back and posture. They are good for an introduction to exercise, but not advisable if you want to really put your fitness to the test.

Indoor Cycling Bikes or Studio Bikes

If you regularly cycle to work or are training for an event, we highly recommend buying an indoor cycling bike. They have a greater range of resistance levels compared to the traditional exercise bike, which simulates the gears and hills when using a road bike outdoors. These home training bikes are great for more vigorous workouts and training. The saddle is generally as high as the handle bars and the flywheel is open. Spin® bike, Spinner® or Spinning® is the name of a popular brand of indoor cycling bike. Our entry-level compact exercise bike is a great alternative. These bikes can also be adapted into interactive exercise bikes, with the addition of a pair of power pedals and a tablet or iPad. Shop or browse indoor cycling bike reviews.

Self-Powered Exercise Bikes

No external power sources are needed for these bikes. This means you don’t have to worry about placing the bike near a socket or about getting tangled up in wires. They can go anywhere inside your home. The generator inside the machine produces all the power needed for the bike to run. These bikes are generally more expensive than their mains powered counterparts due to the advanced power system. If you are looking for a self-powered exercise bike, the JTX Self Powered Exercise Bike is an upgrade option of the JTX Cyclo 5: Upright Exercise Bike.


Air bikes, also known as fan bikes or cross trainer bikes have two upright handles at roughly chest height that move back and forth. You push and pull the handles as you cycle, giving you an intense, full body workout. Air bikes have a large fan that is driven by the speed and power of the pedals. The resistance is created by the fan and increases as you pedal faster, the harder you work the harder it becomes. Most CrossFit® gyms will have an air bike as they have become a mainstay in many CrossFit® workouts. Air bikes are ideal for those looking to intensify and challenge their exercise routine – it’s an vigorous workout perfect for HIIT style training. If you're looking for an air bike, the JTX Mission Air Bike is an excellent alternative to the Assault Bike® brand.


Price range: £1,500 - £5,000

Interactive or smart exercise bikes are similar to studio bikes but have additional inbuilt screens that connect to a range of apps or programs. These programs range from interactive cycling classes to group cycling apps. Some smart bikes automatically adjust the resistance according to the apps workout. They are generally much more expensive than other types of exercise bike. Peloton® is a good example of an interactive exercise bike retailer.

If you're interested in using apps with your regular exercise bike, or you'd like to know which exercise bike you can use apps with, check out our blog post on exercise bike apps.


Price range: £1,599 - £2,250

A Watt bike is designed to mimic road cycling while collecting in-depth data on the ride and technique. By accurately recording power output in watts (hence ‘Watt bike’) the bike measures performance, technique and heart rate. The Watt bike uses a dual breaking system (both magnetic and air) to help it to mimic the feeling of being out on the road, both on the flat and also climbing. The air-braking system recreates the feel of cycling on the flat using different gears.

The watt bike is designed to perfecting road cycling performance – if you are looking to buy a machine to improve your general fitness or to replicate an indoor spin class, it would be better to consider an indoor cycling bike instead.

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Exercise Bike FAQs

What is the best exercise bike for weight loss and fitness?

Generally upright are best for improving your general fitness and losing weight. They support a great posture and have programmes and fitness tests to keep you motivated. Check out the JTX Cyclo-Go: Home Exercise Bike or the JTX Cyclo 5: Upright Exercise Bike

If you work out regularly and enjoy an intense workout, air bikes are also a great choice for weight management. They offer a way to burn calories extremely quickly, if you have the stamina to push yourself hard. Air bikes are also an effective way to boost your cardio fitness and improve your sporting performance. Check out the JTX Mission Air Bike.

What is the best exercise bike for training for a cycling event?

Exercise bikes that closely mimic road racing bikes are the best exercise bikes for training for an outdoor event. They will ensure that your body is used to exercising with a similar posture and using the same muscle groups as a road bike. The JTX Cyclo 6 and the JTX Cyclo Studio Bikes have been designed with fully adjustable seats and handlebars for the perfect position and comfort. They feature ‘infinite’ resistance which is great for hill training and a large flywheel for a smooth, balanced ride. Both bikes are also compatible with the JTX dual pedal system which includes SPD cleats for use with cycling shoes (FREE with the JTX Cyclo Studio).

Where can I find exercise bike weight loss and fitness routines?

We have created our own FREE resource library of exercise and workout videos. Our team of experts have put together a whole range of videos that vary from how to pick the best programmes for your fitness goals; to how to properly warm up and cool down after a session. We’re always adding new exercises and routines so make sure to keep an eye out. Visit our Help and Advice area.

What happens if I choose the wrong machine?

Not a problem. You can take advantage of our 28 day money back guarantee. You can even unpack and test the exercise bike to see whether you like it. If you don’t, you can send it back within 28 days and choose another machine or receive a refund (minus delivery costs). All we ask is you keep the original box and give us a call to arrange collection.

I want to buy a Spin® bike, do you sell them?

No, a Spin® Bike is a trademarked brand of training bike. The JTX Cyclo 3, JTX Cyclo 6 and the JTX Cyclo Studio are our training bikes. They have "infinite resistance" and are fully adjustable -perfect for training for an event or doing your gym bike class at home. The JTX Cyclo 6 is designed for high-intensity home use and the JTX Cyclo Studio is our commercial specification bike.

I want to buy an Assault Bike®, do you sell them?

No, Assault Bike® is a brand name. Our JTX Mission Air Bike offers an excellent alternative. Our bike has an equivalent specification, heavy duty frame and dynamic air resistance system. The JTX Mission Air Bike is a smart choice for CrossFit® athletes and HIIT fanatics. Air bikes are also sometimes called cross trainer bikes because you push and pull the handlebars while you cycle.

What speed should I cycle at?

This is measured on most exercise bikes as RPMs (wheel rotations per minute) as well as MPH (miles per hour). Ideally you should alternate the speed you cycle at on a home exercise bike between 60RPM and 90RPM for a well rounded workout. If you are working hard at 60RPM (eg the resistance levels are relatively high) this simulates hill training and you will increase your muscle strength. If you are cycling hard at 90RPM this will provide a workout more focused on weight loss and toning (assuming a lower resistance level).

How do I find my perfect riding style?

For an effective workout on an exercise bike you have to be comfortable. Everyone has their own particular position and style of riding that suits them best. Most gym bikes allow you to adjust the height of the saddle to cater to the various heights of different users.

How long will the delivery take?

We offer next day delivery throughout the UK. Subject to availability, exclusions apply.

Please add your items to the basket, enter your postcode in the checkout and the next available delivery dates will be offered to you.

Is there anywhere I can test a JTX exercise bike?

Yes. We have a showroom on the South Coast just outside of Brighton. All our machines can be tried and tested, when the showroom is open.

Do your bikes come with a warranty?

Yes. Every JTX cardio bike comes with at least a 1 year home service warranty. The home repair warranty means that we will send an engineer to your home in the unlikely event of a fault developing. If the problem cannot be fixed we will send you a brand new machine. If your machine develops a fault outside of the warranty we will do our utmost to help you for as little cost as possible.

Does the bike arrive assembled?

No it doesn’t, but the assembly is extremely straight forward. You might benefit from two pairs of hands. If you get stuck at any point you can call us and we’ll walk you through it. Alternatively, if you would like help assembling your exercise bike, we do offer an assembly service.

Should I Hire or Buy an Exercise Bike?

If you have been toying with the idea of hiring an exercise bike instead of buying one, check out our Exercise Bike Hire Guide to find out why we think you should always buy.

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