Folding Exercise Bikes
Cycling, in its many forms, has long been touted as one of the healthiest forms of general exercise. Whether it’s the urban bicycle commuter, the road-riding country bumpkin, or the modern stationary e bike user, there’s a set of pedals for everyone.
Cycling is a low-impact sport, meaning that it will not exacerbate existing problems with joints, nor will it create new ones—provided that the cyclist is aware of the set up of their cycle, and does not create unnecessary, harmful extensions and cramps.
Just as much of an intensive cardio workout as running, cycling provides many of the same benefits without the impact dangers of running.
Stationary bike options
Unfortunately, a long ride through city bike paths or open country roads is not feasible for everyone. Perhaps you’ve had a bad crash with a car or other trail user, and are now too timid to return to the road. Maybe the climate where you live is generally too hot, too cold, or too wet to ride a bike in.
Fortunately, the market for stationary bikes has been a steadily growing one for decades. From the simplest, single-resistance stationary bikes found in our grandparent’s basements, to top-of-the-line, device-synchronized spinning machines, there are stationary bikes to fit every budget and need.
One of the stronger forces of resistance to a stationary bike is the issue of space. If you’re renting a studio apartment or a thrice-spliced two-bedroom in Manhattan, the prospect of owning a traditional stationary bike makes as much sense as riding your old Schwinn across a sheet of ice.
The folding exercise bike solution
Lament your tiny apartment space no longer. With the advent of the folding exercise bike, one can reap all the benefits of a comfortable, customizable stationary bike experience without having to shop for an extra twenty square feet of floor space.
The folding exercise bike allows you to stow your exercise machine in a closet or against a wall when not in use, facilitating the use of a stationary exercise bike in even the snuggest living spaces.
A folding exercise bike is not so much a separate style of exercise bike, but rather an added feature of many pre-existing models. Spinning bikes, recumbent bikes, and classic upright models can all be fitted to be folding bikes.
The best folding exercise bikes
Of the many models of folding exercise bikes on the market, here are a few of our favorites.
The Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike offers all the essential elements of a good folding bike, at about the cost of a single person’s weekly grocery bill. Eight level magnetic resistance offers varying resistance levels for all strengths. The included hand pulse monitor displays your heart rate. The whole operation folds up in a matter of seconds, and the included wheels make moving the bike a breeze.
The Marcy Foldable Exercise Bike offers all of the same quality features at a slightly higher cost; the comfortable, supportive high-back seat cleanly makes up for the small price difference. Added comfort and support is a plus for all users, especially those pedaling for rehabilitation purposes.
The FitDesk 2.0 offers all of the expected features of a simple, efficient folding exercise bike, but with the clever addition of a large ‘desk’ affixed to the handlebars, allowing its user to read or work on a laptop while exercising.