An exercise bike
is a bicycle
that goes nowhere. They are used for cardiovascular conditioning
while staying indoors.
s come in several style
s. First, a regular mobile
bike can be placed on a stand
so it just “spins its wheels
” while being pedaled. Second there can be a machine that begins as an exercise bike and is never meant to move. In this class exercise bike
s can be a recumbent cycle
or and upright
cycle. Recumbent cycles place the rider in a chaise
with the petals in front. This is easier on the tailbone
and the lower back
. Upright cycles have the “rider” sitting or standing just like a regular moving bicycle, pedaling while holding onto a handlebar. Dual action cycles also have moving handlebar
s and exercise the upper body.
Exercise bikes come if varying degrees of fanciness. Mileage
pedaled and heart rate can be tracked. Video screen
s can show a movie
or a simulation
of a path the rider can imagine s/he is pedaling. Resistance
can be varied manually or automatically to follow pre-programmed patterns. Resistance can be created by use of a belt, brake or fan. Magnetic resistance systems are the only type that allow the use of pre-programmed patterns.
Some types might use a belt, brake or fan to create resistance. Others employ a magnetic-resistance system, which can range from a simple manually set magnet to smooth, quiet electromagnetic performance. Only electromagnetic bikes allow you to use pre-set programs.