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Schwinn 170 Upright Exercise Bike | Reviews 2019-2020

January 9, 2020 by SmartReview
Filed under Exercise Bikes, Featured Exercise Bikes

Schwinn’s 170 Upright Exercise Bike is a low priced home bike with many features and solid quality. Upright exercise bikes ride the same way as a bicycle. The schwinn 170 will provide a low impact cardiovascular workout with low impact on your joints. The Schwinn brand of bikes is a well known brand going back to 1895. The Schwinn 170 features a balanced flywheel, which creates a secure, quiet, vibration-free workout, as well as 25 levels of ECB magnetic resistance. ECB is the best type and quiet form of magnetic resistance. There are 10 resistance quick keys to go from easy to hard.

Schwinn provides 29 workout programs (12 Profile; 9 are Heart rate control; 4 are Custom user defined; 2 are Fitness tests; 1 Recovery; and 1 Quick start) and additional features. The walk-through frame gives you easy access to mount and dismount. Padded and contoured seat for a comfortable ride. Backlit LCD Display. Integrated Speakers, 3-Speed Fan, Pulse Grip Heart Monitoring, and Water Bottle Holder. Features Built-in Bluetooth® to link up with Fitness Apps with your smartphone or tablet. This is a great exercise bike under $500 dollars. …More…

Maximum User Weight Capacity Limit: 300 lbs.

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike | Reviews | 2019-2020

January 8, 2020 by SmartReview
Filed under Exercise Bikes, Featured Exercise Bikes

Schwinn’s MY17 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike is a low priced home bike with many features and solid quality. Recumbent bikes have back support, and are easier to mount. The Schwinn MY17 230 will provide a low impact cardiovascular workout with low impact on your joints. The Schwinn brand of bikes is a well known brand going back to 1895. The Schwinn 270 features a balanced flywheel, which creates a secure, quiet, vibration-free workout, as well as 25 levels of ECB magnetic resistance. ECB is the best type and quiet form of magnetic resistance. There are 10 resistance quick keys to go from easy to hard.

Schwinn provides 29 workout programs (12 Profile; 9 Heart rate control; 4 Custom; 2 Fitness Tests; 1 Recovery; 1 Quick Start) The walk-through frame gives you easy access to mount and dismount. The two integrated levelers & the large mid-frame support give you a solid and stable bike platform. Backlit LCD Display. Integrated Speakers, 3-Speed Fan, Pulse Grip Heart Monitoring, and Water Bottle Holder. Features Built-in Bluetooth® to link up with Fitness Apps with your smartphone or tablet. The Schwinn 270 won our BEST of 2020 Award… …More…

Maximum User Weight Capacity Limit: 300 lbs.

Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike w/ Bluetooth® | Reviews 2020

January 7, 2020 by SmartReview
Filed under Exercise Bikes, Featured Exercise Bikes

Schwinn’s IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike is a mid priced bike with many features and solid quality. The IC4 has Bluetooth® Connectivity and was designed to work with the Pelaton APP, Zwift APP, and Explore the World APP (subscriptions required). For cross training a Pair of 3 lb. dumbbells with easy reach cradles are included. You can adjust the seat and handlebars both horizontal and vertical for best fit. Device holder will hold your tablet or smartphone.

The Schwinn IC4 features a 40lb. balanced flywheel, which creates a secure, quiet, vibration-free workout, as well as 100 micro levels of ECB magnetic resistance. ECB is the best type and quiet form of magnetic resistance. A knob allows you to adjust your resistance. The walk-through frame gives you easy access to mount and dismount. Padded and contoured seat for a comfortable ride. USB charging port. …More…
Maximum User Weight Capacity Limit: 300 lbs.

Schwinn AirDyne AD7 Fan-Air Exercise Bike Cross-Trainer | Reviews 2019-2020

January 6, 2020 by SmartReview
Filed under Exercise Bikes, Featured Exercise Bikes

Is this the best price?

The Schwinn AirDyne AD7 Fan-Air Exercise Bike is Schwinn’s heavy duty air bike for home use. This is our one of our best-rated Fan-Air Bike Trainers. With a weight capacity of 350 lbs., this is a heavy duty trainer. The Schwinn AirDyne AD7 bike will provide an excellent cardiovascular workout with low impact on your joints. Fan-Air bikes use air resistance to give you a great workout. The faster you pedal, the more resistance. The air from the large 26 blade steel fan will cool you off while working out.

The Schwinn AirDyne features a solid commercial grade frame of high-tensile steel, and ball bearings for a smooth ride. The moisture repellant double coated frame is meant to hold up to sweat during your workout sessions. A single-stage belt drive provides for instant activation and a smooth workout. For your comfort, you can adjust the seat fore and aft, and up and down. As a cross trainer, you get a workout on both your arms and legs. The LCD console allows you to monitor your workout statistics, and set goals. …More…
Maximum User Weight Capacity Limit: 350 lbs.

Best Rated Schwinn Exercise Bikes – Comparison & Reviews | 2019-2020

January 5, 2020 by SmartReview
Filed under Exercise Bikes

Best Rated Schwinn Exercise Bikes * Comparison & Reviews (2020) This is a roundup of the best rated upright, cycling, and recumbent Schwinn exercise bikes for Home and use. Schwinn is a well known and trusted brand, which has been making bikes since 1895. Some Upright or stationary bikes, are also called indoor cycles, with

Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike | Review 2019

October 23, 2019 by SmartReview
Filed under Exercise Bikes

Schwinn’s 130 Upright Exercise Bike is a low priced home bike with many features and solid quality. Upright exercise bikes ride the same way as a bicycle. The schwinn 130 will provide a low impact cardiovascular workout with low impact on your joints. The Schwinn brand of bikes is a well known brand going back to 1895. The Schwinn 130 features a balanced flywheel, which creates a secure, quiet, vibration-free workout, as well as 20 levels ECB magnetic resistance. ECB is the best type and quiet form of magnetic resistance. There are 10 resistance quick keys to go from easy to hard. Schwinn provides 22 programs (9 profile; 8 heart rate control; 2 Custom; 2 Fitness Tests; 1 Quick Start) The walk-through frame gives you easy access to mount and dismount. Padded and contoured seat for a comfortable ride. LCD Display. Integrated Speakers, 3-Speed Fan, Pulse Grip Heart Monitoring, and Water Bottle Holder.
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Maximum User Weight Capacity Limit: 300 lbs.

Do you need a killer Cardio workout that won’t kill your Joints?

Do you need a kick butt workout that you can do in under 20 minutes, from home?

  • Running?
  • Treadmill?
  • Jump rope?
  • Burpees?

Sure, these are all excellent cardio options you can do at home, but they all suffer the same flaw, they are hard on the knees and joints.

The air bike offers the SAME intensity and is easy on the body. Plus, the air bike incorporates the arms, turning the intensity up a notch.

We are here to talk about air bikes, how to choose the best air bike for you, and offer up our thoughts on 8 of the best fan bikes available today.

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Best Air Bikes

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Rogue Echo Bike
Assault AirBike by Assault Fitness
Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike
Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike
Marcy Exercise Upright Fan Bike

What is an Air Resistance Bike, and How is it Different from Other Exercise Bikes?

There are several types of stationary bikes on the market. They differ based on many features, such as how they create resistance, the position you sit while exercising, and so on.

The features that set the Fan or air bikes apart from other style exercise bikes are:

Arms: Nearly all of the best fan bikes have handlebar arms that allow the rider to work the upper body and lower body at the same time.

Fan based resistance: Air bikes use a simple fan that creates resistance as the rider pedals or moves the arms. The faster the rider pedals, the more resistance is created. The rider decides how hard they want to work, by simply pedaling faster.

Air Resistance Bikes Offer These Benefits over standard Exercise bikes:

  • Air resistance bikes cause significant air circulation in the room to cool you off.
  • Air resistance bikes usually include an arm component, so you can work arms too.
  • No break pads to wear out.
  • Resistance is adjustable on a fluid scale, automatically, No need to adjust to get higher resistance, simply pedal faster.
  • No need to find hills to climb to add resistance, only pedal faster.
  • Unlimited intensity, you want more, just pedal more.
  • Air bikes can also be used for recovery or injured athletes due to the low impact nature of the bikes.

How do You Choose the Best Air Resistance Bike – Things to Watch Out For!

Belt vs. Chain driven air bike

This is how it usually goes: Higher end bikes use belts, and more affordable models use chains.

Chains: They require less maintenance, about as much care as you would give a real bike. They have a rougher start that the belt, are noisier than belt driven bikes.

Belts: Belt driven air bikes are usually much quieter and smoother than their chain driven counterparts. They usually require less maintenance.

Both belt and chain styles can become looser over time, with a lot of use and will likely need adjustment, so expect that.

Console

The best air bikes today come with consoles. Some are very bare bones and display just a few pieces of data, while others are more intricate, allowing upload and download of data.

  • Programs: Look for Tabata, HIIT, 30/90 type programs you can follow using the bike. These are nice to have to change up your ride every once in a while.
  • Included Data: The “standard” data that even basic consoles include is Time, speed, RPM, Calories, and distance. The accuracy of this data, however, increases, along with the price of the bike.
  • Car like RPM display: A few of the higher end fan bikes have an RPM display similar to one you would see in a car dashboard. Fun! This encourages you to compete with yourself, as a visual display is just more compelling than numbers are.
  • Heart Rate monitor: Not many models have a heart rate monitor included. Several have one available as an add-on option, so be aware of that, if monitoring heart rate is one of your goals.

Build Quality

All of the bikes we reviewed have good sturdy build quality, which is a non negotiable prerequisite for our review list.

Even the least expensive bike we reviewed is solid in this department. Look for a bike that has a high metal to plastic ratio. It’s great if the fan blades are metal as well.

Seat

All the air bikes in our list have 4 way adjustable seats. However, the most common gripe for air bikes overall is an uncomfortable or hard or narrow seat.

Even some higher end models have uncomfortable saddles.

A few have large cushiony seats. The thing is, this is an easy fix. You can get a gel cushion seat cover and most models allow you to change the seat out for one you do like.

Don’t let the seat be the deciding factor, as it is easily changed.

Extras

Some of the air bikes we reviewed have extras like Book or tablet stands, cup holders and foot rests so you can work arms only for a bit.

If these extras are important to you, we have several on our list that include all three.

TOP 8 Best Air Resistance Bikes Reviewed 2020

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike

Review: This air bike is built with the needs of the CrossFitter and Functional fitness practitioners in mind.

It is an all new design, when compared to the AD6, not simply an upgrade. This Airdyne Pro uses a rubber belt in place of a chain, making for a smooth ride.

This Schwiin is build with superior quality than their past bike, it has more metal, less plastic, thick meaty wrap around grips- this air bike is a step above the other airdyne bikes.

  • Excellent monitor, Several preset HIIT and other programs, an RPM display similar to the one you see in a car, plus all the standard data is displayed.
  • Surprisingly quiet, smooth start and excellent resistance.
  • The arms have wrap around grips with multiple grip points, a step above the rest
  • If you ride hard, the air will blow into your face, which can be annoying to some

Takeaway

Not only the best Schwinn bike, but THE best air bike available today.

Assault AirBike

Review: Easily the most popular of all the air resistance exercise bike reviews we have done.

The Assault has a reputation for putting the hurt on you-in a good way. With a strong power coated steel frame and Cho-moly crank, the bike is built to last. This fan bike works both upper and lower body.

  • Appropriate for Commercial Gyms, CrossFit Box and Your home gym
  • The onboard LCD console has built in routines and fully customizable sessions. Plus it displays speed, RMP, calories burned time and more.
  • 25 inch all steel fan
  • The seat is uncomfortable and wiggles, needs improvement.

A beast of a fan bike, best air resistance exercise bike in its class.

Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike

Review: Our budget priced pick is the Body Rider Fan bike. Despite the low price, the bike is sturdy with a 250 lb weight limit, and the ride is smooth.

  • Easy to assemble
  • Very affordable
  • Work both arms and legs at the same time
  • Solid and sturdy, especially given the price point
  • The stock seat is hard and can not be changed. Invest in a seat cover. Also, the resistance strap is prone to wear.

If you are on a budget we found the best fan exercise bike for you – The Body rider!

Marcy AIR 1 Exercise Upright Fan Bike

Review: This Marcy AIR 1 is priced right and has many desirable features, including a comfortable wide seat that many competing models do not have.

The unit has a simple alternating LCD display, is easy to assemble and the seat is 4 way adjustable.

Of all the air resistance exercise bike reviews we have done, this bike wins for best value.

  • Work legs and arms at the same time
  • Track progress on the LCD display which alternates between time, speed, distance and calories burned.
  • Transport wheels and adjustable height levers
  • 4 way adjustable seat, oversized and comfortable too!
  • One of the louder bikes we reviewed. But it does get the job done.

No frills and no compromises, a very solid and well priced bike.

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike

Review: The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne has been improved since the popular AD4 and no longer blows the wind from the resistance fan at your face, which is nice ride hard.

The AD6 has larger pedals and now includes a water bottle holder, and a smaller footprint to take up less space in your home.

  • Console with 6 LED Metrics PLUS RPM gauge for visual representation of effort
  • Adjustable foot pedals with straps
  • Bottle holder, reading stand and wind screen built in.
  • Built in heart rate monitor in the arm handles
  • The bike is not suited to shorter riders.

Affordable, many great features and the Schwinn reputation make this one of the best air resistance exercise bikes.

Octane Fitness AirdyneX Fan Bike

Review: The quality of this bike makes it the best fan exercise bike for commercial use we reviewed.

This air bike has a console that is unrivaled. It includes HIIT interval workouts, a tachometer, workout stats and more. It even has a cup holder.

  • 27 inch fan with 26 blades, belt driven fan, with inertia drive for smooth starts and stops
  • 350 lb user weight limit, classified commercial
  • Superior consol, polar heart rate compatible, several preprogrammed intervals, including HIIT
  • Uses progressive wind resistance and because of the more efficient fan, burns more calories at the same RPM than the competition (Schwinn Airdyne Pro)
  • Sturdy enough to pedal standing

  • More expensive than others on our list

Greater results in less time!

Chaimberg RXM Air Bike – Gronk Fitness Edition

Review: The Chaimberg RXM Air Bike by Xtreme Monkey is set apart from the rest not only because of the striking colors, but also because it uses all metal fan blades, 2.5mm steel tubing, has chains that do not need lubrication, and has a Console with USB interface which is polar heart rate compatible and displays time speed, distance and more.

  • USB console can upload and download data, incorporates an LCD display
  • Reduced plastic use, bike is mainly steel, including fan blades
  • 4 way seat adjustment
  • 350 lb user weight max
  • Belt driven, not Chain driven
  • Seat may be too narrow for some

The best features from all air bikes combined into one of the best air bikes.

Rogue Echo Bike

Review: Weighing in at 127 pounds, the Rogue Echo bike is nothing short of rock solid.

It uses a combination of heavy-duty steel and precise engineering to offer a unique workout experience.
The front wheels allow it to be transported quite easily while the steel fan blade ensures a smooth ride with no unwelcome surprises.

The Echo also has a visually-captivating LCD screen that allows you to track distance, calories, heart rate, and much more!

Featuring an adjustable seat with eight height and five front/back settings, the Echo is also extremely customizable. The rubber-tread pedals are also a nice touch and help provide traction and stability for even the most aggressive riders.

Some other features include durable steel tubing, black powdercoat finish, and 1.5” diameter rubber-grip handles.

It is also compatible with many Echo-specific add-ons including a wind guard, phone holder, Polar Hear Rate transmitter, and various Shimano bike accessories.

  • Fantastic stability
  • Easily transported or moved – polyurethane front wheels
  • LCD Console
  • Precision steel fan blade
  • Exclusive attachments
  • Rubber liner on pedals prone to wear

The Rogue Echo is truly a beast. Durable, wonderfully engineered, sleek – it checks every box on the list when outlining what makes a great workout bike.

The LCD Console really functions well and makes tracking workouts convenient and simple. The rubber handles really maintain their grip while the pedals do a great job of locking the feet in place.

I can’t really find anything that I don’t love about this bike – easily one of the best options on the market today.

The best air bike for you is the one you will ride consistently.

Air bikes are gaining momentum in the functional fitness community. Don’t be the last one in your crew to pick one up!

Drop us a line in the comments and let us know which bike you decided on and why.

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Fan Bikes

Marcy Fan Bikes

Care for a refreshing breeze while you sizzle away the calories? Then consider investing in one of our high-quality fan bikes (also known as air bikes.) A fan exercise bike is easy to use and can deliver an excellent aerobic workout that will help you tone both your lower and upper body.

Each Marcy fan bike is made with a premium steel framework and comes with a high-tech LCD monitor that allows you to track your progress. The adjustable leveler on the stationary fan bike will aid in stability, while the attached wheels allow you to easily place your bike in just the perfect spot in your home.

How does a Fan Bike Work?

You won’t need to awkwardly place this bike near an outlet or string 12 feet of extension cord across the room to power it. A fan exercise bike is powered by your hard work! Just start pedaling, the fan blade will spin, and the monitor will turn on.

The beauty of this bike is if you pedal faster, the air resistance automatically increases (much like a Indoor Cycle / training bike.) You can easily control the intensity of your workout, which is ideal for high intensity interval training (or HIIT training.)

Here are a few more excellent benefits of Marcy fan bikes:

  • Upper Body and Lower Body Workout – One of the most unique features of a fan bike is it’s dual action lower and upper body workout. Like most traditional magnetic resistance bikes, a fan bike lets you sculpt your quads and glutes and activate your core. However, you can also get your upper body into the action by pumping the handlebars back and forth as you ride.

    Pushing and pulling the handle bars will help you go farther and faster while also engaging your shoulders, triceps, chest, and back. Adding your upper body increases the aerobic challenge of using the bike. In other words, you’ll burn more calories and get a better workout in a shorter amount of time.

  • Preserve your Joints – If you have achy hips, knees, or ankles, a fan bike can give you a great cardio workout without aggravating your sore joints. Give your running shoes a break and hop on a Marcy fan bike instead.
  • A Nice Breeze – This might be a minor benefit, but don’t overlook how good it feels to have a nice breeze blast your hot face during your fan bike workout. It feels so good during your cooldown!

Which Marcy Fan bike is Right for Me?

Not sure which fan bike to choose for your home gym? Not ready to let go of your recumbent exercise bike? Let’s take at look at two great fan bikes for sale at Marcy.

  • Marcy Fan Bike NS-1000 – This economical fan bike has everything you need for endless calorie-blasting workouts and nothing you don’t. You’ll enjoy the LCD tracker that lets you monitor your time, distance, speed, and the calories you burn during your workout. The resistance knob lets you make your workout more or less difficult, depending on what type of ride you want.
  • Marcy Deluxe Fan Bike AIR-1 – If you want nothing but the best equipment in your garage gym or home gym, then the Marcy AIR-1 fan bike is your pick. This heavy duty bike’s 14-guage steel tubing and powder-coated finish means it can go the distance and so does it’s two-year limited warranty.

    The resistance increases as you pedal, so there are no manual adjustments necessary during your ride! It’s large display screen tracks your speed, time, distance, and calories. Adjust the seat to give yourself a comfortable ride and enjoy a great workout every time you get in the saddle.

If you love the idea of getting a full-body cardio workout, then take a look at our full selection of fan bikes today. With one piece of equipment, you’ll be able to pedal your way to better fitness each day.. Skip the road bikes and cycling classes, and add the best exercise bike to your home gym.

At Marcy, we also offer other great stationary bikes to choose from: recumbent bikes, training bikes, and more.. Shop our full selection of cardio workout options and find the one for your needs.

Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike Review

Soft Seat Offering a Comfortable Workout

Product Name: Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike

Product Description: Body Rider Exercise Bike

Price: $99.98

Currency: US

Availability: InStock

  • 8.2/10 Rating – 8.2/10

8.2/10

Summary

Yes! There are a few issues with the Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike when it comes down to maintenance and you might have to spend a few dollars every few months to keep it well in its usage and work. There is no other issue that has been reported yet.

  • Buy on Amazon

There are different types of exercise machines available but there are a few which are best as per the customer’s reviews. Why? What makes these machines as the best and what do customers like the most? Well, the answer is in the following review of the Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike since this bike has received more than a thousand customer reviews with majority positive ones.

Have a look at the detailed review below and find out the reasons why you should be having this indoor cycle for your workout this summers.

Perfect Body Workout

Most people think that a cycle trainer will just provide them with a lower body workout but this is not always the case. With the help of dual-action handlebars found in this Body Rider Exercise Bike, there is a proper exercise of both upper and lower body which makes it easier to use.

Other than that, you can have an alteration in the tension while working out and that is possible with the turn of a knob. This total weight of this upright fan bike is low as well and it is only 47.3 pounds which is seriously nothing for such a fitness machine.

Soft Seat

Earlier on, users had this issue that the seat was not a soft one and this made the users frustrated since the maximum time they could exercise with this was 20 minutes straight. However, there is a cushioned seat now which is much better. There is an innovative fan wheel as well which keeps you cooled with the cooling breeze.

There is also an easy-to-use digital display on the Body Rider Exercise Fan Bike that helps in tracking time, speed, distance, calories burned and other aspects as well. There is a strong frame which has been made out of steel. The best part is the fact that it is cheap on but you still get a warranty of 1 year on frame and 90 days on parts.

Specs and Features

  • Assembled Dimensions: 41.75 by 22 by 46.5 inches
  • Assembled Weight: 47.3 pounds
  • Finish: -Black and silver.
  • Material: -Metal/Plastic
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
  • Warranty: one year for the frame and 90 days on all parts

Pros

  • Amazing warranty period
  • Maximum support for the user
  • The display is quite helpful
  • Strong frame
  • Cheap to buy

Cons

  • Requires a lot of maintenance

Verdict

Yes! There are a few issues with the Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike when it comes down to maintenance and you might have to spend a few dollars every few months to keep it well in its usage and work. There is no other issue that has been reported yet. Some users had the issue regarding the seat, but it was solved by the company and now the seat is quite comfortable.

We believe that this is going to be an excellent choice for the users keeping in mind all the different positive points and features that are mentioned. Get it from amazon.com and enjoy your best right now.

The Misery Machine: 4 Brutal Fan Bike Workouts

When it comes to cardio equipment, four options come to mind: treadmills, Stepmills, bikes, and the elliptical trainer. Unfortunately, this overlooks another and, in my opinion, superior option: the fan bike.

Maybe it’s because it looks too old-fashioned, or because it lacks a built-in media center. But no matter what’s been holding you back, it’s time you became a fan.

An array of fan bike varieties crowds the market, with Schwinn’s Airdyne line standing out as the most popular since its introduction in 1978.

You may have seen one on the popular television show “The Ultimate Fighter,” but they’re also showing up in an increasing number of CrossFit boxes. They’ve been standard issue in many pro sports training facilities for decades.

With nicknames such as “Satan’s tricycle” and “the misery machine,” you would think there would be copious spikes or flames shooting out the pedals, but the fan bike appears harmless. All brands and varieties have the same basic design: an upright bike equipped with dual-action handlebars and a huge fan at the front of the bike. The fan spins as you pedal, and it’s linked with your speed.

Simple enough, right? How could something that old-school possibly be as difficult as a stair-stepper, max-incline treadmill, or an elliptical with the resistance set high? The short answer: It’s all about that fan, man.

A Bike Unlike Any Other

On traditional stationary bikes and elliptical trainers, you have choices. First, you set the resistance, and then you decide how hard you’re going to push it. But on a fan bike, you simply get on and start pedaling, and the bike pushes back.

Due to air resistance and the aerodynamics of the fan, the difficulty changes without the push of a button. When you pedal faster, you experience more resistance; when you pedal slower, there’s less.

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Fan Bike

The resistance makes pedaling tough. But guess what? Pedaling is only half of the work you do. The coordinated pushing and pulling action of the arms and the pushing action of the legs, combined with the air resistance from the fan, challenges your heart to pump blood to both upper and lower body regions. Physiologically, this is demanding on your cardiovascular system, especially when you pedal as hard as you can.

Sure, the elliptical machine also has handles connected with the footpads, but you’d be wrong to assume that these two pieces of equipment are in the same league. Likewise, you may be seated when using the fan bike, but don’t confuse it with any variety of recumbent bike.

The air resistance from the fan results in a workout intensity with no comparison, which is why the fan bike is almost always available in even the most crowded cardio room. Good luck staying on it long enough to watch your favorite show.

Using a Fan Bike For HIIT

The fan bike is an excellent option for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. The seamless transition between hard and easy efforts allows you to focus the hard work you’re supposed to do, rather than scrambling for buttons to change the resistance.

The only thing you’ll be looking for are your lungs! Plus, cranking the upper and lower body simultaneously will burn more calories than you can on a standard spin bike, making Satan’s tricycle your go-to machine for serious conditioning work.

You may have been Tabata’d over the head enough in recent years to believe that it is the only option worth your precious minutes, but the truth is that HIIT workouts come in many different shapes and sizes (like a Tabata workout). They all share the potential to benefit both aerobic and anaerobic systems development, while also contributing to a greater after-burn effect, also known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC).

This type of hard work is fantastic for increasing calorie expenditure. HIIT sessions tend to be shorter than traditional low-intensity aerobic workouts, but they can actually reap similar physiological benefits. Also, if you’re crunched for time, these shorter, more intense sessions are great for training in a busy schedule. Just don’t expect them to be pleasant—especially on the fan bike.

Fan Bike Beginner’s HIIT Program

Week 1

Perform 3 times per week. An intensity level of 1 is super easy, and 10 is a full-out sprint.

Week 2

Perform 3 times

Week 3

Perform 3 times

Week 4

Perform 3 times

  • Warm-up 5 minutes at 5-6 intensity
  • Interval training 10 rounds (not minutes) of 15 sec. hard (8-10 intensity), 30 sec. easy (4 intensity)
  • Cool-down 5 minutes at 5 intensity

Week 5

Perform 3 times

  • Warm-up 5 minutes at 5-6 intensity
  • Interval training 10 rounds (not minutes) of 20 sec. hard (8-10 intensity), 20 sec. easy (4 intensity)
  • Cool-down 5 minutes at 5 intensity

Week 6

Perform 3 times

  • Warm-up 5 minutes at 5-6 intensity
  • Interval training 10 rounds (not minutes) of 20 sec. hard (8-10 intensity), 10 sec. easy (4 intensity)
  • Cool-down 5 minutes at 5 intensity

Climb the Ladder

Once you find your stride and power through the beginner’s plan, you can begin to customize your workouts to prioritize specific goals like fat-loss, strength-endurance, or maximum power. Or you can continue blasting through training that hits all three, like ladder workouts.

Similar to the HIIT of the beginner’s program, ladder interval workouts alternate periods of intensity with easy peddling. The difference is that each interval is a different length. The hard intervals gradually increase, while the easy-effort intervals decrease. Here’s a sample fan bike ladder workout:

Ladder Intervals

  • Warm-up 5 minutes at 5-6 intensity
  • Pyramid Intervals Alternate sprints of 8-10 intensity with rest periods of 4 intensity 10 sec sprint, 50 sec rest 20 sec sprint, 40 sec rest 30 sec sprint, 30 sec rest 40 sec sprint, 20 sec rest 50 sec sprint, 10 sec rest 40 sec sprint, 20 sec rest 30 sec sprint, 30 sec rest 20 sec sprint, 40 sec rest 10 sec sprint, 50 sec rest
  • Cool-down 5 minutes at 5 intensity

The Time Trial Method

Now things are getting fun. Picture yourself trying to qualify for the Tour de France. Choose your distance (say 1, 2 or 3 miles) and see how fast it takes to complete that distance. It is simple, yet challenging.

Time Trials

  • Warm-up 5 minutes at 5-6 intensity
  • Time Trial Pick your distance, and get there as fast as you can. Try to beat your time in the future.
  • Cool-down 5 minutes at 5 intensity

The Heart Rate Method

Your heart rate responds to the intensity of exercise, so training at different percentages of your maximum heart rate (MHR) will yield different physiological adaptations. This style of training is known as “energy system development.” To get a rough estimate of your MHR, subtract your age from 220.

Here are three heart rate zones you can work in to target different energy systems:

  1. 60-70% MHR: This zone improves your aerobic capacity and is most commonly used for a warm-up or an easy 30-60-minute cardio session. At this intensity, you should be able to carry on a conversation.

  2. 70-80% MHR: Work in this range is often referred to as “lactate threshold training” because it pushes your body’s ability to manage increasing concentrations of lactate and other metabolic byproducts. The goal is to develop higher power output over a longer duration.

  3. 80-90% MHR: This cardio zone focuses on improving your VO2-max, which is essentially how much oxygen your body can utilize for a given cardiovascular activity. It’s affected by your body weight, age, and sex and is the most difficult cardio zone to exercise in because the work intensity is so high.

Heart Rate Training

  • Warm-up 5 minutes at 60% MHR
  • Heart Rate Workout Choose from zone 2 or 3. Alternate 4-minute intervals in that zone with 2 minutes of easy pedaling. Perform 4 intervals.
  • Cool-down 5 minutes at 60% MHR

By now, you should know the difference between an indoor cycling, an upright and a recumbent exercise bike. So, naturally, you started considering which one to buy, and maybe even decided on one model in particular. But, wait, there is more! Before you go and throw something heavy in my direction, I have to share one last piece of advice regarding exercise bikes. Apart from the seating position, and various bells and whistles, exercise bikes also differ from one another in the way they provide resistance.

Before you think all that stuff tucked away underneath the casing doesn’t matter much (you pedal pretty much the same way right?), I’m going to take this opportunity to provide you with some more knowledge on the subject. When you understand the differences, you should be completely ready to make the right choice as far as exercise bikes are concerned.

So, let’s get to the point. In order to simulate the sensation of riding an actual road bike, there are several different ways exercise bikes provide resistance while you pedal. The majority of the market is populated by bicycles that employ direct-contact and magnetic braking systems, because they offer resistance that can be fully adjusted. Apart from those two types, there are exercise bicycles that feature a fan that converts air resistance into resistance you feel while you are pedalling away on a bike. Let’s get deeper into the matter and see what’s what.

Brake-Based Systems

At the heart of most home exercise bikes is the flywheel. The flywheel, in its essence, is a mechanical device used to store rotational energy. Simply put, it’s a weighted metal disk which is usually located at the front of the bike, instead of the wheel. You can’t see it working (as it’s covered by the casing), the flywheel is connected to the pedals via chain or belt, much like an actual road bike. Basically, when you pedal, the momentum is stored by the flywheel, and released until it’s used up.

Now, in order to provide enough resistance for an intensive workout, the flywheel is usually very heavy (say 40-50 pounds), making the first several rotations extremely hard. This approach is limited though, for several reasons.

First of all, you are limited by the weight of the wheel. Theoretically the wheel needs to be heavier, but this means it has to be bigger as well, so somewhere down the line the bikes would end up looking like penny farthings (in case you are not familiar with the term, they’re one of those Victorian bicycles which have a ridiculously huge front wheel, and a tiny back wheel).In order to overcome this problem, exercise bikes that use direct-contact or magnetic braking system have been developed. Resistance on these is created by applying the brake to the flywheel.

Let’s take a closer look at each one of them.

Direct-Contact Resistance

Stationary bicycles which implement direct contact braking use the principle of friction in order to provide resistance. The brake is directly applied to the flywheel to reduce the rotational speed you provide by pedalling. This type of exercise bike is very accurate and lets you choose one of several different resistance levels, not unlike gears on a real-life bicycle, which makes for a custom-fit workout. The friction is provided via brake pads which come into contact with the flywheel, and they are usually made out of felt, but a number of other materials can be found in its place as well.

Also, instead of brake pads, friction bands can be fitted to the edge of the flywheel. For all its advantages, exercise bike with direct-contact friction tend to experience a lot of mechanical abuse, which causes them to wear out over time. At some point, you’re going to have to think about replacing the pads, or even the flywheel itself. And because the braking is purely mechanical, direct-contact exercise bikes tend to make noise, unlike bikes with magnetic braking (to which I will get to right about now).

Magnetic Resistance

Direct-contact bikes used to be the sovereign leaders on the market, but with the emergence of magnetic bikes, they lost their position. Magnetic bikes have a major advantage because their parts do not wear and tear, as there is no direct friction or even contact. They use electromagnetic induction in order to provide the resistance.

Think Japanese “bullet trains” which hover a millimeter above the tracks. Pretty much the same thing here. Stationary bikes with magnetic braking have a very smooth, continuous resistance, which can be adjusted at the touch of button, and, as I mentioned a bit earlier, they are extremely quiet. In fact, they are quieter than both direct-contact and fan exercise bicycles.

Fan-Based Resistance

This type of exercise bike is not built around a flywheel. Instead, it uses a huge resistance fan.

The fan itself is connected to the pedals via belt and pulley system. It’s actually very simple: as you pedal, the fan start to turn, and as your speed increases, so does the air resistance on the blades of the fan. If you want more resistance, you have to pedal faster. It might seem a bit pedestrian at first, but it’s actually very effective once you learn how to use it. Another plus is that you get to feel the breeze from the fan, which will cool you down during those intensive workout sessions.

The Wrap-Up

Each one of these types has its own pros and cons. Direct-contact bikes are sturdy and simple in their construction, and while there is not much that can go wrong there you still need to replace a few parts here and there after a while. Magnetic bikes are quiet and smooth, and allow you to fine-tune the resistance any way you choose. Fan bikes offer a completely different take on the subject, yet they have some cool unique features. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong.

Exercise bike with fan

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