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The best exercise bike deals: the best prices and expert advice

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An exercise bike is a great way to work out, whether it's an intense spin session or a long endurance ride. They take up less space than a treadmill, are typically more affordable, and can still give you a great cardio or strength workout.

Exercise bikes are still a big investment though, and your choice can make the difference between a machine that gives you a great daily workout, and something that just gathers dust. That's why we've gathered together the very best exercise bike deals available today, with expert advice from a professional personal trainer to help you make the right choice.

To get even more from your workout, and help you compare indoor and outdoor runs, it's well worth investing in a good fitness tracker as well. We've rounded up all the best running watches, as well as the best Garmin watches if you're looking for something specific.

The best exercise bike deals in the US

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Schwinn 130 Upright Bike: $499.99 $399.99 at Best Buy
This entry-level exercise bike covers all the essentials, with adjustable handlebars, 16 levels of magnetic resistance, and Zwift compatibility for virtual rides. One of the best bikes around at this price point.
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Schwinn 170: $699.99 $549.99 at Best Buy
There's $150 off this upright exercise bike at Best Buy right now. You can adjust the seat position and handlebar angle, and it offers 25 levels for everything from low-resistance speed sessions to tough hill climbs. This is a higher-end version of the Schwinn 130 (above).
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Echelon Smart Connect EX5: $1,599.99 $1,350.99 at Best Buy
Save $249 This connected exercise bike works together with an Echelon subscription, giving you access to scores of live and on-demand instructor-led workouts. The seat and handlebars are fully adjustable, and there are 32 possible levels of resistance.
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The MYX II: $1,299 $1,149 at MYXfitness
Save $150 In the same vein as Peloton and Echelon, the MYX bike (when paired with a monthly subscription service) provides instructor-led workouts that you can follow at home. Save $150 off the regular price by entering the code LEVELUP.
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NordicTrack Commercial S15i: $1,799.99 $1,599.99 at Best Buy
Save $200 This premium spin bike is a great alternative to a Peloton machine, with on-demand classes available via iFit. The bike's resistance can adjust automatically to fit the workout, or you can switch it yourself at the touch of a button.
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The best exercise bike deals in the UK

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Body Power SP.IC14: £499 £229 at Fitness Superstore
You can find cheaper exercise bikes on Amazon, but not this quality. This is a proper studio spin bike with adjustable seat and handlebars, LCD console, and EKG sensors in the handlebars. A simple bike, but effective.

NordicTrack GX2.7U: £499 £369 at Fitness Superstore
Save £130 This upright exercise bike from the pros at NordicTrack has a comfortable oversized seat (adjustable horizontally and vertically), 20 resistance levels, and a one-year iFit subscription so you can ride around the world virtually.
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Nautilus U628: £1,049 £699 at Fitness Superstore
Save £350 A sturdy upright exercise bike with 32 digitally controlled resistance levels, 29 workout programs to follow, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile apps, and adjustable seat and handlebars. It's a great deal with £350 off right now.
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NordicTrack Grand Tour Pro: £1,499 £999 at John Lewis
Save £500 A great value alternative to a Peloton bike, the NordicTrack Grand Tour Pro comes with a one-year iFit subscription for instructor-led workouts, a 10in color display, and one-touch controls to adjust incline and resistance.
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Exercise bike buying advice

Choosing the right exercise bike is a big decision, so what should you look for when making your choice? Olivia Neely, personal trainer at Starks Fitness (currently sharing home workout videos at starksfitnessgym on Instagram), gives the following advice:

"We're several weeks into lockdown, and no doubt lifestyle adaptions are well underway. A strong positive is that it seems health and well-being has remained a primary focus for most. With that, home-workout equipment is widely sought after so we’re having to be strategic about our purchases. 

"It’s worth considering equipment that can be used longer term. And of course, one that will match all your training desires; cardiovascular, endurance or strength. So how about an indoor exercise bike to help reach those goals, come rain or shine. Here are a few tips to ensure you’re buying the right kit for your needs.

"The most obvious but important consideration. There are many types, all focusing on different cycling methods. An upright bike, a recumbent bike, a spin bike, the list goes on…

"Think about your previous cycling experiences. Do you usually take a leisurely cycle along the river road? Or are you an avid mountain biker? Try and match your previous experience to your current goals.

"We all want a bike that’s aesthetically pleasing, but first, how much space do you have for it? For most, the bike will remain in your living room or bedroom so make sure it fits! Also note, there more advanced equipment (with a higher price tag) will no doubt offer a neater design requiring less space.

"Features will vary depending on the bike you choose, but here are a few things to look out for:

  • Emergency brake feature – a must
  • Adjustable saddle and handlebar
  • Resistance feature – the more resistance variations, the better
  • Interactive or self-motivating – if your budget can stretch, it's useful to have a bike that offer pre-programmed options to keep you motivated. Look out for enhancements such as Bluetooth connection so you can track your progress.

"With such a diversity of options, it’s important to be realistic with your budget. Consider brand new models vs second hand, as you can often find a ‘nearly new’ model for a fraction of the price."

Cat Ellis

Cat Ellis is the fitness and wellbeing editor at TechRadar. She's been a technology journalist for 11 years, and cut her teeth on magazines including PC Plus and PC Format before joining TechRadar. She's a trained run leader, and enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the pavement. If you have a story about fitness trackers, treadmills, running shoes, e-bikes, or any other fitness tech, drop her a line at catherine.ellis@futurenet.com.