An upright exercise bike fills the gap in between a recumbent road bike and a spin bike. The unique thing about this bike is that the rider is positioned in a more comfortable upright position reducing back pain.
Another great thing about the upright exercise bike its that, the seat is much more larger than a spin bike, which in result also adds comfort. However, it’s not as relaxed a recumbent bike, some riders feel a bit to relaxed and lazy on a recumbent, and some people don’t want the full on intensity of a spin bike, so an upright bike is the perfect balance if this is you.
With so much types of bikes to pick, it can feel very overwhelming and confusing as to which exercise bike is good for the money, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you provided you with enough different options and picked the very best upright exercise bike to fit your needs and your budget.
The Schwinn Airydne AD7 is our top pick and has won the editor’s choice award. The Bike truly unique and combines the latest in air resistance technology with unparalleled durability and performance, allowing you to get the absolute best of your workout.
In terms of the resistance the levels are actually infinite! The cleverly designed upright bike has progressive wind resistance for infinite levels of challenge.
This bike is also dead silent and that’s due to the effective single stage belt drive that keeps it running quietly.
Also if you like a challenge the bike Includes interval programs, target programs and heart rate level indicators for fat burn, aerobic and anaerobic training
If you are used to riding for long periods and your seat starts to get uncomfortable, this will now happen with the AD7.
The Comfortable, adjustable seat helps you stay comfy after long extended sessions with an optimized fan for high resistance and reduced noise
The high resolution multi display console is capable tracks calories, watts, time, distance, speed, RPM and heart rate
Simple and easy to clean with its anti-corrosion, powder-coated steel construction helps protect from sweat and water and extend the life of the frame.
Telemetric Heart Rate Technology to measure heart rate in real time.
Progressive wind resistance for infinite levels of challenge
5 year parts warranty & 1 year electrical warranty
Expensive when compared to other exercise bikes
The Schwinn 130 Upright Bike narrowly missed our editor’s choice award and is an amazing upright exercise bike. The “Schwinn” brand is well known in the biking community and has been for generations. This upright exercise bike is no exception has the vital features as well as a number of extras that makes it a great all round exercise bike.
The 130 is has been reported by numerous customers to be whisper silent, and a master of offering providing efficient resistance experiences. With 20 levels of resistance to give a wide range of workout intensity options.
The DualTrack LCD screen displays 22 preset exercise programs providing increased visibility to programs and goal tracking. The sheer number of display readouts on the 130 is quite remarkable, but can be overwhelming for some users who just want the basics.
The good news is that Schwinn offers a great warranty to go with this upright bike, so you won’t need to worry about any issues after you’ve set up your unit.
Being around $300 its very affordable and does the same thing the bikes at your gym would do.
Goal tracking capability enables users to set individual exercise goals like time, distance and calories
20 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options.
LCD display is not is not backlit (only a problem if you cycle in the dark!)
Pedals are a bit small
This the most affordable exercise bike on our list however it does not lack in quality. We did a lot of research to not just find a cheap upright exercise bike but to find a low cost high quality one.
The bike is constructed from premium steel–, it features a premium frame of 14-gauge steel tubing, completed with powder coating that syndicates design and performance. So the bike is capable enough to hold people who weigh up to 300 lbs.
The magnetic resistance system is silky smooth. Comes with a magnetic resistance mechanism with 8 levels of difficulty. The tension knob mimics different terrains to customize sequences according to fitness level.
The seat can be attuned to suit users of different shapes and sizes, improving form during exercise and allowing your body to follow precisely to the equipment, allowing you to maximise your workout.
The counterbalanced pedals are designed to provide the best foot support while giving you the most control. The ergonomic designs enable efficient workouts and are fitted out with adjustable foot straps to create the perfect fit for your own feet.
The seat is made from a high-density foam, so most people should be comfortable while sitting on it. It has nine different height adjustments, so the height ranges from 30” to a maximum 40” tall. These adjustments allow both tall and short users to be comfortable while using the bike.
Easy adjustable seat
Low cost very affordable
The seat could be more comfortable and have more padding
While there is a knob to change resistance, it would be easier to switch if there was a button to do this
With the added feature on the LCD multi-display console you can track your goals which lets you set and track exercise goals of workout time, distance traveled and calories burned.
The heart rate monitoring through contact sensors in the hand grips, is very handy for finding out what heart rate during your workout. The padded and contoured seats will ensure you have a comfortable ride.
And a nice adjustable 3-speed fan to cool you down while exercising is another nice feature of this bike.
The electronics is the only let done with this bike as you won’t be able to connect to your U614 with Bluetooth.
However, if you have a USB cable, it’ll will work with that.
Surprisingly, the U614 is one of the few upright exercise bikes that is known for its powerful front-facing speakers perfect if you don’t want to ride with headphones you can still enjoy the music.
22 programs including 9 workout profiles and 8 custom heart rate programs
Low cost very affordable
No Bluetooth connectivity