Ever since the Sex And The City reboot, And Just Like That, landed on our screens, all anyone can talk about is exercise bikes. But don’t let Mr Big’s untimely death put you off; exercise bikes can do wonders for your health. In fact, the best exercise bikes can help with everything from strengthening your heart and lungs to toning and building up muscle. Even better news? You can do all this from the comfort of your own home. Below, British Vogue selects the best spin bikes to supercharge your fitness routine.
The pro choice
You’ve probably seen Wattbikes on the sidelines at professional sporting matches, as well as on the Instagram feeds of athletes. The Atom bike is the brand’s at-home option, better suited to the amateurs among us, with a lower level of resistance than its Pro bikes. The Atom includes smart technology to allow you to ride on virtual cycling platforms like Zwift, and its Wattbike Hub app takes data from every ride, so that you can track your performance and improve.
£1,899, available from wattbike.com.
For the spin class enthusiast
If you’re missing your regular spin classes or just want to be able to ride at your convenience, Peloton is the perfect at-home companion. Membership, which costs £39.99 a month, gets you access to a plethora of on-demand and live classes, all displayed on a screen that’s built into the handle bars. You can choose your class depending on your mood and schedule. It looks just like the kind of spin bike you’d see in a spin studio, and you can pimp your ride with Peloton’s range of accessories.
From £1,350, available from onepeloton.co.uk.
The work of art
The Technogym Bike looks sleek and modern – a great option for those who want smaller exercise equipment in their home. Aside from the aesthetic benefits, Technogym Bike has a large 22-inch HD screen, so that you can stream cycle classes from 1Rebel, Revolution and various other studios around the world – with an option to take classes in different languages should you wish. It’s also very quiet and easy to use, thanks to quick adjustments and resistance settings.
£2,450, available from technogym.com.
If you have limited space
Smaller than many of the at-home bikes available, this is a no-nonsense model that delivers everything you need, with levels from beginner to advanced. With a built-in computer and screen to show you cadence, heart rate and calories burnt whilst on the bike, you can track your progress as you workout. The Poly-V belt makes cycling on the IC1 smooth, and it needs no maintenance, which is music to our ears.
£845, available from Johnlewis.com.
The best value indoor spin bike
After a bike that doesn’t break the budget but still delivers a lot for your money? The Sportstech Speedbike is your guy, with pulse sensors to monitor heart rate throughout your workout and a small console that displays your training programme. Additionally, there’s a smart device holder on the handlebars that can safely hold your tablet, so you can link it up and train using other cycling platforms.
£529 available from sports-tech.uk.com.
The best all-rounder
The most easily recognisable on this list, Keiser bikes are commonly found in gyms. Built with each and every body in mind, the special V-shaped frame is designed to match any rider’s shape and height. Its M-series converter has Bluetooth Smart technology that allows you to hook up to devices and connect to virtual cycling apps, such as Zwift and Peloton.
£1,375 (excl VAT), available from Bestgymequipment.co.uk.
Best for budget exercise
Recreate the gym at home with this lightweight and compact exercise bike. Designed for daily workouts, with a specific focus on cardio fitness and toning, it’s easy to store and manoeuvre, and has an easy to read computer so that you can keep on top of your stats without effort. You can also upgrade your bike with the JTX Dual Pedal System for greater training efficiency.
£329, available from Jtxfitness.com.
The affordable virtual spin class bike
Not only does the Apex bike come in four colours, it’s a little more affordable than some other on-demand at-home spin bikes. It’s Bluetooth-enabled, so that you can link to your own tablet or TV, and you can also opt in to its monthly £30 subscription, to enjoy unlimited live and on-demand Apex classes, which are created by Boom Cycle. It’ll mean you can compete on a real-time leader board that measures RPM and resistance, and spin when it’s convenient for you. It’s also compact and easy to move, so will fit neatly in the corner of virtually any home.
£1,200, available from Johnlewis.com.