The Folding Exercise Bike Advantage

Most people are drawn to a folding exercise bike because they have a finite amount of living space and don’t have room for a big bulky spinning, recumbent, magnetic or dual action exercise bike. What is the advantage of a foldable exercise bike and what are the disadvantages?

First and foremost, especially in today’s economic climate, price is very important. The price of foldables is a very big advantage. On average, they cost about 30 – 40 percent less than competing styles of exercise bikes. Some mini versions can be up to 70 percent less.

These bikes stand normally while in use and have a seat, wheels and console. The difference or advantage to this style is that the stand can be broken down and the overall size of the exercise bike is cut in half. Storing it under beds, in closets, or anywhere tight is very possible and it can easily be pulled out and brought back up to size when used. This is another huge advantage. When used, it is normal size, when stored it’s a mini.

One major disadvantage of this style exercise bike compared to spinning bikes, recumbent bikes and dual action bikes is comfort. The seats of folding exercise bikes are smaller, providing less cushion and less back support than larger seats. Also, the stand of the bikes are usually smaller as well, causing occasional wobbling problems.

Several of today’s top manufacturers of exercise bikes have gotten into the foldable market. Schwinn exercise bikes, long a leader in the industry, has just started making them. Lifecycle exercise bikes have been making them for years and sells a lot of units year after year. Proform is another leader now making them.

Whether or not this style of exercise bike is for you depends on your needs, your pocketbook and your living quarters. If you do invest in this type bike, remember, you still have to pull it out so it can be used.
A bike that sits in storage does nobody any good!