The Best Workout Bikes To Invest In For Next-Level Home Workouts

Eufemia Didonato

With gyms continuing to remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have rediscovered home workouts as a way to maintain a healthy exercise routine. But after a few months getting creative with a yoga mat and weights, some people may be considering making a bigger splurge — on an at-home exercise bike.

Fitness startup (and one-time questionable viral internet sensation) Peloton largely dominates the home spin bike scene, but the basic package starts at $2,245, which is a lot of money to spend. Factor in the cost of additional monthly memberships for exclusive on-demand workouts, and, well, it adds up. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a bunch of affordable alternatives to consider. While still a not-insignificant investment at $400 and up, the nine choice picks here are perfect for your next sweat-dripping, socially-distanced spin sesh.

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MYX Fitness Bike


This indoor bike is probably the closest you'll get to a Peloton — but the best part? The monitor and app both offer workouts that aren't just cycling. The screen actually swivels, so you can turn any space into a private workout class.

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MYX Fitness Bike

This indoor bike is probably the closest you’ll get to a Peloton — but the best part? The monitor and app both offer workouts that aren’t just cycling. The screen actually swivels, so you can turn any space into a private workout class.

MYX Fitness The MYX, $, available at MYX Fitness

<h3><span class=Resolve Fitness Commercial Indoor Training Cycle
This highly-adjustable exercise bike has a four-way handlebar and seat adjustment options, plus an elbow rest for a variety of biking positions. Pair it with a free YouTube spin video or support your local spin studio by tuning into a donation-based Instagram Live workout.

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Resolve Fitness Commercial Indoor Training Cycle

This highly-adjustable exercise bike has a four-way handlebar and seat adjustment options, plus an elbow rest for a variety of biking positions. Pair it with a free YouTube spin video or support your local spin studio by tuning into a donation-based Instagram Live workout.

Resolve Fitness Commercial Indoor Training Cycle, $, available at Walmart

<h3><span class=Horizon IC7.9 Indoor Cycle
Featuring tech specs like a handy resistance lever and dual-sided pedals, it's perfect for streaming your favorite online spin workouts, with or without a membership. (The bike is designed to be compatible with most major live or on-demand fitness apps, including Peloton, ClassPass, and more.)

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Horizon IC7.9 Indoor Cycle

Featuring tech specs like a handy resistance lever and dual-sided pedals, it’s perfect for streaming your favorite online spin workouts, with or without a membership. (The bike is designed to be compatible with most major live or on-demand fitness apps, including Peloton, ClassPass, and more.)

Horizon Fitness IC7.9 Indoor Cycle, $, available at Dick’s Sporting Goods

<h3><span class=Loctek Flexispot V9 Desk Exercise Bike
If you can't step away from your inbox to get a quick workout in, not to worry. This spin bike comes attached with a desk so you can answer emails (and even dial into Zoom calls, if that's your thing) while pedaling.

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Loctek Flexispot V9 Desk Exercise Bike

If you can’t step away from your inbox to get a quick workout in, not to worry. This spin bike comes attached with a desk so you can answer emails (and even dial into Zoom calls, if that’s your thing) while pedaling.

Loctek Flexispot V9 Desk Exercise Bike (White), $, available at B&H

<h3><span class=MaxKare Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike w/Pulse Sensor
Want to add work those arms, too? This folding stationary bike is outfitted with built-in tension ropes that allow you to incorporate resistance moves while you pedal it out.

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MaxKare Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike w/Pulse Sensor

Want to add work those arms, too? This folding stationary bike is outfitted with built-in tension ropes that allow you to incorporate resistance moves while you pedal it out.

MaxKare Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike w/Pulse Sensor, $, available at Amazon

<h3><span class=Hammacher Schlemmer The Indoor Cycling Conversion Stand
An even cheaper (but not cheap) option is to convert your regular bike into a stationary one with one of these incredibly useful stands. (Just make sure it's securely in place before hopping on.)

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Hammacher Schlemmer The Indoor Cycling Conversion Stand

An even cheaper (but not cheap) option is to convert your regular bike into a stationary one with one of these incredibly useful stands. (Just make sure it’s securely in place before hopping on.)

Hammacher Schlemmer The Indoor Cycling Conversion Stand, $, available at Hammacher Schlemmer

<h3><span class=L NOW Indoor Exercise Cycling Stationary Bike
At under $400, this Amazon find is perfect for covering the basics. While it comes with standard cage pedals, you can easily replace them with ones that you can clip into, if that's your thing.

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L NOW Indoor Exercise Cycling Stationary Bike

At under $400, this Amazon find is perfect for covering the basics. While it comes with standard cage pedals, you can easily replace them with ones that you can clip into, if that’s your thing.

L NOW Indoor Exercise Cycling Stationary Bike, $, available at Amazon

<h3><span class=Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike with 40 LB Chromed Flywheel
If you're willing to spend a bit more, the belt mechanism on this spin bike allows for a smoother, quieter at-home ride.

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Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike with 40 LB Chromed Flywheel

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, the belt mechanism on this spin bike allows for a smoother, quieter at-home ride.

Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike with 40 LB Chromed Flywheel, $, available at Amazon

<h3><span class=Echelon Smart Connect Bike Ex1
The high-tech Echelon is visually, very similar to the Peloton bike, but available at an under-$900 price point. Also like Peloton, you can stream on-demand Echelon workouts with an additional membership.

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Echelon Smart Connect Bike Ex1

The high-tech Echelon is visually, very similar to the Peloton bike, but available at an under-$900 price point. Also like Peloton, you can stream on-demand Echelon workouts with an additional membership.

Echelon Smart Connect Bike Ex1, $, available at Echelon

<h3><span class=Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Unlike upright counterparts, a recumbent bike offers complete back support during an intense or lower-impact workout.

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Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

Unlike upright counterparts, a recumbent bike offers complete back support during an intense or lower-impact workout.

Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series, $, available at Amazon

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