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Last updated: 31 October 2017

An exercise bike at home is a cost-effective way to keep fit, whatever the weather.  We lab test and review the latest upright models to help you find the best mid-priced exercise bike for you. Our exercise bike buying guide will help you decide which type of exercise bike you need.

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Our test covers upright home exercise bikes priced up to $1000.

We recruit the expert opinion of Dr Lee Wallace, a triathlete and sport and exercise lecture at the University of Technology Sydney. He gives every exercise bike a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • have good build quality and sturdiness
  • have good smoothness of action
  • have good program levels
  • are easy to adjust.

Our interactive comparison tool includes measurements that help you find out which models may suit your body type, and it also lists features. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Price we paid in December 2016. This does not include delivery. For some models, delivery was up to $200.

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To score performance we recruited the expert opinion of Dr Lee K Wallace, high level triathlete and sport and exercise science lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. He looked at the bikes’ build quality and sturdiness, seat comfort, smoothness of action and the ease of resistance adjustment and program levels.

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Our expert Antonio Bonacruz assessed which bikes were easiest to assemble, adjust and program. He also adapted several clauses of the exercise cycle safety requirements standard (AS 4092-1993) and checked for the guarding of moving parts and sharp edges, as well as user instructions.

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Boxed weight in kg as stated. In the case of the Horizon Paros, this is the stated unboxed weight.

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Wi-Fi and app

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Some bikes have the capability to wirelessly connect to a fitness app that runs on your mobile device.

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The maximum recommended capacity as shown in the instruction manual. In some cases we saw minor differences on the bicycle label and on the manufacturer's website, so you may want to double-check this figure with the manufacturer.

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  • Rotation (heading)
  • Mobile device holder
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  • Availability
  • Model
  • Price
  • Multiple user profiles
  • Weight (kg)
  • Maximum capacity (kg)
  • Means of resistance (braking system)
  • User-programmed routines
  • Resistance control
  • Pre-programmed routines
  • Fan
  • Audio input connection
  • USB connection
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi and app
  • Seat height increment (cm)
  • Maximum seat height from floor (cm)
  • Minimum seat height from floor (cm)
  • Seat tilt (levelling)
  • Maximum distance to handlebar when seat is lowest (cm)
  • Minimum distance to handlebar when seat is lowest (cm)
  • Adjustable pedal strap length
  • Castors or wheels
  • Drink holder
  • Auto-off
  • Tools for assembly
  • Power supply
  • Cardio/HRC mode
  • Watts mode
  • Recovery mode
  • Body fat % mode
  • BMI mode
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