If you find that you’ve been crawling online looking for a good exercise bike that’s going to get you fit and healthy – only to look down and see the price!
‘Not a chance I can afford that!’
Well, you’re not alone!
There are plenty of exercise bikes out there that are very reliable and come in just under the £500 mark.
Yes, straight away opting for a less expensive bike does remove some features for example; connectivity to certain apps or programs.
You see adding technology to an exercise bike is where you’re going to see the price bump up!
What this article is all about though is discovering the exercise bikes you can get for a more bargain prices at just under £500.
These bikes I’ll be discussing are all:
- & Inexpensive
But before we get into it let’s take a look at a quick buying guide to determine what to look out for in your first (or next) exercise bike.
Buying Guide For An Exercise Bike Under £500
4 Different Types Of Exercise Bikes
So, exercise bikes is a broad term that a few different designed bikes fall under.
Spin Bike / Racer
This is the type of bike you’ll see at your local spin class.
These bikes have a more forward design where you’re centre of gravity is slightly pushed in the forward position so you can really activate the legs and core.
The recumbent bike has a more laid back design with a seated backrest.
Great at providing that extra support for your lumber region.
This type of bike is going to have you panting for your next breath!
Here, you’ll be using your legs to push the pedals & also your arms to drive the handlebars forward and back.
On the air bike, the greater your effort – the more resistance – the more difficult the workout!
Who Is Suited To What Exercise Bike?
So when it comes to fitness, there is a scale to how fit and healthy you are.
People with a low fitness level have different needs to some people with higher fitness levels.
So in response to that, these different types of exercise bikes are there to meet the needs of every individual based on how fit they are.
Spin Bikes / Racers
Great for anyone who is used to the usual gym spin class.
This is for anyone who enjoys getting a real cardio workout.
This type of bike will have you sweating, heart racing and legs burning.
The upright bike is usually aimed for people who prefer a seated position when working out.
This can get the legs burning but not as intense in cardio as the spin bike would.
The recumbent bike is for people who need that additional support with a seated backrest.
This will keep your legs working and burning calories but provides that great lumber support at the same time.
The air bike is designed for someone who wants the best out of a cardio workout!
It can be a scale up from the spin bike.
Here not only are your legs moving but also your arms.
The harder your effort, the more resistance you create, the more difficult the workout!
This will easily have you working up a sweat in no time!
When looking out for an exercise bike you have to make sure that it’s a good quality and well designed bike.
Something with great durability and resilience to it.
Think about it,
An exercise bike first and foremost needs to be able to hold your weight but secondly it must be able to stand up to the shaking, cycling, pushing and pulling when you’re going hell for leather on the bike.
Now, I understand your worries about purchasing a bike under the value of £500.
I have seen bikes myself that are definitely not worth the money due the standard they are.
However, here I have gathered some of the best and very durable exercise bikes you can get under the £500 price tag!
So, let’s not wait any longer and dive in here!
Best Spin Bikes Under £500
Body Power SP.IC14
The Body Power SP.IC14 is a great affordable bike that is stylish and functional.
It has a lighter flywheel weight of 14kgs which is ideal for anyone new to indoor cycling as it’s easier to move.
The handlebars and seat are fully adjustable to give you the best fit.
Tablet holder in front allows you to place you tablet on and watch your favourite shows, listen to music or even take part in an online spin class.
Great value for money bike!
BH Fitness SB1.16
The BH Fitness SB1.16 is a great affordable spin bike.
It uses friction resistance to provide that intensity within your workouts that easy to control with the turn crank directly between your legs.
It’s Poly-V belt drive powers the flywheel from your pedalling – great at providing a smooth and quiet cycle.
It has a heavier flywheel weight coming in at 16kgs which is going to provide a more smoother ride.
The Attack B1 is a great indoor studio spin bike.
It has a 13kg – which is easy to get it moving.
A large red turn crank in front between your legs that uses friction resistance against the flywheel.
Handlebars and seat are completely adjustable – both up, down, forward and back.
The handlebars themselves have an ergonomic design to them which is great for comfort but also feature the racing handlebars where you can really dig deep into each workout.
The bike can be purchased with or without the console.
It’s an awesome bike that’s also really affordable!
Tunturi Cardio Fit S30
Designed by world renowned Finnish manufacturer Tunturi. The S30 is a bike that offers you an incredible workout each and everytime.
A nice 18kg flywheel will resemble a ‘real road bike’ feel to it – providing a smooth and consistent cycle.
There are various handheld positions but the Tunturi also includes a racing handlebar.
This will give you greater control and really allow you to dig deep and get the most of out of your workouts.
Best Upright Bikes Under £500
The Schwinn 570U is one of their 2 upright exercise bikes they have currently.
Schwinn is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to designing exercise equipment.
With the 570U, your getting access to 29 different programmes that consist of 12 profile workouts, 9 heart rate controls, fitness tests and even custom programmes.
Connect your Bluetooth heart rate monitor up to the bike and you’ll get automatic readings on your heart rate, pulse, zone and calories burned.
The screen in front is divided into 2 screens, one showing the programme you’re on and the other smaller screen displaying your distance, speed and heart rate.
The 570U also has magnetic resistance so it provides a heart pumping workout but also keeps noise to an absolute minimum.
York Active 110 Cycle
The York Active is a great starter upright bike that is very stylish yet functional at the same time.
It uses magnetic resistance to help give you that increased level of intensity by using any one of the 8 resistance levels available.
You can choose from any of the 4 training programmes which include 3 targeted workouts that will have your heart racing but also test yourself with the fitness test and see how far you can go.
All this data is displayed on 5.75″ user-friendly LCD Screen in front along with speed, distance, time and calories burned.
Handlebars include heart rate sensors where you can see how fast your heart is pumping and displays as your calories burned.
You can check out my full review of it here.
NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro Cycle
The NordicTrack GX 4.4 has all of the best features you want from any upright bike.
Not only does it look great with it’s orange, grey and black colour tone but it has so much behind it that I think it’s an absolute steal for under £500.
First off, it’s Bluetooth enabled.
This allows you to connect up your own chest heart rate monitor or if you don’t have one – use the duel grip EKG heart rate monitor within the handlebars.
What’s great is that you can also connect up to 30 different apps
Pro-Form 225 CSX
The Pro-Form 225 CSX is another great bike that provides the best in home cardio training.
It comes with iFit® Bluetooth Smart enabled so you can workout along to new programs every single day.
What’s great is the iFit subscription is included.
It has 20 pre-set workouts you can try from the screen in front that removes all the thinking and just allows you to concentrate on what to do.
It has an oversized seat and levellers at the bottom which really creates a comfortable and sturdy frame when your exercising at your highest level.
A great bike in comfort and functionality!
Head Fitness Upright Bike 3
The Head Fitness Upright Bike 3 is a great affordable bike that has everything you need to get started in burning off those unwanted calories.
It has a 7 function computer where you view all of your workout data from calories burned, distance, time, speed, odo and pulse.
There are 8 levels of resistance that can be controlled by the turn knob in front.
It’s great bike for any beginner looking to improve their fitness.
Best Recumbent Bikes Under £500
Pro-Form 325 CSX
Recumbent bikes usually do come in a lot more expensive due to more components within the bike itself.
However, the Pro-Form 325CSX is a great recumbent bike that offers everything you need for just under £500.
A large padded seat and backrest offers the best in comfort as you work up a sweat.
The seat can be adjusted forward or back whichever suits you so you can reach the pedals with ease.
The large screen in front provides all of your workout data along with being iFit enabled.
All you need to do is connect it up to your Bluetooth and you’ll be able to take part in daily challenges.
Great at keeping your interest!
Speakers are in-built to the bike which allows you to follow along to any workouts or listen to your own music as you give it all you got!
A great recumbent bike for beginners.
SportPlus is a robust and durable bike that provides comfort for your back but allows you to work your lower body and really build up that intensity.
It has 24 different levels of resistance and 6 pre-installed programmes you can workout along to.
What’s great about the SportPlus is that you can connect it up to KinoMap & the CardioFit app.
KinoMap allows you to cycle along to real world cycling trails along with Google Maps.
This is great at keeping your motivation up and keeping you on the bike for longer.
Best Air Bikes Under £500
Schwinn Airdyne AD2
When it comes to air bikes – Schwinn is definitely one of the most popular!
This is only one of Schwinns air bikes and the most affordable model they have, the AD2.
Schwinn have developed a great air bike here.
It’s well designed to offer ultimate comfort whilst keeping durability at a maximum.
The handles and pedals work in sync with your push and pull of each handle.
All of your workout data is displayed just right in front, underneath you.
You can measure time, distance, calories, and RPM readouts.
A great bike to really get the most of your workout!
The V-Fit ATC1 is a great inexpensive air bike – ideal for any beginner.
If you’re looking for an air bike but budget is an issue – this is the one you want!
It has a large fan wheel in front that’s generated with your energy and momentum but it also has a Friction Tape Resistance System which allows for greater resistance.
Great if you’re really looking to get more out of your cardio.
It does have a simple design to it but it is strong and sturdy and you should get years of training out of it.
Marcy Cross Trainer NS1000
The NS1000 is another great affordable air bike that provides just what you need to get an effective workout out of.
Made of a steel sturdy frame – the Marcy NS1000 will ensure minimal wobbling and allow you to focus all of your output into the bike.
You can read all of your workout data on the computer display in front so you can keep track of what your doing.
There is a tension adjustment system around the fan wheel which allows you to customise your workout and really boost the intensity.
Another great bike for any beginner.
The SportPlus is yet another air bike perfect if your budget is limited.
Don’t let the price of it fool you though – it’s a great, strong and robust bike that’s going to allow you to really burn off those calories.
It has a large fan wheel which generates drag resistance but also has a tension adjustment system where you can add extra intensity to each workout.
All of your workout data will be displayed on the screen in front such as time, speed, distance, calories burned and odometer.
Once again, a great bike for a beginner!
So there you have it!
A list of the best exercise bikes you can get your hands on for under £500.
These bikes may not have some of the ‘bells & whistles’ that more expensive bikes have however, I can tell you that see will offer an incredible workout whatever your fitness needs are.
They are all great bikes if you’re a complete beginner to fitness or if your budget is limited – either way, these bikes will hold up and you’ll get many years worth of cardio from them.
If you have any questions, please drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.