When it comes to getting in shape, you have lots of different options. Most cities have gyms that you can join where you get access to lots of different exercise equipment, but the downside is that you have to pay a monthly membership and getting out of that membership can be problematic. That’s why a lot of people opt to go with home fitness equipment. Having access to the equipment that you would find at the gym in your own home can be extremely convenient, but most people do not have the space for home gym equipment; nor do they have the budget.
However, there are still options for those who only have a limited amount of space and do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a full-size gym; one of the best options is the folding exercise bike. A folding exercise bike gives you many of the same benefits of the exercise equipment at your local gym while taking up as little space as possible and costing a fraction of the complete home gym set-up.
A folding exercise bike can be stored in a corner or closet and brought out only for exercise, plus, you get plenty of cardio and lower body conditioning that will help you burn calories and build muscle and get into shape with no more effort than it takes to ride a standard bicycle. But it’s important that you choose the best one. Let’s look at 10 folding exercise bikes that represent the best of what this fitness product has to offer.
Buying Guide: How to Choose a Foldable Exercise Bike
Before we get into reviewing the actual bikes, it is useful to know what to look for when you’re buying one. There are several different factors that you want to evaluate carefully in order to choose the best one. Although the 10 that are listed here are some of the very best on the market, you still have to narrow down your choices to only one, and these particular factors may help you decide which bike you want.
Weight of the Bike
How much your bike weighs is one of the most important things with folding bike specifically. A folding bike has advantages because it can be folded up and put into a corner, closet or out of sight underneath a piece of furniture. But if the bike is too heavy to move easily, it completely negates any benefit that you get from it being foldable and portable. You definitely want to check the weight of the folding bike that you are buying before you add it to your cart.
Recumbent vs Upright
You will also have to choose between a recumbent foldable bike and upright one. These are different styles of exercise bikes, and each one has their disadvantages and advantages. If you prefer to ride like you were on a normal bicycle, then you might want to consider the upright bike. However, after a while your back can start to hurt because of the way you are situated. On the other hand, recumbent bikes give you a more comfortable position to pedal and sometimes even have a backrest you can lean up against.
Folding bikes do not typically have very many tech features due to the limited amount of space available with the folding bike. If you need a specific tech feature, some bikes out there do offer one or two, but if you want a completely outfitted and tricked out exercise bike, then you may have to go with an upright model instead.
Finally, you also need to consider price. There is no reason to spend more than you should. Narrow down the bikes that you think meet your needs and then compare the price on each one. If you find that there are several bikes that have all of the features that you want, then it might be smart to choose the lowest price out of those choices.
1. Stamina Recumbent Exercise Bike
The first bike we’ll review is this Stamina recumbent exercise bike. One of the disadvantages that exercise bikes have is that they usually only give you a cardio workout and strengthen the lower half of your body. You are using your legs, calves and other below the waist muscles to pedal, but your upper body doesn’t do much at all. This bike is different. This model allows you to work out the lower half of your body at the same time that you work out some of the muscles on the upper half as well.
But there is a lot more to love about this bike. It uses magnetic resistance so it’s a lot quieter than belt driven bikes, it has a great deal of tech for a folding bike including a multifunction monitor that tells you how many calories you burn, how much distance you’ve traveled, how long you been working out and more. Plus, there are eight different levels of magnetic resistance so you can always get the custom workout that you want.
Some of the other features that you’ll appreciate include ergonomic handles to reduce strain, seat padding and a backrest to prevent your back from hurting, several adjustments including seat height that allow you to custom fit your bike to your body and a lightweight, foldable frame that can be moved easily.
2. Exerpeutic GOLD 525XLR Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike
This folding exercise bike is one of the best choices out there for those who’ve let their weight get a little out of control and are not able to use most of the folding exercise bikes out there. That’s because this has a 400-pound maximum capacity and it is a recumbent exercise bike that is perfectly comfortable, allowing you to work out your quads, calf muscles includes while still maintaining that heart rate to burn calories fast.
But just because this exercise bike is sturdy enough to support a lot of weight, don’t let that fool you into thinking that it is heavy or difficult to move. The truth is, it is not that much heavier than other folding bikes and the capacity is due to the design rather than the reinforcement of the steel frame. This bike includes a heart rate monitor with hand pulls an easy to see LCD screen, plus it can be adjusted for anyone from five feet two inches to six feet five inches.
Some of the other features include large cushioned seat, and eight-level magnetic tension systems, three-piece crank, a dual transmission flywheel and a unique folding design that makes it the perfect fit even for small closets.
3. Xterra Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike
Another great folding exercise bike is this one from Xterra Fitness. This is not only a stylish and well-built exercise bike, it also has plenty of included technology including a console with LCD screen that is easily within reach and displays things like your speed, your distance traveled, calories burned, pulse rate and how long you’ve been working out. It also includes post scripts that monitor your heart rate integrated into the handlebars.
This bike features a 3.3-pound flywheel that is perfectly balanced to provide smooth and completely silent operation and you can choose from eight different levels of resistance so that you always get the work out the you need without too much or too little pushback.
This bike also features an oversized cushion that is contoured and thick padding to provide you with an incredible amount of comfort while you work out – even for larger frame people. This is an extremely smart design that takes up just 16 inches x 18 inches of floor space when it is folded up. It also has wheels the make it even easier to move. The maximum weight is 225 pounds and will support heights from four feet ten inches to five feet ten inches.
4. Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
This 400XL model from Exerpeutic is one of the most solidly built bikes currently on the market. It is a little heavier than most of the folding bikes that are out there, but it can easily be collapsed down and then rolled under a piece of furniture. The benefit that you get from the extra sturdiness are that it is going to last longer, it supports more weight and there is less chance of an accident.
This bike features a max weight of 300 pounds and uses a magnetic tension control with eight different levels as well as three-piece tour crank system and a dual drive transmission. The price is excellent and it even includes all of the standard stats like distance and calories burned along with a heart rate monitor so you can see how hard you’re working out while you’re using it. The LCD display is large enough to see from your seat on the bike, and the semi-recumbent design will give you the best of recumbent recline with the benefits of increased caloric burn with the upright.
This bike is made to fit anyone from five foot two to six foot two, supports a great deal of weight and has large seat cushions and a reinforced frame that make it the perfect bike for those who are little taller than average or who weigh a little more than average.
5. Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse
Experpeutic has yet another entry on this list with this folding magnetic upright bike with heart rate monitor and a whole lot more. This bike is so convenient that it can be folded up with one hand and put away, but it is so sturdy that it supports a person of up to 300 pounds. Since it comes from Exerpeutic, you know that this bike is high quality and well-designed enough for therapeutic exercise.
The crank system on this bike is high torque and features magnetic resistance and pulse monitoring from the handlebars. The dual drive transmission system also means a higher quality bike that is smoother and makes exercise easy. It’s just over 40 pounds with an oversized seat cushion and a larger than average LCD screen. It comes with a full year warranty, eight tension levels and an easy to use knob adjustment, plenty of monitoring as you work out; including how far you’ve traveled, how many calories you burned and how long you have been exercising for.
This is a pretty standard exercise bike without anything really unique to make it stand out, it is more heavy-duty than the average folding bike, and it is easily movable when you’re done working out. It’s also one of the quietest bikes on the market.
6. Harvil Foldable Magnetic Exercise Bike with 10-Level Adjustable Magnetic Resistance
This foldable bike from Harvil features 10 different levels of magnetic resistance and a foldable exercise bike that will fit just about anywhere. This brand is not as well-known as some of the bicycle brands, but they have earned a reputation within their circle of customers is one of the best companies to manufacture products for home including home gyms. This bike is definitely no exception, made from quality materials and backed up with a pretty decent warranty.
Some of the features that come with this exercise bike include a wider base that prevents tipping even for those that weigh more than average, a large LCD monitor that is easy to read from any height, tracking of speed, distance, calories burned, heart rate and more, 10-level magnetic resistance with an easy control that you can change at any time. It is one of the most comfortable bikes on this list with an extra wide backrest, extra wide seat and large pedals that not only have anti-slip material attached but also have safety straps. The flywheel is not is quiet as some of the others on this list, but it certainly is not loud; making about the same amount of noise as the buzzing of an insect.
7. Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS Bluetooth Smart Technology Folding Upright Exercise Bike
This folding exercise bike with Bluetooth is definitely the one that you want to consider if you are looking for a folding bike. With Bluetooth Smart technology, this folding exercise bike offers you upright workouts with digital integration that allow you to maximize your lower body conditioning and burn lots of calories. Even without a gym, you can work in the comfort of your apartment and not have to take up space with a permanently-installed home gym system. This bike is easily manageable when you folded or unfolded and can be stored anywhere.
There are plenty of other reasons why you should consider this bike as well. One of the things that make this pretty unique even among the ones on this list is that it has a 400-pound weight capacity and 21 different workout programs. In fact, this is probably one of the most tech heavy folding bikes on this list. Plus, you get a lot more options with 16 different levels of magnetic tension and three goal settings. The LCD monitor is backlit for easy viewing right from your seat even when the light is dim, and the Bluetooth Smart technology sends your results directly to your smart device so that you can keep track of them and view them later.
This is perfect for everyone, but especially for those who are taller than average or weigh a little more than average. It even comes with a tablet or smart phone holder that keeps your phone in front of you so you can monitor your progress, read a book, watch a movie or check your messages while you are working out.
8. Innova XBR450 Folding Upright Bike with Backrest
This folding bike with a backrest from Innova is the next entry on our list. This will also features a tablet or smart phone holder that makes it easy to access your device while you are working out and it is an upright bike that burns more calories than the recumbent ones on this list but provide syou with a backrest so that you do not get back and muscle fatigue while you are working out.
This bike also offers an extremely smooth ride because of the dual flywheels and the high-torque multi-crank. The magnetic resistance system gives you plenty of different levels to choose from, and the bike design give you a great workout from the perfect angle to monitor things like distance traveled and calories burned – as well as your heart rate which is monitored through sensors on the handgrips.
But you won’t even notice the workout with the ability to place your tablet right in front of you and watch a movie, read a newspaper or a book – or just browse the Internet. This bike is portable, fully featured and is comfortable enough to get a good workout without any strain on your muscles. It has a large comfortable seat that can be adjusted both forward/back and up/down and with a 250-pound capacity, even those that weight above average will be able to use it comfortably.
9. Sunny Health & Fitness Folding Exercise Bike with Magnetic Semi Recumbent Upright
Sunny Health & Fitness has the next bike on our list. For more than 10 years, this brand has been making exercise equipment and becoming one of the most respected names in the business. This extra-large semi-recumbent bike is made for comfort. But it doesn’t compromise portability or easy transport to give you the comfort that you need. This bike folds up to a tight little package that you can still fit underneath the bed, lean up against the wall out of sight or even store in a closet.
You will feel great while you are losing weight and since this bike is semi-recumbent, you get the backrest included for comfort benefits of a recumbent bike plus the calorie burning power of an upright. This bike offers a full 10 levels of magnetic resistance adjustments and has a water bottle holder within easy reach so that you can keep hydrated during your workout. The seat is larger than average, combined with a thick padded backrest and ergonomically designed handlebars that can make in our workout feel like sitting on the couch watching television.
This bike will support up to 300 pounds and it has a belt drive with magnetic resistance and a digital monitor that gives you time, speed, distance, calories burned, pulse rate and more. Plus, it has several different height adjustments to get you in the perfect position to work out.
10. Popsport 220LBS Folding Gym Cycle Upright Exercise Bike
Finally, our budget model is this folding bike from Popsport. This bike is not nearly as fully featured as the other ones on this list, but it does have plenty to offer and a lot more than you would expect for the price. This upright bike features a magnetic resistance set up, a 220-pound weight capacity and seat height that will allow for adjustment between 29.5 and 34.3 inches. Anyone from five foot one inch to six foot one inch can use this bike comfortably.
This bike even has a digital display just like most of the others on this list, which is pretty surprising considering how inexpensive it is. The digital display isn’t quite as advanced as some of the others, but it does track your pulse, time exercising, calories burned and speed. This bike folds up easily, is lightweight and can be set up in seconds.
This is definitely not the most comfortable model, nor does it have nearly as many advanced features as the other ones on this list, but the price is incredible and if you are on a tight budget but you still want a folding bike that you can use to burn some calories – this is the one that you should look seriously at. Many comparable bikes do not have any features at all and are very difficult to use with no custom adjustments.