Recumbent Bike – Choosing the Right One

Recumbent Bike – Choosing the Right One

Many fitness enthusiasts think of elliptical trainers and treadmills when discussing cardio equipment, overshadowing the recumbent bike. It is an effective machine to do your lower-body and cardio workout and is also comfortable.

In the market, there are more than 200 types of recumbent bikes. Undoubtedly, there is something for everyone out there. But, how do you select which one is right for you? Secondly, it is a once-in-a-lifetime investment for most people, so they want to be sure.

In this article, we are going to discuss what you need to consider before buying a recumbent bike for yourself.

Rider’s Weight and Height

Recumbent bikes are not fragile exercise equipment. Generally, they can support anywhere from 200 to 400 pounds. However, it is a good idea to check the maximum weight that the bike can support before purchasing it. You should have an idea of who is going to use the bike.

For people less than 100 kgs, purchasing the American Fitness Recumbent Bike Model BR5901-R is a good idea. But, if you weigh more than that, you can’t use it. For you, the Spirit Fitness CR900 Recumbent Bike will be the right purchase.

Remember, a recumbent bike with a greater weight capacity will be more durable as compared to the one with a lower weight capacity.

When deciding the weight that will go on the bike, don’t forget to add all the additional weights that will be used. Many people add dumbbells and other things to their workouts – thus, increasing the total weight on the bike.


There is this misconception that you need to come out of your comfort zone to lose weight. If you don’t feel the pressure on the body, you will not lose weight. This is not true. Comfort is of utmost importance while exercising. Your workout should be stress-free.

The seat should be comfortable and padded. The more cushioned it is, the more comfortable it will be.

The cushioning effect not only makes the workout comfortable but gives support to the body. While cycling, pressure is felt on your buttocks. A good, padded seat will give proper support.

Check the other parts of the bike too. See if your hands fit well on the handlebars. Are they comfortable to hold or not? Do your feet stay well on the pedal or do they keep slipping? Check the padding on the handlebars.

Remember, a comfortable workout will make it enjoyable and make you come back for more!


Resistance is very important if you aim to tone up the muscles and lose weight. So, it is a good idea to check the resistance levels that the bike is offering. High-quality recumbent bikes offer anywhere from 15-20 resistance levels to choose from. A very good bike like the Spirit Fitness CR900 Recumbent Bike offers up to 40 levels.

If the bike you purchase has fewer resistance levels, you might end up exercising at an easy level, hence it will not be that effective.

Weight and Size of the Bike

For people who have home gyms, getting their hands on a good-sized bike is not an issue. This is because they have dedicated spaces for exercising. However, not everyone can dedicate an entire room to exercise equipment. If you have less space, it will be better to go for a sleeker recumbent bike like the Slimline K8718R Recumbent Bike.


Last but not least, you need to keep an eye on the price tag. We always include this as the last consideration because you can’t cut costs when it comes to exercise equipment. At times, we pay more for high-quality products as they provide security, and comfort and are durable.

Think of a recumbent bike as an investment.

Final Words

At the end of the day, you should never compromise on quality and try to go for a cheaper version. At Fitness Depot Pakistan, we understand that our client security, satisfaction, and comfort are of utmost importance. Therefore, the range of recumbent bikes we are offering is some of the best in the market.

Kamil Riaz

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