It can be challenging to find enough space in your home to work out. This is especially true if you live in a small apartment. Usually, the space that people use for working out is space that they would use for other things. Most people do not have enough space in their living quarters to have large pieces of workout equipment.
Thankfully, there is a way that you can get the exercise you want and need and still conserve space. There are exercise bikes that are specifically made for small spaces. What we would like to do in this article is layout our top three picks for compact exercise bikes. We are going to focus on price, features, durability, and overall quality.
As with our other reviews, we will categorize are three top picks with the first one being the best overall, the second one being our premium pick, and the third choice being our best pick for individuals who are on a budget. Finally, we will lay out our pros and cons for each bike we review.
- 1 Our Best Overall Pick: Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Foldable Upright Bike, 400 lbs
- 2 Premium Choice: L NOW D808 Upright Bike
- 3 Our Budget Choice: XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions
Our Best Overall Pick: Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Foldable Upright Bike, 400 lbs
- A solid yet foldable frame able to support up to 400 pounds
- Small when fully assembled
- A spacious yet comfortable seat
- Pulse sensors in a multi-grip handlebar
- Quiet and smooth drive belt
- Magnetic resistance system
- Easy to assemble
- Little to no maintenance needed
- Includes a performance monitor
- Not recommended for users shorter than 5’2”
- Pulse tracking can be inaccurate
Exerpeutic has made quite a name for itself in the world of stationary bikes. The Exerpeutic 500 XLS is one of the newer models they have produced. It boasts improved performance, improved appearance, and a higher user capacity than previous models. It is a solid yet foldable exercise bike.
The fact that it folds makes it the right choice for individuals who do not have the luxury of extra space in their home. We have selected this bike as our best overall choice because it is an affordable option, but it is not put together in a cheap way.
When the bike is assembled, it weighs approximately 51.6 pounds. It is 48.8 inches high, 39 inches long, and 26.4 inches wide. One of the nice features about this bike is its ability to support up to 400 pounds. The handlebars are very comfortable. One drawback is that they are not adjustable.
The Exerpeutic comes with a wide and comfortable seat that is adjustable. When the bike is in use, it is quiet thanks to its magnetic resistance that comes in eight different levels. The bike is made from thick steel tubing. This is one of the reasons why this bike is slightly heavier than some of the previous bikes Exerpeutic has produced. That being said, the bike has been designed to be easy to transport whether it is folded or unfolded.
The bike’s ease of transport stems in part from the castor wheels that are in the front of the bike. The curved design of the bike increases its stability. You will notice that the base does not have leveling feet. Instead, plastic caps are used, allowing the bike to remain stable regardless of use.
Something we would like to focus on is the seat of the bike. We have looked at other more expensive models and very few of them have a seat that compares with the simple, flat, and comfortable design of the seat on a the Exerpeutic 500 XLS. Many of the other bikes we have looked at have that generic bike seat. Those are usually painful to sit on for extended periods of time. The seat on this bike is 14 inches wide and 9 inches long. Extra foam cushioning means that you can ride this bike for a long time and your buttocks won’t hurt.
The handlebars are simple in their design but can be used for a number of workout postures. The downside with the handlebars is that they are fixed, so you cannot adjust them.
This bike comes equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. The eight levels of resistance allow you to choose whether you want a light workout, a medium workout, or something that is more intense. The drive system as well as other components on the bike are made to be virtually maintenance free.
As we mentioned, the overall design of the bike is elegant yet basic. This is reflected in the console. You are only going to get the most basic data a user would need when performing a workout. The unit is designed to power off automatically if you are not pedaling for four minutes. You can also power down the unit manually.
We feel confident in recommending the Exerpeutic 500 XLS as the best overall folding bike. It offers high quality construction, the ability to perform a number of exercises, the ability to adjust resistance, and just what is needed to have some fun. The bike is attractive. When it is unfolded, it has a small footprint. When it is folded, it can easily be stored away, giving you the space you want and need.
One of the weight cutting myths many believe is that they can lose weight without dieting and exercise. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This stationary bike is designed to give the exercise part of your weight loss routine a boost. The change of diet is up to you.
Premium Choice: L NOW D808 Upright Bike
- A strong sturdy construction capable of supporting up to 300 pounds
- The base has stabilizers that are adjustable
- Pulse sensors are in the handlebars
- The seat is adjustable
- Unique flywheel design to encourage smooth pedaling
- Eight levels of magnetic resistance
- A comprehensive LCD console
- Easy to assemble
- No Wi-Fi connectivity
- Console display does not have a backlight
- If you put a tablet on the tablet holder, it blocks the display
The L NOW D808 Upright Bike is a compact bike that has been constructed to support up to 300 pounds of weight. It offers a level of micro adjustability that you will not find in less expensive bikes. When the bike is assembled, it is 50.4 inches long, 21.6 inches wide, and 53.3 inches tall. It weighs 66 pounds.
The bike’s frame is made from steel tubing. The tubes are coated twice with a paint designed to protect against corrosion. The black and white coloring of the bike is elegant and attractive to look at. In addition to metal, the bike has many ABS parts, primarily used to cover joints as well as the flywheel.
Since the bike only weighs 66 pounds, it is easy for a person to assemble the bike and to move it around on their own. The bike comes equipped with a bar across the front base and transportation wheels in the rear, making it easier for you to move it around after you have completed your workout.
You will feel comfortable on this bike as it offers stellar stability. The stability is in part due to the adjustable stabilizers that sit on top of large rubber caps. Since the bike has a small footprint, you can use it in a space as little as 75” x 50”.
The L NOW D808 Upright’s seat can be adjusted in four ways. It is designed to accommodate people from 5 foot tall up to 6’5”. The seat is contoured and has a cushion to increase your comfort as you ride. The handlebars are also adjustable, allowing you to change the angle and lock the bike into the desired position.
The manual magnetic resistance system of the L NOW D808 Upright Bike means that the bike does not need to be connected to a power source. You are able to increase or decrease incrementally the resistance you feel when using the bike. On level VIII, you simulate the same resistance one would experience if they were pedaling uphill.
The sturdy crank set coupled with solid crank arms and solid pedals mean that you can do routines that require you to stand up on the bike pedals without fear that they will crack or break. That being said, this is not a spin bike, so you may want to limit standing routines while using this bike.
The bike’s console is designed to show you multiple workout metrics simultaneously. You can see the time you were on the bike, the distance you pedaled, the speed at which you pedaled, how many calories you burned, and more. There are not preset programs or Bluetooth capabilities. However, you can set workout goals. The console is easy to operate using AA batteries.
This is a sturdy compact exercise bike. Its console provides all of the information that you will need to get the most out of your workout. You may be able to burn up to 19 calories a minute on this stationary bike. With even the best skipping ropes, you can only burn 10 calories per minute. It can help you build muscle, lose weight, and improve stamina. While it is a touch more expensive than the other bikes we will review, it offers good value for the money.
Our Budget Choice: XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike
- Can support up to 225 pounds
- Comfortable and adjustable seat
- Handlebars with EKG sensors
- Smooth and quiet operation
- Easy to assemble
- Fitness meter does not have a backlight
- Pedals may rub against the frame of the bike during the downstroke
- Questionable warranty
The FB150 is one of the cheaper bikes that Xterra Fitness has on the market. It is a trainer bike that is designed for individuals who are interested in doing light cardio workouts. It is a basic bike that does not have the bells and whistles you may find on more expensive models. That being said, for being a budget bike, it does offer some features you may be interested in.
When the bike is fully assembled, it is 31.5 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 50.5 inches tall. When completely assembled, the bike weighs around 32 pounds. The bike comes with a one-year warranty on the frame and a 90 day warranty on the parts. However, there have been some complaints that Xterra Fitness has not been as responsive to warranty issues as some customers would like.
The FB150 has a frame with an X structure. The two pieces of the frame are joined together in the center. The bike is made of steel, however, the steel is very light. The bike does not have reinforcement for the seat. This is why the maximum capacity is only 225 pounds.
The unit is gray. A chip resistant paint is used. Blue ABS is used to cover the other parts of the bike. The bike has a larger than average seat. It is 16 inches at its widest point. This means that as long as an individual does not weigh more than 225 pounds, they should feel comfortable on this bike.
The manual resistance system means that the bike does not need to be connected to a power source. There are eight levels of resistance available. The highest level, although distinguishable from the lower levels, still only provides light resistance.
The FB150 does have a basic fitness meter. It’s very easy to use since it only has one button.
If you are on a budget and are looking for a bike that can help you with light cardio and some light muscle toning, this is an inexpensive fitness machine for you. It offers good value for its price.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does a stationary bike provide the same level of workout that a real bike can offer?
A: Yes and no. A stationary bike offers a controlled form of exercise. This allows you to track your progress as you get fit. However, stationary bikes do not require the micro movements needed when riding a real bike. A stationary bike gives you a good cardio workout.
Q: Is a stationary bike a good workout?
A: Yes. The American Council on Exercise notes that on average a cyclist can burn up to 19 calories per minute on a stationary bike. It is an effective way to burn fat.