Upright exercise bikes, which are also referred to as stationary bikes, don’t seem to be quite as popular as they used to be thanks largely to the increasing popularity of spin bikes.
Many people seem to prefer these modern indoor cycling bikes because they tend to offer a more intense workout, and because you can pedal away in both a seated and standing position, they are ideal if you want to perform group cycling / spinning workouts in the comfort of your home.
Nevertheless, lots of people are still choosing to buy a traditional upright bike for their home because they provide a comfortable, low-impact workout that is ideal if you just want to get fit and lose a few pounds from your waistline.
So in this article I want to provide you with a detailed guide to the best upright stationary bikes that are available to buy right now in all of the different price categories, and have provided reviews of each one to help you decide which one is best for you.
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Bike
The Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Bike (with Pulse) is consistently one of the top-selling exercise bikes on Amazon.com, and it’s easy to see why because this is a very affordable bike that delivers an excellent workout.
This one has 8 levels of magnetic resistance to help you vary the intensity of your workouts and comes equipped with a good quality LCD display that indicates time, speed, distance, calories burned and pulse (if you use the built-in hand pulse monitor).
In addition, this particular upright bike is smooth and quiet in operation, unlike some of the other models in this price range, and is also a very strong bike because it has a large weight capacity of 300 pounds. Therefore it is suitable for both men and women.
Finally, it is also worth pointing out that this bike is very easy to fold away when it is not being used, which makes this an ideal exercise bike if space is at a premium in your home.
→ Exerpeutic 500 XLS Foldable Upright Bike – this new model for 2015 has a larger weight capacity (400 pounds) and is more user-friendly than the model above because it can be used by anyone between 5’1 and 6’5 (read review).
Innova Fitness Upright Folding Bike
Another upright exercise bike that is ideal if you are on a tight budget is the Innova Fitness Upright Folding Bike.
This too has 8 magnetic resistance levels and can be folded away when it is not being used. It also has a built-in heart rate monitor and a small LCD display that indicates distance, speed, time, calories and pulse, just like the previous model.
However what makes this particular model stand out from many of the others is that it comes with its own tablet holder, which means that you can use your Kindle, iPad or Android device to entertain yourself during your workouts.
So although this is another fairly basic model, it is still a really good investment if you are looking to buy a cheap stationary bike that you can use regularly at home.
Schwinn A10 Upright Bike
If you are looking to buy a low-cost exercise bike that has a few workout programs, then the Schwinn A10 Upright Bike is a pretty good option.
This particular model is a little bulkier than the two above, and therefore cannot be folded away when not being used, but in addition to having 8 resistance levels, it also comes with 7 workout programs that you can use to add variation to your workouts.
Plus it also has a lot of useful features for such a low-cost bike, which include a large LCD display unit with built-in speakers, a media tray and a water bottle holder.
So when you consider that this is a strong and sturdy bike that can accommodate users up to 275 pounds, and that it is smooth and quiet in operation, this particular model really is excellent value for money.
Mid-Range Upright Exercise Bikes
FitDesk v2.0 Desk Exercise Bike
If your budget can stretch a little further, you might want to consider buying yourself an upright exercise bike that doubles up as a workstation, such as the FitDesk 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike, which is the most popular model.
This is similar in design to the folding bikes that I reviewed in the previous section because it folds away really easily, but what makes this one unique is that it includes a fully functioning work desk, complete with a drawer and massage rollers to provide support for your arms.
Furthermore it also has a back rest attached to the seat so that you can exercise (and work) in relative comfort.
Therefore you can complete a work project, watch some movies or play some games on your laptop, whilst also keeping fit at the same time. Plus it even includes some resistance bands so that you can work your upper body if you so wish.
So overall this is a really good upright exercise bike if you usually find these workouts really tedious and would prefer to be doing other things at the same time.
Schwinn 170 Upright Bike
Another really impressive mid-range model worth considering is the Schwinn 170 Upright Bike.
Schwinn are one of the leading manufacturers of home exercise bikes, and this Schwinn 170 is their top-of-the-range upright bike.
This one comes with 25 resistance levels and 29 workout programs, which means that you will never outgrow this machine or become bored of the same old routines, and the workout itself is smooth and quiet because it has a high speed high inertia flywheel.
Just like the Schwinn A10 model that was featured earlier, this one has a large LCD display unit, but this one is a little more advanced because it has two windows and displays 13 different readouts.
Plus it also houses a built-in sound system and a cooling fan, and includes a USB port and data export facility should you wish to analyze your performance data using Schwinn Connect.
Therefore it is one of the most feature-packed stationary bikes that you will find in this price category.
→ Schwinn 130 Upright Bike – this cheaper model has fewer resistance levels and workout programs and only has user profiles for two people instead of four, but it still a good quality machine.
Nautilus U616 Upright Bike
The Nautilus U616 Upright Bike is another mid-range bike that is well worth considering.
This has the same kind of features as the Schwinn 170, which is hardly surprising as I understand that Schwinn are now part of the Nautlilus group, but is every bit as impressive.
For example, this one also has 25 resistance levels and 29 individual workout programs, as well as some built-in speakers, a cooling fan, a USB port and a media tray. It also has a similar looking display unit that can connect with third party apps such as Nautilus Connect and Myfitnesspal.
The key difference is that they are a different color and have a slightly different design, but overall they are both high quality machines that deliver a smooth and comfortable ride, with lots of workout options for people of all fitness levels.
→ Nautilus U618 Upright Bike – this latest model shares many of the same features as the one above, but has a much more comfortable gel seat, and has a slightly higher weight capacity of 325 pounds (read review).
→ Nautilus U614 Upright Bike – this is a cheaper model that only has 22 resistance levels and 20 workout programs and doesn’t have an oversized saddle and pedals, but otherwise it shares many of the same features as the U616 model (read review).
LifeCore Fitness Assault Air Bike Trainer
If you are looking to get a more intense workout experience, you might want to consider buying the Assault Air Bike because this offers unlimited resistance.
The reason why is because it uses an advanced air resistance system that is solely determined by the pace of your pedal action.
So in other words, if you pedal faster, the resistance will intuitively increase as well, and if you ease off the pace, the intensity will fall.
Air bikes such as this one are a little noisier than your standard upright bike, but this is a strong and durable machine that can be used for home and commercial use, and is guaranteed to work both the upper and lower body because it has moving handlebar arms that are directly linked to the chain drive mechanism.
Plus it offers a range of different workout options with its selection of pre-set programs, and you can also customize your own programs as well.
Top-Of-The-Range Upright Bikes
Lifecore Fitness 1060UB Upright Exercise Bike
If you have a decent amount of money to spend on a top-end commercial-grade machine, then the Lifecore Fitness 1060UB Upright Bike is one model that you might want to consider buying.
This is a brand new model for 2015, and I have to say that it looks mightily impressive because for a start, it has 32 magnetic resistance levels and 35 workout programs that will surely satisfy people of all fitness levels.
It also has an outstanding multi-window display unit because both the resistance setting and the workout programs can be changed at the touch of a button, and it basically tells you everything you need to know about your workout performance.
This bike also comes with a built-in fan with three different settings to keep you cool during your workout, and has built-in speakers, a USB charger and MP3 jack, and a panel to hold your phone or tablet.
So overall it should be more than good enough for everyday home use because it is designed to be used in a commercial setting.
Sole Fitness LCB Light Commercial Upright Bike
If you are a serious fitness fanatic and are looking to buy a top quality machine that will last you many years and provide you with a serious challenge, then the Sole Fitness LCB Light Commercial Upright Bike could be the bike for you.
This bike is designed for light commercial use in a gym or a health club, and is therefore ideal if you are looking for a quality bike for your home.
This one comes with 40 resistance levels and has 6 standard workout programs, 2 custom programs and 2 heart rate programs. It also has a large 30 pound flywheel that offers a smooth transition between resistance levels, and guarantees a smooth and quiet workout.
Plus it has a strong durable frame that can accommodate users up to 300 pounds, is very comfortable to use thanks to its fully adjustable seat and handlebars, and has plenty of extra features, including a cooling fan and an MP3-compatible sound system.
So you are basically getting a commercial-grade upright exercise bike at a reasonably affordable price if you do decide to buy this particular model.
Additional Product Reviews
The upright bicycles listed above are some of the top-rated bikes that are available right now, but we have also reviewed a few other machines that didn’t quite make this list that you might like to read about:
→ Ironman 310 – this value for money upright exercise bike has 32 resistance levels and 12 workout programs, and comes with a dual window LCD display that is Bluetooth enabled and compatible with a number of fitness apps.
→ Stamina Wirk Workstation Bike – this machine comes complete with its own workstation for your laptop or tablet device so that you can exercise and get some work done at the same time.
→ Exerpeutic WorkFit 1000 – this dual-purpose semi-recumbent folding bike comes with a large desk top area, and is ideal for keeping fit at home or in the office whilst you work.
→ Alpine Upright Bike – this exercise bike has a sturdy frame and adjustable magnetic resistance, and is suitable for people of all heights because it has a four-way adjustable seat.
→ Best Choice Products Upright Bike – this new exercise bike for 2016 is an entry-level model that provides a little more comfort than a standard upright bike because it has a back rest and arm supports.
→ Sunny SF-B2605 – this latest model from Sunny Health & Fitness has 8 magnetic resistance levels and a large cushion seat, and can be folded away really easily.
→ Alpine Folding Bike – this new model for 2016 has a heavy duty steel frame construction, a foam padded seat and 8 magnetic resistance levels, and can be folded away when not being used.
→ Merax Folding Bike – this relatively new model from 2015 is a very basic folding upright bike that has adjustable magnetic resistance, and comes with an LCD display and a holder for your iPad or tablet device.