Apex Rides Smart Exercise Bike - bluetooth enabled indoor fitness bike - PLUS one month app membership

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Apex Rides Smart Exercise Bike - bluetooth enabled indoor fitness bike - PLUS one month app membership

Apex Rides Smart Exercise Bike - bluetooth enabled indoor fitness bike - PLUS one month app membership

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The centre console that comes supplied with the bike is one of the better that we saw although it is still simple by design. This is no bad thing as it keeps the cost down and allows you to easily display your own mobile device or tablet above it and use the bundled KinoMap app for live or pre-recorded training sessions and lots more besides. There is a pulse rate monitor built in to the handle bars and this can be displayed on the console but one feature that does set this apart from some of the other models is that it is compatible with standalone heart rate straps. If you have ever frequented a gym in the UK you might have seen a room full of people sitting on spin bikes in the dark, pedalling furiously to loud music whilst a personal trainer shouts motivational words at them. You may even have been one of those people and now want to experience the cardiovascular benefits of sweating your all on a spin bike in the comfort of your own home. Despite being one of the more affordable bikes on this list, the JLL JF150 still provides a solid cardio workout, thanks to eight levels of magnetic resistance and a quiet belt-driven 5kg flywheel. Best of all, for those who are already signed up to the likes of Apple Fitness+ or Peloton's own workout app, there's a tablet holder to level up your training with the help of an on-demand instructor… or just sneak the weekend's Premier League highlights while you’re frantically pedalling away. That's right — you don't always need to cycle along to an overly-eager spin class coach. There's nothing wrong with pedalling away to your favourite shows or a film every now and then. Calories burned are calories burned, regardless of what you're watching. Some of the best spin bikes on the market will provide the tools you need, namely a multi-function wrench and an Allen wrench. However, it’s recommended you have an adjustable wrench, Allen wrenches, a #1 and #2 Phillips head screwdriver, a cordless drill, a rubber mallet, rubber gloves, and a ratchet kit available on the side just in case. These are the tools that most professionals keep close by, so it’s good to follow their lead. Connectivity– Although spin bikes are usually a little less sophisticated than standard exercise bikes you can still get some with excellent connectivity with various apps and wearable tech such as heart rate monitors. If app connectivity is important to you then this is well worth looking in to before buying.

Now that your bike is fully assembled, it’s time to learn how to set up a spin bike and fit it to your body so you can be comfortable during your workouts and avoid annoying pains and aches. How to Adjust Your Seat The flywheel is one of the lightest to make our top 11 list and weighs just over 8kg. This is certainly at the lower end of what we would be happy to recommend but to be fair it performs well and offers a smooth and fluid ride. When using this bike it is very quiet in operation so there should be no issues with using it while other members of the household are in bed or if you have neighbours to consider.The centre console is very basic but displays all the key data including time, speed, distance, calories burned and also your pulse rate. The pulse rate sensors are built in to the handles and work effectively. Life Fitness are one of the out and out best fitness equipment suppliers on the market and whilst their ICG range is pretty pricey for someone needing a spin bike for home use, the IC2 is an affordable entry level option to this level of bike. What Life Fitness deem as entry level is however many echelons above what the more budget models will offer and with the IC2 you are getting an absolute top end machine at a reasonable price point. However, more expensive bikes offer much more information, including heart rate monitoring and the the ability to set goals based on distance travelled. Most mid-range spin bikes come with a display screen of some sort that shows speed, total distance travelled and the estimated calories you've burned.

It also stands out for its endless ride and entertainment options. You can stream cycling and strength classes from Technogym’s own studio as well as spin classes from top studios ( 1Rebel and Virgin Active's Revolution) live and on-demand. There are a wide range of immersive ‘outdoor’ rides and you can also stream from apps including Netflix, Youtube and many more. I tried a handful of classes but only scratched the surface. This means it’s one of the rare indoor exercise bikes that’s suited to every type of rider, whether your priority is spinning, simulating outdoor training, or just pedalling while you watch TV. I enjoyed that you have much more freedom than with comparable bikes. The 16kg flywheel allows for smooth pedalling and greater efficiency, the adjustable features helped adapt the bike to our body, and the bike was super quiet, so you needn’t worry about it disturbing neighbours. It is a hefty bit of kit, but it comes with built-in wheels for easy transportation and storage. Resistance levels are super easy to change and this is controlled using a dial with no individual resistance steps. The range of difficulty between the highest and lowest setting is pretty vast and means this spin bike is suitable for all ability levels. Pitching itself just a notch above JLL's most budget-friendly JF150 bike, the IC300 Pro more than makes up for its uncreative nomenclature with a hefty 20kg flywheel, adjustable magnetic resistance, and support for users weighing up to 130kg. It's an excellent choice for anyone in search of a sturdy at-home ride that'll actually save you money when compared to a year's gym membership. Unlike similarly affordable models, the IC300 Pro's design mirrors that of a road bike allowing you to practice your form (and ditch any garish neon garb) while peddling away in cool, dry surroundings.Resistance is provided in the form of a 4kg rear flywheel. While this is considerably less resistance than in most premium exercise bikes, I found that it’s more than sufficient. From rapid spinning at the lowest level to being almost impossible to push with the resistance dialled to the max, there’s a wide resistance range for all abilities.

Peloton's newer Bike+ introduces a new ‘Auto-Follow’ resistance system that scales based on your target metrics, adjusting itself based on what your instructor is telling you to do. Compared to manually having to increase or decrease the resistance, this is an absolute godsend for fans of convenience. Having said that, if a session sees the resistance change to something that's too hard or too difficult, you can still manually dial things up or down as you see fit. Phew.Both will help tone your legs and particularly your calf muscles and both offer one of the most low impact cardio workouts available. Certainly, if you compare a spin session to a 30 minute run on a treadmill then you will not only cause less impact to your joints but you will also burn more calories. Advantages and Disadvantages Of Spin Bikes If you’re wondering how to assemble a spin bike, today we will help you understand what you need to do to put it together and start working out ASAP. The good news is that most spin bikes come pre-assembled, so you’ll find that the frame will already have the chain, crankset, and flywheel installed. This means you’ll only need to add the handlebars, pedals, seat, display console (if your model has it), and the base stand. It is built to a commercial standard, but it is very much designed for home use. It has WiFi and bluetooth connectivity, an impressive 14 inch HD display that is adjustable and rotates for the perfect viewing angle and the bike can be controlled automatically by the trainer if you so wish. You can simply create your own interval workout and go at it solo on a spinning bike, but it’s much easier to summon and maintain the motivation to push through a HIIT class when you have an instructor leading you through it, whether that’s through a prerecorded or live session. Not all spin bikes come with a screen, and the features that are available on the display vary from bike-to-bike.

There are third-party apps and classes on YouTube you can use for this without a connected spinning bike, while the best experience comes from bikes with partner apps such as Peloton and Echelon. Of course, if you want something a bit beefier then Echelon have a range of models up from the Connect Sport but when it comes to home use and value for money then you probably won’t really need much more than what this studio cycle offers.

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As for the tech specs – as I mentioned, you can tell that this is a top-of-the-range bike simply from how it feels. The bike itself is very heavy, which is indicative of its sturdiness, although do note that it's not easy to move or store. Despite these niggles, I am a fan of the Apex bike. It’s well made and looks great, the ride feel is superb, and the classes and integration with the app are beyond reproach. However you choose to while away your time on the saddle, you'll also benefit from an LCD monitor to display your workout stats. If you’re in a smaller space and need to shift things around before and after each session you’ll also be pleased to hear it’s got built-in wheels too, making life after a brutal HIIT session a little easier.

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