Best Exercise Bike for an Apartment
Unless you own a huge apartment, your primary concern, will be having enough room to be able to store your new exercise bike. The other concern for people living in apartments, is to have a bike that is quiet. That is so as you will not disturb the neighbours beside you, or perhaps those living directly below you. So the ideal exercise bike should be small enough to store, quiet when being used, and also allow you to fully work out.
That being the case, a folding exercise bike is almost certainly your best option. We have completed a buying guide for indoor cycles which is well worth a read. On there you will find the best types of folding bikes, on the UK market right now. However, if you don't have the time to do that right now, then below we have quickly summarised this advice just below.
There are primarily three types of bike, and any of them could suit a flat or apartment. These are:
Which Exercise Bike Is Best for You?
Upright bikes are the most popular, and suit any person who does not have any major health issues. The recumbent exercise bike is best suited to those with health issues such as bad backs or bad joints. It is also the most suitable for the elderly.
The training bikes are for those who want to take advantage of high intensity training, similar to what many people have tried at "spinning classes."
Irrespective of which bike is the best for you, the good news is, that there are folding versions of the normal upright and the recumbent. We have never seen a folding bike that is used for spin. Don't worry though, we will keep looking. For about 90% of the UK population, what you will want to buy is an upright bike that can fold quickly and easily.
Matching the Exercise Bike to Your Apartment
Most likely space will be of a premium. In the ideal world you will also want to exercise when you have time. That means being able to bring the bike out of storage, put it up very quickly, do your routine, and then get it back into storage. If you are able to do that, then you will not be put off exercising, by the hassle of having to assemble, or disassemble your bike.
Most apartments will have some type of storage, and all you really need to do is find a space, that will be able to hold the bike when folded. a folded exercise bike takes up the same space as two ironing boards, folded and standing side by side. Many people living in apartments, studios or just a single room, also store these under the bed, assuming there is space of course.
In terms of folding bikes, the upright is the easiest to store. Recumbent bikes, even when folded, can still take up a bit of room, simply because of their design and construction.
Best Selling Folding Bike for an Apartment or Flat
The Ultrasport F-Bike is by a very long way the most popular folding exercise bike. This is perfect for anyone living in an apartment. It measures 31.7 x 17.1 x 44.1 in. (80.5 x 43.5 x 112 cm) when being used. When folded up it reduces to 51.6 x 17.1 x 17.7 in. (131 x 43.5 x 45 cm) That allows it to be stored quickly and easily.
Folding Recumbent Exercise Bike for a Flat or Apartment
Recumbent bikes, simply by their design, are larger than the upright bike. There are however a few that can fold away. Just remember, you really only need that type of bike, if you are recovering from an injury, suffering from a bad back, or problems with your joints.
For most people the upright shown above, is the best choice. If you are certain that you need a recumbent style, then check our recumbent bike page. At the bottom of that page, we have included a couple of the better choices. One of those should do your job nicely.
Hopefully this article has helped you, if you are tight for space, and living in an apartment.