What is an Upright Exercise Bike?

Alex Paul
Alex Paul
An upright exercise bike is an exercise machine designed to keep a person upright while riding a stationary bike.
An upright exercise bike is an exercise machine designed to keep a person upright while riding a stationary bike.

An upright exercise bike is a type of gym equipment used to provide a cardiovascular workout. Upright bikes are manufactured to be similar in design and function to regular bicycles and keep the person in an upright position during exercise. In contrast, recumbent exercise bikes keep the user in a more horizontal position. Upright exercise bikes are the most common type used in home situations as they provide a medium0intensity, low-impact workout. Aside from a cardiovascular workout an upright exercise bike is also useful for toning leg muscles such as the hamstrings and quadriceps.

Magnetic exercise bikes are a common type of upright exercise bikes.
Magnetic exercise bikes are a common type of upright exercise bikes.

Cycling is one of the most effective ways to lose weight or tone muscles while at home. Other exercises such as running burn a greater number of calories but are also much more damaging to the joints and muscles. Using an indoor exercise bike allows a person to burn calories without having to worry about excess train being transmitted through the ankle and knee. It is still possible to suffer from repetitive strain injuries while using an exercise bike, however, so the distance and resistance used should be built up gradually.

Cycling is an effective way to tone leg muscles and burn calories.
Cycling is an effective way to tone leg muscles and burn calories.

One of the main benefits of an upright exercise bike is that the user can work out while reading or watching TV. Exercising on a stationary exercise bike can be tedious compared to riding on a standard bike so it’s often important for the person exercising to have some sort of external stimulus. Some upright bikes also come with built in computer monitors although these are only available on higher priced models.

Stationary bikes are either recumbent, on which the rider sits low in a reclined position, or upright, on which the rider sits as if she were on a bicycle.
Stationary bikes are either recumbent, on which the rider sits low in a reclined position, or upright, on which the rider sits as if she were on a bicycle.

The main downside to using an upright exercise bike is that they don’t provide the same level of intensity as other exercise machines. For example, a multi-function exercise bike that works the arms as well as the legs will burn more calories in the same period of time. A workout using an upright bike is often more intense than that provided by a recumbent bike.

Upright bikes are manufactured to be similar in design and function to regular bicycles.
Upright bikes are manufactured to be similar in design and function to regular bicycles.

One of the most important considerations when buying an upright exercise bike is which type of resistance to go for. If money is not as much of a concern during the purchase, then an electromagnetic option is a good option. These bikes are quiet and allow for a wide range of different programs. Magnetic exercise bikes are also common.

It’s important for the buyer to consider whether a portable exercise bike is required. These bikes are useful if a dedicated home gym is not available. Other features to look for include heart rate monitors, exercise programs and multiple user tracking.

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Discussion Comments

Wisedly33

I'm with you, Scrbblchick. The elliptical makes me want to hurl, too. I can do the stair stepper, but I always have a headache when I stop.

I like the upright bikes. I can work my upper body on the handles, or just ride it like a regular bike, if I want. I always feel a little lazy on the recumbent bike, like I'm just sitting there not doing much. I know I'm getting a workout, but I feel better about it when I am upright and either walking or pedaling. I'd ride my own bike around my neighborhood for exercise, but there's just too much traffic.

Scrbblchick

I like a recumbent bike better, because it's not as tough on my back, but the bike and treadmill are the only pieces of equipment I can use without getting sick. The ellipticals and stair steppers trigger extreme motion sickness. I can get queasy just thinking about using either one of them.

My trainer didn't believe me and put me on an elliptical and when I nearly fell off because I was so dizzy and sick, she believed me then. Now we stick with the exercise bike, treadmill and weights. They’re working, and I can stay on them long enough for them to be effective.

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    • An upright exercise bike is an exercise machine designed to keep a person upright while riding a stationary bike.
      By: Igor Mojzes
      An upright exercise bike is an exercise machine designed to keep a person upright while riding a stationary bike.
    • Magnetic exercise bikes are a common type of upright exercise bikes.
      By: starush
      Magnetic exercise bikes are a common type of upright exercise bikes.
    • Cycling is an effective way to tone leg muscles and burn calories.
      By: Rido
      Cycling is an effective way to tone leg muscles and burn calories.
    • Stationary bikes are either recumbent, on which the rider sits low in a reclined position, or upright, on which the rider sits as if she were on a bicycle.
      By: stokkete
      Stationary bikes are either recumbent, on which the rider sits low in a reclined position, or upright, on which the rider sits as if she were on a bicycle.
    • Upright bikes are manufactured to be similar in design and function to regular bicycles.
      By: cirkoglu
      Upright bikes are manufactured to be similar in design and function to regular bicycles.
    • An exercise bike is useful for toning the hamstrings and quadriceps.
      By: joshya
      An exercise bike is useful for toning the hamstrings and quadriceps.