Exercise bike?

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  1. Hana31

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    Hi everyone, I am thinking to buy bicycle but I can't decide between normal bicycle and exercise bicycle. Has anyone got both? which one do u use more? :confused:
     
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    I have both and to be honest, I've rarely used my road bike. If you buy an exercise bike you have absolutely no excuse for not using it. I didn't even pay a lot for my exercise bike-I found a fab, nearly new one in my local charity shop. That was probably just a stroke of luck though!
     
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    wow, that was lucky. do you know what I should look for when it comes to exercise bike? or what make is good?

    I was thinking exactly the same that if I get normal bike I will find lot of excusses not to use it.
     
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    Unfortunately I don't know much about exercise bikes at all-mine's pretty old and I use my Nike Sport thingy on my ipod for calculating my distance etc...Hopefully someone who knows their stuff will bob onto this thread in a bit.
     
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    We got ours from Argos, its a vfit one, it was under £100 and does the job!
     
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    Depends on your needs. I think it's easier to work up a sweat for a length of time on an exercise bike because you can control pace and resistance, whereas on a road bike I find it hard to keep my heart rate consistently high (its either off the scale if I'm going up a hill or drops right down if it's flat or I'm stopping for traffic lights etc.). I find it hard to go fast for any length of time. And its too dangerous to listen to my ipod.

    That said, I love cycling outdoors, much more fun, and for a long adventure (2-4 hours) it's much better than the indoor bike.

    So yes, I do have both, but I do use the exercise bike more for exercise and the outdoor bike for getting from A-B (e.g. the swimming pool!)

    So it really depends on you...hope that was some help!
     
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    Had exercise bike for about 7 years - practically never used it.
    Now have real bike.
    Use it all the time, because it actually goes places...
     
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    I've got both and would say I use them both the same. I tend to use my real bike more in the summer when the weather is nice and my exercise bike more in the winter.
    If you are only buying one then I would go for the exercise bike then you can use it all year round. My exercise bike tells me distance and calories burnt which I really like.Also if you do get one put it where you can see the tv and then instead of sitting on the sofa watching tv sit on your bike instead.
     
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    ive got a foldable pro fitness exercise bike from argos - around 90 quid. its great - can watch tv in the morning and get up a real sweat on it. tells you speed, distance, calories burnt and heart rate. has 8 resistance settings but i only use number 3 and 4 at the mo!

    i think if i still lived with my parents in the country i would be tempted to get a mountain bike and ride through the woods, but as i live in a very flat city the exercise bike is fine!
     
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    I've just bought that very same bike as you 5 minutes ago :):)
     
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