It feels like we’re entering what’s seeming to be the golden age of at-home fitness — with a functional, space-conscious and actually fun home gym set-up being the thing everyone wants. It makes sense — gyms aren’t the safest pandemic-era decision to make (coming with their own risks and costs) and with work, school and play being at home, stolen time-saving workouts are the move.
There are expensive options for this at-home workout fix — including the viral, cult favorite Peloton bike. But, now, there are some more affordable options available for the high-tech bike that you can score when indoor spinning is something you love or want to try but you aren’t interested in the OG Peloton’s stressful price tag of $1,895.
SheKnows previously reported on the Echelon “Prime” bike that was, per a since-deleted press release from the brand, “developed in collaboration with Amazon.” In an email on Tuesday, an Amazon spokesperson told SheKnows, however, that “This bike is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime. Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product, and change the product branding.”
The Echelon bike came with similar benefits to the Peloton — a membership that works across other fit tech equipment from the brand, access to “classes for beginning to advanced riders ranging from 20-75 minutes long” and you can “choose from endurance, climbing, HIIT, scenic rides and many others from our 30+ world class instructors” and a collab with record companies for a range of non-elevator-y music. While the EX-Prime Smart Connect Bike is no longer available via the retailer, there are still a number of high-tech smart bikes you can pick up on Amazon.
Here’s a few that caught our eye:
pooboo Indoor Cycling Bike
This bike from pooboo is sturdy, but with an adjustable seat and handlebars to make it versatile for taller and shorter members of your family. It’s got a stand for your ipad/tablet (so you can tune into whatever virtual class you’re loving at the moment or catch up on whatever show you want to binge) and an LCD screen to track all the health data you’re itching to know mid-workout.
PYHIGH Indoor Cycling Bike
A comfy seat and a design focused on minimizing wobbling, this bike from Pyhigh does the data-tracking you want from a smart bike and, like the others, gives you a chance to add your own extra screen or skip it.
Cyclace Exercise Bike Stationary
With a solid range of adjustable options seat-wise, this bike can be a family fitness fixture. It’s got the LCD monitor, fitness tracking data goodness, wheels to help you move it to the right spot in your home (or move out of the room when you can have company over again) and a super strong resistance bar. Plus, it comes with a 12-month parts warranty in case something does happen (because we know your indoor bike is probably an investment piece).
Schwinn Upright Bike Series
A thinner build than others on this list, Schwinn’s bikes feature the tech goodies (bluetooth connectivity, data tracking through apps) and a fully-loaded console with 29 workout programs built in. Plus, you have access to their Explore the World app which lets you “digitally immerse yourself in a world of virtual courses, exotic locales, and stunning trails.”
YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary
A smooth, steel-frame bike, this one from Yosuda works to give a smooth and quiet ride (and extra precautions to allow you to stop your flywheels immediately if the ride gets too fast). Adjustable cage pedals and the LCD screen/Ipad mount also lets you have the high-tech, comfortable ride you want.
So, if you were thinking about going ahead with a home-workout investment piece and aren’t in the market for the much-hyped expensive bike, maybe one of these bikes will be the ride for you.
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