Top Rated Recumbent Bikes Under 500 Dollars
Are you interested in getting a quality recumbent exercise bike to get fit with in the comfort of your own home, but want to get one within a budget of $500? Then this following showcase article of three of the best recumbent exercise bikes (all within a $500 price range) will be able to quickly help narrow down your search. The bikes below have been carefully selected based on their overall quality & how well regarded they are by their long-time owners (and of course their respective price tags).
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike
The Schwinn 270 comes just under budget (significantly reduced from $800 to just under $500) and is a top of the range exercise machine that offers you a range of 25 levels of Eddy Current resistance an works on a high speed & interia perimeter flyhweel drive system to ensure workouts are natural & smooth whilst whisper quiet in operation.
The advanced console system installed is a dual LCD screen system that monitors 13 different diagnostic readouts & through its SchwinnConnect system you can keep track of the all the fitness goals you are achieving and the progress you are making (you can even export this information via a USB port and upload it to myfitnesspal etc. to act like an automatic & virtual fitness log). Moreover, it allows you to access 29 fitness programs that include heart rate schedule workouts & fitness tests.
Framework & Design
With regards to the ergonomic design, it has an extra padded seat with large vented back that slides along the rail so you can get an optimal comforted position. Moreover, the frame has two integrated levelers & centralized frame support (accommodating users as heavy as 300 lbs). It also comes fitted with handle bars fitted with grip heart rate monitors, 3 speed fan and advanced acoustic chamber speakers to listen to music or audio books aloud when you are working out. In all, this is probably by far the best recumbent bike for under $500 you can get.
Dimensions: 64 x 28 x 50 inches | Weight: 86.6 lbs | Rating: 78% (sourced amazon.com)
Horizon Fitness RC-30 Bike
Another quality & very well rated recumbent exercise bike is the RC-30 (that has again been reduced from $600 to just under $400). It is designed to fully support those with a low impact exercise workout, however intense enough to get you progressively fitter and fitter.
It works on the basis of 8 resistance levels and a 10 lb flywheel drive system to ensure realistic and smooth operation. You can also select through the large LCD console what workout program (where you get a choice of 8 inc. intervals, weight loss etc.) you want to do. Also, note that the handle bars (as you can see from the image) are fitted with mounted heart rate monitors. Note, that the RC-30 is very sturdy and well built — being capable of holding up a user capacity of up 275 lbs.
Rating: 84% (sourced amazon.com)
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike
In essence, the Schwinn 230 is very similar to the 270, however just a bit more basic with regards to features but is quite a bit cheaper too (at less than $400). It comes with the same dual track console system, however has slightly less workout programs to choose from 22 in total, but you can still track your fitness progress. It also comes with the incline level for added resistance but comes with less ECB levels 20 (which is still actually quite significant in fairness) as well as the same high perimeter weighted flyhweel drive mechanism.
All the usual design aspects are the same as well with a 3 speed fan, heart rate placed grips on the static handlebars that allow you to easily get on & off the bike. The extensive warranty that Schwinn provide is the same too — 10 years on the frame, 2 years on mechanical parts, 1 year on electric components and 90 days of free labor, when either machine is bought new.
Rating: 84% (sourced amazon.com)
Which Recumbent Bike Will You Buy?
All the recumbent bikes are of excellent quality and will all provide you with an intense yet low impact & supported workout. However, clearly the Schwinn 270 model is ‘the’ actual best you can get for under $500, but which bike will you buy & why (let me know in the comments below)?
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