Upright exercise bikes vs. Recumbent exercise bikes: Benefits and Disadvantages

Upright exercise bikes

Recumbent exercise bikes

Less costly

Higher priced

Takes up less space

Takes up more floor space

Ideal for spinning classes


Rider sits hunched over handle bars

Rider sits in a bucket seat horizontal to the pedals

Upper body counterbalance muscles needed

No upper body workout

Helps train for outdoor cycling events

Lower body workout only

Adds strain to wrists, joints, and back

No back, wrist, or joint strain

Higher risk of injury

More ergonomically


Hands free allows for other activities during cycling workout

Works the abdominal muscles

Ideal for rehab, those with back issues, and the injury prone.

Allows rider to change up the workout by sitting or by standing up and cycling

Works the gluts, hamstrings and calves slightly more than upright bikes

Helps to stabilize core strength

Encourages better posture

Gives a quality workout for a much lower price

May encourage longer fitness workouts because of the added comfort



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