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Old 02-16-2014, 02:50 PM   #1
Mike Knittel
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Recommend brand for purchasing a spin bike.

I don't know much about spin bikes but my wife would like to get one. Do you guys have some brand name recommendations for me to look at? I don't mind getting her a quality unit but have no idea where to start....
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Recommend brand for purchasing a spin bike.

Perhaps a little off topic, but I have a fluid trainer that my road bike attaches to - turns a regular bike into a stationary bike, and the faster the back tire spins the more resistance is created. If you already have bicycles and just want to enjoy them indoors when the weather is bad, you could look into going that route.


For actual studio cycling bikes, my three favorite covering basically all price ranges are:

1) Keiser M3 Plus http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007AL...2654391&sr=8-1 (WFS)

2) Sole SB700 http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00525...2654560&sr=8-1 (WFS)

3) Spinner Sport http://www.spinning.com/en/webshop/p.../spinner_sport (WFS)
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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Re: Recommend brand for purchasing a spin bike.

Also, if I may add you can change the saddle and other parts on most spin bikes to get them setup to your liking. The most important thing to look for on any studio bike is that the seat height, handlebar height and distance between the two can be properly set to the rider's needs. A bike that doesn't fit you is a bike that will not get ridden.

- check that the bike has adjustable bars and seat (nearly all of them do).

- make sure the bike is sturdy and that the base is not wobbly

- give it a spin to ensure it is smooth and free from play or flywheel wobble

- turn up the resistance to make sure it is sufficiently challenging for the rider, if not then look at another bike
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:39 AM   #4
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Re: Recommend brand for purchasing a spin bike.

I found a Johnny G Spinner for my wife on craigs list for $200, the thing is built like a rock. The parts aren't cheap though, so you want to look it over (resistance pads, chain, etc).
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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Re: Recommend brand for purchasing a spin bike.

I'll cast another vote for getting a cylce trainer. CycleOps and Kurt Kinetic are the more affordable, high quality options, with Kurt Kinetic Road Machine being the favorite of the two.

These can be had for $300-350, new.

The nice part is that a cycle trainer lets you use your own bike, which you could then go ride outside. Can't ride a spin bike outside. The trainers are also smaller, lighter, and fold up quite small, so they can be stored easier when not in use than a spin bike.
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