7 Amazing Exercise Bikes for Turning Your Home into a Luxury Gym

Everyone loves a good spin class. But let's face it: Sometimes, the idea of cramming into a room full of people oozing perspiration and positivity is the last thing you want. That's where the personal exercise bike comes in—and at a fraction of the cost, too. Yes, for less than a month's worth of classes, you can have the most private spin class of all. Saddle up.

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Schwinn IC2

A trusted name in fitness, Schwinn has been making quality bikes since 1895, around the time of the first-ever bicycle craze in America. With today's indoor cycling craze in full swing, it's no surprise the company's still producing high-quality solutions. Exhibit A: the IC2, which stands out at its price point for its stable build, smooth (and infinitely incremental) resistance, and high-inertia, 31-pound flywheel with direct-drive gearing. Multi-position handlebars and easy-adjust pedals ensure that poor fit doesn't take away from your training, so you can focus on a high-quality spin session every single time. ($299; schwinnfitness.com)

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Marcy ME-709

Say goodbye to sore wrists, neck aches, and lower back pain when you settle into the full-sized padded recliner seat and adjustable-strap pedals of this ergonomic recumbent bike. Don't get too comfortable, though, as its eight levels of preset magnetic resistance are more than enough to put yourself through a high-intensity interval session that's still low-impact. Keep track of how far you've gone—or, more likely, and more literally, how far you've come—with the straightforward, convenient LCD monitor. ($180; marcypro.com)

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Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002

What it lacks in bells and whistles—like electronic display and a phone or tablet mount—the solid-built SF-B1002 more than makes up for with its super smooth heavy-duty flywheel (49 pounds), whisper-quiet belt drive and easily adjustable seat. MacGyver it with a cheap, wireless cycling computer from Spinning for reliable metrics, and you'll have a Peloton-ready exercise bike at a fraction of the price. ($300; sunnyhealthfitness.com)

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ProForm Cycle Trainer

Yes, it's a bit expensive, but ProForm's flagship Cycle Trainer is still less than half the price of the Peloton, and delivers a similar experience. Thanks to a partnership with iFit Coach (and an included 1-year membership; $15/month afterward), you can motivate your fitness with targeted workouts presented by world-class trainers via the 10-inch, high-definition touchscreen. Resistance automatically adjusts—there are 22 precise levels—throughout each prescribed session, so you stay on track, and never cheat yourself. When your upper body needs attention, two included 3-pound dumbbells are stowed within arm's reach, behind the saddle. ($999; proform.com)

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Diamondback 510Ic

Rated Consumer Reports' "Best Buy" for four years running, the 510Ic packs more value than its relatively low price tag would suggest. Sixteen levels of computer-controlled resistance take the guesswork out of working out, especially when you follow one of the 12 built-in programs (including four that are heart-rate-controlled) to maximize efficiency. All of the bike's touch points—seat, handlebars, and pedals—are fully adjustable, for a ride that's dialed to the rider, and designed to deliver fast results. ($849; diamondbackfitness.com)

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ProGear 225

Not everyone is willing to dedicate full-time space in their home to a would-be cycling studio (just ask any New Yorker). For city slickers and other space-sensitive people, the foldable ProGear 225 provides a great, budget-friendly solution. Beyond its 8-level magnetic resistance settings, smooth crank system, easy-to-read LCD display, and built-in heart rate sensors, the 35-pound bike folds nearly in half, so you can easily wheel it into a closet between sweat sessions. ($139; paradigmhw.com)

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Assault AirBike Classic

The AirBike has, in recent years, become a staple of CrossFit WODs, because it's a low-impact machine that allows for focused high-intensity interval sessions that can work the lower body, upper body, or—if you're up for it—your entire body. The fan-based (essentially "wind") resistance makes for a simple and effective linear resistance curve—the harder you work, the more resistance you feel. The Classic comes with seven built-in programs to jumpstart your fitness, including hard-hitting Tabata intervals and customizable programs based around time, distance, calories, and heart rate. ($699; assaultfitness.com)

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