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I’ve grown up with exercise bikes around me all my life and as a bigger person they hold a certain degree of fear to them. This is because of a balance, weight and height issue that can be somewhat off putting. Which can lead to immobility and lack of enthusiasm to exercise.
However, with the best exercise bike suited to one’s body size and weight capacity, the intimidation resides to allow for confidence and the will to take action. A good upright bike can be worth its weight in gold if it suits your body and has the elements needed for a overweight person. Some of the important elements I look for when buying a exercise bike for a heavy person are:
High weight capacity exercise bikes are rare to find once you get around the 400 pound capacity mark. Well in an affordable price range that is. Exerpeutic have come to the rescue with this 400 pound capacity exercise bike that is not only affordable, but quite a nice piece of equipment.
The Exerpeutic Gold 575 XLS is the heavy duty version of their other upright magnetic bike. This one is made with 20% more steel to give it the strength to hold up to 400lbs.
What I like about this bike is that it has a large seat. Too many times do companies put a scrawny seat on. There is nothing worse then sitting on a tiny uncomfortable seat. It’s hard enough to get motivated to exercise without the additional discomfort.
With the high weight capacity comes the ability to cater to the taller people as well. Folks up to about 6’5″ tall will find the height adjustments suitable on this Exerpeutic.
Without having a physical store location to test out the B94, its always going to be a buying decision based on reviews. Fortunately Sole Fitness have a rather good name in the exercise equipment world. In fact I recommend the Elliptical Trainer by Sole as a great alternative to exercise bikes. This eliminates the discomfort a bike seat often comes with.
For me, the Sole B94 hits the sweet spot between value for money and functionality that we so crave for in a exercise bike. This model does come with a Gel cushioned seat, however the resistance this seat can handle I believe may not suit all big Guys and Gals. While finding a superior comfort seat is a bit of a mission, if you have your own bike seat. Than you can easily swap over seats if this seat doesn’t cut it for comfort level.
Tip: Reverse the adjustable seat support so it sits back further than normal. This will help to give a little more belly space between the body and bike.
The weight capacity for the Sole B94 is a entry level 300 LBs. Which is fine for people whom are up to 275 lbs, but any more and I think you may be pushing it.
There are 20 resistant levels which can be turned on with just a single touch on the computer screen. I find this amount of tension level perfectly suited to us larger people. In all honesty, I don’t think I could see my self doing more than a 60 minute workout ever. So this bike is a good fit for the normal user.
For the price of this exercise bike, I was rather surprised by the high end monitor. I like the fact it can have 2 programmable users stored in the system as this can motivate the partner to get involved as well.
Overall I believe the Sole Fitness B94 upright exercise bike to be the best for a heavy person looking for a bike up to 300 pounds. The nice balance between price and features (Without even mentioning them all!) is the icing on the cake. I recommend this bike for the overweight person looking to get into shape. For a serious bike rider, you may not find the resistance levels enough to satisfy.
Exerpeutic produce a good line of affordable exercise equipment including the ever popular Exerpeutic treadmill. In this case they have provided a sturdy 325 lbs weight capacity exercise bike. To me the price seems a little to low when compared to other bikes. However the features and design do reflect this.
There’s not a great deal to this bike, it’s more or less what you would have expected from a bike back in the day. Not too many bells and whistles, just a solid exercise bike built to handle heavy duty weights. Which is fine if that is what you are after. Me personally I need the latest whiz bang monitors and apps, as I think they help to keep motivation and goal setting up.
What I do like is the extra large padded bike seat. It measure about 14″ by 9″ with a 7″ width on the edges. So it’s well suited for larger users. However where the seat shines, the height adjustments aren’t great for shorter people. The bare minimum height I would recommend this bike to is 5’2″. The Exerpeutic is better suited for folks up to 6’5″.
Where the Exerpeutic 500 XLS will gain popularity is from it’s portability/fold up option. As it folds down to half it’s size and even has caster wheels, storage for this bike are an ideal fit for tight areas. Great option for apartments and units. The magnetic tension has 8 different levels, which are suited to the common user. Not designed for professional use. This is where the price tag is reflective of it’s features.
In conclusion, if you don’t want to break the bank and want a reliable upright exercise bike I believe you may love the Exerpeutic. Designed to do what it does without too many distractions. Note: I do love the hear rate sensor which monitors your heart beat from the handle bars.
Do note that this bike has a weight capacity of 325 pounds, some places online label it as 400 lbs.
The proForm 440 exercise bike has all the elements needed for a good heavy duty bike. 350 lbs weight capacity, no center console and a low riding seat. The qualities and amount of features are above standard for a bike of relevant price status. All this is great, but how well does it go?.
While more of a recumbent design, this exercise bike is still a good choice for bigger folks needing a good workout. The oversized seat slides back and forward to give user a custom fit. However the seat doesn’t recline and I would suggest you look elsewhere if you are over 6’4″.
But where the seat gains credibility with me is with the lumbar support. I find this a great inclusion. Especially for the heavy person, as getting a sore back is all to easy. So the more support the better if you ask me.
The bike comes with 25 different resistance levels, so more challenging than the above Sole. Which gives the user more freedom to explore greater levels if so desired.
For a at home exercise bike, the ProForm 440 makes a strong case against commercial quality equipment. Unless you’re willing to pay double if not triple. Than I don’t know if you could find a better 350 lbs capacity exercise bike. With plenty of apps included among other features, ProForm did something right here. Especially by adding the lumbar support.
The Nautilus exercise bike is a mid range workout machine that has more features than the entry level bikes. The fancy design combined with a solid build make the Nautilus a great choice for the person wanting extra bells and whistles. Some of the features include: