Health and fitness are some of the most trending topics of the current times. Everybody wants to stay healthy. However, there is a small percentage of people that are dedicated to going beyond the regular and working towards their fitness. Anyone that wants to stay fit must learn how to be consistent with their workout, and a folding exercise bike is one of the equipment that can help you achieve your fitness goals.
We did a research on some of the best folding exercise bikes out there and we will be sharing our findings with you. Without any further ado, let us jump right in and review some of the top upright indoor cycle trainers on the market, shall we?
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Let’s review each one of them separately:
We kick off our list with this advanced trainer from Ultrasport. First off, this is one of the most-advanced workout cycles (in UK), which also come with a friendly price tag. Besides offering you an intense workout session, it will also save you space and it can work well for a person with limited space.
It comes with sturdy construction that can withstand daily usage for many years. It is made of solid aluminum that is coated to prevent rust and corrosion. When assembled, this baby measures 95 by 45 by 121 cm, and 36 by 45 by 142 cm when folded. So yes, it will offer you enough space saving in your small living room. Plus, it weighs just about 18kgs, which is light enough for one person to carry it. Even with its lightweight, it can accommodate up to 100kgs of user weight.
When it comes to the workout delivery, the it is loaded with 8 resistance levels for a customizable workout session. Furthermore, it comes with magnetic resistance to let you burn calories quietly as you watch TV.
It comes with an LCD display that is battery-operated. This display helps you to track down your speed, distance, calories, time, as well as the pulse. Speaking of which, it comes with pulse sensors on the handle, which are very responsive.
If you value your comfort as you work out, then you would enjoy having this trainer because it comes with one of the unique seats out there. The seat comes with a backrest, and you can also choose the one without the backrest.
- Compact and lightweight
- The curved design looks elegant and helps to save space
- 8 resistance levels for an intense workout session
- LCD display for easy workout tracking
- Integrated hand pulse sensors
- Not ideal for heavy-weight users
- The seat isn’t as cozy as such at first
If you are looking for a trainer that offers an intense workout but is also below the £100 mark, this one from Olympic can be a great pick for you.
Being a cheap, this unit comes with a slim and compact design that will comfortably fit in your small apartment. By the way, you should know that this unit is an upgrade of the previous Olympic 2000. This means that it has been made better in terms of workout delivery. You will have a more comfortable workout session compared to the previous model.
It measures 98 by 53 by 124 cm, otherwise it’s – 54 by 53 by 143 cm. Plus, it comes in at only 19kgs. Any adult can carry this unit around without worrying about its weight. It can also accommodate a maxi user weight of 100kg, which is not as reliable as such.
In terms of the workout delivery and intensity, this machine comes with 8 levels of resistance. These resistance levels are generated by the 2.5kg flywheel that is quite easy to adjust. There is a knob underneath the console, which is used to adjust the flywheel/resistance level.
The cat is already out of the bag, so yes, this folding exercise bike also comes with a console/LCD screen that displays the workout information. The stylish monitor lets you view information like speed, calories burned, distance covered, as well as the current time.
You can also check your pulse on the LCD display, meaning that there are pulse sensors embedded on the handlebars. The seat is adjustable, which makes it efficient enough. It comes with a backrest and integrated handles on the sides. This gives you extra comfort when working out.
- Compact and lightweight design
- Seat with backrest and integrated handles on the sides
- Improved frame construction for better stability
- It features mobility wheels for easy storage/maneuvering
- Easy to use and set up
- Only supports 100kgs of user weight
- The construction could be sturdier
If you thought a simple-design trainer cannot deliver an intense workout session, think twice. This indoor upright exercise bike from V-Fit promises you a decent workout session that will be helpful enough to help you reach your fitness goal.
The V-Fit MXC1 comes in with space-saving design which is ideal for any small space. The mainframe is made of solid tubular steel construction that will serve you for a long time while resisting rust and corrosions.
When fully assembled, this baby measures 81cm by 42cm by 107cm (or 98cm by 25cm by 32cm when not in use). Plus, it weighs just about 18kgs, which shouldn’t give you a hard time when moving it around.
It features a magnetic resistance system that is powered by a 1.2kg cast iron flywheel that is friction-free. It also has eight resistance levels that you can adjust with the knob just below the LCD display.
Besides the adjustment of the resistance level, this machine also allows you to adjust the foot straps and the seat height. The seat is PVC covered, which is not as comfortable as such, but decent enough for a quick workout session. However, you can purchase the seat cushion if you need more comfort.
The LCD display comes with six functions for you to track your workout progress. This means that you can view your current speed, the current time, the calories burned, and the pulse.
- Lightweight and space-saving design
- Tubular steel frame for durability and rust/corrosion resistance
- Adjustable resistance level, seat height, and foot straps
- Easy to use and set up
- Friction-free 1.2 cast iron flywheel
- The seat is not comfortable
- The LCD display can be inconsistent at some point
PremierFit X-60 F-Bike
This folding exercise bike will help you enjoy your workout sessions while still saving your valuable space.
The PremierFit X-60 comes with solid steel construction, though it is not the best pick if you are looking for a heavy-duty cycle. It only measures 82 by 43 by 114 cm and comes in at just 15.5kgs. Truly, this machine will give you an easy time when carrying it around. It is quite easy to fold up too. Sadly, it can only support a max user weight of 110kg.
It is packed with eight levels of resistance that are adjustable to meet your workout needs. This way, you can set the difficulty level according to what you prefer. Whether you want to go with the low resistance or high resistance, you are at liberty to do so with X-60. In other words, it perfectly fits the beginners and advanced users.
There is an LCD display that lets you track the workout stats as the calories burned, distance covered, current speed, as well as the heart rate. Plus, you can even track your heart-rate on the LCD display. There are heart-rate sensors on the handles to make that possible.
By the way, X-60 comes with an iPad/phone holder to let you hook up your device and follow the workout tutorial videos or watch something as you ride. The best part is that the unit comes with a 2-year warranty.
- Space-saving design
- Eight adjustable resistance levels
- Easy to set up
- Lightweight for easy portability/storage
- Adjustable seat height
- It is not the best pick for heavy-weight users
- The seat is PVC-covered, hence less comfortable
If you prefer having elegant-looking equipment at home, then this one would be a good pick for you. It comes with a nice green-gray color blend that makes it stand out in your living room.
The Skandika X-1000 is a compact unit that is convenient enough to help you reach your fitness goals. It is made of sturdy tubular steel construction that will remain strong enough while ensuring that the frame doesn’t catch rust or corrosions.
When assembled, this folding exercise bike stands at 81 by 46 by 150 cm. And it reduces down to 43 by 46 by 131 cm when needed. Above all, it comes in at only 16.5kgs. Isn’t that light enough to carry it around and store away? It sure is. You won’t have a problem storing carrying this baby when you need to store it. And if you are not into the carrying stuff, you can easily roll it away on the fitted transport wheels.
By the way, you should know that it can support a maximum of 110kgs. It might be a decent choice for most of the buyers out there, but it’s not ideal for heavy-weight users.
Like the most indoor cycles on our list, this one also comes with 8-level resistance that is manually adjustable. This lets you tailor your workout and achieve your desired goals. The magnetic resistance system is powered by the 1.3kg flywheel.
Furthermore, it comes with ergonomic pedals that feature safety straps on each pedal. With this feature, you won’t have to worry about foot slipping as you pedal.
- Elegant-looking theme and design
- Easily portable with transport wheels
- Padded seat for comfort use
- Easy to set up and use
- LCD for tracking workout progress
- Limited user weight
If you are in search of a small folding exercise bike, you should consider this unit by Marcy. It is small in design but capable of delivering incredible results.
The Marcy NS-652 is one unique machine that is perfectly designed for those living in a small apartment or studio. Yes, most of the indoor trainers on this list are small enough to fit in a small apartment, but this one is unbeatable in terms of its compactness.
When assembled, this baby stands at 81 by 46 by 107 cm, and it reduces down to half its length to let you store it with ease (36 by 46 by 130 cm). The best part is that the NS-652 folds away in a matter of seconds. No tools needed for that.
Being a small machine, this unit comes in at 18kgs hence giving you an easy time when you need to store it away. The maximum user weight is 110kgs.
It features a magnetic resistance system that is manually adjustable in eight levels. There is a knob along the handlebar that lets you switch through the resistance levels as you wish. Also, it comes with a padded seat, along with height adjustment based on your body type. The counterweighted pedals are adjustable as well, which gives you an easy time when working out.
It is also quite easy to set it up. Even a beginner can assemble this folding exercise bike without any skills needed. It does have a small LCD display for tracking your workout progress.
- Compact and lightweight design
- Easy to set it up
- Adjustable seat height and resistance level
- Padded seat and handles
- Not as sturdy and durable as others
- It doesn’t have pulse sensors
If we were ranking the best folding exercise bikes with ergonomics, this one from Pleny would definitely be among the top units.
The Pleny indoor trainer comes with a frame made of solid tubular steel. This means it will remain strong for long enough, even with daily usage. It also means that you won’t to worry about any corrosion or rust, especially if water spills on it.
If you assemble it as as required, it should be standing at 78 by 41 by 116 cm. It also comes in at 20kgs, which is not too heavy to carry across the room or if you want to take it outside to the patio. With that weight, it can hold up a maximum weight limit of 120kgs. So far, that’s the best compared to other ones on the list.
It also comes with the highest resistance level. It features a 16-level magnetic tension to give you an intense workout session. You can adjust the resistance level to match your workout needs.
We loved how comfortable you feel when sitting on it. It comes with a large padded seat that has an adjustable height.
- Sturdy construction with an elegant design
- Attached resistance bands for arm workouts
- 16-level magnetic resistance
- Hand pulse sensors
- A large LCD monitor with phone/tablet holder
- Comfortable seat with integrated handles
- It might be slightly cumbersome for a beginner to set it up
iDeer might be well-known for their delivery of technology-advanced workout machines, but they also don’t disappoint in terms of the workout delivery.
This iDeer Life trainer comes with heavy-duty crank and steel frame, which is strong enough to serve you for a long time. Besides that, the it stands at 41 by 58 by 120 cm when fully assembled. This one is slightly heavier at 21.2kgs. If you find that too heavy to carry, you can make use of the transport wheels fitted on it. So, you can simply push it around as you wish. By the way, it supports a maximum user weight of around 120kgs, which is reliable enough.
It comes with magnetic tension resistance of 8 levels. You can adjust it using the knob along the handlebar. There’s also a large LCD monitor to let you view your workout progress. The same console can work as a tablet holder. The seat is one of the best out there as it comes with a comfortable back cushion too. There are also handles on the sides to let you use the machine in different positions.
- Sturdy steel frame construction
- Transport wheels for easy storage
- Multifunctional LCD monitor
- Comfortable seat and backrest with integrated handles
- Compact design
- It can be complicated to set up
If you are coy about buying an indoor trainer because of the noise when pedaling, you should meet this TechFit workout machine.
The folding exercise bike from TechFit comes with a sturdy steel frame that will withstand daily usage. It is coated to prevent rusting and corrosion when water spills on it.
It measures 78 by 41 by 113 cm when fully assembled. It weighs 17.8Kgs and can support a maximum user weight of 100kgs.
This one comes with eight resistance levels that are manually adjusted. There is a knob below the LCD screen, which is quite easy to adjust. The LCD monitor lets you view your workout progress. The seat is adjustable according to the height/size of the user.
The best part is that it is easy to use and set up. Furthermore, you will not experience the common noise that most workout machines give. It runs smoothly and quietly too.
- Compact and lightweight
- Easy to set up
- 6Kg flywheel for an intense workout
- Adjustable seat and resistance levels
- Transport wheels for easy portability
- Noise-free working
- Not ideal for heavy-weight users
- Some users complained about the durability
Are you a workaholic who is also determined to maintain their fitness journey? If you are, then this folding exercise bike from Finether is the best unit you should get.
It is made of a strong heavy-duty steel frame, and it can serve you for close to two years. It will also stay free of rust and corrosion because it comes with a durable coating over the tubular steel frame.
It stands at 115 by 50 by 121 cm when fully-assembled, and it can reduce to 62 by 50 by 118.5 cm. The overall weight is 19.5kgs, and it supports a maximum user weight of 100kg. That means it will not be the perfect choice for plus-size users.
If you need to know about the workout delivery, the machine comes with a 1.6Kg flywheel that offers you a mechanic resistance that is adjustable. You can adjust it using the knob below the LCD monitor.
What makes the folding exercise bike unique is that it allows you to work in different positions. It comes with an integrated table to proceed with your work as you working out. Also, you can use it as a working station because it can accommodate a laptop very easily. There’s a cup holder to carry your smoothie along as you work out.
- Compact and lightweight design
- Adjustable magnetic resistance
- Convenient desktop for working as you exercise
- Adjustable foot strap
- Transportation wheels for easy storage/moving
- Convenient seat with backrest and integrated handles
- It only supports 100kgs
- The seat will feel stiff at first
Frequently Asked Questions:
Advantages Of A Foldable Indoor Bike. What Are The Benefits?
There are many benefits of having an indoor trainer at home, and we will be exploring a few.
a) They save space
This kind of fitness machine is the one that will save you some space in your living room or wherever you are using in the house. If you are not using it, you can simply move it away and store it in the garage or a different room.
b) Easily portable
As the first point states, it can easily be moved from one point to another. Most of them are lightweight, but others also come with transport wheels to move them around with ease.
c) They are less costly
According to our list, most of the trainers go at less than £120. In comparison to the others out there, the folding ones are very affordable. One reason for their friendly price tag is that they have a simple design and functionality.
d) Easy to use and set up
Most of the standard trainers will take you between 2 and 3 hours just to set them up. But with the foldable ones, most of them take less than 10 minutes and others come pre-installed.
They are easy to maintain too.
Are These Indoor Cycles Any Good?
Honestly, these trainers might not be suitable for every person out there. Generally, it is an ideal choice for those that are looking for a trainer to offer them a moderate workout session. But if you want extremely intense cycling, you might not find folding bikes appropriate to you. Cyclists, weight lifters, and cardio workout enthusiasts might not like them.
But for the regular cycling sessions in the morning or in the evening, this can be a help to you.
Can You Lose Weight On An Exercise Bike?
The precise answer to that is yes, but there is a catch. So, what’s the catch? Okay, they do help in burning calories, and they also help to promote endurance and overall fitness. So, if you want to lose weight, you must ensure that you burn at least 500 calories in a day. If you maintain that every day, you will lose about a pound of fat in a week.
The progress is slow, but it happens. So, you can combine the cycling session with other cardio workouts for better progress. Above all, watch your diet while at it. Healthy eating is one of the ways of reaching your fitness goals. Get rid of the junk foods and be disciplined in your workout journey.
Can They Burn Belly Fat?
When it comes to belly fat, you need to go for the workouts that specifically target the muscles around the belly. In this case, the stationary upright cycle might not be as effective as such in burning belly fat. Belly fat is the most difficult to lose in the body, and it needs an intense workout to make it possible. So, you can combine the exercise bike workouts with aerobic zone workouts for you to lose the belly fat better.