Best Exercise Bike For Seniors – 6 Nice Choices for 2021

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In this review article I share my opinion on what I think are six of the best recumbent exercise bikes on the market in the low to mid-priced range, chosen from those I product-tested with people in mind who are over 50 like me.

Two of the models were included for those of you who may be on a strict budget and unable to pay for a higher quality bike.

Here are the exercise bikes we’ll be going over in this review:

Last update on 2021-11-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

 

“The best exercise bikes for seniors are all recumbents?”

You may have noticed that I didn’t include any upright exercise bikes for this particular article, and there are good reasons for this (I think).

I discuss this in more detail a little later in the article, but wanted to say now that a recumbent bike features a few important design choices that make it a better choice than an upright exercise bike for many seniors.

 

About these exercise bikes for seniors

As I said in the intro, the exercise bikes featured in this review are priced in the lower to middle range of the stationary bikes market.

The models here are currently priced from around $150 to $850.

On the other hand, the best recumbent bikes — like the ones you’ve seen at gyms — cost a lot more, because they need to be very durable for the long haul.

They’re built to be ridden by gym members constantly from morning through the night, for years.

A high end exercise bike –particularly one with a recumbent design — is much more expensive than the ones in this article, thanks to their higher-quality materials, design, & manufacturing standards.

Here’s a snapshot of a few of them with their price tags:

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Some of the best recumbent bikes available these days.

 

So when I say “Best Exercise Bikes” within the context of this article I am talking about the better models within the low to mid price range of $150 to $800 or so.

 

 

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Science resources included

As is my custom here on heydayDo, I will provide links to all of the relevant sports science & medical resources, clinical studies, and nutritional data used in this article.

 

Gettin’ old, are we?

I’m a senior I suppose; I did turn 62 this year.

Therefore, with my somewhat advanced station in life I’ll go ahead and declare myself the Senior Editor here at heydayDo.

I mean, it’s either me or him:

Lil Boji the Rottweiler, posing on a table for the Recumbent Bikes for Seniors article

Either way, I know I’m definitely in Senior Management.

Because every day that I wake up I’m reminded of what I need to manage regarding my aging body & mind, in order to have the highest quality of life at this stage.

 

Exercising can be harder now that we’re seniors

Me & many of you reading this are well aware of what happens to our bodies as the decades pile up.

In varying degrees many of us have noticed that our balance, stability, and strength have left the building, so to speak.

This loss of physical fitness can make it harder to exercise, and for some it becomes harder to even do simple things like climb up on an exercise bike in your own home.

Hence my focus in this product review article is on the easy-to-use recumbent exercise bike.

 

A few benefits of a recumbent stationary bike

Bottom line: For many older adults, recumbent bikes offer a low-impact workout that is safer and more comfortable than what a typical exercise bike can.

 

By definition, upright bikes require that we climb aboard and maintain an upright position directly over the pedals. We also have to keep our center of gravity directly over our seat, and that requires the ability to easily maintain our balance.

I’m sure none of us had any problem with that when we were a tad more spry, but it’s likely an issue for some of you nowadays.

If so no worries, since a reclining exercise bike (AKA a recumbent) has got you covered:

* Its seat is low to the ground, unlike many exercise bikes; it’s easier to get on one than it is a regular exercise bike.

* A recumbent has you seated in a relaxed position, legs stretched out in front of you — while upright bikes have you perched up on a pedestal-like seat.

 

A woman on arecumbent bike, the best exercise bike for seniors

Best Recumbent Bike for Seniors Reviews

Okie dokie, this section has product reviews for each exercise bike I picked for this article.

At this point I can share which ones I think are the best exercise bikes of the bunch, after giving all of these a ride and a decent going over.

My top picks are these three because they’re the best-built with the best features within our budgeted price range:

Teeter FreeStep – total body workout since it has moving arms with resistance

Nautilus R616 –  this model and its big brother the R618 have great warranties and a dependable company behind them

Schwinn 270 – another well-made exercise bike from a reputable company

 

* My rating is based on a 5-star scale calculating all online owner reviews across the internet at the time I wrote this article.

* Names in blue & product pics link to their product page on ol’ Amazon if you want to check current prices.

 

Top Pick #1 of 2

Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Elliptical

4.6⭐   2,200+ online reviews

 

Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer and Elliptical (LT1)
  • ZERO-IMPACT EXERCISE: Ideal for all fitness levels. The naturally-reclined seated position eliminates stress on the joints and back and reduces body...
  • WHISPER-QUIET, FLUID STRIDE: The natural striding motion follows a smooth, linear path to protect your knees and joints. A simple turn of the dial...
  • TOTAL BODY WORKOUT: Dual power motion works your upper and lower body simultaneously, engaging all major muscle groups to build strength and burn more...
  • SMART DESIGN: Track progress with the easy-to-read, battery-powered digital console; device stand and water bottle holder; convenient transport...
  • COMMERCIAL-GRADE ENGINEERING: Friction-free linkage system means long-lasting use; Low-profile 54" x 38" footprint.

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Review Summary

The Teeter FreeStep has a smart design and is a solidly built recumbent stationary bike.

This exercise bike with moving arms can be used in a variety of ways to achieve a low-intensity full-body workout.

Being able to get your upper body involved while pedaling can provide a nice boost to the number of calories burned in your workouts, compared to other bikes.

 

Detailed review

The Teeter exercise bike has a unique elliptical pedaling motion that provides the least amount of stress on the knees and hips of any other recumbent exercise bike, according to Teeter anyway.

It is very easy to get on & off of too.

All this makes it one of the best exercise bikes for seniors or anyone with arthritis, joint pain, neuropathy issues, low back pain, etc.

 

Not the best choice if you’re strong & fit

This exercise bike isn’t designed for the athletically strong among us who are looking for an exercise bike built to handle high intensity training.

The Teeter FreeStep is best-suited for exercise beginners of any age, or for people that aren’t in great shape who’re just looking to get some good toning exercise at home. 

 

If you’re interested, I compare this Teeter bike to a couple of bikes built for more intense workouts in my article Best Exercise Bikes With Moving Arms.

My two top picks in that article can really give you a full body workout, because their higher resistance levels are very challenging.

(The Teeter offers a much milder workout by comparison.)

Just note that the heavier-duty bikes mentioned in that article are upright stationary bikes, not recumbents.

 

What I like:

* Excellent owner satisfaction rating – 92% (4.6 stars from 2,200+ online owner reviews).

* Great company – Teeter is an American company that has been around awhile, and their excellent customer service is well-known.

* Recumbent + elliptical = a helpful idea for many; Combining these 2 features into 1 exercise bike with arms is a great idea that provides an accessible means of exercise for so many people who are physically challenged in some form or another.

* Very quiet exercise bike – the Teeter FreeStep makes very little noise while in use; easy to watch TV or listen to music without having to crank up the volume.

* Resistance settings – this recumbent elliptical provides a decent range of resistance levels that are very easy to access & change as needed.

* Shipping free on Amazon, nice since it weighs over a hundred pounds.

 

What’s not so good:

* Personal opinion: I think a 1-year warranty is too short for home fitness equipment that costs in the neighborhood of 800 bucks. Sitting in it I can tell it’s well-designed & well-built, using quality materials. But only 1 year?

* The tablet holder that comes with the bike was a little too far away for me to be able to read normal sized fonts on my iPad.

* The print on the workout console was small and hard to read in dim lighting, since the console is not backlit.

 

Teeter FreeStep Tech Specs:

  • Max user weight capacity: 300 lb.
  • Dimensions: 54”L x 38”W x 53”H
  • User height range: 4′ 11″ – 6′ 6″
  • Performance Monitor: basic stats displayed on a backlit LCD
  • Teeter FreeStep weight: 110 lb.
  • Warranty: 1 year

 

 

Top Pick #2

Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike

4.6⭐    1,300+ online reviews

 

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Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike
  • With enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, users can set, track and monitor progress with popular app-based tracking tools
  • Explore the world and discover 50+ global routes that auto-adjust in real time to your speed (Explore the World subscription required)
  • Access the Explore the World app and digitally immerse yourself in a world of virtual courses, exotic locales, and stunning trails from around the...
  • DualTrack blue backlit LCD console displays 29 customizable workout programs
  • 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options

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Review Summary

Well-designed & sturdy, this Nautilus R616 exercise bike is loaded with features, comes with a solid warranty, and provides a smooth & very quiet bike ride.

Even with all that, it’s still nicely priced in the mid-range of the recumbent bike market.

The build quality, warranty, workout programs, app syncing & connectivity make the R616 a good bang for the buck$.

 

Who the R616 is intended for

If having a recumbent bike for home use is in your fitness plans, the Nautilus R616 is worth your consideration.

It’s not built to handle HIIT training-level intensity with heavy usage — none of these lower-priced recumbent bikes are.

But it’s a good choice for quiet & convenient, low to moderate cardio exercise workouts at home.

 

 

What I like:

* High owner satisfaction rating of 90% (4&5-star owner reviews).

* Excellent warranty – 10 years on frame, 3 years on parts & electronics, and 1 year of labor.

* Smart design choices with the drive system & flywheel make for smooth pedaling.

* 25 levels of magnetic resistance that are easy to switch during workout via a ‘quick key’.

* The Nautilus R616 is easy to assemble thanks to clear instructions (hooray). Not quick, but easy.

* Very quiet ride

* Contact (palms) heart rate monitoring included. It has Bluetooth telemetry capability, but you need to get your own non-coded Polar® chest strap or similar, since it’s not included.

* 29 workout programs total: 12 profile, 9 heart rate, 1 quick start, 2 fitness tests, 1 recovery, & 4 custom.

* Your workout data is compatible with a variety of popular fitness apps and syncs via Bluetooth.

* Stores 4 user profiles

* Comfortable seat I thought, and the majority of owners concur.

* Other nice touches: Oversized pedals, bottle holder, and media (tablet/phone) tray are all nice touches.

* 3-speed fan if you want to feel the breeze in your hair.

* Shipping free on Amazon

 

What’s not so good:

* A couple of owners received bikes with faulty parts right out of the box. They both noted that Nautilus was quick to send replacements.

 

Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike Tech Specs:

  • Max user weight capacity: 300 lb.
  • Dimensions: 65”L x 28”W x 50”H
  • Frame levelers & rear stabilizers
  • Performance Monitor: 2 blue backlit LCD displays
  • USB charging port
  • 2 speakers with an mp3 input
  • transport wheels
  • Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike weight: 92 lb.
  • Warranty: 10y frame, 3y parts & electronics, 1y labor

 

 

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike

4.5⭐  4,200+ online reviews

 

Schwinn Fitness 270 Recumbent Bike
  • With enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, users can set, track and monitor progress with popular app-based tracking tools.
  • Explore the world and discover 50plus global routes that auto-adjust in real time to your speed
  • Fully-loaded console with DualTrack blue backlit LCD screens offers 29 workout programs and visibility to workout metrics, even when the media tray is...
  • 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options
  • Telemetry heart rate enabled and ergonomically placed grip heart rate for a relaxed riding position when using a heart rate program

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Review Summary  

This model from Schwinn is the best recumbent exercise bike they make, and the 270 is a nice all-round choice with for seniors who are in great shape or just starting out.

 

Product Overview

The Schwinn 270 is one of Schwinn’s most popular exercise bikes, from one of biking’s most popular brands. It’s a high-quality recumbent bike that has a bunch of features to help you create your ideal bike workout program.

The Schwinn 270 is super easy to get on and off of, like good recumbent bikes are supposed to be. It’s also fully adjustable and features twenty five levels of resistance.

The perimeter-weighted flywheel makes it very easy to start-up – offering smooth, consistent & quiet magnetic resistance throughout.

You can sync up to the RideSocial app (via Bluetooth) to track your progress, use the Schwinn trainer app, participate in 29 pre-set workout programs, and much more.

 

What I Like:

* Excellent Reviews: 4.5 star rating based on over 4,500 customer reviews I saw online.

* Trusted Brand: Schwinn is one of the top brands not only in exercise bikes – but all bikes. They’re owned by Nautilus by the way, in case you didn’t know.

* Bluetooth Connectivity: Syncs with the Schwinn Trainer app and other fitness training apps.

* Lots of Resistance/Pre-Set Workouts: 25 levels of resistance and 29 pre-set workout programs.

* Comfortable Seat: Comfortable, firm seat that is also fully adjustable.

* Easy On/Off: Also has attached arms support bars that can assist with that process.

* DualTrack LCD Displays: LCD displays provide real-time monitoring of speed, resistance, time, progress, and more.

* Smooth/Quiet Flywheel: High-speed, high-inertia drive-system with perimeter weighted flywheel is easy to start-up and keeps quiet throughout.

 

What’s Not So Good:

* Warranty Isn’t Great: This Schwinn recumbent bike is protected by a 12-month warranty, which many users find to be too short.

I do too, since the bike’s around 600 bucks like the Nautilus R616 (above), which has a much better warranty.

 

* Buyer Issues with Electronics: Some (luckily very few) users have reported an issue with the electronics on the device, specifically the LCD display.

The electronics warranty covers against this issue for only 12 months, and past that, Schwinn charges about $250 for a replacement display.

Needless to say, that’d be a very annoying issue for those who encounter it. But the fitness apps available via Bluetooth are way better than a console on any low to mid-priced exercise bike,  for sure.

 

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Tech Specs:

  • Max user weight capacity: 300 lb.
  • Dimensions: 64” x 27.7” x 49.9”
  • Performance Monitor: 2 Blue Backlit LCD Displays
  • Resistance Levels: 25
  • Schwinn 270 weight: 86.6 lb.
  • Material: Carbon Steel
  • Warranty: 1 year

 


 

Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike

4.3⭐   300+ online reviews

 

Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike with Upper Body and Lower Body...
  • Eight levels of smooth, adjustable magnetic resistance with easy-to-reach tension dial
  • Multi-function electronic display with scan function tracks speed, calories, heart rate, distance, and workout time
  • Includes both upper hand pedals and lower foot pedals for a full body workout
  • Comfortable, padded, adjustable seat with angled back rest for added comfort
  • Sturdy, steel frame with built-in wheels for easy transport; Max weight capacity: 250lb

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Review summary

The Stamina Elite is another recumbent bike with moving arms. Its pedaling motion is circular like regular recumbent exercise bikes, and its handles that work your arms rotate in a circle too.

It is an open step-through bike, which makes it a good choice for seniors and people with balance issues.

 

It uses magnetic resistance, so it’s a very quiet recumbent bike. It rides smooth and feels pretty sturdy to me.

While the pedaling resistance offered some needed exercise intensity, I felt that the arm exerciser was useless; it had zero resistance.

The Stamina Elite also has a good warranty to back up its nice build.

It’s considered a mid-priced home recumbent exercise bike, even though it’s the 2nd most expensive bike in this article.

 

Summing it up

This bike is definitely not built for the active, energetic, or strong among us.

I think it’s best suited for exercise beginners, or elderly people without a lot of gas in the tank.

Given its limitations, the Stamina Elite may not be the best recumbent exercise bike available, but it ought to work well for those of you seeking a quiet, low impact cardio workout at home.

It’s step-through design makes it easy for anyone to use, it has a nice warranty, and it should last awhile if used for light exercise.

 

What I like:

* It’s a dual-action recumbent bike. You can burn more calories by using your hands for something other than holding your phone or a book. ‘Pedal’ with them using the included moving arms.

* Nice warranty: 5 years on frame, 1 year on parts.

* Magnetic resistance gives it a quiet ride and has 8 adjustment levels.

* The Stamina Elite has heart rate monitor contact handles on either side of your seat.

* Nice design build: Sturdy steel frame, decent flywheel, and a comfortable, adjustable seat make exercising on this recumbent bike smooth.

* Assembly is easy, allow at least an hour or so.

* Shipping free on Amazon

 

What’s not so good:

* A couple of users report that their seat loosens from its setting after awhile.

* A few owners complained about the foot straps coming off their feet during use.

* I felt no resistance in the arm ‘pedaler’, although I don’t know if that’s really a “CON” or simply a personal preference of mine.

(In any event, moving your arms while you’re sitting there pedaling is better than not. You’ll burn more calories and increase your heart rate more by getting your arms involved.)

* My personal opinion (& nothing more): I think it costs too much for the quality of exercise it provides.

 

Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike Tech Specs:

  • Max user weight capacity: 250 lb.
  • Dimensions: 52”L x 24”W x 49”H
  • Display shows basic stats like speed, distance, time, & calories, heart rate
  • Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike weight: 121 lb.
  • Warranty: 5y frame, 1y parts

 

 

An older man riding a recumbent exercise bike in a park

Best Cheap Recumbent Bikes for Seniors

Here are two of the more popular recumbent exercise bikes found in the bargain bin, if you can’t afford to pay for a higher-quality bike with a better manufacturer’s warranty.

Both are priced under $200, or were. (Man, fitness equipment prices are bouncing all over the place — mostly up — these days.)

Before we check them out though, I have a couple of thoughts to share about the reality of really cheap exercise bikes.

 

Something to consider (AKA “lecture time”)

Bottom line: Keeping realistic performance expectations for these next two cheap exercise bikes is probably a good idea.

They’re very inexpensive because their manufacturers built them that way, using lower-quality methods & materials.

A short product warranty tells you the manufacturer isn’t expecting your bike to be trouble-free for all that long.

But who knows, you may end up getting a few years of consistent use out of one of these low-priced exercise bikes, which would be great.

And as you’ll read, a number of people have done that apparently.

 

Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike ME-709

4.5⭐   20,000+ online reviews

 

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Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Resistance ME-709
  • STEP-THROUGH DESIGN – Featuring heavy-duty construction 14-gauge steel tubing with a powder coated finish, the step-through design allows maximum...
  • EIGHT RESISTANCE LEVELS – This stationary bike uses a magnetic resistance mechanism with 8 levels of resistance. The tension knobs control the...
  • EASY-TO-READ COMPUTER SCREEN – The ultra-functional LCD computer screen acts as a odometer and has a sharp panel display that shows time, speed,...
  • COMFORTABLE PADDED SEAT – The equipment has an ergonomically designed saddle furnished with comfortable high-density foam. It features contoured...
  • COUNTERBALANCED PEDALS – Weighted pedals designed to provide maximal foot support while offering ultimate control. This bike is equipped with...

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Review Summary

This Marcy recumbent exercise bike is the lowest priced recumbent bike in this review, and probably the lowest priced recumbent bike you’d even possibly consider buying.

If you’re on a real tight budget it may be worth considering, bearing in mind my overused “you get what you pay for” advice.

 

The biggest-selling recumbent exercise bike online, this model has over 20,000 owner reviews so far.

It won’t last forever, but the Marcy recumbent bike has a nice warranty: 2 years for frame & parts (no labor coverage though).

It’s a comfortable, quiet, fairly compact exercise machine that’s pretty easy to move around.

All for well under 200 bucks too.

 

What I like:

* Super Low Price – It’s currently priced under 150 bucks, that makes it a really really cheap recumbent bike.

* Open step-through bike design, so it’s very easy to climb on & off of.

* Easy to assemble, most owners were up & running in an hour or so.

* As a magnetic resistance bike, the Marcy ME-709 is a very quiet ride.

* 8 levels of magnetic resistance.

* The seat is padded and comfortable for me and lots of owners too.

 

What’s not so good:

* A few owners received bikes that were defective in one way or another, right out of the box.

* Some owners report that adjusting the seat is difficult -that it didn’t easily slide. My Walmart ride slid OK, but I didn’t like that the pin was located on the low frame bar, requiring me to get off the bike and kneel down to adjust the seat.

* It’s a super cheap recumbent bike. There are a few owner reports of parts breaking after some months of use.

(This is to be expected, considering the price that was paid for it. Since labor is not included in the Marcy ME-709’s warranty, you’d be responsible for handling the repair after they shipped you the replacement part.)

 

Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike ME-709 Tech Specs:

  • Max user weight capacity: 300 lb.
  • Dimensions: 56”L x 25”W x 38”H
  • Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike weight: 66 lb.
  • Warranty: 2y limited warranty

 

Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike

 4.4⭐    7,500+ online reviews

 

EXERPEUTIC THERAPEUTIC FITNESS 900XL Recumbent Exercise Bike with...
  • Your purchase includes Exerpeutic 900 XL Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse; Adult Assembly required, tools provided
  • Exercise Bike dimensions: 54” L x 22” W x 34” H; Product Weight: 63 pounds; Weight capacity: 300 pounds; User height – 5’3” – 6’ 6”;...
  • Large oversized seat cushion and back rest for users of any size
  • Easy-to-read LCD display indicates distance, calories burned, time, speed, and heart rate information
  • Recumbent stationary bike offers challenging cardiovascular workout while minimizing stress on your joints and back

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Review Summary

This Exerpeutic recumbent bike is one of the best selling recumbent bikes on the market. After riding on it at the store, I’m guessing that that’s mainly because it’s so cheap.

 

Owner Feedback

It has a pretty high owner’s satisfaction rating, judging by the number of 4&5-star reviews it’s received over the past few years.

I’ve read where a few owners got more than a year’s use out of it without any major problems, except some had the data console fail.

No real loss there, since the bike would still pedal fine and cheap fitness machines are notorious for being equipped with inaccurate electronics anyways.

A couple of people even mentioned that their Exerpeutic 900XL’s were 2-3 years old and still working fine, though I don’t know how hard they rode or how often.

 

Notable Features

It has a step-through design and heavier-duty base compared to other cheap recumbent bikes.

Other features include 8 resistance levels and a max user capacity of 300 lb.

A magnetic resistance bike is a quiet bike, so that’s a plus too.

 

Who’s it for

The 900XL is best-suited for light cardio workouts and casual exercise use; its really low price and short warranty tell you that.

If you’re on a tight budget, the Exerpeutic 900XL is a good choice for seniors, exercise beginners, overweight people, and others with mobility & balance issues.

 

What I like:

* Its Pricethis Exerpeutic recumbent bike is very inexpensive.

* Quiet – It’s a magnetic resistance bike, so it’s a very quiet bike during use…apartment-friendly noise level.

* Easy to use – Step through bike design and decent length makes the Exerpeutic 900XL easy to use.

* Heavier flywheel – than other inexpensive recumbent bikes in its price range. This gives it a smoother pedaling experience.

* Heart-rate monitoring – via contact handles.

* Has a basic console – LCD monitor with basic exercise bike stats: distance, calories burned, time, speed, & heart rate.

* Multiple resistance – 8 adjustment levels of magnetic resistance.

* Has transport wheels – to move it off somewhere if need be.

 

 

What’s not so good:

* Like most cheap recumbent bikes, the Exerpeutic 900XL has a short warranty: 1 year for the frame, 90 days for everything else, and no labor coverage.

* A few owners have reported pedals breaking off after awhile.

* I had a couple of issues with the seat. It’s adjustment process isn’t the best, and a few owners & I didn’t think it was very comfortable. It’s basically wood with a little hard foam, wrapped in vinyl.

* A few owners received bikes with faulty resistance. That is, the bike was stuck on maximum resistance and wouldn’t adjust to a lower setting.

* Liquid crystal display (LCD) is not backlit, so it’s hard to read in dim lighting.

 

Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike Tech Specs:

  • Max user weight capacity: 300 lb.
  • Dimensions: 54”L x 22”W x 34”H
  • Exerpeutic 900XL weight: 70 lb.
  • Warranty: 1y frame, 90 days parts

 

Are you interested in a folding bike?

I just remembered that I product-tested a cheap folding recumbent bike in a sporting goods store before COVID, and thought I’d pass along some info on it in case you’re interested.

It’s called the Exerpeutic 400XL, and it looks like this:

Exerpeutic 400XL Exercise Bike For Seniors

I shared my evaluation of my test drive on this bike in my article Best Folding Exercise Bikes; click on that to read about it.

 

 

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What is the best exercise bike for seniors?

A recumbent bike with step through design is often an ideal choice for many older folk looking to get some exercise on a stationary bike.

Step through design” means you can easily step across it, since a recumbent bike isn’t usually built far off the ground.

As a result you may feel less discomfort while exercising on a recumbent bike. This can lead to longer workout times, which provide more health benefits to you as well.

 

A good exercise bike choice for older adults

Clinical research has proven that unless you resolve to fight it tooth & nail (like I try to do), simply getting older causes:

Fast-forward to our senior years, and many of us discover that many routine and simple things we used to do with ease aren’t as easy to do.

Like riding a regular bike or its indoor exercise bike cousin.

The recumbent bike, being easier to manage than those upright bikes, is thus an effective way for older folk to get some much needed exercise.

 

Senior woman exercising on a recumbent exercise bike

Balance & stability issues

For the older people who may have balance, stability, and/or strength issues, climbing up onto & down from an upright stationary bike may prove challenging.

It may be unsafe too, since you create a pretty high center of gravity when parked way up on the seat. If you lose your balance for a sec, you risk toppling over.

Who’s going to feel excited about exercising every day if they have to deal with that?

 

Lower back stress

Furthermore, the way you have to sit on an upright bike puts stress on your lower back. For any of you with low back issues, an upright bike isn’t a pleasant exercising option.

I know this firsthand, as I have a long history of dealing with nerve pain due to an ancient low back injury.

The thought of riding an upright exercise bike for an hour makes me think of when I had my impacted wisdom teeth pulled back in the 70s.

 

Circus performer muscle man riding a strange upright exercise bike

“Dang these upright bikes, they aren’t comfy at all…”

 

Behold the recumbent bike

All of the aforementioned problems disappear simply by having a recumbent exercise bike instead. Like I mentioned, most recumbent bikes are built so that it’s real easy to get on & off of them.

This allows you to get squared away — balanced & oriented — before you park your butt on the cushy seat.

 

Reclined & comfortable

The word recumbent basically means a sitting position where you’re reclining; you’re seated in the bike with your legs extended in front of you.

This is a very comfortable position compared to sitting up on an upright bicycle seat, hunched towards the handlebars.

Unsurprisingly then, the angle at which you’re seated on a recumbent bike is much easier on your lower back than on an upright bike.

 

Feel better, work out longer

One of the bonuses of being more comfortable on a recumbent bike is that you’ll be able to exercise for longer periods of time.

Listen: if you want to slow (and in some cases, reverse) the effects of age-related decline in your body, lots of exercise (relatively speaking, given our age) is a must.

Here are some real good reasons to get movin’, so if you’re not yet on a consistent exercise program, I want to sincerely encourage you to take the steps to start one for yourself.

Now. 😄

You’re worth being at your best, and a nice amount of physical activity can help you get there.

 

Protect your floor AND your new exercise bike

Do you need an fitness equipment mat to protect your floor from your exercise bike?

A good mat also keeps floor dust or carpet fibers from getting into your equipment’s moving parts and causing problems.

I wrote a buyer’s guide & article on the better equipment mats available for both carpet & hardwood floors here.

 

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Fitness guides for my fellow members of the Over 50 Club

In case you’re interested…

I’ve written a bunch of workout and diet guides here on heydayDo with older folk like me in mind, and here’s a few of them:

9 Muscle-Building Dumbbell Exercises For Seniors  – Full Body

Over 60 & Overweight? 7 Proven Ideas & Exercises

7 At-Home Dumbbell Exercises for Flabby Arms Over 60 (or 50)

HIIT For Seniors

5 x 5 Workout For the Over 50-year-old

What’s Good Cardio for Bad Knees?

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Wrapping up

I hope this article with my retail store recon and product research on exercise bikes for older adults is helpful to you, and that the benefits guide for recumbent bikes is useful as well.

– greg

July 2021

 

 


About heydayDo

heydayDo author Greg Simon
Hi I’m Greg Simon. Fitness training & nutrition researching since 1982. Organic food & wine grower. Surfer. Congenital heart disease survivor (so far). Read more…
heydayDo is my “fitness after 50” website that’s about embracing the physically active lifestyle as we get older.
 
I write about the fitness and health research I’ve found concerning the quality of life benefits that exercise and good nutrition provide.
 
When I get curious about something, I’ll dig into whatever sports science & medical facts there are on the topic to learn what’s real & what’s only hype. I also post my experiences product-testing & evaluating home gym equipment & fitness supplements.
 
 It’s an information-sharing, personal opinion blog of mine.
 
So if you’re looking for medical or nutritional advice, please consult with your doctor or health professional for that, since heydayDo does not provide medical advice.