Best Heavy Duty Exercise Bikes up to 500 lb. Capacity (2022)

Interested in exercise bikes for a heavy person?

This article reviews several well-built & well-regarded upright & recumbent exercise bikes with 300 lb., 350 lb., 400 lb., 450 lb., & 500 lb. capacity that I product-tested in retail sporting goods stores.

I also tried out 5 inexpensive models & am including my evaluations of them if you’re on a tight budget.

Many regular exercise bikes max out their weight capacity at 250 lb., and therefore aren’t well-built enough for consistent use by someone who’s heavier than that.


Table of Contents

* Best Heavy Duty Exercise Bikes by Weight Limit

* A Note About High Weight Capacity Bikes

* Sneak Peek At The Top Picks

* Heavy Duty Exercise Bike Buyer’s Guide

* Warranty Comparisons

* Best Heavy Duty Exercise Bike Reviews


* Stationary Bike Benefits

* Buying A Used Stationary Bike

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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.


Best Heavy Duty Exercise Bikes by Weight Limit

Here are my top candidates for Best Heavy Duty Exercise Bike in each weight capacity:

Exercise bike – 500 lb. capacity

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Recumbent exercise bike – 450 lb. capacity

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Recumbent exercise bike – 400 lb. capacity

LifeSpan Fitness R5i 

LifeSpan R5i Recumbent Bike

(from the LifeSpan website)


Exercise bike – 350 lb. capacity

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These six best-in-class exercise bikes aren’t cheap, mainly because:

  • they’re well-built with quality materials
  • they’re backed with very good warranties
  • they’re made by established American companies known for providing excellent customer service.


Here are the other 5 bikes included in this high weight capacity exercise bike review:

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Program notes before we get going

In the 350 lb. capacity category, the Assault AirBike and the Schwinn AD7 are not reviewed in this article.

I product-tested them previously, and wrote their detailed reviews in my article Best Exercise Bikes With Moving Arms here on heydayDo.

Click on that to check them out (they’re both tough as nails, built to provide a great full body workout for years & years).

Also — note that both of the HCI Fitness models are quite similar to one another, so I review them together and cover their similarities & differences along the way.


Consider weight lifting in addition to riding an exercise bike

If you’re looking to lose weight & tone up your body, then I want to humbly suggest you start strength training a few times a week too.

Weightlifting can rev up your metabolism better than bike riding can, & a higher metabolism will help you burn more calories even when you’re not working out.

I’ve put together a handful of dumbbell workouts you can easily do at home or at a gym. You can read them here on heydayDo:

9 Muscle-Building Dumbbell Exercises for Seniors – Full Body

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

Skinny Fat Workout & Diet Plan for Women & Men

5×5 Workout for the Over 50-Year-Old


A note about these heavy duty exercise bikes

They cost less than bikes with similar warranties

It’s important to note that my 3 top picks are a lot cheaper than other high-quality, high weight capacity bikes that have similar warranties.

“A lot cheaper”, as in thousands of dollars cheaper.

As an example, I’m currently looking at a competitor’s bike in another browser window that is similar to HCI Fitness’ PhysioStep MDX that’s reviewed in this article.

Similar, meaning that they’re both high capacity recumbent bikes with 500 lb. capacity.


The other bike is twice as expensive and it’s used?!

The competitor’s model costs nearly twice as much as the HCI PhysioStep, putting its sticker price well over $5,000.

But here’s the real kicker: It’s refurbished; it’s not even new.


And where did the warranty go?

And beyond those facts, another issue is that since it’s a used model its original warranty is no longer valid.

Instead, they slough off a short limited warranty onto the buyer.


Regarding the other heavy weight capacity bikes

The other 5 bikes here are well-rated with weight capacity ranging from 300 to 400 lb.

And as a courtesy to my readers who simply can’t afford to pay for better quality, I included a few cheap exercise bikes – one with 400 lb. capacity, two at 350 lb., & an upright exercise bike with 300 lb. capacity.


Protect Your Investment

Do you need an exercise equipment mat to protect your floor from you and your home exercise equipment?

Your sweat can corrode the surfaces it lands and dries onto. And your weight presses down through the “feet” of your bike stand, which over time can damage your floor.

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.


Sneak peek at these high weight capacity bikes

Top Pick: Exercise Bike – 500 lb. Capacity 

HCI PhysioStep MDX Recumbent


“Awesome exercise machine. The bike itself is very smooth and quiet in operation. I have an H2 heart rate sensor and it works perfectly with the system. Great machine, very comfortable. My wife and I are very happy with this purchase” – B


Top Pick: Exercise Bike – 450 lb. Capacity 

HCI PhysioStep LXT-700

“I just finished a 12 week cardiac rehab using a much more expensive total workout machine. The LXT Physiostep does the same workout but with better programs. This is a fantastic machine & sure give a great workout.” – H


Top Pick: Recumbent Exercise Bike – 400 lb. Capacity

LifeSpan R5i Recumbent Bike

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“An excellent recumbent bike! I absolutely love it. A great home exercise recumbent bike that is as quality as the bikes at the gym. It runs very quietly, very smooth and runs on its own pedal power. Really like the arm rests too as I have a shoulder issue.” – LA


Quick note on the benefits of these 3 recumbent exercise bikes

Those first three bikes have very high weight capacity, more so than the other machines listed in this article: 400 lb., 450 lb., & 500 lb.

Did you notice that they were all recumbent exercise bikes? Recumbent bikes have benefits for a heavy person looking to start their weight loss journey that upright bikes don’t.

* An upright bike requires the person has good balance, but recumbent exercise bikes do not.

* Recumbent bikes are low to the ground and easy to get on and off of, but upright exercise bikes often require some agility and know how-to to mount properly.

* Upright exercise bikes — as their name suggests — require you to sit right above your feet and your lower back, and some require you to lean forward over the handlebars.

Those positions can cause discomfort over time to anyone with low back or joint issues.


Top Picks: Exercise Bike – 350 lb. Capacity

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike

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“Overall, I am very impressed with my purchase. I would recommend this bike to any level of athlete or average person looking for a good workout. I am a heart patient and I really rely on the Pro to get me back and keep me in shape.” – TD


Assault AirBike Classic

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“Commercial quality. Well-made and thus far durable. Heavy gauge steel where required. Yes, it will give you a workout like you read about. Would I buy it again? Absolutely!!! The bike is exactly what I wanted.” – S


Quick note on these 2 upright exercise bikes

  • They both offer challenging resistance if you ask them to;
  • They last for years with heavy use in busy gyms;
  • They’re easily two of the best upright exercise bikes with 350 lb. capacity on the market (I think).


Best Recumbent Exercise Bike – 300 lb. Capacity

Nautilus R616

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“After six months, still impressed with this machine. Really good customer service response, no issues whatsoever. I would buy another one of these” – WE


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Cheap Exercise Bike – 400 lb. Capacity

Exerpeutic GOLD 500 XLS

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“Decent quality but they have to cut corners somewhere…Overall very happy with the bike. The pedal straps are very cheap soft plastic which broke when I went to attach them to the pedals. Not a huge deal, bike works as advertised. ” – B


Cheap Recumbent Exercise Bike – 350 lb. Capacity

Sunny Recumbent Bike with Arms

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“You get what you pay for. This bike is at a great price but not the most comfortable seat. I recommend it at this price.” – RW


Cheap Recumbent Exercise Bike – 350 lb. Capacity

Sunny Recumbent Desk Exercise Bike

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“My only problem with the bike is that the seat is uncomfortable for me. It is hard and the contours do not fit me. I’ll buy an orthopedic memory foam cushion to see if that helps, otherwise it will be a loss of money because I’ll avoid using the bike because it feels bad.” – DCP



Cheap Exercise Bike – 300 lb. Capacity

Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Exercise Bike

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“This is a great bike for those who are just looking to get into stationary cycling, or maintain their current weight. If you’re looking for a piece of equipment that’ll take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’, I’d say you’re better off looking at higher quality (and yes, higher priced) options.” – RR



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Heavy duty exercise bike buyer’s guide

Here are a few areas I believe are worth your consideration when purchasing a high weight capacity exercise bike.


Stay way under your bike’s maximum capacity

The following gentle suggestion of mine is just my own opinion, borne of a few decades’ worth of observation & hands-on experience with cardio machines.

I’ll apply it to our high weight capacity exercise bike here, but it applies to any piece of cardio exercise equipment for home use.


May I suggest that you weigh a minimum of 50 lb. less than the manufacturer’s suggested maximum capacity.


So for example, if you weigh 250 shop for an upright or recumbent exercise bike with at least a 300 lb. capacity.

If you weigh around 300, then limit your search to bikes with 350 lb. capacity or better yet, look for a bike with 400 lb. capacity…and so on.

You’re spending hard-earned money here, and you want this thing to last.


They’re just guessing your bike’s weight limit

Understand that when most manufacturers choose a weight capacity number to give to that exercise bike you’re thinking of owning, they’re just guessing.

Few pieces of cardio exercise machines are stringently tested. When they are, the manufacturer usually (& rightly so) brags it up in their marketing literature.

You can bet none of the cheap exercise bikes arriving here by the crate load from China have been put through any Underwriter Laboratory type of weight capacity stress test.


Building demolition

More weight = more structural stress

As many of you already know full well, the more weight you put on something the more stress its support structure has to deal with — whether it’s our body or a bike.

So the closer your weight is to the manufacturer’s suggested weight limit for their bike, the more likely that exercise bike will conk out prematurely.

Losing weight takes awhile, so give your bike the best chance to be trouble-free for you for awhile too.

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What are the warranties on these heavy duty bikes?

Speaking of warranties…

One of the many opinionated clichés I rattle off here on heydayDo is that “a manufacturer’s warranty tells you how long they think this product will last.”

I do believe that’s true. The length & breadth of any exercise machine warranty provides insight into how confident the bike manufacturer:

* feels about providing protection for you;

* feels about the quality of the materials & methods they used to build that exercise bike.


Compare warranties

So let’s take a look at the manufacturers’ bike warranty for every high weight capacity exercise bike in this article.

Also, notice & compare the quality of the warranties between my top choices for Best Heavy Duty Exercise Bike and the cheaper high weight capacity bikes.

I’ve ranked them in order from best warranties to worst.


Outstanding bike warranty

LifeSpan R5i Recumbent Bike

Lifetime frame. 5 years parts. 2 years free labor


Excellent bike warranty

HCI Fitness PhysioStep MDX

HCI Fitness PhysioStep LXT

Lifetime frame. 3 years parts. 1 year free labor


Very good bike warranties

Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike 

10 years frame. 3 years parts. 1 year free labor

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike

10 years frame. 2 years parts. 6 months free labor


So-so bike warranties

Sunny Recumbent Bike with Arms

Sunny Recumbent Desk Exercise Bike

Both come with 3 years frame, 180 days parts.


Hope & a prayer bike warranties

Exerpeutic GOLD 500 XLS

Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Exercise Bike

Both come with 1 year frame,. 90 days parts.


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Best Heavy Duty Exercise Bike Reviews

Top Pick for Exercise bikes with 500 lb. capacity 

HCI PhysioStep MDX Recumbent

(As a reminder, most of the main design & structural features of this bike apply to the other HCI model — the LXT — too. I list their differences below.)


For people like us who want to work out at home, exercise equipment with 500 lb. of capacity is not easy to come by.

Typically, exercise bikes with 500 lb. capacity are only found in the larger commercial gyms, and cost in the thousands of dollars.

A recumbent elliptical cross trainer like this HealthCare International PhysioStep MDX is typically recommended as the go-to exercise bike for obese people.

There are a few important reasons for this, two of which immediately come to my mind:

*This PhysioStep is a 500 lb. capacity exercise equipment product;

*It’s main design features allow exercise for obese people to happen safely & effectively.


Smartly designed bike for the heavy rider

The two design features I’m thinking of that are on this PhysioStep MDX are its recumbent exercise bike seating and low clearance.

These qualities greatly assist the obese person in getting on & off of the bike without incident.

This is important because problems with balance and flexibility are common with the severely overweight.

And these design features also create a comfortable environment in which to exercise, which can enhance workout productivity & thus provide potential benefits including weight loss & better health.

Here’s a link to a short YouTube promo video from HCI of their PhysioStep MDX.

Similarities & differences between the MDX & the LXT:

Both bikes are marketed as a recumbent elliptical trainer, which seems reasonable to me since you recline as you’re exercising on it.

Plus your feet aren’t rotating around like they do on typical recumbent exercise bikes, since they have an elliptical motion similar to what you’d experience at the gym riding an upright elliptical trainer.

* The MDX has 500 lb. of user capacity, the LXT 450 lb.**;

* The LXT actually weighs more than the MDX (255 vs. 210 lb.);

* Both have nice oversized seats that felt comfy for a bike seat;

* The MDX seat I was on only swiveled around 45 degrees, but the LXT swivels all the way around;

* Both have 32 workout programs, plenty of options no matter your fitness level;

* The MDX is a full-range elliptical while the LXT uses a linear stepping motion;

* Both the MDX & LXT have user-assisted electrical power;

* Both have side handgrips, but the LXT also has a seatbelt & leg stabilizers;

* Both the LXT & MDX have a similar (& pretty small) footprint, only needing around 2 1/2′ x 5′ of floor.


** – The Amazon product page for the LXT lists a 400 lb. weight capacity, but on this page here on HCI Fitness’ website, they clearly state the user weight capacity of the LXT is 450 lb. 😉


HCI Fitness LXT

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What I like about the MDX:

(this applies to the LXT as well)

*Excellent bike warranty: Lifetime frame, 3 years parts, & 1 year free labor

*Solidly built –  like a tank, it operates very quietly & smoothly while in use

*High owner satisfaction rating – 88% (4&5-star owner reviews across the internet)

*Very easy to get on & off of – low clearance & a step-through design allows the user to sit onto the bike without having to climb over it

Very natural – the position of the pedals and the arms make for a smooth natural workout motion

Full body workout – using the arm exerciser with resistance can help someone lose weight a little faster

*Very good customer service reputation – Makes sense, since the great warranty shows they really back this machine

*Easy to adjust – seat & arm exercisers can be tailor-fit for a range of different sized users

*Lots of smart design & user-friendly features – nice easy-to-read easy-to-use console with exportable workout stats, lots of preset programs, heart rate monitoring, comfy seat, lots more too

*Shipping free on Amazon – which is great considering how much it weighs


Potential issues for some:

*Cost – Its price may discourage people on really tight budgets. But there are a couple of buts here 😊.

But #1 – But a high-quality exercise bike with 500 lb. capacity AND an excellent warranty is simply going to cost you.

But #2 – But the HCI PhysioStep costs significantly less than similar models that brandish their medical connections at you in their marketing materials.


*It’s big & heavy like the people it’s designed for – ordering the in-home delivery service available through Amazon might be a good idea for some. Also, if you’re not very handy you might consider paying a little for expert assembly.


On a side note: 

Those companies I was referring to that sell a $5,000+ high weight capacity exercise bike aren’t dumb.

They know they have the severely overweight, obese, & morbidly obese person between a rock & a hard place when it comes to the price of their products.

Like an exercise bike for obese people with 500 lb. capacity for example.

There just aren’t that many high weight capacity bike options to choose from.


Quick economics class refresher: When Demand is greater than Supply, Prices go up.


Summing up:

As I mentioned early in this article, the HCI PhysioStep MDX & LXT  are similar to other bikes with 500 lb. capacity that cost thousands of dollars more.

Both the PhysioStep MDX & LXT have the same excellent warranty & customer service to match, proving the company stands behind its product.

Recommended as one of the best bikes for obese people to kickstart an exercise program to help them lose weight.


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Top Pick: Recumbent Exercise Bike – 400 lb. Capacity

LifeSpan R5i Recumbent Bike

The R5i is a very well built and well-designed recumbent exercise bike with an outstanding warranty from LifeSpan Fitness, who are based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This is also another excellent recumbent exercise bike for overweight & obese people who want to exercise at home.

It’s very quiet when in use thanks to its eddy current magnetic resistance.

(This bike’s name & image link to LifeSpan Fitness’ website, because they often have sales & provide free extended warranties from time to time there too.)

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What I like:

*Outstanding bike warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years parts, & 2 years free labor. Best of the bunch in this review, that’s for sure

*Very high owner satisfaction rating – over 90%

*LifeSpan the company – they have a very good reputation, earned over many years providing great customer service

*It’s self-powered – no need for an electrical cord or batteries

*Lots of user-friendly features – multiple resistance levels, connectivity to external fitness apps, heart rate monitoring, easy-to-use (& read) workout console

*I liked the seat – I found the size & shape comfy. And although I wasn’t riding on it for an hour (no fitness store clerk will let me do that), I felt (literally) like my butt wouldn’t be screaming at me if I was


Potential issues for some:

*Cost – Although much cheaper than the two HCI Fitness bikes we just looked at, this R5i recumbent bike may still be out of reach for someone whose exercise bike budget is small.


Summing up:

A top-rated high-quality recumbent exercise bike with 400 lb. capacity.

Has one of the best warranties you’ll come across for a high weight capacity exercise bike priced as low as this LifeSpan R5i is.

The many thoughtful design features provide a comfortable workout and make the riding experience a pleasure.

Recommended as an excellent exercise bike for obese or overweight people needing a bike with 400 lb. capacity.


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Top Pick: Exercise Bike – 350 lb. Capacity

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Exercise Bike

This upright exercise bike with 350 lb. capacity is one of Schwinn’s most popular bikes among casual users, Crossfit© enthusiasts, & top athletes.

Its simplicity makes it suitable for all types of users, and its air resistance design can provide one of the best workouts possible on an exercise bike.

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The Schwinn Airdyne Pro has even been used effectively during injury rehab as well.

It’s built tough, solid, & sturdy, which I’m sure you’ll feel when you climb on it like I did.

If keeping your balance isn’t an issue, this upright bike is a great choice for anyone looking to lose weight safely & quickly.


What I like:

*Very good bike warranty: Frame 10 years, Parts 2 years, Labor 6 months.

*Simple, powerful, easy to use – your own effort creates the resistance naturally, and an excellent exercise bike workout is yours.

*Solidly built – bike feels sturdy, tough, and safe.

*Good company- This Airdyne Pro air bike is Schwinn’s best exercise bike. They back it with very good customer service too.

*Shipping free on Amazon


Here’s their 1 minute promo video for it:


Potential issues for some:

*It’s not quiet – air resistance provides a great workout, but all that air being drawn in by the built in fan isn’t silent. I doubt it’d work in an apartment with thin walls & sensitive neighbors.


Summing up:

An excellent high weight capacity bike choice for anyone with aggressive weight loss goals who doesn’t have any problems with their balance (since it’s an upright exercise bike, not a recumbent).

Backed by a very good warranty and a well-established company that’s been around forever.

The Airdyne Pro is simple to use and effective for people of all levels of fitness.


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Best Recumbent Exercise Bike – 300 lb. Capacity

Nautilus R616

The Nautilus R616 has features galore and is a well-built recumbent exercise bike.

Some of those features include a variety of training programs, heart rate monitoring, and Bluetooth connectivity to popular fitness apps.

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It’s a very quiet bike while in use, and its open step-through design makes it very easy for anyone to get on & off of.

The R616 is a sound & appropriate choice if you’re looking for a recumbent exercise bike with 300 lb. capacity.

It is built to smoothly provide a low-to-moderate cardio workout at home, and comes backed by a very good warranty as well.


What I like:

*Very good bike warranty – 10 years on frame, 3 years on parts & electronics, and 1 year of labor

*Very good owner satisfaction rating – 88% 4&5-star reviews across the internet

*Smart design choices – the flywheel & drive system are built for a long-term smooth pedaling experience

*Tons of user-friendly features

*Workout console is easy to program & use – lots of workouts too, along with fitness app connectivity & more

*Shipping free on Amazon


Potential issues for some:

*I saw where a couple of owners received bikes with faulty electronics. Luckily, Nautilus has good customer service that is usually quick to correct those types of issues


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Cheap Recumbent Exercise Bike – 350 lb. Capacity

Sunny Recumbent Bike w Arms SF-RB4708

A very inexpensive high weight capacity exercise bike, this Sunny SF-RB4708 is the cheap exercise bike version of the HCI PhysioStep that’s a top pick in this review.

It too is a recumbent exercise bike that has moving arms like the PhysioStep MDX & LXT we looked at earlier.

The bike’s arms are dependent on your leg work & pedaling, meaning they move when & how much you make your pedals move.

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What I like:

*Open step-through design –  makes this recumbent exercise bike easy to get on & off of for anybody

*High weight capacity bike – Although it’s cheap it’s still an exercise bike with 350 lb. capacity

*Quiet while in use – magnetic resistance keeps noise to a minimum

*Good owner satisfaction rating – 89% across the internet (4&5-star reviews)


Potential issues for some:

*Short bike warranty – it’s nowhere near as comprehensive as the warranties of the heavy duty exercise bikes we’ve looked at so far.

But it’s much better than the bike warranty offered by the 2 Exerpeutic models that’ll be reviewed in a little bit

*The seat wasn’t the most comfortable to me – this is typical of cheap exercise bikes

*Faulty pedals – A number of owners have reported issues with their pedals

*Other mechanical problems crop up too

*Assembly instructions not great – they look a lot poorer than many others I’ve come across


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Cheap Recumbent Exercise Bike – 350 lb. Capacity

Sunny Recumbent Desk Exercise Bike

Here’s another Sunny recumbent exercise bike with 350 lb. capacity for ya – this one has a desktop.

I included it here just in case some of you were interested in a cheap recumbent bike like the model we just looked at, but didn’t necessarily want to deal with those moving arms all the time.

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Structurally, this model (SF-RBD4703) with the desk is built very similarly to the previous Sunny (model SF-RB4708).

Looks like they just swapped out the moving arms for the desk & its stand.

So if you like the idea of a cheap recumbent exercise bike with a 350 lb. weight limit, this is probably about as good as you’re going to get.

Or if you want a cheap exercise bike with moving arms, you could go with its sibling, that model we just looked at.


What I like:

*The desk idea is nice – and it’s a pretty good size at 22” x 15”. Height is adjustable on it too

*Good owner satisfaction rating – 88% 4&5-star reviews

*Quiet while in use – thanks to its magnetic resistance


Potential issues for some:

*So-so bike warranty – only 6 months protection for parts

*Some bikes shipped with missing parts – well it’s a cheap exercise bike

*Like the other Sunny, the seat isn’t great – you might want to buy a gel seat cushion

*Limited inseam range – depending on which literature you look at you’ll see they list different inseam ranges…say what?

*Weird noises – several owner reports of various noises cropping up soon after purchase. Hate to say it again, but it is a cheap exercise bike

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Cheap Exercise Bike – 400 lb. Capacity

Exerpeutic GOLD 500 XLS

It’s lightweight and easy to move around, but this Exerpeutic model is still an exercise bike with 400 pounds of user capacity.

It also easily folds to a size that only needs around 2’ x 2’ of floor space while stored.

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Don’t want to rain on any parade, but the poor warranty is enough to chase me away.

But that’s just me. I’m real particular about some things, that’s all.
Another positive about the Exerpeutic Gold 500XLS is that it’s a magnetic resistance bike, so it is a very quiet bike good for apartments or other close-quarters living situations where noise could be an issue.

It’s appropriate for seniors & real lightweight exercise; definitely not meant for fit individuals to use regularly.


What I like:

*Good owner satisfaction rating – 84% across the internet with hundreds of reviews

*Portable exercise equipment – folds & is easy to move


Potential issues for some:

*Very short bike warranty – 90 days for parts doesn’t inspire a world of confidence in me…

*Seat’s not great for everyone – short people in particular

*A few equipment malfunctions – (out of thousands of buyers) have been reported once the bike’s 90 day warranty is expired

  • pedals breaking
  • gears slipping
  • computer quits
  • heart rate monitor stops working
  • resistance settings get stuck on one level
  • other things as well

Reminder: It is a cheap exercise bike, after all…


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Cheap Exercise Bike – 300 lb. Capacity

Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Exercise Bike

Another very cheap exercise bike from Exerpeutic, this model 1200 also folds & is light enough to move off somewhere if need be.

This is an upright exercise bike with 300 pounds of user capacity, which is notable since it only weighs a little over 40 lb.

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But due to its extremely lightweight nature, I can’t recommend it to anyone much over 200 lb.

However, it did feel sturdy when I was pedaling it (me: 6′ 2″, 185#); it doesn’t wobble or lean at all.


What I like:

*Quiet – since it’s a magnetic resistance bike

*Portable exercise equipment – folds down to 22” x 20” footprint and is easy to move & store

*Good owner rating of 84% – Although, my scan of reviews on Amazon & Walmart showed most of the positive reviews were done by people who’d only owned the bike for a few hours to a few weeks


Quick sidebar on writing exercise equipment reviews on Amazon or elsewhere: 

Leaving a 5-star review while the equipment is still brand new doesn’t help anyone out. Crunch time begins after the warranty expires. That’s when the rubber meets the road.


Potential issues for some:

*Very short warranty – 90 days for parts

*The usual suspects – Owners report similar “cheap exercise bike” issues as its cousin, the previously reviewed Exerpeutic Gold 500XLS


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Here are answers to a couple of common questions about heavy duty exercise bikes.

What is a good exercise bike for a heavy person?

In 2022 the best bikes for a heavy person by weight capacity are: 300 lb. - Nautilus R616; 350 lb. - Schwinn Airdyne Pro; 400 lb. - LifeSpan R5i; 450 lb. - HCI PhysioStep LXT-700; 500 lb. - HCI PhysioStep MDX.

What is the maximum weight for a stationary bike?

Stationary bikes nowadays have weight limits ranging from 200 lb. up to 500 lb. It is recommended that you buy an exercise bike that has a weight capacity at least 50 lb. more than you weigh.


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More heavy duty exercise bike info

Does weight capacity matter on an exercise bike?

Weight capacity is a very important specification to pay attention to when it comes to exercise bikes and other pieces of exercise equipment.

The manufacturer provides this as a way to let any prospective buyer know how much weight that piece of exercise equipment can safely support.

A person who weighs more than a bike’s weight limit runs the risk of the bike breaking down much sooner than it normally would.


What is the most durable exercise bike?

A good place to start when trying to compare the durability of different exercise bikes is by looking at their warranties.

A durable bike built to last several years without major problems will have its manufacturer backing it with a solid warranty.

Four high weight capacity bikes with excellent warranties are the:

  • LifeSpan R5i
  • HCI Fitness LXT-700
  • Nautilus R616
  • Schwinn Airdyne Pro


Are stationary bikes good for obese?

A stationary bike can be an excellent way for an obese person to exercise, but it is important that the type of bike allows them to exercise safely and comfortably.

This is why it is often recommended that the best bikes for most obese people to use are recumbent exercise bikes or recumbent elliptical trainers.

In both cases those bikes are very easy to get on and off of without issue for someone who’s balance & mobility are poor.

And both recumbent bikes and recumbent ellipticals are very easy to use for exercising as well.


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Stationary bike benefits for a heavy person

Bike riding whether stationary or not is an excellent way to exercise for anyone, since it can benefit not only your weight loss goals but improve other parts of your life as well.

Here are a few of the many benefits you get from riding a bike, courtesy of Harvard Medical.


Exercise bikes are easy on your joints

As exercise equipment goes, a stationary bike is a good exercise choice if you have stiffness or soreness due to aging, because it’s easier on your joints than walking or jogging.

Note that some upright exercise bikes (like a spin bike) can be uncomfortable or painful to a heavier person, or anyone with low back issues.

However as I mentioned earlier in the article, recumbent bikes offer a safe and comfortable workout experience.


Helps fight bone loss

The downward part of the pedaling motion encounters resistance, which helps build back bone density lost due to aging, and this benefit applies to pedaling on recumbent bikes as well.


Biking helps with day-to-day stuff

It helps with normal physical functions like balance, walking, standing, endurance, and stair climbing.


Build muscle & burn more calories

Exercise biking builds muscle, since you’re dealing with resistance during the pedaling motion. As your muscles grow from getting stronger, you’ll burn more calories.

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Biking provides aerobic benefits too

Your bike can provide a good aerobic workout, which will benefit your heart, brain, & blood vessels.

Plus it can boost your mood thanks to endorphin hormones releasing into your system.


Your own exercise bike at home is good

Save your time & money and skip the gym routine.

Having a stationary bike in your home allows you to work out whenever you want.

Plus you can keep yourself entertained if you need to, since there are lots of easy-to-watch streaming fitness apps if you’re feeling it, or just your TV too.


Indoor biking can reduce body fat

Mayo Clinic reports that in as few as 3 months, cycling for a couple hours per week raises your good cholesterol and lowers your body fat percentage.

If you’re interested in outdoor bike riding, I’ve written an article here on heydayDo where I reviewed several (real nice-looking) heavy duty bicycles.


Get moving

The American Heart Assn. reiterates the minimum physical activity guidelines put out by the US Dept. of Health.

A minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise is strongly recommended, and a committed exercise bike workout qualifies as moderate.

On their own website, the US Dept. of Health lists a whole bunch of wonderful health & lifestyle benefits you’ll gain by increasing your physical activity level up to or above those minimums. Have a look here.

Your quality of life will definitely improve as your body becomes healthier, thanks to your increased exercise.


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Disadvantages of buying a used stationary bike

The last area I want to touch on in this high weight capacity exercise bike buyer’s guide is the buying of used cardio exercise machines.

I’m providing my thoughts on this in case you’re contemplating whether to try & save a few bucks by buying a used version of a good quality exercise bike.

My subjective opinion: I think buying used cardio machines like upright & recumbent bikes, treadmills, & elliptical machines is a poor idea.


Here’s my reasoning:

 #1 Used equipment lacks original warranty protection

Original warranties almost always become void when the original owner parts ways with the machine.

Thus that great bike warranty that offers lifetime frame protection – as well as several years for parts protection – doesn’t apply to the second-hand owner.


#2 Refurbished equipment warranties are real short

If you happened to come across a refurbished equipment broker selling a used stationary bike for a great price, get your reading glasses out.

You’re going to need to dive down into the fine print of whatever limited warranty they’re offering with the purchase of that used recumbent exercise bike you’ve had your eye on.

In the majority of cases, you’ll get 30 days of coverage, or “as-is” zero coverage.

Remember, that’s 30 days of coverage for an already used exercise bike.

Bottom line: You’d be buying a worn-down product with limited to zero warranty protection.

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#3 How used is that heavy duty exercise bike?

  • How old is it?
  • How much heavy duty has it put in?
  • How many miles has it logged?
  • How heavy were the previous riders?
  • Has it ever needed to be repaired?
  • If so, what broke & who repaired it?

This is all much-needed info if you’re trying to determine how worn is this exercise bike you’re thinking about paying for.

But as a used stationary bike buyer, you don’t know the answers to any of these important questions.

So you see, you don’t know how much it’s really worth.


Bottom line: Bikes — like people — have limited lifetimes

How much wear & tear they’ve been through up ‘til now has somewhat of a bearing on how much longer they’ll be able to go before getting parked in that great bike rack in the sky.

If you haven’t a clue as to how used that used stationary bike is, you have very little idea what its true value is, meaning what it’s real price should be.

Or whether you should even consider spending money on it.


#4 Are you a qualified exercise bike technician?

If you’re buying something used, you need to be able to kick the tires, as the old saying goes.

So far, we’ve determined that:

* this used exercise bike comes with either no or very limited warranty protection if you buy it;

* you have no idea what this bike’s usage history is, or how it was treated;

Your last chance to make some sort of a value judgement on this used stationary bike’s worth is to inspect it yourself.


So here’s a question: How good at used exercise bike assessment are you?

  • Can you assess the condition that all of its critical parts are in?
  • Do you know how to examine & test the frame for stress fractures?
  • Do you know to test the safety features that were originally built into this bike, in order to see if they’re still in excellent condition?

Bottom line: Unless you happen to be knowledgeable about used exercise bikes, you won’t be able to determine what that bike’s long-term prospects are.


Summary – used exercise bike disadvantages

As you can see from my vantage point, I don’t think me buying a used stationary bike is a wise move on my part.

I’d be paying to inherit a bike that has someone else’s wear & tear in it, and I’d be doing so without any financial protection from the original warranty.

I have no idea how the bike was treated, or how old it really is in bike years.

Mmm, no thanks; I’ll pass.

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Wrapping Up

I hope my heavy duty exercise bike product-testing, research, & review is useful to you, and that you found the high weight capacity exercise bike buyer’s guide helpful too.

I wish you well on your fitness journey; let’s go.

– greg

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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…
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