Get The Best Dual Action Exercise Bike -- 5 Tips For Getting The Right Bike

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One popular type of exercise bike is the dual action bike. The Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike is the most recognizable example. These work the muscles of the upper and lower body at the same time. That's a good deal partly because it results in a more balanced workout getting at many different muscle groups at the same time. But it's not just because it's a better, more balanced workout either. It's a more interesting and less boring ride as well. Boredom stops many exercise bike riders as well it might since simply pedaling along at a constant pace at a constant load is mind-numbing boring.

Here's what to look for in a bike that's interesting to ride as well as one that will encourage hard use.

1. Heavy counts...

See, what you want is heavy and rugged. It's true that exercise bikes take a real beating. Loads on the machines put lots of stress and strain on the frames and joints and really all the component parts. The bike may give in and up before the rider does. There's one brand that made these machines famous. There are imitations as well. Problem is... the wannabes often come apart in no time. Make sure your bike is heavy and rugged or it may lead a short life and an early end...

2. Noise matters.

Dual action machines generate resistance with a turning fan. That does as a result make for a lot of breeze noise as well as some mechanical racket as well. Is there a way to avoid the wind in the bike model you consider? is there an attempt to abate the noise at least a little? There's more...

3. Seats count in uprights as they do in recumbent bikes.

Lots of sitting are part of exercise bike use. The more riding, the better results. The right seat makes all the difference. You can almost tell by looking that many seats are torture devices. Get a good seat. You won't be sorry.

4. Looks can deceive.

A bike may look like it would work, but look deeper. Check out the construction details. Cheap bikes are often cheap for a reason or a few reason. Quality sometimes will cost you at least initially. Buy a discount machine and get ready for a self-destruct. Too little bike means it all is wasted sometimes. Lesser bikes often loosen under hard use and quickly begin the process of coming apart and falling to pieces.

5. Can you find feedback?

Can you find owner feedback? That's a real plus. Especially if you find a bike that's been around for years. Lots of reviews gives some confidence that money is well spent and not just a waste. Online owner reviews make it clear what the bikes do well and what they do poorly or not at all. Let there be problems and sparks will fly!

Stay fit at home and save on gym fees and travel costs with the right dual action bike. Watch for wastes of money though. It's hard to make a machine that can stand up to the pounding. Looks are deceiving too.

Check out our article about the Schwinn Airdyne bike, a proven design that's worth a closer look.

A favorite, and a deluxe choice, is a Life Cycle exercise bike.

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