The Best Exercise Bikes For Seniors Who Want To Stay Active

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Indoor cycling workouts are a great way of keeping active as you get older so if you want to know what the best exercise bikes for seniors are we have it covered.

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For those who still want the challenge and are active, we highly recommend the
L NOW LD-577 Indoor Cycling Upright Stationary Bike and for those less active or suffering from back pain and general mobility issues we would seriously go with the
Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike
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There are a further 2 recumbent bikes that are reviewed below which are the value options and offer great value for money…

Exercise Bike Reviews For Seniors

L NOW LD-577 Indoor Cycling Upright Stationary Bike

The LD-577 is designed for high-frequency use like you would get in a fitness studio. But don’t let that put you off or think that it’s an option that is overkill.

It is superb for larger people as it’s a very sturdy build but easily adjusts to accommodate the more petite.


The handlebar and seat are fully adjustable making it possible for people of all body types to work out comfortably.

There are 4 different handlebar grips enabling a variety of positions depending on workout intensity and exercise targets.

The L Now LD-577 is built using robust components treated for longevity and is going to outlast many home exercise bikes on the market. This bike model is built to last and to perform smoothly.

A 44-pound 1.14-inch-wide heavy duty star flywheel along with the body frame design creates a near realistic bike ride experience and with safety in mind. A flywheel over 40 lb tends to give a smoother feeling of momentum and resistance while cycling.

The LCD screen is large, 3.4″, which monitors speed, RTM, distance, elapsed time, calories burned, odometer and heart rate all accessible together whilst cycling. Pulse sensors are on the handlebars.

Longer workout sessions are somewhat cushioned by a decent comfortable seat which is better than most although you can’t sit back and enjoy a Martini like you could on recumbent bikes.

The manufacturer’s recommended supported weight is up to 350 lbs.
The drive is via a transmission belt which is made from leather, whether it’s that or the aluminum alloy reel it sits on it is very quiet and smooth.

The resistance (friction) comes from turning a handily placed knob on the frame so it’s transitional rather than incremental and you can depress the knob and the braking system is activated immediately. The transition is very smooth.

You only have to assemble the front and back base, seat, handlebars and pedals.
Overall Dimensions:21”x46”x52”
Product weight:134.5 lbs

Pros:

  • Quality bike, solid & durable
  • Displays all metrics simultaneously
  • The pedals are caged for safety preventing any danger of slipping
  • Great easy assemble and easy to adjust for different sizes
  • Very smooth & quiet in use
  • Resistance pads will eventually wear – replacements available on request
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • The display might be metric – you can request mph
  • Not the cheapest bike

Nautilus R626 Recumbent Bike

The Nautilus R616 has enhanced Bluetooth connectivity so that users can set, track and monitor their progress with the free Nautilus Trainer and other apps.

What about syncing with the RideSocial app and seeing a virtual world alongside real friends in real-time, all the time keeping track of pace and distance – then share to the social world.

Nautilus R616 Recumbent exercise bike

You can set the workout based on the time you want to spend, calories you want to burn, or distance you want to go. Throughout the workout, you can see progress and make adjustments to make the workout easier or more difficult.

If you’re more in the ‘I just want a reliable exercise bike without all the fancy schmancy‘ camp, let me just say that these extra features can really change the way you view your regular workouts.

From something you have to do in order to gain more mobility or lose a few pounds to something that can be fun as well as challenging.

The total of 29 workout programs includes 12 profile, 9 heart rate control, 4 custom (user profiles tracked), 2 fitness test, 1 recovery test and 1 quick start.
25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options.

Other features include a padded seat with ventilated back on sliding seat rail. The seat adjusts easily by pushing the accessible lever down, and let the seat slide forward or push up with your feet on the pedals.

There are 12 settings that should be sufficient to find the perfect comfort zone.

The Nautilus M616 is easy to put together as it’s 90% assembled. The frame, seat sliding mechanism and the major components of the bike come pre-assembled – we like this.

300 lbs max weight
Floor dimensions 65.3″ L x 28.3″ W x 49.6″ H
105 lbs weight assembled
Pedals 4.75″ wide

Pros:

  • Backlit display for viewing in low light.
  • MP3 player jack and built-in charging port to keep your devices fully charged.
  • And a shelf to prop up your favorite device.
  • 25 levels of resistance, 25 preset programs.
  • 10 years warranty  on the frame, 3 years on parts and 1 year on labor
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cons:

  • Because of the weight of the parts delivered, 2 people might be needed to assemble
  • The backrest is at a fixed angle

Exerpeutic 1000 Magnetic High Capacity Recumbent Exercise Bike

Value choice

If you’re after an affordable recumbent exercise bike that is solid, stable and does the job but without any frills the Exerpeutic 1000 High Capacity Recumbent bike would be a sound choice.

Like most recumbent bikes it has ‘step through’ design which allows easy mounting and dismounting.

There are extended leg stabilizers so that there is little chance of tipping over.

Exerpeutic 1000 recumbent exercise bike

The seat and backrest are overly large and well padded and the seat moves back and forward in 10 adjustable positions, not up and down. Pulse sensors are in the armrest.

The pedals are also big with adjustable straps.

One reviewer was able to easily adjust the bike to accommodate his wife 4’11” and himself a 6’2″ man – impressive. The maximum weight recommendation is 325 lbs and maximum height 6’3″.

Dimensions: 54″L x 22″W x 34″H Max Weight: 63 lbs – Seat to floor 18″
3-year limited warranty – 90-day parts warranty
The tension controller is well designed and there is a good range of output settings and the display is straight forward showing speed, time, distance, heart rate, calories burned.

For under $200 this bike is well made and very sturdy. It can be lifted and moved easily with the aid of 2 front wheels and has a relatively small footprint for a recliner.
There are no preset programs or any other fancy add ons. There’s no cup holder so not even any unfancy additions.