These portable exercise bikes are currently all the rage in the fitness community but do they have a place in the mountain biking community. We say yes! When the dark winter nights are setting in (depending on where you live) your riding will be reduced. Add excessive festive eating into the mix and you will start getting out of shape. These low-impact exercise bikes are perfect to keep your legs in shape for when you next hit the hard MTB trails. With these mini exercise bikes, you can easily burn 300 calories in 30mins, to burn those alcohol carbs away.
Portable exercise bike FAQs
Are portable exercise bikes good for losing weight?
Yes they are excellent, as long as you are on a calorie controlled diet. With them being so portable they can be pulled out whilst you watch TV…there is NO excuse not to train.
Are portable exercise bikes good for toning your legs?
Yes. My wife uses ours every night for 30 minutes and we have seen results in 4 weeks (she won’t let me post before and after pics 🙂 )
What does low impact mean?
‘Low Impact’ with these portable bikes means they do not put any strain on your joints like running does.
What are elliptical machines?
Portable elliptical machines will have a place to rest your hands and add a secondary required movement like pushing or pulling.
Can you build leg muscles with portable exercise bikes?
Yes, you would need to set the resistance level to maximum.
We have looked at some of the options available and here are our top picks.
DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser
Created for the static office worker, these are perfect to slide under your desk. Probably better if you work from home though. This machine has eight different resistance settings and a super quiet pedal motion. It also comes with a neat display showing time, distance and calories burnt. At the time of writing, this product has over 1600 positive reviews on Amazon.
Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer
We love this elliptical trainer and have one in the office. Its main USP is it can be used as a bike simulator or a stand-on step machine, due to its pedal directional switch. Comes with a resistance dial and good display panel. Watch some sport for an hour and pedal away and burn 600 calories.
Drive Medical Exercise Peddler
If you are looking for something purely mechanical, this mini exercise bike is for you. Low cost, solid and does the job well.
Excy XCS 260
If you are after something a bit more multifunctional for a home gym, the Excy XCS 260 is a good buy. Watch the video below to see what different workouts you can do with this machine.
Best Folding Stand-up Portable Exercise Bikes
If you have the storage space for something bigger, a proper upright folding exercise bike is a good option. These can be put away in a cupboard and will give you a sit on exercise bike – better if you to really push yourself.
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse
With over 4500 positive reviews on Amazon, this folding bike is a good buy. It has eight different resistance levels created by a magnetic tension control system. It has a decent display and even has a heart rate pulse monitor – which is pretty rare at this entry-level exercise bike.
Dimensions are: 22” L x 20” W x 55.5” H – so check you have the storage space available.
Innova XBR450 Folding Upright Bike with Backrest and iPad/Android Tablet Holder
Innova’s folding exercise bike is another good folding option. We like this one due to its tablet holder. Attach you iPad and binge watch a series while you peddle away. The bike also has a decent display and measures your pulse rate.