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We're a year into the pandemic, and while early lockdown trends like bread baking and Zoom trivia have lost their initial lustre, the popularity of indoor cycling has yet to waver.
With gyms and exercise studios still shut down in much of the country, fitness enthusiasts across Canada have turned their attention towards at-home stationary bikes. For anyone who's done their research, the name Peloton will likely ring a bell.
Peloton has become a runaway hit during the pandemic thanks to their live classes, built-in screens, and ergonomic designs. However, as Peloton models are priced between $2,495 and $3,295 (plus a $49 monthly membership fee), the exercise bikes come at a steep price.
Thankfully, Peloton is not the only bike brand on the market to offer great at-home workouts. We took it upon ourselves to find the best affordable stationary bikes available in Canada that rival the Peloton models. We've rounded up exercise bikes reviewers swear by, starting at less than $350,
Earning the recognition of Amazon's Choice for workout bikes, Chaoke's stationary bike is a budget-friendly option for at-home cyclists. The exercise bike features an LCD monitor to track your workout time, speed, distance, calories, and more. Its newly-upgraded design ensures a smooth and quiet workout and is easily movable for storage or transportation. "If you're looking for an exercise bike that is very sturdy, equivalent to a gym bike and suitable for all ages from a teen to an adult, I would suggest this excellent piece of equipment," reads one of its 1,400 five-star reviews. "Shipping was very fast! I'm very happy with the product, and I can bet that you would love it too!"
SHOP IT: Amazon, $489
Coming in at $700, Echelon Connect's stationary bike combines fitness and technology for a fraction of the cost of competing models. Paired with the corresponding app, users can choose from more than 1,600 cycling classes of all fitness levels and music genres. The Echelon Connect's magnetic flywheel offers 32 levels of resistance, providing a challenging workout for cyclists of all levels. "I LOVE THIS SPIN BIKE! It is super smooth and totally silent when riding, and I feel the resistance levels are good," writes one reviewers. "It was easy to put together, and the instructions were easy to understand. It comes with everything you need to assemble."
SHOP IT: Walmart Canada, $700
Featuring a seven-inch smart HD touchscreen display, ride alongside personal trainers inside the fitness studio and throughout beautiful locations around the world. The ProForm bike has 22 resistance levels and comes with 3lbs dumbbells to achieve a full-body workout. "The bike works great, very quiet and stable," says one customer. "I like that the class you choose changes the resistance of the bike for you, but you can also adjust it manually to fit your needs. The iFit program has a variety of great classes to take."
SHOP IT: Canadian Tire, $1,500
With nearly 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, the Dmasun stationary bike has become a favourite for at-home cyclists. The workout bike features adjustable handlebars and resistance, making it a perfect option for beginners to expert racers. "[It's a] great exercise bike for [an] unbeatable price," says a reviewer. "This bike is very heavy and steady, super easy to assemble, which only took us about 20 minutes. Easy to adjust resistance and height, it actually feels more like cycling outside. The seat is made of comfortable foam that I can ride on it for over 75 minutes without any discomfort."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $442
Increase leg strength and work towards your fitness goals with Soozier's adjustable exercise bike. With its LCD display, users can track calories burned, bike time, speed, and pulse. The workout bike comes with seven adjustable seat heights and five handlebar height options to ride in comfort. "For the price, you can't go wrong," writes a happy shopper. "Sturdy, easy to assemble and cheap."
SHOP IT: Walmart Canada, $370
Schwinn's crowd-favourite upright exercise bike features Bluetooth connectivity that enables riders to set, track, and monitor their progress with app-based tracking tools. Its fully-loaded console includes 29 ready-to-use workout programs, and the bike itself is set up with 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensities. "I am very happy with this bike and use it every day," writes a reviewer. "My wife also uses this bike and can easily change seat height and performance levels to suit her needs. We looked at many bikes, including higher-priced spinning bikes and none of them compare to this bike in my humble opinion."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $700
Get an effective workout without having to leave your home with the Schwinn Airdyne AD7 upright bike. With high resistance and reduced noise workouts, the bike offers interval and targeted fat burn, aerobic, and anaerobic training programs. Earning an average of 4.7-star rating, users write the bike is great for a full-body workout; "If you are new to exercise its a great machine to get in shape fast because you can use the upper and lower body mechanisms at the same time where you would [work] most every muscle in your body."
SHOP IT: Best Buy Canada, $1,200
Get in a challenging workout from the comfort of your home with the Women's Health Men's Health Bluetooth-enabled stationary bike. The bike allows users to stand up and pedal, mimicking an uphill road experience. Take advantage of its free 30-day MyCloudFitness subscription and access hundreds of workouts with top trainers and personalized fitness programs. "Love this bike," writes one shopper. "[It's] very quiet and [I] love that it comes with a fitness app! Easy to put together too!"
SHOP IT: Walmart Canada, $718
The Bowflex C7 stationary bike features an impressive 100 micro-adjustable resistance levels to get the exact workout you want. It comes with a Bluetooth-enabled heart-rate armband monitor, a seven-inch LCD touchscreen, and pair of dumbells for an efficient and customized workout. "While the bike is very good quality and pretty comfortable, it was the JRNY app that really made this a great experience for me," explains a shopper. "You can choose your program and a destination to ride through during your workout. The coaching provided in the app gave me the boost I needed to keep going when my body was telling me to stop. I plan on getting years of use from this bike, and I don't see any reason that anyone buying this bike wouldn't be happy."
SHOP IT: Canadian Tire, $1,500