A stationary exercise bike is a great way to get in convenient cardio work at home, and you can even find a great model at a price that won’t break the bank. While full featured, high-tech exercise bikes are available at prices ranging upward of $700, there are some great models available under the $200 mark, including the Marcy Classic Upright Fan Bike, the Gold's Gym Power 290 Upright Bike, and the Stamina Magnetic Upright 1300 Exercise Bike. These models are widely available at general and specialty retailers across the country, including national chains like Walmart, Target, and Sears.
The Marcy Classic Upright Fan Bike features a fan-type resistance mechanism that automatically increases the machine’s resistance the harder you pedal. Without tension springs or resistance levers, this bike is both easy to use and durable. This unit features an on-board computer display that tracks workout statistics, such as time, distance, speed, and calorie burn count. It has a 300-pound weight limit and comes with a two-year limited warranty.
The Gold's Gym Power 290 Upright Bike is a full-featured exercise bike at an economic price. Featuring an electronically controlled Silent Magnetic Resistance system, you can choose any of the ten preset workouts using the on-board control console, a rare feature at this price point. The Power 290 also features an on-board audio system compatible with standard MP3 players and Apple audio players. This model has a 250-pound weight limit and comes with a 90-day warranty.
The Stamina Magnetic Upright 1300 Exercise Bike is another excellent choice in the under-$200 price range. It has a magnetic resistance system to provide smooth, quiet workouts. Resistance can be adjusted at any time during your workout with the turn of a dial. This unit can also track all vital workout stats, which are displayed on an easy-to-read screen. This Stamina bike is designed to carry up to 250 pounds, and it sells with a one-year frame warranty and a 90-day warranty on wearable parts.