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Upright or Recumbent Bike?

There are two main types of exercise bikes: Upright and recumbent. An upright exercise bike looks like a regular road bike, with a vertical orientation. On a recumbent bike, the rider is seated against a backrest, with legs out in front. Experts argue about the comparative health benefits of upright vs. recumbent models. Most people like recumbent exercise bikes for their comfort and ease of use, especially for people with back pain or those who are new to exercise, but some fitness experts also say that recumbent bikes encourage a slower, less intense workout.

Upright bikes allow for more movement, such as riding while standing or in a racing position, which can be harder on your back. Overall, most reviewers agree that the upright vs. recumbent choice is more a matter of personal comfort than health benefit. Most exercise bike manufacturers will offer both styles of bike in any one series. It’s a good idea to try out a bike in a store to figure out whether an upright bike or a recumbent is most comfortable for you.

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