Why You Need an Exercise Bicycle
OK, I admit it. I’m into exercise. Since I’m also into bike’s, it made sense that I have an exercise bicycle. I also love the outdoors and like nothing better than riding through the streets of the town or out in the country. But, there are times when you just can’t get outside. I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to riding in the rain or snow. That means that when the weather’s bad, I have to get my exercise in the house. I currently have three exercise bicycles at my place and one is usually broken most of the time. That leaves two that I can ride while the third is getting fixed. I like to ride the first thing in the morning, even before I’ve had my first cup of coffee.
When I bought my first exercise bike, I told my brother that I was shopping for one. He laughed and asked, why, do you need another coat rack? I made up my mind that the bike was not just going to sit in the corner and collect dust, but that I was going to use it. And I do. I looked for a long time before I found the exercise bicycle that I felt would work the best for me and last the longest. A good exercise bicycle can be inspiring and liberating.
Of the three bikes, my favorite is my Keys CardioMax 550. I bought the optional wireless heart rate monitor and it was a great addition. I also like to read a good book sometimes while I am using my exercise bicycles and this model has an acrylic reading rack. Try as I may, I can’t come up with any flaws with this machine.
I originally saw the CardioMax while I was researching exercise bicycles in ConsumerGuide magazine. They rated this machine to be a great “Budget Buy”. It was on sale at the time and they offered free shipping. So, I filled out the forms and had it shipped free right to my home.
At the time, I already had a machine that I was using a lot and liked very much, but I thought that having one more exercise bicycle would be a good plan. I’m really glad that I bought it. The belt drive is smooth and silent. I was really surprised. This machine even has a fully electromagnetic resistance system.
Right now, I can’t afford it, but I sure would love to add a Monark 894E Ergomedic Peak bike to my collection of exercise bicycles. They cost over three thousand dollars and that’s a little past a price that I can afford. I found a dealer nearby that had one on display.
I dropped by the dealer’s shop and asked if he’d let me “test drive” the Monark. He was very nice and let me try it out. He had a store that specialized in high-end exercise bicycles and they were all very expensive. He said that he sells them to rich, bored housewives that probably never used them and also to health clubs. Health clubs like to have the really nice exercise bicycles as that will lure in potential clients and tends to keep clients they already have.
None of the health clubs near me have a Monark. Every now and then I call health clubs within about a fifty-mile radius of my home to inquire about their exercise bicycles. I will join the first club that buys a Monark.
So, If you can get outside, do so. But if you live where it’s not so comfortable to go riding in the great outdoors, then I recommend you buy whatever exercise bicycle you can afford. But only do it if you make a commitment to use it. Buy an expensive “coat rack” is just a waste of money.