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Excercise bikes

allofatremor
allofatremor

Hi all could anyone point me in the right direction to get the best Excercise bike for my husband (pwp) ?

Do any of you use a particular one that’s doing you good health benefits. I would like to use it as well but my husband’s needs come first.

I had a look at a few but it’s a mine field if you don’t know what your looking for, any advice greatly appreciated xxx

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We have a Wattbike, not cheap but very good , we use them at the physio led gym that we go to 😀

Xenos
Xenos
in reply to ruff1

Ruff1 is right : Wattbike is the best I ever tried, but it's not cheap and it's very noisy

ruff1
ruff1
in reply to Xenos

In England you can buy a reconditioned one from Wattbike , we bought ours on interest free credit over two years , I don’t find it noisy 😀

allofatremor
allofatremor
in reply to ruff1

Thanks for that, is it suitable for everyone or just for pwp? and what model do i look for? so glad you could advise xxxx

Unsure what a Wattbike is but my opinion is that a spin bike is best. These enable the user to reach the required 80rpm much more easily than a normal exercise bike.

ruff1
ruff1
in reply to jeeves19

Google Wattbike they are used to train professional athletes. They are computerised and can link a heart rate monitor.

I have this: Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike. Available on Amazon for around $85. It moves for you and it goes almost 80 per minute. I have been using it for 5 years. Very quiet. Note: The remote controller went bad and they replaced the pedals, but the next one went bad also, so my husband simply jumped the wires in the remote - I no longer have control over speed - it just goes fastest, which is what you want. I also bike ride, swim and walk.

jackedmonston
jackedmonston
in reply to Allyn

I have used several stationary bikes over the years. Until last year they were all at the lower end of cost. The key to getting a good one in my opinion is not price but how it feels when you ride it. Can you make it go 80 rpm? Do your feet slip off the pedals?

In my case, when I got PD I was unable to make my legs go so fast. So, after a lot of study and some trial and error, I invested several thousand dollars in a heavy duty motorized bike designed for PWP, Theracycle. It will make you go up to 90 paces a minute with little effort (they have research that shows it is effective in that mode); and if you want to exert some effort on top of the motor, you can do that.

It worked for me. I can now do an hour, with about 25 minutes of pushing it faster, something I could not do when I started.

ylbob
ylbob
in reply to jackedmonston

I have had Theracycle for two years, use it a lot and it seems to help, after weeks of adjustments and experiments. I am glad I have it now that I have made all the adjustments and padded the seat. There is a downside:

Cons: Difficult to adjust seat and peddles, very much a hard process to switch from one person's settings to another. How they expect a PWP to work the manual adjustments with various wrenches is beyond me.

The seat is very uncomfortable and has few adjustments. Not good on carpet, sinks on one side. Had to put round plastics disks "furniture movers" under the left side to get close to level. Also, computer will go blank occasionally. Not worth $3500. There should be automatic adjustments like a power seat in a vehicle

I have a theracycle and thoroughly enjoy it. It is sturdy with little or no maintenance and can be adjusted for speed , time , height of seat and durable. Pricey but worth it in my estimation.

JSJ

I ride with Stage stationary bike at the gym and I am quite happy with it. Prices range from £1000 to £4000.

We have a recumbent bike andcwe like it a lot! Very comfortable and lots of settings! It’s a stationary bike!

Why do you have to reach 80rpm? what if you cant? surely any excercise is good for you, my husband finds it hard on tread mill due to his getting out of breath with his asthma.

Do you have to be super dupa fit to reach 80rpm we have never used a bike before so i don't really know what it means to get to 80rpm.

What parts of the body benefit from using a bike, as well as helping with PD, which body parts does it tone up?

I'm also now faced with this issue. To be honest, I have a fairly small budget to buy a spin bike. But I would very much like to buy one of these spin bikes ( you can see the review here spinbikeexpert.net/best-spi... ). I know they are expensive, but maybe someone is selling them on ebay? I would love to have Pooboo indoor cycling bike, this is a great simulator with good characteristics..It also looks very stylish and modern, so it will perfectly match my bachelor apartment with a lot of gadgets. Unfortunately I have a lot of other expenses right now, so I can't afford it , but I really hope I can buy a used one that looks like this spinbike.

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