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    Looking for an exercise bike.

    I am looking for a bike, mostly for cardio but I am not entirely sure what to get. Spin bike or fan bike, if standing the spin bike seems like it can do as much cardio as the fan bikes, and has some applications they can be rigged up to work with. Fan bikes can work the upper body as well. Looking at fan bikes though I was looking at the Marcy Air-1 for about $300 and the Rogue Echo for $800 and wondering if I go with a fan bike if I should really spend an extra $500 on one. Most good spin bikes I see are around the $300 mark as well. Any kind of information would be helpful.
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    How much noise can you tolerate,fan bikes are LOUD also assualt/echo style bikes are meant for short duration HIIT training while one can use them for general cardio training it really is not what they are made for.
    My advise is to buy a regular spin bike.
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    I can tolerate a lot of noise. I've used spin bikes before in local gyms. I tend to use them at max effort for as long as I can. Spin bikes do seem to require standing though to burn calories just as fast and do not work the upper body at all. That's the downside I see with those.
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    You know what makes me consider getting a spin bike for around the $300 mark? Since there's so many very sturdy ones for that price? For the $500 I save I can buy a VR headset, hook it up to that, and make a game out of it.
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    Old school airdyne. You can get them for $200 or less.
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    Well, I've been looking around and couldn't find any used AirDynes that would not require quite a distance to travel to pick it up.
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    Buy once cry once. The bike erg by concept 2 is an amazing piece of conditioning equipment. I use mine every single day.
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    One question about the noise though. If I lived in an apartment, would it be an issue for other tenants?
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    Originally Posted by Mxchino View Post
    Buy once cry once. The bike erg by concept 2 is an amazing piece of conditioning equipment. I use mine every single day.
    This. I have Bikeerg and Rogue Echo bike, Bikeerg>>> Echo Bike.
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    The BikeErg is well over my budget. I don't even want to pay $800 for an Echo if it can be avoided. I've also started considering rowers. I just don't think I have the space for a rower though.
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    Originally Posted by Dan3582 View Post
    This. I have Bikeerg and Rogue Echo bike, Bikeerg>>> Echo Bike.
    Yep. I had a rogue echo and once I bought the bike erg I sold the echo.
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    What does the BikeErg do differently though? The fan is much smaller, so I don't think resistance will be AS high. And the handles don't move so what would the advantages be over a spin bike?
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    I've decided I definitely don't want a bike with arms, I never like using them, I'd rather be able to hang onto something and grind on the pedals. I measured the space I have as well, and I have about a 25x84 inch space which will cover most rowers as well.
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    Originally Posted by Eoten View Post
    What does the BikeErg do differently though? The fan is much smaller, so I don't think resistance will be AS high. And the handles don't move so what would the advantages be over a spin bike?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDwv...rageGymReviews
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    Well, since the BikeErg is designed more for cycling. Why not a bike with a perimeter weighted flywheel besides the automatic tension you get from a fan?
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    I'd pick up a used commercial spin bike off FB marketplace or craigslist. pre-rona I'd see them pop up for $150-$300. They can take a beating and are meant to be used for many hours per day. There are tons of videos on youtube you can ride along to.
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    I actually thought long and hard about this. I don't want the air bikes with arms because I always found that the arms get in the way. But I do want something that'll burn a lot of calories, and work a lot of muscle groups, hopefully my back and a spin bike won't do that. After measuring the space I've determined I do have the space for a rower, and that's what I am going to get. I will make another thread that is more relevant.
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    Originally Posted by Eoten View Post
    I actually thought long and hard about this. I don't want the air bikes with arms because I always found that the arms get in the way. But I do want something that'll burn a lot of calories, and work a lot of muscle groups, hopefully my back and a spin bike won't do that. After measuring the space I've determined I do have the space for a rower, and that's what I am going to get. I will make another thread that is more relevant.
    Concept 2 rower 😂
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    Originally Posted by jdforsy View Post
    I'd pick up a used commercial spin bike off FB marketplace or craigslist. pre-rona I'd see them pop up for $150-$300. They can take a beating and are meant to be used for many hours per day. There are tons of videos on youtube you can ride along to.
    This is the right answer. Just buy a used commercial spinning bike. The commercial ones are very tough and you can find them all over the place. My friend was talking about buying a Peloton and told him he should look long and hard at it. They are very expensive and there is a monthly fee for the classes.

    I may pick up a spin bike myself if they close the gyms again like they are talking about doing.
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