$29.99

Tube Frame Mini Exercise Bike (Friction Resistance)

 

These bikes work well for loosening up your joints if you pedal slowly with no resistance. Since there is no flywheel, you won't get smooth pedal motion. When you turn the resistance up, the pedal motion tends to be jerky, which is not good for your joints. 

 

There are a number of companies that sell this type of bike. Many are junk. They often break after a short time and tend to be noisy. If you can't afford a better bike, we recommend this one.

 

Pros:

  • Very low cost.
  • Wide Platform.

Cons:

  • Not much pedal resistance.
  • Tends to be jerky when you pedal it.
  • The resistance mechanism wears out quickly.
  • Get's noisy as it wears out.

$34.45

Stamina InStride Mini Exercise Bike (Friction Resistance)

 

Same as the thinner tube frame bike except that the tubing is larger and it has a digital timer. If you don't need the timer, save your money and get the cheaper tube frame bike.

 

The good thing about this bike is that you can buy it anywhere. We would recommend purchasing it at your local Wal-Mart® store. If you find that it's not what you were looking for, just return it and purchase a better bike.

 

Pros:

  • Low cost.
  • Wide Platform.
  • Includes a digital timer.

Cons:

  • Not much pedal resistance.
  • Tends to be jerky when you pedal it.
  • The resistance mechanism wears out quickly.
  • Get's noisy as it wears out.

$70.74

 SUNNY MINI CYCLE (Friction Resistance)

 

This type of bike is better than the tube frame bikes because it has a flywheel inside, which helps smooth out the jerkiness from the friction resistance. It also has a built-in display. In spite of the flywheel the resistance can be very jerky if set too high. The resistance also changes after use and needs to be readjusted. The resistance also changes as the belt heats up, so it will change during your workout.

 

Pros:

  • Better resistance mechanism than tube frame bikes.
  • Built-in display shows distance, time, calories & reps.

Cons:

  • The narrow platform makes it easy to wobble when you pedal it.
  • Resistance changes with time.
  • Jerky pedal motion at the higher resistances.
  • Resistance mechanism wears out.

 $119.99

 

Easy Cycle Mini Exercise Bike (Friction Resistance)

Similar to the $50 Sunny Mini Cycle, but has nicer pedals and slightly smoother pedal motion.

 

Pros:

  • Better resistance than tube frame bikes.
  • Built-in display shows distance, time, calories & reps.
  • Comes with a 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty.

Cons:

  • The narrow platform makes easy to wobble when you pedal it.
  • Resistance changes with time.
  • Tends to be jerky at the higher resistances.

$99.00

Brookstone Mini Exercise bike (Friction Resistance)

 

About the same pedal resistance range as the Sunny Mini Cycle.

However the platform of the Brookstone bike is wider which makes it more stable. It's pretty pricey for a friction bike though. You can get a magnetic bike for about the same price. If you can afford it, spend the extra money for the magnetic resistance. It's worth it.

 

Pros:

  • Adjustable resistance.
  • Built-in computer with LCD shows scan, distance, time, calories.
  • Wide platform makes it stable.

Cons:

  • Resistance changes with time.
  • Tends to be jerky at the higher resistances.

$108.19

 

 Generic Pedal Exerciser (Friction Resistance)

 

Same as the Brookstone bike (see above), but different coloring.

 

Pros:

  • Adjustable resistance.
  • Built-in computer with LCD shows scan, distance, time, calories.
  • Wide platform makes it stable.

Cons:

  • Resistance changes with time.
  • Tends to be jerky at the higher resistances.

  $131.99

Motorized Mini Exercise Bike 

The Motorized Mini Exercise Bike is is designed for those who cannot pedal a regular mini exercise bike. The internal motor moves the pedals for you. It won't build strength or burn many calories but it increase flexibility as well as promotes blood circulation for those who cannot pedal themselves. Adjustable speeds.
 

Pros:

  • Increases range of motion for lower and upper body joints
  • Adjustable speeds overload protection for safety
  • DC motor drive system
  • No assembly required

Cons:

  • Not designed for exercise or losing weight.
  • Noisy.

$159

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike (Magnetic Resistance) 

 

Similar to the MagneCycle but considerably better. Its wider base makes it very stable when you pedal it. It also has a much wider resistance range than all of the other pedal exercisers. It has 170 watts of maximum resistance. The pedals have adjustable Velcro straps. Like the MagneCycle, it has very smooth quiet pedal motion. A unique feature of the MagneTrainer is that it's expandable. If you get bored with using the bike alone, you can spice up your routine using its various options.

 

Pros:

  • Smooth, quiet adjustable Magnetic Resistance.
  • Has the widest resistance range available.
  • Bidirectional pedal motion.
  • Includes a fully automatic 4-function digital display.
  • Has a very wide base. It stays still when you pedal it.
  • Has adjustable Velcro straps on the pedals.
  • Comes with a Velcro tether to keep it from sliding on slippery floors.
  • Comes with a 1 Year Warranty.

Cons

  • None.

DeskCycle

$159

DeskCycle Under-Desk Exerciser (Magnetic Resistance) 

This is basically the MagneTrainer in a shorter, wider package. This bike was designed for exercising at a desk. At 9.5 inches, it has the lowest pedal height of all mini exercise bikes. This insures that it will fit under desks as low as 27 inches. Its wider 20-inch base and low profile makes it very stable when you pedal it. It also has a much wider resistance range than all of the other pedal exercisers, except for the MagneTrainer. It has 130 watts of maximum resistance. The pedals are large and have adjustable Velcro straps. Like the MagneTrainer, it has very smooth quiet pedal motion.

 

Pros:

  • Lowest pedal height of all mini exercise bikes. It fits under the desks as low as 27 inches.
  • Smooth, quiet adjustable Magnetic Resistance.
  • Wide Resistance Range.
  • Bidirectional pedal motion.
  • Includes a fully automatic 4-function digital display.
  • Has a very wide base (20 inches). It stays still when you pedal it.
  • Has large pedals with adjustable Velcro straps.
  • Comes with a Velcro tether to keep it from sliding on slippery floors.
  • Comes with a 1 Year Warranty.

Cons

  • Was not designed for arm exercises.

$445.00

  HCI Fitness PhysioTrainer (Magnetic Resistance) 

 

Smooth, quiet adjustable Magnetic Resistance. The narrow base is not very stable though. It rocks side to side when used on the floor. The maximum resistance is close to 100 Watts.

 

Pros:

  • Magnetic Resistance
  • Bidirectional pedal motion.
  • Includes a fully automatic 4-function digital display.
  • Has adjustable Velcro straps on the pedals.
  • Manufacturer's warranty: frame - lifetime, drive belt - two years, electronics - one year, wearable parts - one year

Cons:

  • Narrow base is not too stable
  • Slides when you pedal it

$1,999.00

  Monarch Mini Rehab Trainer (Magnetic Resistance)

The Cadillac of pedal exercisers. A small, handy arm/leg trainer which is easy to use and operates very smoothly.

 

Pros:

  • Industrial quality.
  • Bidirectional pedal motion.
  • Electronic readouts of pedal r/min, total pedal revolutions and time.
  • Comes with a 1-Year Warranty.

Cons:

  • Expensive