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Old 02-20-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Exercise bikes and flywheel weight?

I am not sure if I have put this in the right section but really would like some help.

I am looking to buy a stationary upright bike to do HIIT on (high intensity interval training). I used to do HIIT at the gym years ago on their bikes and obviously their bikes were very expensive, sturdy and smooth bikes that worked fine for my workout... but I'm unable to go to a gym right now and wont be able to for at least another few months.

One thing I see that varies so much between at home exercise bikes is the weight of the flywheel, some are lighter at about 3 or 4kg and others are 9 or 12kg, but what does this mean? What's better, heavier or lighter? Sometimes I get confused because I would have thought the heavier the better so when I look at exercise bikes that are way out of my budget costing about £1000 ($1500) they have a lighter flywheel about 7kg .

I am probably going to go for the NordicTrack GX 4.1 which has a 9kg flywheel, the other NoricTrack one I wanted had a 12kg flywheel but it's out of stock everywhere.
Most of the exercise bikes I have looked at are all magnetic resistance which is what I've been told to go for, so that's one thing I have sorted.

From what I have read and from previous experience the very cheap exercise bikes aren't the best to go for. I bought one years ago and it was not good at all, it wobbled when I went too fast. My budget is £400 and no more (about $610 USD) which to me is a lot of money for an exercise bike but I understand it is nowhere near enough money to get the same quality bike you would get in a gym that probably costs thousands.
45.25 lb lost so far... 25.25 of those lost on JUDDD - 27 lb to go

Start weight 219.25 lb - UK size 22/24
Current weight 174 lb - UK size 16/18
Goal weight 147 lb - UK size 14

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Old 02-21-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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Have you looked into used bikes? I don't know if they have something like craigslist over there, but people are always getting rid of their exercise machines here! Sometimes gyms will sell their older equipment when they upgrade.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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Another option is to get a decent bike for use in warm weather/outdoors and buy a wind trainer for indoor use.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:45 PM   #4
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I have a wind trainer for my regular bike....works great for HIIT workouts!
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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I have a hydraulic trainer that I use a lot and it's a lot quieter than a wind or mechanical trainer, but probably a little more expensive, but not much. Also it is very portable so I can take it with me when I go housesitting or to my spin classes.
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