The Inner Meaning Of Different Spinning Bike Specifications – EXPLAINED

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Spinning Bike Specifications

Every spin bike available out there is worthy of your purchase. But which one is for you? Finding out the answer to that question is the real deal here while you try to buy a spin bike for you.

To find out the perfect spin bike for you that fits exactly for your body type, you have to look out for certain criteria of a spin bike before purchasing. Details about these criteria is explained below with the spin bikes suggested for your body type.

Spin bike specifications – EXPLAINED

The Q Factor

Q factor of spin bike
image: www.pellobikes.com

The Q factor is one of the most important features to look on a spinning exercise bike. The Q factor denotes the space between the two pedal attachments.

Simply put, it is the distance between the two pedal you will be pedaling. Generally, it remains between 155mm to 216mm. The narrow the Q factor is, the more force you have to be applying. But people with relatively wider hip should get a spin bike with greater Q factor as narrow Q factor may cause uneasiness or to and fro pain.

[code]“So, if you are an average size person and want quick result, narrow Q factor will be the best choice for you. If you are a person with wider hip but still want quick result, I would suggest you to test a spin bike with narrow Q factor for some days. If feel no discomfort, you are good to go. Otherwise you must choose one with wide Q factor.[/code]

N:B: Heres mentionable, there are some best spin bikes with greater Q factor available too that tends to bring quick result by tweaking other specifications like flywheel or type of resistance.”

Low Q-factor

High Q factor

  •  For beginners – Fitleader Fs1
  •  For professionals – High q factor is not recommended for pros.

 

Flywheel Weight

flywheel weightThe Flywheel Weight is another spec that plays a great role with great impact while exercising on spin bike. There is a big wheel situated inside the big round portion of your spin bike. It is called the flywheel. So the Flywheel weight indicates the weight of this wheel.

This flywheel weight plays a big role and affect the outcome of exercising using spin bike greatly. Usually it simulates the real time biking experience and stimulate the feelings by making it more alive. In a word it simulates the momentum of your bike, for which your bike is remained going on even if you stop pedaling. Generally, it is enforced between 14kg to 20kg.

In a word it simulates the momentum of your bike, for which your bike is remained going on even if you stop pedaling. Generally, it is enforced between 14kg to 20kg.

[code]“So, if you are spinning for the cardio purpose only, a spin bike with low flywheel weight will suffice. And for beginners, spin bikes with low flywheel weight are undoubtedly the best fit.

But if you intend to build leg muscles also, along with cardio improvement– a heavy flywheel weight is a must. Moreover, heavy flywheel generates more momentum, it will keep your legs spinning like a graviton. In both cases, heavy flywheel will do great.

You should choose a spinning bike with 18kg or more if you are really determined that you can take the weight.”[/code]

Low flywheel weight and resistance

High flywheel weight and resistance

Resistance

Resistance indicates the flywheel resisting mechanism to slow it down. There are two types of resistance available right now for spin bikes. Friction and Magnetic.

Friction resistance resists the flywheel by pressure being put on the flywheel, to slow it down. On the other hand, magnetic resistance slows down the flywheel by magnetic attraction.

[code]“Friction resistance damages the flywheel as time passes, but it costs less than the magnetic resistance.

Magnetic resistance is great as there is no friction at all, so no wearing or tearing of flywheel either, but it will cost more than the friction resistance. Your choice.”[/code]

Pedals

pedals spin bikePedals play great role too. It may seem like unimportant. But it has also sheer impact while cycling. It can be annoying if the pedals don’t suit you and it is repeatedly got off of your toe. So take a keen look here also, while buying a spin bike.

There are some types of pedals existing. Some spin bike manufacturers give the option of changing the pedals too. If you are seeking for some serious cycling, SPD or Shimano Pedaling Dynamics pedals are the perfect choice for you. But they tend to add some extra bucks to your purchase of spin bike.

But they tend to add some extra bucks to your purchase of spin bike.

There are also simple pedals like normal cycles. And there are pedals with toe straps.

[code]“However, I will recommend to search for the one with toe straps instead of normal pedals. If you don’t want SPD pedals to save some money, don’t buy the one with normal conventional pedaling system to save some extra more. Buy the one with toe strap.”[/code]

 

Driving mechanism

belt drive vs chain driveIt indicates the connection the crank and the pedals. It can be a belt or a chain.

Belt driven connection is good for its little noise. But it is less durable than the chain driven ones. Due high rate of usage, it tends to stretch and may begin to be loose. Moreover, if you apply various form of riding like standing up or sprinting, it is more likely to wear the belt from time to time. Here is mentionable that you can change the belt.

On the other hand, Chain driven connection will do great in terms of durability. It can take as much stress you will give. It will not live a lifetime though, but it will at least way more than belt driven one.

[code]“So, if you are not planning to pedal your gut off using spin bike at a quiet time of the night when your wife or other acquaintance sleep peacefully right beside you, the Chain Drive will be the best choice for you. It will cost more at first, but then you won’t need to worry about the driving mechanism.[/code]

You can go for belt drive too; it is less noisy. If you do not mind changing the belt, it is also a perfectchoice.”

Belt drive

Chain drive

No Drive

  • Evo cx

User weight limit

“There is a certain limitation over user weight for every indoor spinning bike. If you weight too much, it is a must that you check that specification before buying a spin bike.”

 

Adjustable Seat

adjustables seat spin bikeAdjustable seat is another instance of comfort parameter. Having the correct saddle position is very much important while spinning through spin bike. The adjustable seat can be adjusted according to your sitting comfort.

Since you will remain seated for quite a long time stretching your legs, it will ensure the maximum comfort. It also lessens the risk of injury as low as possible.

“So, it is alright to buy an indoor cycling bike for a relatively cheaper price without this feature if only you are going to use it. Purchase carefully and be ultimately sure that the fixed seat position is a great match for you.

Actually, it is not a wise solution. It is recommended that you buy one with adjustable seat.”

*it is a basic feature. Almost every spin bike have this feature.

 

Adjustable Handlebar

adjustables handlebars spin bikeThe body shape and structure is not constant for everybody. Some have shorter hands. On the other hand, some born with relatively long pair of hands fore and aft.

If the handlebar is fixed, you might have to lean forward or stretch backward to hold the handlebar perfectly. It will harm you in the long run. And if you continue to use indoor spinning bike such, it is very much harmful for you. So, adjustable handlebar is always great.

[code]“so, same words again. it is alright to buy an indoor cycling bike for a relatively cheaper price without this feature if only you are going to use it. Purchase carefully and be ultimately sure that the fixed handlebar position is a great match for you.
Actually it is not a wise solution
. It is recommended that you buy one with an adjustable handlebar.”[/code]

*it is a basic feature. Almost every spin bike have this feature.

Multiple handlebar position

Adjustable handlebar and multiple handlebar is not same. People tend to be confused mixing up these two. Adjustable handlebar is being adjustable by moving the handlebar vertically or horizontally. That does not ease you if you want to cycle any other position rather than just sitting. You might want to burn your fat off by cycling standing flat or sprinting. These requires multiple handlebar position.

Multiple handlebars denotes different handlebar position suitable for different type of cycling. It can be slightly upper than the normal position or lower than the usual.

 

[code]“so, same words over again. it is alright to buy an indoor cycling bike for a relatively cheaper price without this feature if only you are going to use it remain seated. Purchase carefully and be ultimately sure that the fixed handlebar position is a great match for you.
Actually it is not a wise solution
. It is recommended that you buy one with multiple handlebar.”[/code]

Recommended for this feature: sunny indoor cycle trainer, sole sb700, Evo cx, Keiser m3 plus

Water bottle holder

You might be thinking by now, what? That is silly, water bottle holder is also an important feature look out? Why?

Let me be clear supporting my side. While you will be spinning, you will be sweating too. Some of you might be sweating a lot than the usual, and you know what? It is great. The main goal here is to sweat your ass off. But the main part is, nonetheless you have to be properly hydrated. How? You have to be drinking a lot of water.

Here the water bottle holder will come in handy. Trust me, it is a must.

[/code]So, it is out of discussion whether you should look for a water bottle holder or not while purchasing the one from the best spin bikes out there. Of course, you should!

The necessity of the water bottle holder is to protect you from the hassle of leaving your spin bike every time you want to drink water.  The matter to watch keenly here, is the holder should be capable of holding what size of water bottle. If you drink a lot of water, that’s great. But be sure to buy the spinning bike of yours have a large water bottle holder.”[/code]

Recommended: Fitleader fs1

Transportation wheel

Indoor spin bikes can be heavy; all the best spin bikes out there are heavy. Since the frames and flywheels are heavy pieces of kit- weighing roughly 50-55kg, It is quite difficult to move it here and there without transportation wheel. The transportation wheels make the hard work easy.

Almost every spin bike out there come with transportation wheels. For both home and commercial users, these are important.

*it is a basic feature. Almost every spin bike has this feature.

 

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