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Which Is Better: A Recumbent or An Upright Exercise Bike?

by Travis Graves

The point of this blog is very clear—that you want to determine if the Recumbent bike or the Upright bike is better. There are several aspects we are going to look at, and we will let you be the judge. We won’t decide which one is the best for you because we will list Pros and Cons of the both fitness machine and let them compete. You can be the judge of the result.

To compare both the machines, we are going to take Recumbent Bike and compare its Pros and Cons with the Upright machine. In this way, you can decide the winner between them.

Recumbent Bike Benefits

  • The bike is known for providing the better support to your lower and upper back, which means the strain will be reduced.
  • According to the reviews, the reclining seats are very comfortable even after you workout for a half hour or even an hour. However, the results are opposite in the Upright bike seats. Many have complained that after working out for half an hour then the rear become sore.
  • You can work out longer on the recumbent bike than the upright bike (it is 100% accurate).
  • You can use the machine to lose weight and burn harmful calories. It does not matter how old you or how young you are to work out on the recumbent bike.
  • The weight of your hands and wrist is not required to work out, so your hands will not get tired. In the upright machine, your weight will be used to exercise, and your hands will get tired.
  • If you are a beginner, then you would know the upright exercise would take a toll on your body because the upright bike is a powerful workout machine. Not only the movements which your body will make will easily get you tired, and you won’t be able to use the bike properly for a month or so.
  • In a few cases, people are not allowed to use bikes for the workout because of their age and being overweight and. Recumbent bike goes easy on your body, which means almost any age group as well as an overweight person can use the bike.

Now let’s look at the disadvantages of a recumbent exercise bike:

  • Intense workout? Recumbent bike loses to the upright bike here.
  • The upright bike does not consume much space of your room because of the compact design.
  • When you work half an hour on the recumbent bike, you can cover that workout within just 15 minutes of the workout on the Upright bike.
  • The price of the recumbent bike is high than the Upright bikes, which makes the Upright bike much more affordable.


You might be wondering what category of people should buy a recumbent bike. Several people suffering from being overweight and people who are aged 50+ are supposed to use it. The concept of the bike was to help those who are unable to use any type of bike workout. We would love to know your opinion in the comment section below.

About the Author

Travis is Content Marketing Head at He loves to write about various fitness tips and nutrition. When he gets spare time, he loves to go for adventure activities such as surfing or skydiving. To know more about him, follow his fitness blog:

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