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  • Thank you for sharing another great article! 🌻
  • I used to go to the gym several times a week but it has closed and the new one is not affordable. Meanwhile, my physical therapist recommended a stationary bike. I have hip and spine arthritis and I am concerned about which would be better: upright or recumbent? I know there are some opinions out there, don't be afraid to share them :). Thanks :)
  • My physician recommended a bike for my arthritis, so I got a recumbent one. But I just hate it! It is so boring and I can barely stay on for five minutes without going stir crazy. I would much rather walk five or six miles on the treadmill than sit on that thing for five minutes.
  • My stationary is the go-to basis for everything else I do. Bad hip, I can't walk a mile but I can bike 50.
  • I do love my bike, especially in the winter time.
  • I ride the bike st the gym everyday for 30 minutes and I really enjoy it.
  • I am looking at a elleptical recumbent bike combo..The exercise bike I have finally gave up the ghost.. I'm hoping when I go look at the combo it will work for me..Like the idea of 2 pcs of exercise equipment in one..not only to save money but I don't have a lot of space to fit it in.. thanks for all the input I have read here..
  • The Expresso bikes have a video game that allows you to pedal through a virtual landscape avoiding obstacles and collecting prizes. There are hills so you are doing an interval training routine, and getting a higher score motivates you to go as fast as you can. We no longer have our gym membership, but the Expresso bikes are probably what I miss most. (They were often out of order, so I might be missing them even if we had kept our membership!)
    I have had recent left knee surgery and right knee surgery in 2009 and I love the recumbent bike. I enjoy reading while on the bike. I do not use any added resistance - it is easier on my knees to just pedal and i love it. I used to have one at home but i wore the belt off it; so i am back at using one at the gym!!
  • The recumbent bike is a wonderful invention! With both back and knee issues, I find it is kind to my limitations. Also, the biking does help to strengthen my knees, so it's "free" physical therapy!
  • Sometimes I use the stationary bike as an alternative to interval training on the treadmill. So it's really helpful if you use the heart rate monitor (if there is one or get a HR watch). I use the noexcusesworkouts program and work on reaching the HR goals. Wow, it can be an intense workout. I tend to use the recumbent bike as the other ones at the gym tend to lose the seat height and it hurts to be bumped down.
  • I'd used a stationary bike for a long time but had felt that I got a better workout on the treadmill. Now, however, I may have to go back to the bike for a while to cut back on impact. It will be interesting to see how I respond to it after more than a year away from it....

    I do like the fact that I can read while riding - it helps me keep up with my professional journals, which I really can't do on the treadmill!
  • I enjoy the Expresso bikes. They have a computer screen where you can watch yourself complete one of their many courses--mountains, seaside, you name it. If you don't want to do that, you can tune in the TV instead.
  • My husband bought my Proform recumbent bike from an ad in the paper. The woman said she bought it from Sears for $300 and my husband offered her $80 just to take it off her hands. I am thankful for my husband and his support. He even rides the bike when the weather is bad and he is unable to run outside. I ride my bike at least three to four times a week and average 15 miles a week. It has IFit capabilities and four different coaching programs. I really get a great workout without straining my knees or my back!

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