Thanks, everyone, for the insight! I really appreciate it!
7/1/13 7:51 A
I've seen one lady at my gym use a modifier- it is essentially an add on that brings a second set of handle bars closer to the seat. Not sure what to do if you can't reach the pedals
7/1/13 7:09 A
I'm also a short adult (4'11"). I have never tried to find a spin cycle, but we are far enough out of the range of normal adult size that I'm not surprised that anything that would fit would be super-expensive.
I'm even having a hard time finding a good street bike. It isn't really the height of the bike, it's the length from seat/shoulder to handlebars that kills me. My arms just aren't long enough to avoid back strain, and I prefer an upright posture when I ride a bike. Also I'm older. I may not be 4'11" anymore, now that I think of it.
I know this doesn't really help, but maybe if you already have a decent street bike, using one of the stands to turn it into a spin bike might be your least expensive option. Or purchasing a street bike and a stand. Although the combination might be as expensive as the spin cycle, at least you can take the street bike outside in good weather, so it's sort of like getting two options for the price of one. Good luck!
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7/1/13 5:48 A
Spinning bikes are not cheap. A low end Schwinn costs around $500-$600. Higher end models could easily cost $1,000. Height range is roughly 5ft to 6ft tall. So, if you are petite or very tall, you're out of luck. Specialized bikes are very expensive. That's why most gyms only carry the model that fits a general range.
I've been teaching spinning for several years. spinning wasn't designed for kids. It's for adults. Spinning is way too intense for a child. Instead, buy a couple of street bikes and cycle outside. Exercise should be fun for children, not a way to burn calories.
Have you checked your local bike shop ? Not for spinning bikes, but for regular bikes ? If not, I would recommend starting with your local bike shop to see what options are available. If you have a limited budget, most bike shops sell last year's models at a discount as well as used bikes. If you just want to bike for the summer for some fun and exercise, buy a used bike. Any good bike shop will help you find the right bike for your height.
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2,093 7/1/13 12:51 A
Instead of getting a spin bike how about using your own bike (if you have one)? You can get an indoor trainer and turn your bike into a spin bike. Here's a quick YouTube video that explains trainers. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL5Afz13JVs
I really want to try spinning but I'm too short for the regular spin bikes (4'9"). Anybody know of kids spin bikes out there at a reasonable price? I have searched high and low and only found ones that are $1000+.