If you want to work out without leaving home or even getting out of your pajamas, an indoor cycling bike helps you get or stay in shape without involving a lot of prep work beforehand. Cycling is a great low-impact exercise for people of all ages and weights. When the weather is bad, or the gym feels far away, an indoor exercise bike is a handy option to have.
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne is regarded as one of the best indoor cycling bikes around, but it has a price that some people might find daunting. We wanted to find a cheaper contender for the best indoor exercise bike, so we tested out similar indoor cycles at a lower price point. The Body Rider Fan Bike won us over with its low price and similar design to the Schwinn AD6. Both bikes allow you to incorporate your upper body into your cycling workout with dual-action handlebars, similar to an elliptical machine.
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne is a resistance fan indoor cycle with a large LCD display that is compatible with telemetric heart rate monitors. Its main differences from the Body Rider Fan Bike, besides the display size and heart monitor feature, is its longer warranty and overall better stability due to its heavier weight and four-on-the-floor leg design. This makes the AD6 Airdyne ideal for dedicated indoor cyclists and fitness enthusiasts. If you are able to invest up-front for the fifteen-year warranty, this indoor cycle may be a fine option. If you like to do sprints, or are heavy-set or have a big frame, the sturdiness of the AD6 Airdyne's design may be preferable to the more lightweight Body Rider Fan Bike. However, if you have a small or average build, the Body Rider Fan Bike can still be a great choice.
The Body Rider Fan Bike is belt-resistance fan bike that has a small, basic display. While the Schwinn AD6 may be good for pro cyclers, the Body Rider Fan Bike is the perfect pick for the everyman and the casual to intermediate user. Even advanced users may find that the Body Rider Fan Bike works well for them. Our only issue with it is the design of the seat, which is easily fixed with a padded seat cover. If you don't care about seeing your metrics in detail and would rather focus on the nitty-gritty of your workout, you won't mind the Body Rider bike's minimal display. It's easy to adjust the resistance via a tension knob to vary your workout, and the bike is a touch quieter than the AD6 Airdyne since it uses the belt to create resistance rather than the fan. The Body Rider Fan Bike is also available at an affordable low price, making it a budget-friendly way to meet your fitness goals.
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne uses a fan to create air resistance. The harder you pedal, the more resistance is created, and the more difficult it is. You may like the breeze produced by the resistance fan, which helps keep you cool.
The Body Rider Fan Bike uses a fan wheel as well, but resistance is created via a belt that can be adjusted using a tension knob on the bike. This fan makes a slight breeze as well, but you have more manual resistance adjustment.
The Schwinn AD6 indoor cycle offers a simple LCD screen that shows a RevMeter™ RPM gauge, time, distance, calories, and watts, plus your pulse if you have a telemetric heart rate monitor. If you prefer to be able to see all of your stats at once, you may like the Schwinn indoor cycle better than our alternative.
The Body Rider Fan Bike can display time, speed, distance, and calories burned individually on the small screen, or you can set it to cycle through each metric. If stats like these aren't integral to your workout or you only focus on distance or time metrics, the small, minimal display may not be an issue.
The Schwinn AD6 indoor cycling bike has textured pedals with adjustable straps. The pedals offer a little more grip than our alternative, but with the straps it doesn't matter much.
The Body Rider Fan Bike has hard foot pedals with adjustable straps. Straps increase your stability and allow you to engage your calves and hamstrings more as you ride.
The Schwinn AD6 bike has soft foam grip handles. If you prefer a softer grip, you may like the AD6 Airdyne better than the Body Rider.
The Body Rider bike has hard rubberized grips that help you keep hold even when you start to sweat, but may be less comfortable than the AD6.
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne has a height-adjustable seat with thick padding and a comfortable design. The broad, padded seat makes it work well out of the box for long workouts.
The Body Rider Fan Bike has a seat that is height-adjustable but not as comfortable as the Schwinn AD6 seat. We recommend getting a seat pad for long cycling sessions.
The AD6 Airdyne indoor cycle has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. This makes the AD6 a better option for very overweight people looking for a low-impact exercise method.
The Body Rider Fan Bike has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. Though lower than the AD6's weight capacity, this is still a high enough capacity for most users.
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne measures 50 inches long by 26 inches wide, and is 51 inches tall. People with bigger builds may prefer the slightly larger overall size of the Schwinn indoor cycle to the Body Rider's.
The Body Rider Fan Bike measures 42 inches long by 22 inches wide. At 46.5 inches tall, it is a touch shorter than the Schwinn and more compact overall but still suitable for most people to use comfortably.
The Schwinn AD6 weighs 116 pounds. This means it will be more stable for sprints and hard rides, but is difficult to move around if you want to store it when you aren't using it.
The Body Rider Fan Bike weighs 47.3 pounds, making it a great choice if you want to hide your indoor cycle in the closet without breaking out in a sweat.
The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne has four points on the ground, with each point able to be adjusted individually to account for uneven surfaces. Combined with the bike's heavier weight, this bike is more stable.
The Body Rider Fan Bike has legs in a T-Bar shape, giving it two points of contact with the ground. This means it may be annoying to use on an uneven surface, especially since it is so lightweight.
The Schwinn AD6 has a 15-year warranty on the frame, two years on electrical parts, and one year on mechanical parts through the manufacturer. If you are interested in a bike for the long-term, the Schwinn AD6 may be a worthwhile investment. At around five times the price of the Body Rider bike, it offers a warranty that is fifteen times as long.
The Body Flex Sports company provides a one-year warranty on the frame and 90 days on parts for non-commercial use. If you are just getting into fitness or indoor cycling, or want a well-built but inexpensive machine, you may enjoy using this indoor bike for a trial run or for a few years, which can be worth it at such a low price.