There’s nothing like having a dependable cycle bike that can help you power through your workout. Unfortunately, not all cycle bikes are created equal. Some bikes come fully equipped with fancy displays and feature-packed pedals. Other bikes are modest, foregoing any bells and whistles. Regardless of technological benefits, each cycle bike is designed to help you build strength, develop endurance, and burn calories.
But sometimes even our most dependable bikes could use an upgrade. If you’re looking for a way to jumpstart your fitness routine, we’ve created a list of the best upgrades that you can install on your trusty cycle bike.
The pedals on your bike can dictate the speed and comfort in your cycling session. Stationary bike pedals offer stability at the most basic level, but upgrades can allow you to remain stable at higher speeds. Upgrade to a set of toe-cage pedals that have a soft encasing that wraps around your foot to prevent it from slipping during high-intensity intervals. Alternatively, you can upgrade to SPD-compatible pedals. These pedals have special clips that connect either SPD-compatible shoes or a special shoe clip that keeps your feet virtually connected to the pedals during your entire workout session. This allows you to ride fast and comfortably.
Even if you expect to only perform climbing rides, you’ll eventually have to sit down on your bike. Upgrade to a wider seat to offer more support for your posterior during enduring rides. You can also invest in a narrower seat, which will allow you to pedal without interference. Check out our replaceable bike seats here.
3. DEVICE HOLDER
Device holders make a great second screen for follow-along workouts and in-workout entertainment. Typically, device holders wrap around the handlebar of the bike, leaving plenty of room for your hand positions. You can also use phone or tablet apps to keep up with your workout statistics right next to your handlebars.
4. CADENCE MONITOR
The old adage of “seeing is believing” is true for indoor cyclist. Many high-end bikes have integrated performance monitors that can track useful workout data, including cadence, distance, and calories burned. While some bikes don’t have this feature, you can couple your workout with phone apps that can track these values.
If your bike doesn’t have a built-in monitor to measure your RPMs, it’s more than easy to add that function. Most cadence monitors have a sensor that connects to your pedal that can detect each complete rotation. This information can easily be transmitted to your phone via smartphone apps.
5. UPGRADE THE ENTIRE BIKE
Sometimes it’s just time for something new. If you’re looking for a cardio machine to power your next in-home workout, check out our selection of exercise bikes.