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If you love sweating your way through a good cycling class, then giving up the studio and getting into a home workout groove over the past year has likely been a challenge. When it comes to investing in an exercise bike to use at home, you not only have to consider the price, but also how much space it'll take up. That's why Amazon shoppers have turned to the Exerpeutic Folding Exercise Bike, one model they say solves both of those problems in one.
The fold-out upright bike is designed so that it can easily be tucked away in between uses, and with a $200 price tag, it costs a fraction of what other options do. Now, it's on sale for just $150 at Amazon — making it even more budget-friendly. And best of all, it has an impressive 11,000 five star ratings, with some shoppers calling it their "best quarantine purchase."
Although it may not have all the bells and whistles of a more expensive model — the seat height can only be adjusted three levels, while the handlebars stay in one spot — it does offer some customizability for your workouts. It has eight different levels of tension, so you can increase or reduce resistance according to your preferences, and you can keep track of your time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate with on the handy LED screen.
Buy It! Exerpeutic Folding Exercise Bike, $149.00 (orig. $199.99); amazon.com
"It doesn't wobble, makes virtually no noise (that's just my knees) and the resistance goes up high enough to be a real workout. The top levels are hard enough for good HIIT sessions unless you are REALLY used to doing hill climbs and so on," wrote one five-star reviewer. "Is it the same as a Peloton or a fancy spin bike? Nope, but it's also less than 10 percent of the price."
Over 400 reviewers specifically mentioned how well-suited Exerpeutic's bike is for small spaces, with a few adding that the size of the bike doesn't negatively impact its sturdiness. In fact, the machine has a weight limit of 300 pounds and can accommodate tall riders well — though it's worth noting, one reviewer says that the lowest seat height setting is just a little too high for riders shorter than 5 feet.
If you have reservations that this extra affordable bike won't last the test of time, rest assured that its quality is still impressive. "I purchased this bike on Amazon in 2018," wrote another shopper. "It became a real lifesaver once osteoarthritis of the hip made it difficult to use the equipment at the gym, and even more so when the gym had to shut down due to Covid-19. It's been steadfast, sturdy, and reliable through it all."
It's unclear just how long this deal will last, so if you've been thinking about hopping on the exercise bike trend, now you can do so with Exerpeutic's folding option for less than $200.