Can You Lose Weight Riding An Exercise Bike? Let Me Tell You Here

Can You Lose Weight Riding An Exercise Bike

Can you lose weight riding an exercise bike? Well, this is so easy to answer. Yes, you can indeed. You see, losing weight is all about not allowing your body to the store the extra calories. The ones that you do not use.

Hence the term that many of us will have heard, calorie counting. A calorie may be a unit of energy, but it is also responsible for our weight.

Can You Lose Weight Riding An Exercise Bike? Yes You Can!

As you may be aware, when we eat various foods, they all have a different number of calories. Because the calories (in short) that we do not use we will store as fat. It then, means that we need to find a way to channel our energy expenditure. To “burn” these calories off, so we do not store them.

That is where the fantastic 100% guaranteed to work exercise bike comes into force. It is a sure-fire easy way to burn those excess calories away. While also becoming fitter and much healthier too.

It is also a strength (for your legs) and a cardiovascular (Basically your breathing control) workout. It is necessary, as it helps you to get oxygen to the vital organs!

Can You Lose Weight Riding An Exercise Bike

I know people who have lost a lot of weight through the regular use of an exercise bike. But consistency is key to it. It, combined with a healthy diet menu, of course. They alter their diet and construct a regime for the exercise bike at which they are comfortable.

However, not so comfortable it doesn’t push you to your absolute limit every time you do a session on it. REMEMBER the old saying NO PAIN NO GAIN? Well, in this case, it is most certainly correct.

Always try and beat (either in length or time) your last go. This way, you will steadily improve. But, as I have said before and will repeat because of its importance,

“Do not go at it first off hammer and tongue,” As you will quickly get worn out, and worse still become disillusioned and end up with the mindset that this isn’t for you.

A Symbol Of A Traditional Pedal Bike

It Is A Long Distance Race, Not A Sprint

Therefore, have it as a certainty that whatever you do, be sure you ALWAYS keep in mind that as with everything else which weight loss related if done the correct way it is a long-distance and race, not a sprint. 

It is also very accurate when using an exercise bike. So choose a distance or a time for the workout (how long you have available.) And take it from there. As once more, CONSISTENCY is the key to your success.

 Start at an even pace to start with and don’t set your distance too far to begin. You will be disappointed if you do not reach it.

That said, it should be enough to challenge you. So leave it open the first time and just focus and cycle. Keep going and going and going until you cannot do one more turn of the pedals.

 Then check the time or distance, and you can use that as your benchmark to improve on the next day. That is how you will lose your excess weight. Can you lose weight using an exercise bike will be a question that you will not ask?

But There Are So Many To Choose

A Graphic Of An Exercise Bike

Now “What exercise bike should I even look at?” There are so many to choose from, so choose the right one for you. It is essential. That is a good question, indeed as the market is ever-growing with an array of exercise bikes.

There are two things that you should be acutely aware of when it comes to getting one. Firstly there is the how long will it last question. As you do not want the use it a lot, and in doing so ruin the bike’s frame and workings.

The bike must be sturdy enough to withstand near-constant use.

Secondly, and by no means less necessary, the exercise bike should be quiet. That is one for your neighbors as the sound of a flywheel (the wheel on the exercise bike)is annoying.

Because, when it is too loud, it will be enough to drive them crazy and thirdly, there is you. You do not want to be doing your cycling to the loud continuous noise of it either. Please listen, as it will very quickly annoy you.

The Cheaper You Buy, The Fewer Instructions You Will Get

This exercise bike comes will a full go ahead, but it goes without saying that the cheaper you buy, the fewer functions the onboard computer will have on it. It is a fact that the cheaper it is, the less of a good buy it will be.

 So in answer to your question, “Can you lose weight riding an exercise bike?” Sure, you can. But do not buy a cheap and nasty one.

So can you lose weight riding an exercise bike? Well, you can. Therefore, I hope this post answers some of your questions?

So then, can you lose weight riding an exercise bike? Well, yes, however, only when you have got your diet under control. All that you need to have is the other half of the solution.

This way, your weight loss attempt to be a success, I am, of course, talking about the exercise. Go to this link, “Home gym fitness equipment” to see some items which will be the right choice for you. They will give you success in your weight loss mission.

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43 thoughts on “Can You Lose Weight Riding An Exercise Bike? Let Me Tell You Here”

  1. Like the idea of exercise bikes as you can use in all weathers. Much as I like normal cycling. I live on a rainy climate and a bit adverse the damp. Are there any other major advantages of exercise bikes versus pushbikes? I suppose a lot about myself, you can set the resistance and the amount of calories you burn more clearly an exercise bike… And I right?

    1. yes u are correct in your assumption you can adjust the resistance and do it all (workout) with out ever leaving the comfort of your home 🙂

  2. This is a topic that many people can relate to. I, myself , have tried to lose a few pounds from time to time. However, I always seem to find a way to gain back what I’ve lost.

    A combination of exercise and diet has been recommended is most diet program. Your diet program offers some reasonable and practical remedies that one can very easily be followed.

    I will consider your suggestions on exercise bikes and maybe this could be the answer.

    Good look site.


    1. yes it is true and diet and exercise are the two core elements if you wish to lose weight. Thank you too for your words.

  3. Simon,

    I enjoyed your post on the exercise bike. I have used various ones for years and the amount of calorie burning you can do on them is incredible!!

    One thing you mentioned here is that weight loss is not just an overnight thing. I am happy that you have said that because of how many misinformed people think that weight loss is just as simple as eat less and exercise more for a few day. It’s a lifestyle change!!
    Thanks for the great post!

    1. Thank you I am glad that you enjoyed the post on the exercise bike. I tried to be as honest and informative as possible which is judging by you kind comment what I appeared to have done. Yes you are right peoples ideas differ greatly with, as you quite rightly said, a large majority of them expecting to lose it overnight. Sadly we know that is not the case at all. It takes a consistent effort on their part.

  4. Hi Simon,
    Great article you have here on Bike riding and exercise. Biking has been in my family for many years. Growing up we did Triathlons. My dad was an avid runner back in the day until he had 2 knee surgeries. He then started biking.

    He actually rides his bike to work every morning to open up his shop then he rides his bike back home. He has unfortunately been hit by several cars driving by… and 3 of them were hit and runs. VERY SCARY! I

    I have been trying to talk my mom into talking him into purchasing an exercise bike. It’s safe but yet he still gets the rush of riding as well as the exercise he needs. I will be forwarding this website onto them… in hopes he will read into the benefits of riding a stationary bike and possibly purchase one. Thank you for sharing.

    1. It is my pleasure Tanya and try to persuade him and yes as you say riding an exercise bike is much safer + you do not have to deal with the adverse weather conditions.

  5. The exercise bike is probably the most common piece of exercise equipment sold at yard sales and flea markets. Not to mention frequently used for hanging stuff on at home. In other words, it’s often neglected.

    Now, thanks to your excellent post, it’s clear how powerful an exercise bike can be for losing weight. I appreciate how you remind us that weight loss is not a sprint, but a long term thing.

    Like you mention, get started and be consistent.

    1. Yes like I said it will take time as the weight didn’t accumulate over night and yes also riding a bike is an excellent way to lose weight within the comfort of your own home, BUT rid your self of any distractions ie kids and wife. 🙂 Enjoy fellow fitness seeker 🙂

  6. Being a avid distance runner I’ve always stayed away from the biking side of things – I didn’t feel it was as an effective way to lose weight ( running seemed a lot more productive and the results were excellent ).
    Tell me, do you feel that biking has the same results as plain road running? Do they compare?

    1. Although an exercise bike is great it isk nown as a static jogger n no it is not as intense cardio workout as running mate 🙂 It is however still brilliant to control ur weight.

  7. Katerina Markakis

    Hello there!
    This was a great post. I love the bike and I am very happy to know that it can help you lose weight. I almost daily use the bike and it is one of the few exercise methods that don’t get me bored easily.
    I was thinking about purchasing one actually but I really don’t know what to pick.
    I hope you do a review on some soon! It will greatly help.
    Thank you for this read!

  8. Exercise bikes are a great way to get on a bicycle especially if you live in an urban area. In a perfect world I’d prefer a bicycle for the scenery and the sensation of a moving bicycle 😀

    I used to visit the gym in my apartment area. I loved using the exercise bikes there because they had different courses programmed into them. So it would be like cycling different types of terrain in a single course. I tried to go there once a week I think.

    So together with quality the functions of a bike do push its price up but I feel these factors do motivate the user to use an exercise bike more regularly. If it’s nice to use, it wouldn’t take much to persuade me to use it more often! 😀 Another example: My family used to have an exercise bike but it was really basic. We ended up not really using it all the time.

    Hope this helps anyone who’s looking into getting an exercise bike!

    1. Thanks for your kind comment it is appreciated and yea I guess you’re right. The price that is paid for one would motivate you into doing some exercise on it rather than let it go to waste. Good point.

  9. Hi Simon. Thanks for an interesting post.I’ve always believed cardio work outs will burn fat 🙂
    I liked what you said about not overdoing it when you start. This has always been my no 1 problem when I start exercising. I overdo it on the first day and then suffer for it, causing me not to carry on!

    1. Exactly thank you, that was the point I was trying to make. You should ease yourself into any new routine that is a must as as you said it will quickly lead to you giving up if you do not.

  10. I had an exercise bike in my lounge room in front of the TV, up behind all the couch potatoes!
    I was constantly surprised by how often someone hopped on for a peddle. We got our best use out of it on rainy cold days.
    As you say, using it consistently is when you really notice the benefits.

  11. Does the same advice apply when you are riding an actual bike out and about versus an exercise bike? I was thinking about getting a regular bike to ride as I don’t have room where I’m living to use an exercise bike.

    Also, do you know if you can replace the seats on exercise bikes? I heard for men that on regular bikes there are seats designed so that “the guys” don’t get crushed. Do you know if there are similar seats for exercise bikes?

    1. haha yh I understand my friend (about BC (ball crush) and yes 99% of them can easily be replaced much like that of a normal bike. The same advice does apply yes sir.

  12. I regularly use an exercise bike for overall fitness. For many years I tried using an upright bike, with off and on back-pain problems. Since switching to a recumbent bike, these back problems are a thing of the past. I won’t even get on an upright exercise bike now. Sometimes a simple change in geometry works wonders.

    1. Haha yh it does I too have a recumbent exercise bike as I am disabled (can’t walk) and i guess it stand to reason how the can cause back problems too although I have never come across any one with a REASON like yours. Normally it is just an excuse to get out of training but I am all to aware of how painful back issues can be.

  13. Is there a difference in benefit from using a completely upright bike versus the kind where you’re sitting down and leaning back against a backrest, with your feet pedaling forward instead of below you? I can’t remember the name of that style. I never much cared for spinning classes because it always hurt my back leaning forward so much on my bike. But the kind where there’s a back rest were more comfortable in the long run, but I never felt like my legs got as good a work out.

    1. nope it just concentrates on SLIGHTLY slightly DIFFERENT MUSCLES. i USE A RECUMBANT BIKE:)

  14. Thank you for posting this article and being very real to your audience, My brother work in NYC, and his job is boxes and furniture deliveries. So he does a lot of walking all day.
    He needs to lose weight and wanted to get a bike, but he seems exhausted we he gets home. What do you proposed?

  15. Travis Smithers

    Hi Simon and great post on “Can you lose weight riding an exercise bike” is right on. It’s great when you have the opportunity to ride bikes outdoors around the streets or on some trails to get your exercise. But that’s not so easy when you live in an area that starts to pile up the snow during the winter months.

    Your exercise bikes would be great for winter months and any time better suited for indoor use on bad weather days then going outside.

  16. I’m 85 and doing everything I can to stay physically active. 80% of people do not continue an exercise program for even a year. It has to be built into your life as something you do in the course of every day activities.

    I bought a bike, because my feet don’t like to hike so much anymore. I like the wind in my face and the change of scenery. I try to take the bike to the store and any other short haul trips I have to make. My doctor thinks I’m crazy to be riding a bike at my age, but I have only fallen off once.

    Balance and weak legs are the biggest limits on mobility. I do lunges and squats to keep my legs strong and my push ups are off the kitchen counter rather than off the floor.

    The squats are lowering myself into a chair and rising back up. The chair provides stability. If I loose my balance I simply sit down. Lunges are a little harder and I usually do them at the entrance to the kitchen where I have counters on each side to hang on to.

    Balance involves standing on one foot long enough to put my pants on. I try to do it where, when I loose my balance I just bang up against a wall.

    Stay active even if it is only doing a hula while sitting down.

    1. Well congrats my friend it appears you are looking after your self indeed. So well done on the exercise and no matter how insignificant they appear they all help you.

  17. I love working out with an exercise bike and yes you can lose weight. I prefer an elliptical though since I’m older because it is lower to the ground and the seat is a bit larger for my bottom. Can you recommend a good elliptical exercise bike that I could use at home?

  18. Can you ride the bike while eating a doughnut and still lose weight? I need to get back to riding an exercise bike. I don’t have one close by to access very easily. Maybe one day I will get motivated and find one for the house. It has been several years since I went to the gym.

    I agree the bikes with the electronic feedback are great to let you know your progress and give you something to shoot for as far as goals!

    1. Haha yes you get all the mod cons on the bikes these days heart rate monitors etc. I some how wouldnt recommend the riding and eating bad food. Its never EVER going to be a successful activity if you do. lol

  19. I’ve never got onto the exercise bike side of things – I do distance running instead. I always feel that it’s sort of cheating on a stationary bike and not as effective as running rural roads. What are your opinions on this – do you feel an exercise bike can offer the same kind of training level as a country road jog?
    Great article by the way,

    1. yes it can the only difference is that you dont get the fresh air lol. On a serious note, before my accident I too thought of it as cheating and didn’t really bother with it much but from experience and research I can categorically tell you YES!

  20. I am a firm believer in cardiovascular exercise and I do ride stationary bikes at the gym, although admittedly not often enough. Next time I go I will spend some time on a bike. Should I do some stretching first? Some people say yes, others say no.

    1. Well for one I would say yes because if you do some stretches yoou will be looser and hence perform that little bit better and secondly with some stretches performed you are less likely to be stiff and all achy the following day.

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