Best Indoor Spinning Bikes

Updated: May 10, 2021

woman exercising on indoor spinning bikes

Legend has it that Graeme Obree – aka The Flying Scotsman – locked himself in his bedroom where in complete solitude and for hours at a time he peddled away on an indoor bike. Those many punishing hours pummelling the peddles helped him prepare for the world hour record which he claimed on two separate occasions.

Irrespective of whether the story sniffs apocryphal, two things are not in doubt: Obree set hour records and indoor bikes can confer considerable benefits for our health, fitness and cycling performance.

Though I wouldn’t argue with the assertion that an indoor spinning bike is no substitute for the real thing, just as a treadmill is a sorry substitute for running in the great outdoors. However, indoor spinning bikes can make for an indispensable training aid and they are a must have for the fair-weather cyclist – considering that it rains (on average) for 156 days of the year in Britain and is cold and wet for the other 209.

If you’re on the fence as whether or not to splash out on an indoor spinning bike I’ve compiled a list of benefits/advantages that may tip you one way or the other.

Training Variation

Depending on your geographical location you might be limited to a variation of gradients. Cycling pan-flat roads can impede performance development and result in stagnation; nothing builds strength in those quads like a mile-long 1 in 4.

This accounts for why the best cycling teams in the world opt for the Pyrenees and the Alps over Denmark and Norwich. This geographical limitation can be circumvented with an indoor bike as you have the option, thanks to the resistance function, of bringing the Alpe d’Huez to your doorstep.

an image displaying the Alpe d’Huez cycle pass in France

Safe Cycling

Because on an indoor spinning bike you’re not beholden to the Highway Code you can tackle a time trial without having to worry about chancing junctions, swerving round pedestrians or risking a fine for running red lights.

High-resolution Focus Training

On an indoor spinning bike you can focus entirely on the exercise. So whilst you’re having a bash at Box Hill you won’t be encumbered with the concern that maybe today you’ll be wiped out by some inconsiderate motorist who prioritised a text message over the safety of others.