Should I Buy a Home Exercise Bike or Join a Gym?

Today, we have SO many options regarding where, when, and how we work out. We love options! Naturally, as you find an exercise that gets you amped, the question may arise: “Should I just buy an exercise bike and work out at home or take advantage of the many options a gym membership provides”?

As we saddle up to explore the options, remember that no matter what you fancy, Fitness World is here for you and ready to support all your fitness and nutrition goals when you need us! So today we’ll look at your options for using a home exercise bike, costs of purchasing a bike, and explore the amenities and support Fitness World provides. Let’s get started!

Buying an Exercise Bike: Explore Your Options

When it comes to cycling as a way to fitness, the bike beneath you matters just as much as the fitness journey ahead. Let’s pedal through some of the most popular options, their costs, and a few pros and cons.

Cycling Bikes or Spin Bikes

Think of these as your road to high-intensity, calorie-blasting adventures. Perfect for those who crave the sweat and satisfaction of a challenging ride. It features a heavy flywheel that creates resistance, closely simulating the experience of riding a road bike. Think Peloton, Echelon, and Schwinn.

Spin bikes can range from $400 to well over $1,500, depending on the brand and features.


  • Simulates outdoor cycling, offering a rigorous and engaging workout.
  • Suitable for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with adjustable resistance.


  • The narrow, hard saddle may cause discomfort to some riders.
  • Requires more maintenance and additional costs for online memberships.
  • Lacks back support, which may not be ideal for individuals with back issues.

Upright Stationary Bikes

Stand tall (or sit tall, in this case) with an upright bike. Ideal for those who seek a more traditional cycling experience, focusing on a full-body workout. These mimic the posture and mechanics of a traditional outdoor bicycle. With a vertical orientation, it positions the rider in an upright sitting position, offering a dynamic cycling experience.

Prices vary widely, starting from as low as $200 for basic models to over $1,000 for advanced options with loads of features.


  • Mimics traditional outdoor cycling offering a familiar experience.
  • Great for cardiovascular workouts, enhancing heart health.
  • Engages multiple muscle groups for a comprehensive exercise.


  • The upright position may lead to discomfort over long sessions.
  • Limited workout position variety, potentially reducing engagement over time.

Dual Action Bikes

Get your arms in on the action! Also known as an air or fan bike, these bikes offer handlebars that move in sync with the pedaling action – this way your upper body doesn’t feel left out of the fitness party.

These bikes start around $250 and can go up to $1,000 for more robust models.


  • Engages both upper and lower body, providing a full-body workout.
  • Ideal for cardiovascular fitness and strength training.
  • Adds variety to workouts, helping to prevent boredom.


  • It may present coordination challenges for beginners.
  • Might not focus as intensely on the lower body compared to stationary bikes.

Recumbent Bikes

Sit back and pedal! These bikes feature a design where the rider sits in a laid-back reclining position. With a focus on comfort and lower body strength, these bikes are perfect for those looking for a gentler option for their knees and back. This type of bike is equipped with a larger seat and positioned back support, promoting comfort during workouts.

These bikes range from around $250 for entry-level models to upwards of $2,000 for high-end versions.


  • Provides ergonomic support with a reclined seat, reducing strain on the back.
  • Ideal for those seeking low-impact workouts, suitable for all fitness levels.
  • Offers a comfortable, longer workout duration due to reduced discomfort.


  • It may offer a less intense workout.
  • Limited core engagement, not maximizing the potential for core strengthening exercises.

Folding Bikes

A folding exercise bike is a compact, space-saving design that can be easily folded and stored away when not in use, making it an excellent option for small living spaces.

These bikes can be found in the price range of $150 to $500, depending on their features and durability.


  • Space-efficient, easily foldable for storage in tight spaces.
  • Portable, allowing for flexibility in workout locations.


  • Generally, have lower weight capacities, affecting durability and stability.
  • Limited features and stability compared to more substantial, stationary models.

When looking at home bike options, you will typically choose just one to own. The beauty of a gym membership, like the one at Fitness World, is that you can have access to a variety of bikes, all under one roof. You can even cycle alone, or in a class setting!

Choosing a home bike means committing to one type of workout – but hey, if it’s love at first ride, who are we to judge? Whether you’re gearing up for a race or settling into a recumbent rhythm, ensure it’s the ride that best fits your fitness aspirations and wallet’s comfort zone.

Choosing a Gym Membership

Opting for a gym membership over purchasing a home exercise bike does have its advantages. Let’s look at a few advantages to consider that will keep your spirits as high as your goals.

Advantages of a Gym Membership vs. Buying an Exercise Bike for Home

Yes, we may be a little bit biased about gym memberships. But, you have to admit there are some darn good advantages. Let’s review.

Numerous Cycling Class Options
We have a ton of cycling classes available that will keep you and your quads constantly challenged. A gym membership won’t leave you feeling tied to one style of workout. Today, a heart-pounding spin class, tomorrow a gentle ride – the choice is yours

Social Atmosphere
The camaraderie at a gym can’t be understated. It can boost you up and hold you accountable, and it’s a place to meet fellow fitness friends, share goals, and have a laugh or two.

Diverse Equipment and Classes
Beyond the bike, at Fitness World, our gym is your playground to try new classes and routines. From free weights to our state-of-the-art cardio equipment, your gym membership can unlock a treasure trove of fitness possibilities.

Expert Advice and Personalized Fitness Plans
With access to experienced personal trainers, tailored workout plans, and nutritional advice, you’re not just working out; you’re transforming your life.

Group Workouts
There’s something about the collective energy of a group workout that can push you to new rewards. It’s motivational, it’s exhilarating, and it’s competitive but in a good way.

Recovery & Relaxation
Can you get a hydromassage at home? Do you have a tanning bed? Countless recovery tools? Need we say more? Okay, we will say this: at Fitness World, it isn’t only about the gains. Here, it’s about melting tension and soothing tired muscles. At Fitness World, you can rejuvenate and recover all in one place.

Save Some Cash in the Long Run
At Fitness World, we make it easy to join. Check out our latest promotional offer to save today! Gym memberships often prove more economical than investing in home equipment. There’s no need to spend money on repairs, streaming services to popular workout programs, or moving the bed to make way for equipment. Just sign up, walk in, and workout. Easy!

Try Fitness World for Free!

Fitness World is more than a gym – it’s a place to unleash your inner athlete and focus on yourself. We make it easier for you to work out with 16 locations throughout the BC area, ensuring there’s always a fitness center near you. Try us out today by signing up for a free 3-day pass and try a cycling class on us!