One of the most important features of a bike to consider is comfort, especially the seat. The biggest difference when you go up in price is the feel of the bike - some will have a wider seat and more cushion.
All bikes have a fly wheel, and when you go up in price the wheel is heavier. This gives you more fluid motion, which puts less strain on your knees. And when you increase the tension it feels better.
If you're deciding between an upright or recumbent bike, recumbent bikes have more back support if you have lower back issues and also a wider seat. Uprights are good for people who do lots of cycling in summer and want to keep it up in winter. You'll get the same workout from either, it all depends on the effort you put into it.
You'll also want to look at these console features when selecting a bike, depending on your needs:
- Heart rate interactive - the program will change the speed or resistance level to keep you within your target heartrate.
- User IDs - these let you store the info about the user and your workout stats, such as calories lost, how many minutes you've biked etc.
- Some work with apps, and you can download workout stats onto your computer through Bluetooth or USB.
- Heart rate sensor or strap - people can work out too hard or not hard enough, the sensor keeps you in a specific zone if your goal is weight loss or to improve cardiovascular endurance.
- Quick keys on the console: one or 2 touch step to increase or decrease speed/resistance levels.