Workouts & Exercises

Exercise Bike With Back Support

As part of building my own home gym, I’ve been looking all around the internet for a good cardio solution. I wanted something that I could do for a long time without getting bored or messing up my joints.

I was never a big fan of stationary bikes cause my back would get sore from bending over, that was until I tried bikes with back support. After doing hours of research, I found the best ones out there, and in this article, I’ll show them to you.

My Personal Recommendation (The Bike I Bought)

My Personal Recommendation (the Bike I bought) Schwinn 270

The Schwinn 270 is the bike I ended up going for after hours of research. I even reached out to a few friends of mine that own it so that I could test drive it before making a purchase.

The Schwinn 720 provides me with everything I could ever need out of an exercise bike, and then some. It makes it super easy to track my progress, I can watch my favourite shows while I charge my tablet, and thanks to its hundreds of options I don’t get bored. I can switch up my workout style countless times to keep things interesting.

Best Exercise Bikes with Back Support

Here are the best exercise bikes with back support on the market.

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike

our pick for the best exercise bike with back support the schwinn 270

Technical Specs

  • Dual track two lcd window system
  • Dimensions: 64 x 27 x 50 inches
  • Weight: 101.00 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame: 10 Years, Mechanical: 2 Years, Electrical: 1 Year, Labor: 90 Days
  • Power Requirements: Plugs into any standard electrical wall outlet on a 110V-120V circuit. 120V 60Hz AC input; 1.5A output. AC power adapter included.
  • Maximum user weight: 300 lbs

What I like

There’s a lot to like about the Schwinn 270, especially as you start using it and get to know the machine. If I told you everything I like about this bike we’d be here forever though, so I’ll just stick to the highlights.

For starters, let’s talk about the Schwinn 270’s tracking options. Like most bikes, it allows you to track Time, Distance and your heart rate, thanks to a conveniently placed heart rate monitor.

Unlike most machines though, the Schwinn can connect directly to MyFitnessPal and other fitness apps. Once you get used to having your workouts logged automatically, there’s no going back. I’m telling you, having this feature makes tracking calories a whole lot easier. If you wanna get shredded for the summer, get a Schwinn.

That’s not all though! There's also the 29 different training programs and the 4-user goal tracking settings. That means that up to 4 people can use it and track their goals at the same time! It's great for families or roommates.

The Schwinn displays all of this data in two LCD window systems that can show up to 13 different stats for you to track AT ONCE. Honestly, I’d list them to you but I’m not even close to figuring everything out yet!

Of course if you recommend a bike, you gotta talk about resistance, the Schwinn has 25 different levels of it and an extremely quiet flywheel. Noise may seem inconsequential at first, but it gets old when you’ve been on the bike for an hour or when you’re trying to watch a show on your ipad.

Speaking of Ipads and tablets, the Schwinn has built in speakers and 4 usb charging ports that work off of the electricity you generate while pedalling. This is great just because it allows you to watch movies without worrying about battery life, but there are other benefits too..

I kid you not, I used this feature to charge up my phone one day when the power went out, so it’s like having your own mini generator.

Finally, you also have the amazing build quality. I mean, they’re so confident in it that they offer a 10 year warranty on it, what more is there to say?

Customer Reviews - What The Reviews Are Saying

Does it surprise you that this bike has amazing reviews? cause it shouldn't. It’s rated at 4.5 out of 5, I checked out those bad reviews and for the most part, they were from people who messed up when assembling it.

 Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike, 350lb High Weight Capacity, Cross Training, Arm Exercisers, Monitor, Pulse Rate Monitoring | SF-RB4708

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike the SF-RB4708 is our second pick for exercise bikes with back support

Technical Specs

  • Digital monitor measures speed, time, distance, calories, and total distance
  • Adjustable Inseam Height Min 26.5 in / Max 34 in
  • Multi-control magnetic resistance system
  • Max User Weight: 350 lb
  • Product Weight: 94.8 lb
  • Product Dimensions: 60L x 25.5W x 52H inches
  • Drive Mechanism: Belt Drive

What I like

This one was almost the bike I went for. Why? Well it's an all around great bike, but what really made my choice tough was the arms. As you may have noticed, my bike doesn’t have moving arms.

What’s the benefit of the Arm Exercisers? Well unlike most bikes, this one actually provides a full body workout. Just to clarify, this bike wont give you crazy thick arms, you build those at the gym. What it will do is improve your endurance for your upper body, something most people don’t really work on.

It’s also great if you’re on rehab or for seniors that are just looking for a low impact, full body workout.

That’s not all this bike has to offer though, it has eight levels of resistance, a great LCD screen to track your stats and a handy device holder so that you can watch your movies.

Customer Reviews - What The Reviews Are Saying

Again, we have a 4.4 out of 5. It’s a great bike, no way around it.

ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent Bike

A magnetic resistance mechanism gives ProForm the edge since no rubbing parts it is highly durable

Technical Specs

  • Item Weight: 102 Pounds
  • Resistance Mechanism: Magnetic
  • Maximum Weight Recommendation: 275 Pounds
  • Protected with a 5-year frame warranty and a 90-day parts & labor warranty
  • Dimensions: 61” H x 21” W x 40” L

What I like

The great thing about this bike is it’s magnetic resistance mechanism. Unlike other mechanisms, there are no parts rubbing against each other in this one, there’s less wear and tear and absolutely no noise and the pedaling is silky smooth. 

The magnetic system also provides 18 different resistance levels, it can go really really heavy. If you’re looking for a tough, gruelling workout that will grow some tree trunks legs, this one’s for you.

You can track your workouts thanks to the LCD screen and included heart rate monitor. You’ll be able to read your time, distance, resistance and heart rate as you pedal.

When it comes to comfort, the ProForm is a winner. It’s oversized seat provides excellent lumbar support, which makes it a great choice for anyone with back issues.

Customer Reviews - What The Reviews Are Saying

The reviews for this one are stellar, with people raving about how easy it is to assemble and use. It should be no surprise that it's rated as a 4.3 out of 5.

Schwinn Fitness 230 Recumbent Bike

This Schwinn stands out for its Bluetooth connectivity to your phone for easy data transfer

Technical Specs -

  • Dimensions: 64" L x 27" w x 44.5" H | Weight: 80 lbs
  • Max. User Weight: 300 lb
  • Warranty Description: 10-Years frame, 2-Years parts, 1-Year electronics, 90-Days labor

What I like

Another bike that I almost went for. No surprise here, it's another Schwinn.

Why do I think this bike is great? Bluetooth connectivity. With this bike you can connect directly to your phone for data transfer, and other biking apps like Zwift.

With Zwift, you’ll be able to access thousands of workouts, training courses and guidance. Even if you don’t have a Zwift membership, the bike offers 13 in-built workout programs and the ability to keep track of all your stats on the LCD screen.

When it comes to the bike basics, this bike also blows it out of the park. !6 levels of resistance ensures anyone can have a decent workout, and the seat is AMAZING. It literally feels like sitting on the couch, it's that good.

Finally, I gotta talk about price. I doubt there’s a bike on the market that provides more bang for your buck.

Customer Reviews - What The Reviews Are Saying

It doesn’t get any better than being selected as an Amazon’s choice product. Only the best of the best gets selected. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that this bike has 4.5 out 5 stars.

XTERRA SB2.5r Recumbent Bike

The Exterra is more of a minimal option without much luxury, but it's a good bargain

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 58.8” x 27.7” x 41”
  • Weight: 108 LBS
  • Weight Limit: 300 LBS
  • Console: 5.5" Dual Color Backlit LCD
  • Flywheel: 22 LBS, 12.5” Diameter
  • Warranty: • 5 years frame • 1 year parts

What I like

The XTERRA SB2.5 is more of a minimal option. It’s great at what it does, and definitely gets the job done, though you shouldn’t expect any luxury. That being said, I always love a good bargain, so the XTERRA is right up my alley.

It’s got a 22 pound flywheel that’s electronically controlled to provide 24 different levels of resistance that are put to use with the inbuilt training plans. There are 12 preset plans, 5 heart rate oriented ones, 1 Watt and a Manual setting.

When it comes to media and entertainment, the XTERRA has an audio jack and a decent set of speakers. You might have to buy an adapter for your phone if it doesn’t have a headphone jack, but it’s still a cool option to be able to play your music or movies out of speakers rather than earbuds.

Finally, it’s got a decent sized LCD screen that will display your heart rate, time, distance though it will be covered up by your tablet.

Customer Reviews - What The Reviews Are Saying

When it comes to reviews, they’re pretty good for this bike. Some users have complained that the tension maxes out too fast, but if you’re looking for low impact, steady state cardio, you shouldn’t have any issues.

Star Trac S-RBx Recumbent Bike 

The Star Trac is built for luxury, so much so, that you can even watch TV as you work out

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 66in L x 28in W x 53in H / Weight: 212 lbs.
  • Max User Weight: 350 lbs.
  • Resistance: 20 Levels of Intensity
  • Electrical: Self Contained Power Supply / No External Power Supply Needed / AC Adapter is Available

What I like

If the XTERRA was a budget option, the Star Trac is its luxurious counterpart. With a pretty big price tag, the STAR TRAC is packed with features to make your biking experience as great as possible.

One thing I really like is that it doesn’t need any sort of power supply to function, it’s got one included just in case you want to install the TV addon. I don’t know about you, but being able to watch tv directly from your bike seems pretty cool to me.

It’s got - get this - personal fans! You’ll never be too hot while biking, since the power you produce by pedalling will power the fans to keep you feeling fresh.

Finally, it’s got an amazing dashboard that can display 4 messages at once. IT can cycle independently between:

  • Time Elapsed                       
  • RPM, Distance
  • Heart Rate
  • Motivational Track
  • Course Profile and Resistance Level

Customer Reviews - What The Reviews Are Saying

The bike is rated at 4 out of five, which may seem weird at first, but you gotta understand that with such a high price people put a lot of expectation. However, a quick read of reviews shows that all users are pleased with it, and it’s even used in rehab centers.

Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike

Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike is a great pick for exercise bikes with back support

Technical Specs

  • Weight: 121.00 lbs
  • Max weight capacity: 250lb
  • Number of Resistance Levels: 8

What I like

The Stamina Elite is a great option for those looking for a full body workout. Even better, if your legs are sore or you have any sort of injury, you can still get some cardio in without using your legs at all!

The Stamina Elite offers up to eight levels of resistance, which is great for anyone looking for a very low impact workout or for those recovering from injury, but trained individuals may find it lacking.

Either way, you still get an LCD display that showcases your time, distance and heart rate, which is measured by grabbing on to the seat handles.

Customer Reviews - What The Reviews Are Saying

Customer reviews are a mixed bag for this one, those that knew what this bike was about are really pleased with it, but those who were expecting much heavier loads are somewhat disappointed.

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Elite Recumbent Bike

This Nordictrack bike has a bright, beautiful screen, and allows you to connect to iFit workouts

Technical Specs

  • Resistance: 26 Levels
  • Seat type: Lumbar Support
  • Programs: 35
  • Flywheel: 25 LBS
  • Weight capacity: 350 LBS
  • Dimensions: 61.2" L x 23" W x 68" H

What I like

Four our last entry, we have another luxury bike. You’ve probably heard of Nordictrack before, they’re even featured on an Eminem song! That’s how good they are.

Let me tell you, it shows. I didn’t get this bike for myself cause I wasn’t looking to spend that much on a bike, but if I could, I would.

Unlike other bikes, where you can set up your ipad or tablet to watch movies, this bike has a bright and beautiful screen! With it, you can connect to hundreds, even thousands of IFit workouts that come with the free, one-year Ifit subscription.

That’s not all though, you still can connect to your ipad or tablet if you wanna transfer your biking data to other training apps like Zwift!

Of course, when it comes to comfort, this bike takes the cake, it’s got a specially designed seat that offers extra lumbar support, extra wide pedals for easy pedaling and 28 levels of silky smooth resistance.

Customer Reviews

Reviews for this bike are amazing, as they should be. The only complaints I could find where people who had trouble with shipping, though a little digging reveals that these people had bought their bikes from other retailers.

Why Exercise Bikes with Back Support Are Great

Exercise bikes are AWESOME, and here is why. 

Great for Seniors

exercise bikes that come with back support are ideal for seniors

Not everyone can run on an incline treadmill or use on a regular stationary bike or an elliptical. For some of us, doing that is hell on our backs.

When you use a bike with back support, you can sit back, relax and only move your legs. This takes most of the stress off of your spine, so you can get your cardio in without worsening your back condition.

As you can imagine, this makes it an amazing device for seniors, who may not be able to do other forms of cardio, but still need to get some exercise in.

Great for Beginners

Position of pedals make it impossible to stand, which causes most injuries in normal bikes

Because of how incredibly safe bikes with back support are, they make a great tool for beginners. Due to their positions, you can’t stand up on the pedals, believe it or not that’s how most traditional stationary bike injuries happen.

Low Impact

exercise bikes with back support are low impact on your joints

Another benefit of the pedal and seat position is that it produces less stress on your knees and ankles. As a result, working out with one of these bikes is an incredibly low impact activity that is great for seniors, those recovering from injury, or even athletes that want some active recovery. Ellipticals(like the Schwinn 470 or the Sole E25) are also great if you want a more challenging  low impact exercise and a bit more challenging would be treadmills that with cushioning systems like the Sole F63 or the Bowflex BXT6.

Better for Long, Steady State Cardio

You can work out without leaning forward, great exercise for people with sciatica

You may have noticed that all of these bikes offer some sort of option to place your phone or tablet. This is because these bikes are for long, extended cardio sessions. Not only are these bikes a lot more comfortable because you’re basically sitting on a couch, but they’re also a lot more fun. Bikes like the Schwinn 270 and the Nordictrack VR21 and the other bikes we mentioned allow you sit still for long periods of time and enjoy a low impact exercise.

You can use biking apps like Zwift, or even watch movies! What I do when I wanna get shredded is watch my shows on my bike, before I know it I’ve been pedaling for about an hour!

Questions Asked By People Looking for An Exercise Bike with Back Support

Here are a couple of questions that might pop to mind when looking for an exercise bike with back support.

Can You Use an Exercise Bike with Sciatica?

For most patients with sciatica, a traditional exercise bike in which you have to lean forward is a terrible choice. By leaning forward you can pinch your sciatica nerve even further, making your pain worse.

Exercise bikes with back support on the other hand, keep your spine in a neutral position, so you are much less likely to experience pain. However, if you do, you should immediately stop your workout.

How Long Should I Use My Exercise Bike?

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