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In the absence of your favorite spin class, we’d be surprised if you haven’t checked out the prices on a Peloton, tried to justify it to yourself for a second and then cowered away, because spending over $2,200 on anything hurts too much. The obvious appeal of a simple cardio workout that you don’t have to leave home for still just isn’t worth the price of a vacation (or the $58 monthly fee for the subscription). But you shouldn’t have to choose between staying fit and planning a much-needed getaway — so we found a stationary bike stand that will turn your living room into a home gym and can be tucked away into a closet. And it’s on sale, from $150 to $140.
Simply sit your bike atop this compact bike stand and get spinning — you can choose between six resistance settings and set the incline. It’s compatible with most bike sizes and attaches and detaches easily for when you’re ready to take your bike outside. What’s great is that it allows you to use your bike year-round, even in nasty weather. Set it up with the corresponding app to track your progress just like you would on a Peloton. When you’re finished working out, just move it over to the closet — no eyesores here.
The stand has an impressive 4.3-star rating from over 2,000 reviewers.
“Why did I wait so long?,” writes a five-star reviewer. “Wish I'd have purchased this in September. I looked at many on Amazon and read many reviews. Chose this and it's exactly what I wanted. Set it up in five minutes. Very sturdy. I'm not a competitive rider—58 and ride 10 to 12 miles a day, 4 or 5 days a week spring and summer. Just trying to stay in shape, and this will keep me moving fall and winter. Highly recommended.”
Another reviewer showed off their setup in a video, writing, “my wife is a novice, and we both love the trainer. Cannot go wrong with this; used along with an app or alone, will do the work.”
Others tout how easy it is to remove from the stand. “The setup for this bike stand is easy as it is pre-assembled and ready to go, and the entire setup to attach the bike took only a couple of minutes. The quality was much better than I expected, setting up was a breeze and the unit works as advertised,” a happy shopper writes.
“For those who want to continue to ride but can't during winter weather, this unit is affordable, is of high quality, and easy to set up. Resistance is adjusted with a handlebar mounted switch, and going through your bike's gears also enhances resistance. To remove the bike you remove the handlebar switch, move the red handle which releases the rear axle of the bike, and off you go.”
Shop it: Sportneer Bike Trainer Stand, $140 (was $150), amazon.com
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