Putting together your own home gym is a worthwhile investment.
You can exercise using the equipment you like and are comfortable with, you don’t have to wait for machines to become available and it’s super convenient.
A treadmill is the natural cardio choice for runners to have in their home gym. But for some variation in your routine and an excellent complimentary cardio exercise, how about an air bike?
We chose the XTERRA Fitness AIR650 Air Bike Pro as best overall, as it has a weight capacity of 350 pounds, has 7 built-in workouts and there’s no limit to the air resistance.
Here are 8 options we feel are worth considering.
Top 3 Best and Favorite
XTERRA Fitness AIR650 Air Bike Pro
XTERRA Fitness AIR350 Air Bike
Schwinn Airdyne AD7 Bike
1. XTERRA Fitness AIR650 Air Bike Pro
The XTERRA Fitness AIR650 Air Bike Pro is an easy-to-use but effective machine. There’s no need to plug it into an electrical outlet, so you can use this as much as you want and whenever you want.
In the front of the bike, a 27-inch houses nine steel fan blades. As you pedal, these blades create air resistance, which increases the intensity of your workout. It’s suitable for users of all fitness levels, as the bike is powered by you. The harder you pedal, the more air resistance you get, making it a progressive exercise.
The padded handlebars also move, giving you an upper body workout at the same time as a leg workout. You can get a full upper body workout without involving the legs as well, by resting their feet on the stationary pegs and only moving the arms against the air resistance.
Speed, time, distance, RPM, heart rate, and calories are displayed on the LCD console screen. An external chest HRM can also be connected. Large and easy-to-use buttons make it simple to choose your program.
There are 7 built-in workouts to challenge you. Choose from a target heart rate program, target calories, target time or target distance, as well as interval training programs.
The seat is completely adjustable so users of all heights and sizes can find their perfect position. Ergonomic handlebars, good-sized non-skid foot pedals, and textured stationary side pegs make this bike a comfortable experience no matter how you use it.
The industrial-grade drive chain allows the fan to spin safely and in a stable manner. Although the frame can easily handle 350 pounds of weight, the bike itself is light and can easily be moved from room to room.
The seat may become uncomfortable after sitting in it for a while, but you can also use this machine standing up on the pedals.
- Unlimited air resistance
- Padded handlebars
- 7 built-in workouts
- Weight capacity of 350 pounds
- The seat may be uncomfortable during long sessions
2. Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Bike
The Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Bike uses a single-stage belt that runs efficiently but quietly. It’s slightly lighter than the XTERRA, so you should be able to get a highly effective workout using the pedals and handlebars.
The console is positioned lower than eye level, giving you complete freedom of movement with the handlebars. You can view your exercise metrics continuously so you can assess whether you need to increase your intensity or rest.
For better energy efficiency, the self-balancing pedals have foot straps so you can maximize your pull-up as well as the push-down. This also allows for better movement control. There are also footrests so you can use the handlebars by themselves if you wish.
For interval training, the built-in RevMeter RPM gauge can be used for interval training, so you have the option of both steady-state and HIIT cardio. The added bottle holder ensures that you remain hydrated throughout your exercise.
The Schwinn air bike doesn’t have any built-in exercise programs, so you will need to create and follow your own programs.
- RevMeter RPM gauge
- Bottle holder
- Moving handlebars
- Wireless telemetry
- This Air Bike doesn’t have any built-in training programs
3. XTERRA Fitness AIR350 Air Bike
This air bike is the baby brother of our top choice. It features a 3-pound, 6-blade fan flywheel that is relatively quiet and offers an unlimited amount of resistance, depending on how hard you pedal.
The handlebars are padded and also movable, giving you a full-body, low-impact workout. The foot pedals have adjustable clips so you can lock your feet in and pedal hard with complete confidence and safety. On the frame, there are also footrests so you can get just an upper body workout.
The seat is adjustable to 4 different positions for comfort and can accommodate users from a height of 4 foot 7 inches to 6 foot 2 inches and up to a weight of 250 pounds. It’s ideal for families who will be sharing use of the machine.
An exercise meter is included so you can view your workout stats as you’re exercising. Two AAA batteries are included with the purchase to power the console. You can set targets for distance, time, and calories to increase your workout intensity. There are no onboard exercise programs.
A tablet holder and bottle holder allow one to have both entertainment and hydration close at hand while exercising.
- 3-pound flywheel
- Belt drive system
- Tablet holder and water bottle holder
- Adjustable padded seat
- There are no built-in exercise programs on this air bike
4. Schwinn Airdyne AD7 Bike
This premium quality air bike features a single-stage belt drive and a large Permiter weighted fan, for an infinite amount of air resistance to suit every user no matter their fitness level.
It’s well-constructed and durable enough for regular use. The frame is made of powder-coated steel, which resists sweat and moisture. It can withstand a weight of 350 pounds. The seat is also highly adjustable, allowing users of a variety of heights to use it comfortably.
Beginners who don’t yet have specific workout programs to follow can use the built-in programs to find what they enjoy. There are heart rate programs, target distance, time, calorie, or heart rate programs as well as interval programs.
To keep track of your heart rate, the machine uses Telemetric Heart Rate technology to track your heartbeat in real-time.
For a comfortable user experience, a padded seat, handlebars with multiple holding positions, and footrests offer a wide range of exercise options. The multi-display console shows all the important statistics so you can monitor the intensity of your workout.
- Multi-display console
- Single-stage belt drive
- Adjustable padded seat
- Telemetric Heart Rate technology
- Some people may find assembling the air bike to be a bit difficult
5. Leikefitness Fan Exercise Bike Upright AirBike
This air bike may look big and heavy, but it’s very easy to assemble in just 4 steps. The main frame comes already assembled and almost anybody can put the rest of it together easily.
Once it is assembled, it can handle up to 280 pounds of weight and both the seat and the handlebars can be adjusted to accommodate any user. The 7-blade fan is large and runs smoothly and fairly silently, providing as much resistance as you can get out of it by pedaling.
If you want a great upper body workout, rest your feet on the pegs and “pedal” with the handlebars alone. They have polyurethane covers for a comfortable feel in the hand.
The alloy pedals are a decent size, although they have no straps to keep your feet stationary on the pedals. This means that you may not be able to go as fast as you like, due to foot slippage and not being able to pull upwards on the pedals.
A phone or tablet holder, bottle holder, and digital monitor make the user experience a pleasant one. You can also set specific goals to increase the intensity of your workout.
- Easy assembly
- Ergonomic seat
- Transportation wheels
- No straps on the pedals for efficiency and comfort
6. Assault Fitness AssaultBike Classic
The Assault Fitness AssaultBike Classic is a premium quality air bike that can be used to workout at a variety of intensities. Seven built-in programs give beginners something to follow and more advanced users can create their own workouts based on whichever metric they want to focus on.
It’s made from steel with an industrial-grade powder coating for durability. Sealed bearings and reinforced cranks and pedals make it a long-lasting product. The 27-inch fan provides as much resistance as you want depending on your own intensity.
The console is nothing fancy but does a good job of showing your statistics as you’re exercising. It’s battery-powered, and the bike can be used without it if the batteries die or if you want to monitor yourself using a watch or fitness tracker instead. Some people may find it hard to read as the text is fairly small.
- Variety of training programs
- Custom seat adjustments
- High contrast screen
- User weight capacity up to 350 pounds
- Some people may find the console screen to be very small and hard to read
Top Handlebar Design
7. Resolve Fitness R1 Dual Air Cycle
The ergonomic handlebars on this bike offer multiple grip options so you can exercise the way that feels comfortable to you. Or, you can change up your grip for variety and challenge.
21-inch fan blades provide good airflow and resistance for you to work against. The handlebar design also makes it easy to get an effective upper body workout by resting your feet and pumping the handlebars with your arms only.
A 6.5-inch backlit console gives you information on your time, distance, calories, and even calories per minute that you’re burning. The light doesn’t stay on all the time, and to get it to light up you would have to remove one hand from the handlebar to push a button. This could be problematic in some cases.
Users of up to 320 pounds can ride this air bike safely. The seat can be adjusted in 4 directions for an almost custom comfort fit. It also has Bluetooth capabilities. You can choose preset workouts based on time, distance, calories, and a variety of intervals.
- Ergonomic, multi-grip handlebars
- 3 HIIT workout programs
- 6.5 inch Backlit LCD
- Bluetooth capability
- The screen light doesn’t stay on and one would need to remove a hand from the handlebar to press a button for it to light up
Best Display Screen
8. Octane Fitness AirdyneX
If having a comprehensive display screen is a priority for you, then the Octane Fitness AirdyneX would be ideal.
The high-contrast LCD screen displays your metrics and also shows exercise intensity in an easy-to-read visual format. This is measured using a tachometer—measuring revolutions of the flywheel per minute.
A unique feature of this bike is that it calibrates the bike before every workout so that you get the most accurate results on the screen. A custom-designed, 26-blade fan is built for performance and is streamlined to allow users to put out more watts per revolution.
There are nine built-in programs to choose from and it’s telemetry-enabled so you can connect it to a heart rate monitor. It has a maximum user weight of 350 pounds.
- High-contrast LCD display
- Features a tachometer
- Single-stage belt drive system
- Calibration technology
- May not be compatible with some heart rate monitors
What is an air bike?
An air bike is an upright, stationary bike that has a fan—this is why they’re also known as fan bikes—in the front.
As you pedal, you move the fan and this creates resistance. To increase the resistance you need to pedal harder.
The handlebars of the air bike also move and this lets you get an upper body workout as well.
Benefits of an air bike
There are a number of benefits of using an air bike.
The main benefit is that you’re not limited in resistance, as you don’t have to rely on magnetic, built-in resistance, or on a flywheel. You can control your workout intensity. If you want to increase the resistance all you have to do is pedal harder and for less resistance just slow down.
As you’re pedaling and having a challenging workout, the wind that’s created from the fan blades is also going to cool you down. You’ll be getting a low-impact exercise and you’ll find that the motion of pedaling and your arms swinging won’t place unnecessary stress on the joints.
You’ll be burning calories as you’re getting an upper and lower body workout, as well as increasing your cardiovascular fitness, endurance and stamina.
The air bike is user-friendly and you don’t have to worry about pushing buttons to increase or decrease the intensity of the workout. Most air bikes have a digital screen that keeps track of your heart rate, calories burned, time, and distance cycled. But there are also air bikes that come with HIIT workouts that will provide you with a challenging workout.
What is the difference between an air bike and a spin bike?
There are two main differences between an air bike and a spin bike. The first and most notable difference is that a spin bike has variable resistance that’s created by a flywheel, while the air bike uses air resistance.
The second difference is that the air bike has independent handles that move, which allows for an upper-body workout—like an elliptical machine. The handlebars on the spin bike are fixed, so you’re only working out your lower body.