Best Air Bikes 2018

updated July 3, 2018

Fan Air Bike Benefits

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There are a number of different ways to power an exercise bike, ranging from a flywheel to magnetic resistance and even water resistance. The simplest of them all is air resistance. 

An air bike makes use of fan resistance. The fan is connected to the pedals by way of a belt and pulley system. When you pedal the fan turns and you are having to work against the air resistance. As an added bonus you also get the benefit of cooling air to make your workout more comfortable.

The air bike is a lot easier on your joints than any other type of resistance. And because there are fewer working parts, it is less likely to malfunction. There are pads that will eventually need replacing and no flywheel to worry about.

Here’s what to look for in an air bike:

Seating

The seat should provide you with the means of custom adjustment. You should be able to move it both fore and aft. It should also provide you with a decent level of comfort through its padding.

Frame

Look for a bike that has a solid stable, steel frame. The fewer separate parts the better. Look for a bike that has a max user weight in excess of 300 pounds. The bike should have a stable, wide base that prevents it from sliding around when you are going all out with high intensity.

Monitor

Many bikes will market the multi training programs that are built into their monitors. However, most people hardly use such programs, so don’t make number of programs a deciding factor. An upright that provide 5-10 programs is plenty. However, your monitor should provide the following training diagnostics: Speed, RPM, workout time, pulse rate and distance.

The Best Air Bikes at a Glance 

The Top 7 Air Bikes Up Close

Air Bike

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro Bike is the top air bike in the Schwinn stable. It provides you with multi position handles so that you can place your hands either vertically or horizontally. Being an air resistance bike, the level of resistance is unlimited - the harder you pedal, the more resistance you will get.

As with the other Schwinn bikes, you get dual resistance on this bike, so that you can work both your arms and legs. With the Airdyne Pro, however, you also get foot rests which allow you to rest your lower body while working your upper body. The console on the Airdyne Pro is easier to view than many competitors, including the Schwinn A2 and A6. The Airdyne Pro provides you with 9 built-in workout programs, including interval and target goal programs. 

One negative is that this bike is a little noisier than the other bikes in the Schwinn stable. 

PROS

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    Multi handle positioning
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    9 workout programs
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    Foot rests

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    Noisy
Air Bike Home Gym

The Assault Airbike provides you with a lot of adjustments to allow you to personalize your cardio workout. This bike is super solid, being made from thick gauge chro-moly steel. It also has sealed cartridge bearings and oversized pivots that mean that this beast of a bike can handle hundreds of thousands of hours of work.

This bike is built for commercial use but is affordable enough that it can be used in your home gym. There are twenty sealed bearings in this bike, who makes this bike extremely heavy duty and durable. The seat on this bike provides you with fore and aft as well as up and down adjustment. The monitor provides you with large buttons and an easy to read console. It allows you to simultaneously monitor your heart rate, speed, RPM, time, watts and calories. 

This bike comes with a full commercial warranty.

PROS

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    Very solid bike
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    20 sealed bearings
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    Personalized adjustment

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    Not designed for short people
Upright Fan Bike

The Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike is yet another bike with dual action so that you can work both your upper and lower body. This essentially provides you with an elliptical and an exercise bike in one machine. This is the best quality budget bike that we have come across.

This bike features easy to adjust resistance levels with just the turn of a knob. The high momentum flywheel provides you with a fluid, natural, jerk free motion. The seat is adjustable and provides you with a decent level of cushioning. The frame has a sturdy ‘H’ design, ensuring that it gives you a rugged base to work from.

PROS

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    Dual action
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    Low cost
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    Solid

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    Not for people over 6 feet tall
Fan Bike Review

The Marcy AIR 1 Fan Bike is an entry level air bike that provides you with a dual action system. You are able to row with your arms while you’re cycling, or, if you prefer, you can just pedal. The monitor on this bike is pretty basic, running off of two AA batteries. It provides you with speed, time, distance and calories burned. However you do not get a heart rate monitor on this bike. Neither does the monitor provide you with any built-in exercise programs. However, you wouldn’t expect any on a budget priced air bike.

The seat on this bike provides you with comfortable cushioning and provides you with quite a large seating area. The seat is adjustable and the bike comes with transportation wheels. Adjustable levellers on the feet of this bike allow you to stabilize the bike regardless of what surface you are on. The bike comes with a manufacturer’s limited two year warranty.

PROS

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    Dual action system
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    Comfortable seat
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    Adjustable levellers

CONS

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    No heart rate monitor

This is a solid, functional yet basic airbike that is great for beginner and intermediate exercisers. 

Exercise Bike Review

The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne provides you with a dual action system that works both the upper and lower body. You can work your arms through the movable handle bars along with your legs. However, you may find that your upper body struggles to maintain the ace that is set by your legs. You can, if you chose, work the upper or lower body independently. 

The AD6 uses a dual stage super torque belt drive. This provides a smoother and more natural pedalling experience. This bike also comes with an integrated heart rate monitor. The mad weight allowance on this bike is 300 pounds.

The console on the AD6 provides you with 6 continuous workout metrics, along with a RV meter RPM. The fan on this bike is quieter than mst and completely frictionless. You get transportation wheels and base stabilisers to ensure that you are always exercising on a flat surface. Seat and pedals are functionally comfortable, with recently redesigned footstraps to provide extra foot hold.

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    Dual action system
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    Very quiet
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    Comfortable seat

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    No programs
Airdyne Bike Review

The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Bike is the little brother of the AD6. It uses a single stage belt drive, and, as a result, it is not quite as smooth or natural as you would experience with a double stage belt drive, such as you get on the A6.

The AD2 has a max user weight of 250 pounds. The bike allows you to get a full body workout with synchronized leg and upper body action. The LCD performance monitor provides you with an ongoing record of your speed, distance, RPM’s and calories burned. It provides you with a large, clear readout, but there are no programs on the computer.

You get a decent level of comfort and functionality on this bike. The fan based resistance works well and is quiet to operate.

PROS

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    Works upper and lower body
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    250 pound max user weight
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    Single stage belt drive

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    No monitor
Air Bike

The Stamina ATS air bike provides you with a solid frame to work from. The heavy duty fan provides you with a fluid, smooth motion. It has high density handlebars and foam hand grips. It also has slip resistant pedals.

The In-Touch fitness monitor on this bike is simple but functional. It provides you with tracking of time, speed, distance, and calories burned. However, there are no in-built programs on this monitor. The maximum weight capacity of the Stamina ATS is 250 pounds.

PROS

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    Solid frame
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    Smooth pedal motion
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    Slip resistant pedals

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    No monitor

Conclusion

The best air Bike on the market is the Schwinn Airdyne Pro, which has multi handle positioning, dual action with foot rests and 9 workout programs. We also were impressed with the Assault Airbike, with its 20 seal bearings, personal adjustment ability and solid structure.

Our third favorite air bike is the Body Rider Upright Bike, which provides you with dual action operation, smooth action and a great price.

Best Air Bikes 2018
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