Recumbent bikes are a great way to get a low impact cardio workout at home. But can you fit one in the space you’ve got? Here are the dimensions of 22 common recumbent bikes to help you out.
The average dimensions of a recumbent bike for home use are; L: 57.6” x W: 24.9” x H: 44.6” (146.3 x 63.3 x 113.3 cm). The vast majority of recumbent bikes are 50” to 60” long with a few exceptions that are longer. To use a recumbent bike, you want at least 3 feet of width available.
Of course averages never tell the whole story. There is a bit more to it than just that so if you’re interested in what else is important about recumbent bike sizes, keep reading.
Recumbent bike size
A recumbent bike is a bike where the pedals are in front of the seat instead of below it. Besides that, they have a more comfortable seat and more comfortable seating position than upright bikes. This means that they are often a bit longer than upright bikes. Of course in every category there are exceptions but that’s true in general.
Looking for a good recumbent bike? Check out my favorite recumbent bike here (Click). It’s slightly bigger than average but you get a high quality machine with a lot of functionality in return.
Here’s a chart of 22 popular recumbent bikes and their dimensions. Check it out;
|Brand||Model||Length (Inch)||Width (Inch)||Height (inch)|
Some things to take away from this;
- These are recumbent bikes meant for home use, not commercial use. Commercial machines are often a bit bigger and heavier.
- The length of recumbent bikes ranges from 46” to 67”. The average length of these 22 models is 57.64”.
- The width ranges from 17.5” to 30”. The average width is 24.92”. Most models are within 1” or 2” of that width.
- The height averages 44.62”. The range of heights is much wider than the length and width. This is because the height is measured to the top of the display/console. Those are at very different heights. Some models have large displays with tablet holders on top that add a lot of height. That doesn’t necessarily mean the seat is higher.
The width of a recumbent bike is roughly the same as an upright bike. The major benefit of a recumbent bike is that the seat is lower than an upright bike. This means the ceiling doesn’t have to be as tall as you need with an upright bike or many of the other cardio machines like ellipticals.
Read more about cardio machines that are suitable for low ceiling here (click)
How much space do you need for a recumbent bike?
Maybe the model you’ve got your eyes on is in the list above. If you’ve got that amount of space available, is that enough to put your bike?
There are two things you can do with exercise equipment;
- Store it
- Use it
Now those two things have different space requirements. To store it, you just need the footprint available as floor space. After that you can just stack boxes on top of it so it’s not like you lost all that space.
Ok, that’s not why you get exercise equipment (although it happens pretty often). You want to be actually able to use it comfortably. So what kind of space do you need around it to be able to do that?
There are a few things to keep in mind;
- You want to have space to stand next to the bike at least on one side. After a long and heavy session, your legs can feel a bit wobbly and you don’t want to act like Spiderman to get off the bike at that moment.
- Have enough space to spread your arms at least a little. If you can only have your arms at your side, you will feel very caged in.
- Make sure nothing can interfere with the pedals while you move them.
- You don’t need any space in front of or behind the bike. Just enough to not rub against the wall.
For most people that means you need a floor space about three feet wide to use a recumbent bike comfortably. That will be enough space to not rub your shoulders on the wall next to you.
Looking for a good recumbent bike? Check out my favorite recumbent bike here (Click).
How much weight can a recumbent bike handle? The vast majority of recumbent bikes for home use are rated for a user weight limit of 300 lbs. Some models are rated for higher user weight limits but that’s not the norm. To find out the weight limit of your specific model, read the user manual. If the manual doesn’t specify the user weight limit, try to contact the manufacturer.
How heavy is a recumbent bike? On average a recumbent bike for home use weighs 81.5 lbs. The lightest bikes only weigh about 60 pounds while the heavier models go up to 150 lbs. The difference in weight comes from build quality, features and finish.
What are the benefits of a recumbent bike? A recumbent bike provides a way to improve your cardiovascular health with minimal impact on your joints and back. There is no impact on your knees and hips like a treadmill would give. A recumbent bike is also easier on the low back than an upright bike.
Favorite Cardio Machine Accessories
Check out these accessories that improve a home cardio workout:
- Equipment mat: All cardio equipment should be put on an equipment mat. The Rubber-Cal mat (Amazon) is an affordable yet very high quality choice.
- Interval timer: To time your intervals and workouts, there is no better choice than the GymNext Flex. It’s super easy to use and set up with a phone app.
- Tablet holder: Cardio can be boring. With this tablet holder (Amazon) you can follow along with on-demand workouts or just watch a movie on any cardio machine.
- Heart rate monitor: Monitoring your heart rate is very important while doing cardio. The Polar H10 (Amazon) connects to almost anything you can imagine and is very accurate.
To find which cardio machines I recommend for home gyms, click here.