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Indoor exercise bike flywheel weights vary. Flywheels also vary in size, but all function similarly. Regardless of the weight of the flywheel, it can achieve the effect of burning fat and improving the heart and lungs.
1. How does the flywheel work?
When the pedals are pressed, a drive system connected to the conveyor belt moves the flywheel. While traditional outdoor bikes are designed with a drive system that drives the rear wheel, most indoor bike drive systems move the front flywheel.
When you pedal, the flywheel generates power, and the weight of the flywheel determines how long the power lasts. If there is resistance acting on the flywheel at this point, the power is limited and the bike will slow down or stop. If the weight of the flywheel is lighter, on the one hand, the power will not last for a long time, and on the other hand, when the bicycle is subjected to resistance, it will be easier to stop.
2. Is the heavier the flywheel the better?
The weight of the flywheel does have an effect on the ride. We know that moving heavier objects requires more power. When starting the exercise bike, the pedaling force to move the flywheel should be strong enough and long enough. But when the flywheel is running, it doesn't take a lot of power to maintain the current speed.
Just like an outdoor bicycle, you have to step on it with your feet constantly at the beginning to slowly start the bicycle. When the speed reaches a certain level, the bicycle can be maintained without much effort. When utilizing a resistance system, some flywheel-heavy bikes can simulate the effect of outdoor climbing.
Some exercise bike enthusiasts will prefer a bike with a heavy and large flywheel. Because the larger the flywheel, the better the experience of simulating outdoor riding and the smoothness of pedaling.
If you don't want to put a lot of effort into the start-up phase of the bike, a lighter flywheel would be a better choice. A lighter flywheel allows you to start the bike faster and get right into the ride.
3. Which one burns more calories?
Although the heavier the flywheel, the more power is required to activate it, but this has little to do with how many calories you burn. Most of the time, it depends on how much power is used to maintain the speed of the bike over a certain resistance. The greater the resistance, the more power you need to keep running, which determines how many calories you'll burn.
4. How do I choose?
The exercise bike with a flywheel weight of 8-10 kg is an entry-level product with low exercise intensity. For middle-aged and elderly people whose legs are not suitable for strenuous exercise or office workers who often sit for a long time, this level of product is more suitable. Not only can exercise physical fitness, improve cardiopulmonary function, but also have a certain fat burning effect.
An exercise bike with a flywheel weight of 11-15 kg is more suitable for home use. It can not only exercise, but also burn fat and lose weight. If used properly, it can also have good shaping and muscle-building effects.
An exercise bike with a flywheel weight of 16-20 kilograms is already close to professional-level fitness equipment. It is more suitable for people with good physical fitness and strong body, but it is not suitable for middle-aged and elderly people and female friends with a conventional figure.
The exercise bike with a flywheel weight of 21-25 kg is a professional-grade fitness equipment, suitable for professional athletes or special physical training, and is not suitable for home use. Although this professional-level exercise bike is more "vigorous" to step on, it will be very laborious if the resistance is not properly adjusted. If used improperly, it can even cause various sports injuries. It is not easy to stick to it, it is not necessarily good for the body, and the price is relatively high. So we don't recommend it for daily exercise.
The best sports equipment is the one that you can use every day. So, start by finding the fitness equipment that fits your budget and fits your home space. If you want to experience more outdoor riding experience, a bicycle with a heavy flywheel is a good choice. If you want to get into riding right away, a bike with a light flywheel will be more suitable for you. How many calories you burn often has little to do with the weight of the flywheel, but rather the choice of resistance you ride while riding. The heavier the flywheel, the generally higher the price, as the flywheel costs more. However, the heavier the flywheel, the more stable the overall body feels during fast riding.
If you are looking for a cost-effective exercise bike that can meet your exercise requirements for a variety of flywheels. YOSUDA has three types of exercise bikes that can meet your diverse needs. Which one do you need?
YOSUDA Indoor Exercise Bike YB001 -- 35lbs
YOSUDA Indoor Exercise Bike YB007A -- 35lbs
YOSUDA Pro Magnetic Exercise Bike -- 40lbs