Over the course of my lifetime the stationary bike has been transformed leaps and bounds. I can still recall visiting a friend’s house in the eighties and seeing a workout bike in her mom’s bedroom. It was my first contact with home gum equipment. Till then all of the bikes I had ever seen were used out of doors, so you were at the mercy of the weather, and the time of the day.
When we became teenagers, her mom upgraded to another indoor bike that had more bells and whistles, and was much more sturdy. After that, whenever I went over that friend and I would take turns exercising on it. It was completely novel to be able to ride a bike and watch television at the same time. That way we never missed an episode of 90210, but still worked to stay fit.
Which brings me to the bike I now have in my home gym, and it is magical. It completely eliminates the need to go to a traditional gym for a cycling class because it has the port for my headphones and hundreds, if not more, pre-recorder classes led by an instructor. So, if I choose, I can watch an instructor teach a class on the screen and hear everything a live teacher would say to motivate me in a gym, or studio. Yes, it was an investment, but I have already used it more in one month than I would have made it to a real spinning class in three months, so it was a smart choice. Worth every penny.