By Matt Evans
The Black Friday exercise bike deals were huge last year, and 2021 is shaping up to be even better. Thanks to the pandemic-driven home fitness boom, great deals could be found everywhere, even if prices weren't as low as they had been due to the unprecedented demand.
Along with the Black Friday treadmill deals and Black Friday rowing machine deals, home fitness kit absolutely exploded. Now the demand has calmed a little as gyms reopen and vaccination programmes mean the world is reopening once again – which is sure to deflate prices as retailers seek to offload excess stock.
This means that there's actually never been a better time to buy one of the best exercise bikes, as retailers will likely be undercutting each other in an attempt to offload some fantastic models. Last year, we saw exercise bikes slashed by hundreds of dollars in the US, and the excellent DKN EB bike was knocked down by £700 at little-known fitness retailer Sweatband.
There's absolutely potential for the same (and even better) deals to come.
Black Friday 2021: Everything you need to know
This year, Black Friday falls on Friday November 26. We're expecting to see some great deals ramping up in the weeks before as retailers get in on the holiday action nice and early, so if you're hunting for a discounted exercise bike, be sure to check here for the latest news and deals in the run-up to the big day. If you're buying a bike for a loved one, this is the time to be hunting.
However, it's not just the preceding weeks you need to be thinking about: the deals will be lasting over the whole weekend, running into "Cyber Monday".
Initially an extra day of deals for retailers to offload excess Black Friday stock, Cyber Monday has grown into a Brobdingnagian day of deals all on its own. You're likely to find some of the very best deals creeping in at the very end of the day, as time runs out and online retailers slash prices as low as they dare in a bid to offload all those exercise bikes.
US Black Friday exercise bike deals: retailers to watch
- Amazon Black Friday deals
- Best Buy Black Friday sale
- Walmart Black Friday deals
- Target Black Friday sale
- Dick's Sporting Goods Black Friday deals
- Wiggle Black Friday deals
US Black Friday exercise bike deals (2020): Some of last year's best deals
Below, we've listed a series of examples of last year's deals from both the US and the UK, so you can see an example of the sort of discounts we're talking about. Again, these are 2020 deals, used as an example only, so don't go trying to buy just yet!
Schwinn Airdyne AD7 exercise bike | was $1,299.99 | Black Friday 2020 price: $899.99 at Best Buy
The top-of-the-line Schwinn Airdyne AD7 Bike combines the latest in air resistance technology. Keep that fan running by pumping your arms and legs with this low-impact, total-body cardio workout. Monitor your metrics while you workout with a series of HIIT interval programs and heart rate level indicators for fat burn, aerobic, and anaerobic training.
ProForm - 8.0 EX Upright Bike | was $799.00 | Black Friday 2020 price: $449.00 at Best Buy
Innovative resistance-matching technology digitally adjusts your exercise bike’s resistance to the digital courses you can ride on the ProForm bike, so you feel like you really are riding in the Hawaiian mountains, for example. Over 25 levels of digital resistance, a monitor and a CoolAire workout fan are all the icing on the cake.
Xterra folding bike | was $129.99 | Black Friday 2020 price: $114.99 at Amazon
Our cheapest option, the solid x-frame design folds to just 18. 1" x 18. 1" of floor space when not in use, making it extremely portable. Eight different resistance levels are controlled via a dial at the top. Great for casual fitness fans or those tight for space.
Body Champ 3 in 1 Trio Trainer | Was $449.99 | Black Friday 2020 price: $349.99 | Saving $100 at Dick's Sporting Goods
You get three machines for the (incredibly low) price of one with this nifty model. The Body Champ 3-in-1 can be used as a cross trainer, an upright stationary bike and a recumbent bike (where you ride in a laid-back position). The electronic console comes with a handy smartphone holder, and the handles have a built-in heart-rate monitor.
Black Friday exercise bike deals: Retailers to watch around the UK
- Amazon Black Friday deals
- Very Black Friday sale
- Argos Black Friday deals
- John Lewis Black Friday sale
- JD Sports Black Friday sale
- Mountain Warehouse Black Friday deals
- Wiggle Black Friday sale
UK Black Friday exercise bike deals (2020): A taste of what's to come
Star shaper folding exercise bike | was £89.99 | Black Friday 2020 price: £68.43 from Amazon
Our cheapest UK option, the Star Shaper is collapsible, lightweight but durable, boasting adjustable tension resistance, anti-slip pedals and built-in computer that displays calories, distance, speed and time. Great for the price.
Reebok GSC One indoor bike | was £800 | Black Friday 2020 price: £699.99 at Sports Direct
Designed for advanced home cycling, the GSB Bike is home spin-class read, with 32 resistance levels and a large 18 kg flywheel. Fitted with an LCD display and 19 console programmes.
DKN AM-E exercise bike | was £439.99 | Black Friday 2020 price: £299.99 at Sweatband.com
The DKN AM-E exercise bike is whisper-quiet, offering 32 levels of resistance and feedback on the most important workout statistics including time, speed, distance, calories, pulse, recovery, Watts and RPM. Yyur heart rate can be measured with the pulse grip sensors or a wireless receiver with an optional chest strap.
DKN EB-2400I exercise bike | was £1,399.99 | Black Friday 2020 price: £699.99 at Sweatband.com
With a huge £700, the EB is insane value for money. Computer controlled magnetic resistance, a 14kg flywheel and high-tech workout programmes taking into account your age, gender, weight and height, this is the smartest workout machine you'll ever sit on in your own home.
Why get an exercise bike?
With erratic weather - from too hot or cold to too wet and windy - posing a problem when it comes to riding outside, an exercise bike can be all you need to get in shape without braving the elements outdoors over the course of this winter.
You can ride while watching the TV, of course, but where's the fun in that? You can use apps like iFit or Peloton to take part in "virtual rides" with others around the globe, racing your friends and competitors and taking part in remote spin classes.
The key advantage of an exercise bike over a treadmill is that it's low-impact. You're not hitting the pavement or a tread, which means if you suffer from joint pain, or starting your workouts from the very beginning and are worried about placing too much stress on your ankles or knees, exercise bikes are perfect for you.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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