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What is the difference between a spinning bike and a regular exercise bike?

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September 18, 2007 11:17PM

A spin bike, for one, is much more stripped down than a regular exercise bike. The latest models of exercise bikes can keep track of calories burned, heart rate, and measure distance and speed. They are also programmable so that you can simulate flat roads, hilly mountains, etc. Spin bikes rarely come with any of these gizmos. There is usually only one knob for resistance that is manually controlled. Turn the knob and you will feel as if you are "climbing" on the bike. beyond this spin bikes are often fixed gear which does not allow for freewheeling. If the pedals are moving the wheels is moving. Most exercise bikes have some type of freewheeling ability.