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Being short is hard enough.
You can hardly be spotted in group photos, people blocking the screen at the movies, you can't go on some rides in Disneyland, and the list goes on and on.
So, at least when it comes to picking a bike, you should get a break.
That's why, In this post, we wanted to check what is the best exercise bike for short person.
But, how do you find the right size for yourself?
And how do you adjust the bike to your figure?
And what do you even need to look for in an indoor exercise bike?
We're gonna tackle all these questions, so, let's start.
Quick Comparison table of the 5 best exercise bikes for short users
best on the budget
Sunny H&F- SF-B1203
EFITMENT - IC031
L Now - d600
ANCHEER - B-3008
JOROTO - X15
minimum user height
user inseam range
27" - 33"
28" - 34"
27" - 33"
27" - 36"
26" - 35"
4-way Adjustable Seat
Fully/Partly Adjustable Handlebars
not at all
Max User Weight
57" l x 26" W x 46" H
41" l x 22" W x 47" H
41" l x 21" W x 46" H
43" l x 19" W x 43" H
42" l x 19" W x 42" H
How To Find The Right Bike Size For Yourself
So, because we're talking about indoor exercise bikes, the main thing we're concerned about is the distance between the saddle and the pedal.
The last thing you want, is to feel back pain or extensive muscle soreness after you're workout, so It's important you'll follow through.
Furthermore, we would also want to get a bike that we'll be able to fine tune to fit our size.
Luckily, It's hard to find an indoor exercise bike that doesn't have height adjustable seat.
And, you don't need to look into complicated formulas or any of that sort.
To verify if any given indoor exercise bike is right for you, size wise:
1. Measure your inseam.
2. Check the distance between the lowest available position of the seat to the lowest position of the pedal, which is 6 o'clock.
3. Check whether your inseam is within the bike's range.
If there's a match, congrats, you've found a bike that at least on paper, is right for you.
Why do I say "at least on paper"?
Because, as I said at the beginning, you would want to get a proper body positioning while you exercise.
Which brings me to the next point.
How To Properly adjust Your Exercise Bike
Finding an exercise bike that will fit your size is just half the job.
The other half is to adjust it in a way that will reduce stress and pain while you burn your calories away on it.
The good news is, that once you've found that bike, adjusting it is a breeze.
Just follow these 5 quick and easy steps.
- Check the seat height.
The top point of your seat should be aligned with your hips. Stand next to the seat and put your thumb on your hip while your palm is on the seat. Your hand should look like "bridge" (a straight line) between your hips and the top of the seat.
- Get on the bike.
Put your foot on the edge of the pedal. In case the pedal is caged, don't go all the way in.
While your foot is on the edge of the pedal, bring the pedal to the 6 o'clock position. Make sure you're leg is not fully extended. Your knee should be at 25 to 35-degree bend. Now, put your heel on the pedal, and this time, your leg would be fully extended.
- Adjust the height of handlebars.
Raising the height of the handles bars will help reduce stress on your lower back while you lean forward. No rule of thumb here, try a few positions and go for the one that you thought was the best.
- Further adjust the handlebars.
If your bike also has a fore & aft adjustable handlebars, you would want to bring them closer or farther away. Again, there is no one rule for them all with this one. But, the general idea is that you'll be able to easily reach them while your elbows are slightly bent.
what to look for in an Exercise bike?
Because we're talking about a very specific type of exercise bike, one that will fit a short person, we will focus on features that will help assure we're actually getting the right one.
But, we won't stop there and also list some other features you would want to see in your future bike.
1. Adjustable Seat
This one pretty much goes without saying.
You would want to get a bike that has a decent number of height positions. Just to be extra sure it will actually fit you, in case you're buying it online.
2. Adjustable Handlebars
Not all exercise bikes come with adjustable handlebars.
And the ones that do, usually only have height adjustment ability. If your budget allows it, go for one that also has a fore & aft option.
Simply because it will help you get an even better body position when you exercise.
Furthermore, it will prevent you from over leaning forward, which can cause back pain.
Is it a heavy flywheel, or is it a perimeter weighted flywheel?
Either way, the job of the flywheel (together with the resistance applied) is to act as the force your leg muscles must overcome in order to keep it spinning.
So, you should be fine with either one, heavy, or perimeter weighted.
But remember, a real heavy flywheel increases the total weight of the bike.
Therefore, if you're storing the bike and only use it when you need it, keep that in mind.
If you go for a heavy flywheel, a 30-40 lbs one would be great.
If you're going for a perimeter weighted flywheel, even a 15 lbs wheel will make you work up a sweat faster than you would imagine.
4. the type of the resistance
These days, magnetic resistance is the most common.
Magnetic resistance will provide you more consistent and steady resistance throughout your workout.
Furthermore, magnets require less (if at all) maintenance, compared to a felt pad.
Not to say that a felt pad is bad, not at all.
Just know you'll eventually have to replace it with a new one, and that
5. decent number of resistance levels
You would want a bike that offers a decent number of them, meaning at least 12.
6. Digital Display
An easy to read and operate display is something you must have.
A good display will allow you to keep track of:
- Calories burned
- Level of resistance
Of course, not all displays were created equal, so make sure the display will at least show you: speed, time elapsed, calories you burned and distance.
7. Drive System
Another thing we'll look at is the drive system of the bike.
Is it chain, or belt driven?
Well, there is no clear winner to this question, since the "answer" depends on your preference.
But there are a couple of things you should know.
Cycling on a bike that uses a chain drive feels more "real", in the sense of it simulating the feeling of a real outdoor bike.
However, there's the thing of natural wear & tear.
Regularly lubricating the chain, and at some point maybe even replacing it, is something many users that had a chain drive bike are familiar with.
Finally, these exercise bikes sometimes tend to produce slightly more noise than a bike that uses a belt.
On the other hand, you got the belt drive.
Which doesn't require any maintenance from your side, hardly makes any noise, and there's a better chance you won't need to replace it even after years of intense use.
But, it lacks the feel of a true outdoor bike, which can hurt your cycling and exercise experience.
The best way to decide which you prefer is to try both and go for the one you like.
5 best exercise bikes for short person
Given the above, we've set out to find the best exercise bike for short users.
After looking at some of the top options out there, and doing some heavy elimination, we ended up with the list you're about to see.
As usual, we practice what we preach, so the list you're about to see is a result of our own experience in the field, together with the points listed above.
So, let's start.
1. Sunny Health & Fitness - SF-B1203
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1203 is the cheapest option on our list. But, it's probably also the most popular one.
And you'll might want to consider it, if you're on a budget, at least 5' tall, or have a 27" inseam.
The flywheel of this bike weighs only 22 lbs, not the heaviest on the market, but still enough to make the wheel build inertia.
The SF-B1203 uses a chain drive, which is great because it will boost your cycling experience.
On the other hand, it means you'll have to take good care of it, to keep it going for years to come.
Another thing you'll have to take good care of is the felt pad this bike uses in order to apply resistance.
However, despite you having to do all these so-called maintenance "sessions", the SF-B1203 will make you work up a sweat in minutes.
And that's what we're after. Plus, you won't have to break the bank.
In addition, it has a 4-way seat which will help you adjust the distance from the handlebars, not only from the pedals.
Unfortunately, you can't adjust the handlebars, not even in height.
Other than that, the SF-B1203 is a great bike for the price that will fit users even under 5'.
2. EFITMENT - iC031
The first thing I love about the IC031 is its 40 lbs flywheel, which is paired with one long magnet that is located on top of it.
This entire system works with the help of one durable belt, which makes the whole operation a lot smoother and noiseless.
Which might be great for you if you know you'll be watching TV or listening to music while you're using it.
Speaking of entertaining yourself while you workout, the IC031 comes with a media shelf, which will allow to place your mobile device and watch videos or listen to music.
you know, in case you'll get bored exercising.
The not so great thing about is that your phone will block the display, covering your workout stats.
Nevertheless, it's still a cool feature, especially if you can't put the bike in front of a TV.
Another cool feature this bike has is the heart rate sensors.
Knowing your pulse rate will allow you to adjust your intensity to get your heart pumping or, to slow it down a bit.
In any way, it's an important thing to know your pulse when you workout.
I just wouldn't rely on it that much, and maybe I'd also use a fitness tracker, just to be extra sure.
As for user's height, the Efitment IC031 will fit you if you're at least 5' tall, with 28" inseam.
Finally, it's got 4-way adjustable seat, and height adjustable handlebars that will allow you to fine-tune your position on the bike.
3. L Now - d-600
The L-NOW D-600 is yet another belt-driven bike that will fit you if you're at least 5' with 27" inseam.
However, the D-600 has a 22 lbs flywheel and uses one long felt pad to apply resistance.
Felt pads are great because they provide more accurate resistance, but there's the issue of wear and tear.
However, despite using a felt pad for resistance, this bike is rather quiet compared to other felt pad bikes.
Furthermore, the D-600 is also almost fully adjustable as it has 4-way seat and height adjustable handlebars.
And one great thing about the handlebars is the multi-grip option they offer.
These will allow you to change grip when you stand up, or just if you want to switch posture.
This sure comes in handy if you're doing HIIT workouts.
Another cool thing I like in this bike is that it has SPD compatibility.
It DOES NOT come with SPD pedals from the box, but you can change the pedals if you want.
So that's nice to have if you got SPD shoes.
It's also got a full stats display, and though I find it kinda dull, it will help you keep track of important workout stats, your pulse being one of them.
But above all, the really cool thing about this bike is, that despite weighing only 75 lbs, it can support you even if you weigh 280 lbs.
And, it's lightweight, it'll be fairly easy for you to move this bike around.
4. ANCHEER - b3008
First of all, the B-3008 will fit you if you're at least 5' with 27" inseam.
Secondly, the Ancheer B-3008 is the bike with the heaviest flywheel we've found.
It's got a 49 lbs(!) flywheel, which you can either consider a pro or a con.
If in most of the time it'll be stationary, then it's definitely a pro.
If, on the other hand, you'll be moving it around a lot, then it might be a con for you.
Either way, this bike can provide a heck of a workout with its flywheel.
Like the D-600, the B-3008 is belt driven and it's using one long felt pad to apply resistance.
Therefore, you won't have a noise problem either with this one.
The seat is also 4-way adjustable and the handlebars are height adjustable, but they're also non-slip handlebars.
Which is great if you're getting sweaty hands. (Shhhhh...)
Another cool feature is the base adjustment, which will help you even the back end of the bike.
So in case you got an uneven floor, you can adjust the bike's height and get one-lined height.
The Ancheer also has a full stats display, but unfortunately, there are no heart rate sensors, so you'll have to use a fitness tracker to keep track of your pulse.
Finally, the B-3008 also has a media rack for your phone, so in case you won't be placing it in front of your TV, you can use your phone to watch videos or listen to music.
5. JOROTO - x-15
The Joroto X-15 has a more reasonable weight flywheel, not too heavy, not too light.
At 35 lbs, It's right there in the middle.
But the really cool thing about this bike is that it uses a chain to drive the flywheel.
Which is great for one main reason, riding on a chain bike will boost your cycling experience, which in turn might also contribute to your motivation in the long run.
Basically, it's more fun to cycle on this bike.
But, you will have regularly lubricate the right parts to keep everything in top shape.
The X-15 also uses one long felt-pad that is located right on top of the flywheel, to get max friction and really put the flywheel to work.
Another cool thing I liked about this bike, and you might also, is that it has a media rack that can hold a tablet.
It's way more practical to stream your spin class videos or virtual bike roads to a large screen device like a tablet.
It might also be one of those things that keep you coming for more.
As for adjustability, the X-15 features a 4-way adjustable seat and height adjustable handlebars.
As for user height, you'll fit on this bike if you're at least 5' tall with 26" inseam.
One final noteworthy point is the display the X-15 has.
In my opinion, this is one of the best displays we've seen, certainly at this price range.
what is the best exercise bike for short person
The best exercise bike for short person would have to be the:
Even though you'd have to take good care of it, to keep it in good shape, the X-15 offers the lowest inseam range.
On top of that, the chain drive it uses really contributes to the overall feeling when you pedal on this thing.
Which might help lift a bit the burden you feel every time it's time to exercise, and might even turn it into something fun.
Speaking of fun, the media rack on this thing is big enough to hold your tablet.
And it's a lot more fun (and practical) to watch videos on a tablet rather than on your phone.
The flywheel is at the right weight, not too heavy/light, and the felt pad provides a constant and stable resistance.
Together, they will make you work up a sweat, which is kinda the main point of exercise bikes, right?
The bottom line is that the X-15 is a bike that will fit most short users, and at the same time offers a lot of the things we look for in an indoor exercise bike.