Sometimes when you are overweight it is a bit of a vicious circle, things like exercise bikes for a heavy person seem impossible to find. You want to lose weight but everything seems to have a weight limit that isn’t suitable!

Most exercise bikes for example have a capacity of 100kg (15 and a half stone). All well and good if you weigh less than that but harder if you don’t. That is why I am sharing with you how to buy an exercise bike for a heavy person. these are the best exercise bikes I could find for you.

Exercise bike available for overweight people

Health benefits of using an exercise bike

Exercise bikes are a great form of exercise and here are some of the reasons why.

Great for cardiovascular fitness and getting your heart pumping. It’s better if you own a cycling heart rate monitor watch to control your health.

A low impact exercise is better for those with injuries or getting into exercise after a break.

A great way to burn body fat.

Great for strengthening the lower body muscles and using less the upper body.

Great for burning fat throughout the body with interval training and working on different speeds and intensities.

An easy and safe exercise to fit into your daily routine without taking up too much space in the house

Perfect for teenagers and adults alike to use.

Great for all weathers and no additional equipment needed, unlike road cycling.

large capacity exercise bike choices including this one

Where to start when buying an exercise bike

One of the first things to consider is what functions you are looking for in a bike. Are you wanting a spinning style bike with an adjustable flywheel or a more traditional exercise bike?

Just because you are buying an exercise bike for a heavy person doesn’t mean you can not choose what you need.

Benefits of a spin bike with a flywheel

If you enjoy spinning or riding to a programme with an instructor like this where you can change the intensity as you please with a simple wheel then this could be perfect.

The ability to join online spin classes or follow Youtube workouts for a good full-body workout within your home.

Spin bikes are great for people who want to be able to exercise whilst on their bike with workouts designed for more than just pedalling.

Benefits of a conventional exercise bike

Using a conventional exercise bike you can do a varied workout without having to change any settings once you start. This works by setting a programme that varies in intensity with changing resistance imitating hills and valleys with preset programmes.

Everything is enclosed with a conventional exercise bike, unlike the flywheel bike where the air is what causes the resistance and collects dust and little children could easily catch their fingers in it.

some exercise bikes such as this one are perfect for overweight people

Benefits of a recumbent exercise bike

A recumbent exercise bike is more suited to those with disabilities. They take up more space than a conventional exercise bike but have some significant differences.

Using a recumbent exercise bike your body is fully supported which is great for those with limited mobility or joint issues. Additionally, if you have previous injuries it may be that a recumbent bike is more suitable for you.

The recumbent exercise bike seat is lower baking it much easier for older adults or those with back or knee difficulties to use. The position you pedal in is also different when using a recumbent bike so this also is beneficial for those with mobility difficulties.

Plus size women’s fitness clothing

Here are some quite funky women’s exercise and fitness clothing you might like to consider in plus sizes for you if needed too. You can start exercising whatever your size! The fitness and activewear clothing from Yours is great with sizes up to size 30!

If you like funky leggings then you should definitely consider Locket Loves, they are so comfortable and go up to size 26. If you use my referral then you can get £5 off and I get some money to spend on more leggings too! I practically live in them now so a new pair will never go amiss!

gym leggings

The best large capacity exercise bikes – recumbent

DKN RB-4i Recumbent Exercise Bike weight capacity 330lb or 150KG

This top of the range good value recumbent bike is perfect for those with injuries or who prefer a recumbent style bike up to the maximum user weight of 330lb which is the equivalent of around 24 stone.

With a large LCD display, you can see distance, time, speed, watts, calories and heart rate. the seat is adjustable and padded with back support and hand rests for a comfortable workout.

Check the latest price and more details here.

Sunny Recumbent exercise bike with 300lb weight capacity

This is a great heavy-duty exercise bike for those on a tight budget looking for a high weight capacity exercise bike.

This one offers pulse rate monitoring, an 8-level magnetic tension control system, an LCD monitor and an easily adjustable seat and holds weight up to 300lb or 21.4 stone for around £159 on Amazon.

Exerpeutic GOLD folding recumbent bike with 400lb capacity

This bike is one of the best exercise bikes for a heavy person built with more steel and a larger seat than the similar bike above. It is foldable so perfect for those with minimal space.

This bike holds up to 400lb which is 28.5 stones. Also with an 8-level adjustable magnetic tension control system and an easy to read LCD and a large seat cushion this model is designed for larger and taller people.

Available for around £349 from Amazon.

Recumbent bikes are great for overweight people and those looking for a high capacity exercise bike

The best large Capacity exercise bike – conventional upright

DKN AM-E Exercise bike with 140kg 308lb weight capacity

This is a good quality exercise bike built for quiet operation so perfect for families. It has an 8kg flywheel and a 32-level resistance system that is computer controlled so you can easily adjust the intensity of your training sessions.

The LCD display shows your speed, distance, calories, pulse, recovery, watts and RPM. There are 12 preset programmes or you can set them manually. The weight capacity of this bike is equivalent to 22 stones.

Check the latest price and more details here

DKN AM-3i exercise bike with 330lb capacity

This exercise bike has an impressive selection of 32 computer-controlled magnetic resistance levels so that you can adjust the intensity of each workout.

There is an LCD display compatible with Kinomap and Vescape fitness apps so you can truly enjoy your workout.

With 18 programmes and 4 user profiles, the whole family can tailor their workouts to their fitness levels with this bike.

It even has a Bluetooth receiver and pulse sensors so you get a lot for your money!

Check the latest price and more details here.

DKN EMB-600 Exercise bike with 180kg or 396lb weight capacity

This is a really heavyweight strong bike with quiet pedal movement and 32 digitally controlled resistance levels.

With up to 4 profiles and a truly interactive console, you can be sure to get the best workout. with 16 motivating programmes and Bluetooth, you can use it for as long as you like and really get a good workout.

Check out the latest price and more details here.

NordicTrack GX 4.6 Pro with 130kg weight capacity

If you want a NordicTrack bike this is definitely one to consider with a 7″ touchscreen display and silent magnetic resistance, a workout fan and extra wide ergonomic foot pedals with adjustable straps this is a great bike for a very reasonable price.

Check out the latest price and full details here.

York Fitness LC Upright exercise bike with 180kg weight capacity (397lb or 28.4 stones)

This heavy-duty exercise bike is the one we have and I love the fact it has a USB charging point for phones or tablets and of course, a display that shares distance, speed, calories, pulse.

There are 20 programs which are designed for sporty, body fat and advanced users as well as beginner programmes.

The step-through design really appealed to us due to Stuart’s knee problems. It has 32 levels of magnetic resistance and is around £599 from York Fitness.

York exercise bike for overweight people looking for a high weight capacity or large weight capacity bike

Large Capacity exercise bike – Spinning flywheel style upright

NordicTrack Grand Tour Pro with 170kg weight capacity

This is an amazing spinning style bike with so many functions you will wonder how you managed without it! It boasts a 10″ Smart HD touchscreen, live trainers and an ever-expanding workout library.

You can bike anywhere in the world with the Google Maps features and change the resistance with one touch. A truly top of the range bike that all the family will love if they can get you off it long enough to use it!

Check the latest price here with full details.

Exercise bikes for overweight people with other features

Sunny recumbent bike with cross trainer arm exercises with 350lb weight capacity

This is a great way to exercise different parts of your body with one machine. It has a weight capacity of 350lb or 25 stone and is a recumbent bike alongside having similar arm exercisers to a cross-trainer.

It boasts an oversized seat and 8-levels of magnetic resistance system and pulse sensors. You can buy this for around £280 on Amazon.

Sunny recumbent bike with handbike and 350lb weight capacity

This exercise bike is recumbent but with also having the hand bike aspect makes it perfect for those wanting to work out their whole body.

It has a weight capacity of 350lb or 25 stone and has a large seat cushion and an 8-level magnetic tension control system. Available from Amazon for around £300.

recumbent exercise bike for overweight people looking for large capacity exercise bikes

For high weight capacity treadmills check out this article full of ideas.

Trying to lose weight?

If you are doing exercise to lose weight have you also considered looking at your food?

I have so many healthy recipes you will enjoy but also lots of information on weight loss plans.

Do have a good look around my site, download my free trackers and get started!

Here are some of the most popular recipes you might fancy trying. Simply click on the image to have a look and see if you fancy adding it to this week’s meal plan.

BBQ pulled pork in a white bowl made in either the slow cooker or the oven
BBQ Pulled pork including oven and slow cooker versions
Sliced up Slimming World curry loaf
Curry Loaf
Low syn carrot cake on a wooden board with a slice cut and half an orange for decoration
Carrot Cake
A slice of Slimming World vanilla cheesecake which is low syn and with some added berries for extra speed
Vanilla Cheesecake
Plate of white boiled rice with chicken and mushroom curry
Chicken and mushroom curry
BBQ chicken in a bowl with homemade syn free chips and vegetables
BBQ chicken

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I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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  1. Thank you for this post! I’ve been searching for affordable exercise bikes for ages and wouldn’t have found one I liked without your post 🙂

  2. My husband recently bought home a blood pressure monitor from the doctor and, me being me, I decided to have a go.
    I took my bp a few times over a few days making excuses along the way while realisation continued to dawn. It confirmed what I had wondered but not thought would actually have happened; I am now ‘hypertensive’. Which also makes me terrified.
    I have treated my body very badly for a long time and could make any number of excuses for it but I know it is ultimately up – and down – to me.
    Having given up on yet another Amazon search for bikes for obese people, I came across your website.
    Thank you for all of it. Your page has been bookmarked and I have subscribed.
    Here’s to a successful journey to a healthy – much longer – life.