What’s the Best 2 in 1 Exercise Bike and Cross Trainer?
Your guide to finding the best 2 in 1 cross trainer / exercise bike for you
More and more people are realising the importance to their health of keeping fit and active and deciding to do something about. But if you’re not already familiar with the various types of equipment, deciding which one to get can be a bit daunting. A combination 2-in-1 exercise bike and cross trainer is a good place to start for a number of reasons.
When I first decided to improve my fitness, I joined various gyms but eventually I made the decision to buy some kind of fitness machine that I could use at home.
I knew by then which kinds of machine I liked. Initially, I was more interested in aerobic machines to help my fitness, than in strength training, and it came down to treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes and elliptical cross trainers.
For me, it came down to bikes and cross trainers. I like cross trainers and, like rowers, they also help train arms and legs and most of the rest of the body as well as aerobic exercise. But I also like bikes and find them the easiest to force myself onto if I’m feeling a bit lazy, or a bit stiff.
Fortunately, thanks to exercise bike / cross trainer combination machines like those you can see on this page, you can have both.
I did worry that doing so might mean compromising on each. Would I get a not-very-good bike and a not-very-good cross trainer, instead of a really good one-or-the-other?
After all, the gyms I’d been to had both machines, not a combination one, so I hadn’t actually tried one.
I had therefore to rely on reviews, and read them and watched videos from all the sources I could find. The machines in my short list had good reviews, however, and didn’t seem to imply that they were lacking in either department. So in the end, I took the plunge and bought one and I’ve never regretted it. The one I went for is no longer available but here is an updated look at the current options.
Combination 2 in 1 Exercise Bike and Cross Trainer Shortlist
Fitness Cardio Weightloss Workout Machine-With Seat + Pulse Heart Rate Sensors
The Pro XS Luna has replaced the Pro XS Sports which had been here but had become unavailable. The Luna was, in January 2021, the best seller in Cross Trainers on Amazon, with a high approval rating.
The Pro XS Luna has separate static handles for the bike (albeit upright style rather than traditional bicycle handlebars) which have hand sensors for checking your pulse rate, and the movable cross-trainer bars.
The multi-function LCD Display shows:
- Pulse (Fixed bars incorporate pulse sensors)
- Scan Mode (cycles through other modes)
Sturdily made to high European safety standards.
Bidirectional pedal movement – i.e. you can pedal backwards to work on hamstrings etc. as well as Legs, hips buttocks, shoulders and arms.
Steel frame with 110Kg max user weight
(The Luna’s net weight is 28Kg)
Wide platform pedals can accommodate large feet (up to size 12)
12 month warranty
The assembled size has a footprint of 91cm x 51cm (vs. 112 x 64cm).
The Viavitro Setry has boasts 32 Resistance levels (computer controlled), 20 built in (“challenging”) programmes and 4 user profiles, each of which asks for your gender, age, height and weight.
In addition to displaying the usual 5 Time, Speed, Distance, Calories, and Pulse numbers, the Setry’s large LCD also shows RPM and Watts of power.
Yay can also choose between Imperial or Metric settings.
For the heart rate display, you can use built in hand sensors, but there is an option for a chest-strap with a wireless receiver.
The pedal stride length is 31.2cm/12.3in and smooth motion is due to a decent 5kg (11lbs) flywheel.
The max user weight is 120kg.
The warranty is 1 year but you get a 2nd year free if you register within 28 days.
The overall height to the top of the handles is 150cm / 59in.
Length is 126cm / 49.6in overall –
i.e. if the back of the frame is 5 feet from a wall in front of you, you won’t hit it as you pedal.
Width: 62cm / 24.4in
UPPER PRICE OPTION
…or to give its full title:
ZDAMN Sports Spinning Aerobic Exercise Bike Elliptical Machine Cross Trainer 2 In 1 Exercise Bike.
To be honest, although I’m happy to sing the praises of combination exercise machines, you don’t normally see very high end ones. Only last year, I was writing that the only ones still available on Amazon were budget models, with even the mid-price ones hard to find.
For this type of machine, more expensive doesn’t mean more ‘goodies’ – it means it’s solidly made and should last a lifetime. It still has the usual features of course, and you can expect it to be smooth and quiet.
Such quality means it can take a max user weight of 250lbs / 113Kg and itself weighs a hefty 48Kg.
As usual, it has front wheels to aid moving, but doing would still probably make a contribution to your weight training workout as well as your cardio one!