The best pedal exercisers will be able to mimic the natural smooth momentum of the regular road bike. Some however tend to be jerky and less enjoyable so smoothness is an important consideration.
Second look out for the size. Most are made to fit under the desk to allow you to work out your lower body. How wide the platform is will determine the stability of the exercise so make sure you go for a wider platform.
Quietness is important as you do not want to end up disturbing others as you exercise. The best and most quiet pedal exercisers will feature a magnetic wheel drive system.
Stability means that you can comfortably use the pedal exerciser without worry of it tipping over or rocking as you pedal. For the best stability, go for one with a larger width and smaller height.
Height of pedals as well as features such as pedal straps cannot be overlooked. You want your feet to be held securely on the pedals to prevent slippage. You also want to make sure that the pedals are set low enough for the pedal exerciser to fit under the desk.
It’s always a good idea to keep track of your workouts stats such as calories, speed distance and time. The best pedal exercisers will come with a display screen that provides all the relevant information.
For an optimum workout pick a pedal exerciser that allows you to make both forward and backward motion pedaling. This is because with backwards motion, you can burn more calories as well as lessen the pressure on the joints.
There are two main types of resistance when it comes to pedal exercisers. Magnetic and brake or friction resistance. The first is quiet and needs little maintenance. The second however due to the fact that there is contact with the pads will require you to change after some time and will also produce noise. The best pedal exercisers will feature magnetic resistance.