Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes under $500 Review

If you are looking for a way to get back into shape without feeling extreme discomfort in your first days, consider using a recumbent exercise bike. With this type of equipment, you can assume a more laid-back reclining position and will have an evenly distributed weight riding it. Or if you are looking for an upgrade, you can always go for a recumbent exercise bike.

Making a choice can be quite hard especially with the number of models available in the market. So we made sure that you get to check out the models that made it to the list of the best recumbent exercise bikes under 500 before making a decision on which bike to buy.

Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes under $500 Review

ProForm 325 CSX Exercise Bike

If you want an interactive and a more creative experience when exercising, the ProForm 325 CSX Exercise Bike is worth checking out. It comes with a 1-year iFit membership so you can easily create or download any route across the globe that you want to have while you workout. It has a 300 lb weight capacity and comes with a tablet holder, round watts LED display and stereo speakers that let you connect any device for music.

This features a seat with a chair-like and recumbent design for excellent lumbar support and ergonomic pedals with adjustable straps for comfortable pedaling. It comes with 22 workout apps and 20 digital resistance levels that you can choose from. It also has dual EKG pulse grips for easy and quick vitals monitoring.


  • 1 year of iFit membership included. Download any map you want across the globe and enjoy the amazing experience while working out
  • Easily adjustable workout, unit comes with 20 digital resistance levels, 22 workout apps
  • Comes with tablet holder, LED display, stereo speakers for entertainment and convenience
  • Recumbent chair-like seat for solid lumbar support
  • Ergonomic pedals with adjustable straps
  • Transport wheels for mobility


  • Assembly is a bit challenging

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike Exercise Bike with Digital Monitor

Definitely an excellent buy for its price, the Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike Exercise Bike with Digital Monitor is a good investment for fitness enthusiasts. This lets you enjoy comfortable, quick and enduring workouts through its wide bike seat and mesh back support. It has an easily mountable step-through design and wide foot pedals equipped with straps for easy and convenient use.

This also features two seat-level pulse sensors that can easily be gripped while working out. These ergonomic handlebars will help you execute your movements at ease. It comes with a color performance monitor that lets you track distance, speed, calories burned, pulse, wattage, and rotation per minute. This console also lets you adjust and set your resistance throughout your workout.

This comes with 8-levels of magnetic resistance so you can easily fine-tune your intensity. You also get to have a tablet holder and transportation wheels for convenience and better transport mobility.


  • Wide bike seat, mesh back support, wide foot pedals and mountable step-through design for excellent comfort and support
  • Pulse grips with seat-level pulse sensors for monitoring and improved balance
  • Performance console for easy vitals and progress tracking plus resistance setting
  • Transport wheels for easy moving and transfer
  • Tablet holder for entertainment


  • Pedals sometimes produce clunking noise over time

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

This amazingly lets you dual track through a two LCD window system with 13 different display feedbacks. It has a USB port, goal tracking and data export features to make sure you stay in tune with your fitness goals. It provides the option to choose among 2 user settings, 22 workout programs and 20 levels of resistance. This has a high-speed high-inertia perimeter weighted flywheel for a quiet and smooth workout.

You can rely on the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike’s vented seat bottom and contoured leg area for better comfort. It has a large vented seat back for a cool and optimal lumbar support and a slider seat rail system to make operating the lever system easier. It also has a fan, speakers, oversized crossbar tubing and transport wheels for added stability, convenience and mobility.


  • Two LCD window system with 13 different display feedback for monitoring
  • 22 resistance levels, 22 workout programs for workout versatility
  • Well-vented seat bottom and back plus contoured leg area for a cool and well-supported workout
  • Slider seat rail system for easy maneuvering
  • Transport wheels for added mobility
  • Oversized crossbar tubing for better balance and stability


  • Loud clicking sound may appear if not assembled properly

Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike

This is a great choice for those who want their workouts maximized. The Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike makes available challenging cardiovascular workouts while reducing back and joint stress. This features an 8 level magnetic tension control system to accommodate your varying workout intensity needs.

This features an oversized seat cushion and backrest for quick seat and easy adjustments. It can accommodate up to 300 lbs weight capacity. It also comes with an LCD display that shows the distance, speed, time, calories burned, scan and heart rate for easy tracking. This includes hand pulse sensors and a folding waterproof PVC equipment mat for noise reduction and floor protection. Its V-belt drive and precision balanced flywheel makes working out quieter. And lastly, this comes with transportation wheels for easy transfers and movements.


  • Eight-level magnetic tension control system for varied workout intensity
  • Oversized seat cushion and backrest for comfortable adjustments
  • Hand pulse monitor and LCD computer for easy vital tracking and progress monitoring
  • V-belt drive and flywheel for quiet exercise
  • Wheels for easy transportation and mobility


  • Lacks back support


Working out and investing in fitness does not have to be expensive. With these models, you can get reliable and high performing equipment without breaking the bank. These have been tried and tested by fitness enthusiasts and it is up to you to check out the details we mentioned in our reviews to determine which one works best for you. Health is wealth so whatever investment we make, we add up to our well-being. Make sure to go for one with a solid build and useful features for the best results.


2016 New Mexico cyclocross race series schedule

Dec 17       Hayes Apple Farm Cross      Bosque Farms, NM                            Director  Hawke Morgan
 Oct 2         Roosevelt Cross                          Tijeras, NM                                            Director Hawke Morgan                                            
 Oct 9         Western Town Cyclocross             Glorieta Camps NM                  Core Crew and Spokettes
 Oct 22       Sunnyslope Cx            S ABQ                                                        Director Tom Jones   Nero Veloce
 Oct 29       Nite Cross       Veterans Memorial Park ABQ                             Director Jeff Huser
​​Nov 6        Cities of Gold Cross                  El Dorado High School  ABQ                     Director David Jordan​
Nov 13        Fiesta Cross            Balloon Fiesta Park             ABQ                         Director Jerry Shere
 Nov 19         Las Cruces                                                                                      Director David Rutledge
Nov 20       El Paso       (Bonus  series points!)                                                 Director  Mike Rosson
   ​Click on dates below for info on races
 Dec 3  Rocky Mountain Regional Cyclocross Championships          Longmont CO
Dec 18  Series Finale (Bonus Points) and NM/El Paso Reg. Championship   Bosque School Abq
Director Crockett Howard
AZ and CO events
results from up to 2  races in the Durango Series, AZ series and Boulder Cup  (in a comparable cat) can count towards NM series points!
Oct 15-16 US Open of Cross                         Boulder Co
AZ Cross Series                                            Various Locations
Four Corners Cyclocross Series   Durango and surrounding area

Results Archive

2015 CX  Results
Holy Guacamole Cross Dec.6 El Paso TX
Glorietta Camps CX , Oct31Nov.1
Cruces Cross Dec 5. ,Las Cruces
CX on the Mesa #2 Oct. 24,Rio Rancho
Capulin Cross, Nov. 8 Sandia Park, NM
Desert Academy CX, Oct. 11, Santa Fe
Caja Del Rio Ripper, Nov.15, Santa Fe
Cx on the Mesa #1, Oct.4, Rio Rancho
Cross at the Bear Cave, Oct.25, Abq
Sunnyslope CX, Sept.20 Abq
Useful links
USACycling Rulebook
Cyclocross Magazine


NM cyclocross race series results 2016-2017


Sept 17 Womens CX Clinic
Oct. 14  Haunted Psychlo-cross
Oct. 22 Lake CX Glorietta
Oct. 28 CX at GloriettaCamps
Nov. 5 Bad Santa CX
Nov.12 Fiesta CX
Nov. 18 Nite Cx
Nov. 19 Sunnsyslope
Dec. 3 Sunnsyslope
Dec. 9 Roosevelt
Dec 16 Aztec
(Regional Championship)
Dec 17 Aztec
(Combined 4CCX and NMCX series)
Dec. 30   Hays CX
11/4 – Dolores
11/11 – Pagosa
11/18 – FLC
12/2 – Cortez
12/9 – FLC
12/16 – Aztec – NM State Champs (USA Cycling License needed)
12/17 – Aztec – 4CCX Finals
Bad Santa CX
Bad Santa CX
Fiesta CX Flyer
Fiesta CX Register
Nite CX Flyer
Nite Cx Register
Glorietta Camps CX
Glorietta Camps Register
Lake CX Flyer
Haunted Psyclocx

Directors Page

Race Directors
Posted here will be information useful for directors of series races.
 You can edit text on your website by double clicking on a text box on your website. AlteSuggested Race Entry Fees​​
Adults: $30 online reg and $40 same day reg
Juniors and Collegiate:   $15 online reg and $25 same day reg.
If your venue expenses are high, each Director has the discretion of increasing entry fees for their event.
                                Supplies and Equipment
We will maintain basic supplies to put on a CX race which will be housed at the Trek store If you need supplies, please contact me 2 weeks prior to your event.
                              Event staffing and USAC Officials
To help mange your costs, suggest having at least 3 trained volunteers for registration, assist with scoring, compiling results and pit monitor and  2 USAC officials. Suggest getting a team member certified as one of the officials.  I will assist you in cordinating with USAC to assure you have the appropriate number of officials for your event.  Contact me 4 weeks prior to your event to allow adequate time to request USAC officials.
                                           Start Lists
For race day  you must have start lists (downloaded from your online registration site) for each race and then  add same day reg. and give to the Chief Referee at your event to use to capture results. Helpful to have at least 2 copies of start lists at event.  You can download start lists of your prereg riders from USAC website race directors Tools page.  Tools>Event Permits>Event>Manage Event Registration> download start list. Suggest you create a custom start list with paired down info using the blue Reports tab at the top.  See Start Lists Download button to left for an example.  For race day podiums you will need to at least compile results for top 3 finishers in each category. Cat 4 and Cat 5 women and Cat 4 and Cat 5 men should be scored separately .These same forms are useful to also submit results as well.
                                      Results Submisstion
Results need to be submitted within 3 days after your event to Jeff Huser at    or to this site ideally in the compliant format (see Result Submission Download) which will help with timely result reporting.
                                       Series Sponsors
Please mention sponsors and or display logos on your flyer.
rnatively, when you select a text box a settings menu will appear. Selecting ‘Edit Text’ from this menu will also allow you to edit the text within this text box. Remember to keep your wording friendly, approachable and easy to understand as if you were talking to your customer
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Race Supplies
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Result submission
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ABQ noise Permit
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Revised start times for 2017
Race 1- Men 4/5  – 30 min
Race 2- Master Women 40+,50+,60+,  W cat 4/5, W SS,  Juniors (M/F) – 30 min
Open course and awards for Races 1,2   – 30min
Race 3- Men’s Open   – 60 min
Race 4- Master Men 40+, 50+, 60+, M SS, Women 1,2,3   – 40min  *
Awards ceremony races 4 and 5
* Podiums and Series Points for Master men groups for cat 3,4,5 only

2015 Results

2015 CX  Results
Holy Guacamole Cross Dec.6 El Paso TX
Glorietta Camps CX , Oct31Nov.1
Cruces Cross Dec 5. ,Las Cruces
CX on the Mesa #2 Oct. 24,Rio Rancho
Capulin Cross, Nov. 8 Sandia Park, NM
Desert Academy CX, Oct. 11, Santa Fe
Caja Del Rio Ripper, Nov.15, Santa Fe
Cx on the Mesa #1, Oct.4, Rio Rancho
Cross at the Bear Cave, Oct.25, Abq
Sunnyslope CX, Sept.20 Abq

NM cyclocross race series results 2016-2017

​Western Town CX Glorieta
Roosevelt CX
For overall series results, your best 8 races will be used. New this year! You may include up to 2 AZ series or CO Durango series race points (from a comparable cat) towards your NM series results.
Nite Cross
​Cities of Gold Cross
Fiesta Cross
Cruces Cross
Final series standings Best of 8 races
​Holy Guacamole CX
​Bad Santa Cross
​Hays Apple Farm Cross

2017 Results

2017 NM Cyclocross Series points
if you note duplicate name entries in the series results please click their “send us an e-mail” option and  then at the bottom of the e-mail page, click on the form and follow the directions carefullly  to  merge duplicates.
Series results click here

NM cyclocross contact us

Jeff Huser CX series Director
Tel: 505-228-9150

NM cyclocross series information 2016-2017

Welcome to Cyclocross!
This site is primarily devoted to the New Mexico Cyclocross (CX) Series and related events. Race schedules, results and other info will keep you in the know about cyclocross in NM.  The CX series is comprised of number of individual events held in the fall and winter throughout NM and El Paso area. Racers may participate in as many or few of the events they want.  Points are awarded for racer’s placings in their category/age group in the individual events and the total points  for  up to 8 races at the end of the series will determine the overall results for the series. Racers must compete in a minimum of 6 races to qualify for series podiums.
Points for series races
1st place – 12 pts       6th – 6 pts
2nd – 10 pts                 7th – 5 pts
3rd – 9 pts                    8th – 4 pts
4th – 8 pts                    9th – 3 pts
5th – 6 pts                    10th – 2 pts
1 point awarded to remaining finishers
Points from your top 8 races will count towards the series overall results.  NEW THIS YEAR: You may include results from racing in up to 2 of  the AZ or CO series races (for the same or comparable race category).
Results will be posted on and
Race categories and schedule for series races (refer to race flyer for start times)
Race1- Master men 40+,50+,60+, men SS, women 1,2,3, w Collegiate A – 40 min*
Race2- Master women 40+,50+,60+, cat 4, w SS, w collegiate BC – 40 min
Race 3- Junior men, junior women 9-10,11-12,13-14,15-16  – 30 min
Open course and awards for Races 1,2,3   – 30min
Race 4- Men open, men collegiate A – 60 min
Race 5 – Men cat4,cat5, Juniors 17-18, Collegiate B,C – 30 min
awards ceremony races 4 and 5
* Podiums and Series Points for Age groups are for cat 3/4/5 only.
  Race directors may combine races so long as that is clear on race flyers  
 There are some  USAC racing rules that are unique to cyclocross and suggest you read over them (link below).  If you have a questions regarding a specific reg, please contact us.

One of the most common areas of confusion  relate to the bike pit, so take a look at those rules in particular. Generally each pit will be accessable from two areas on the course (double sided pit). You are  not allowed to cut the course or go backward to get to the pit.  Riding through the pit without changing a bike, wheel or a repair is not permitted and you must exit on the same side of the course that you entered. You are responsible for your spare equip, but generally there will be some mechanical assistance available to get you rolling again.

​You will note that we have a Single Speed category.  These are bikes with a single front chainring and single rear sproket or some mechanism to prevent shifting.  Making thoughtful gear selection based on the course is important to be as efficient as possible. Your pit bike or spare wheel might have a different gear ratio and that is allowed per our  USAC national rules guru.

 Rules, Rules, Rules, oh my!
   It is  foremost about rider safety!