Spin Bikes vs. Exercise Bikes


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Spin Bikes vs. Exercise Bikes
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Bernie Mermelstein has been at the helm of MZ Berger & Co., in Long Island City, New York for four decades as the company’s CEO. During his tenure, he has seen the company expand its operations into numerous new markets. In his leisure time, Bernie Mermelstein enjoys physical fitness activities such as spinning.

For more than 30 years, spin bikes have been found in gyms nationwide; the uninitiated may wonder how they differ from traditional exercise bikes. While both seemingly resemble traditional bicycling on the surface, spin bikes operate with a totally different system of kinetics than resistance bikes.

With spin bikes, the pedals are connected to a flywheel system that keeps the pedals moving even when you stop applying force to them. This feature allows the rider to take a bit of a breather while still getting legwork in, since the pedals will pull the legs along for a bit.

Resistance bikes use magnetic forces to generate the movement, with the pedals stopping altogether when the rider ceases pedaling. For these reasons, spinners can burn up to 200 calories more per hour during a spin class than they could if they just used a traditional exercise bike.