I still remember my very first spin class. For starters, I walked in a little late and the class had already started. I made zero adjustments to the bike that I was using and, instead, I just jumped on. The class legitimately changed my life and in the years that followed I lost nearly 80lbs because of that class. It was something that I found that I finally loved to do. I genuinely loved to workout for once in my entire life. It’s something that I had never found before. After two years of working from home and not going to a gym due to COVID I decided to buy my own spin bike. After a lot of research and giving it some time I’d like to give you my honest Yosuda bike review.
Type of Resistance
One of the most important things that you need to decide when choosing a bike is the resistance type. Resistance is important because it’s how you add effort to your ride. It is used to simulate conditions like wind and hills that you would encounter outside. Here is a breakdown:
This is a type of resistance that uses pads to put pressure on the flywheel. These types of bikes will have the highest resistance possible. If you want a super heavy resistance this is definitely the type that you want. The cons to this are the wear and tear and the noise. Bikes that use direct contact for resistance are known to be louder than other models. Of course, if you turn the music up loud enough you won’t even hear the noise of the bike. Also, because they use pads this creates friction. Friction creates wear and tear. Wear and tear means that things need to be replaced.
Magnetic resistance is basically achieved by *gasp* magnets! No surprise there. It uses magnets on either side of the flywheel to create resistance and slow the wheel down. These bikes are quiet and smooth. They are known for their performance and there is less wear and tear than the direct contact type. They also have a very high level of resistance that should work for whatever your goals are. The biggest con is that they can be expensive. Most of the bikes that you know about (Peloton, Echelon, etc) are magnetic resistance.
The Yosuda bike that I chose uses magnetic resistance. It’s different from the bikes at the gym that were using direct contact. It’s been a challenge to learn the resistance but it’s also not too hard once you get the hang of it.
Other Notable Features
The weight capacity on this is 350lbs. Some only have a limit of 200 or lower which isn’t practical for our home.
There are several ways to adjust the bike to fit you. The handlebars move laterally as well as vertically. The seat is also able to be moved in the same direction.
The bike comes with pedals that have cages on them. These cages make it so that you can utilize normal tennis shoes on the bike. They’re adjustable too so they can fit everyone’s feet and shoes.
There is a screen holder that will hold a phone or Ipad (or everything else in between).
It comes with a device that measures RPM. This is hugely important because that measures how fast you are going on your bike. It’s oftentimes the measurement that instructors will use to tell you what you should be doing on your bike.
My Personal Yosuda Bike Review
Okay, now to the nitty gritty. At first when I started using the bike there was a “knock” and I was pretty concerned. It seems to come and go. I’m convinced, though, that it is because of my poor pedaling. I’m pretty weak, especially on one side, so I think that is part of it. Only time will tell. I’ll update this post if it becomes consistent or too annoying to handle. As it stands, it only happens when I pedal incorrectly.
I swapped out the pedals immediately. I prefer spin shoes for my rides and the pedals that came with the bike didn’t allow them. This allows me to get the full use of my pedal strokes. It’s important when riding to make sure that you are pulling up on the pedal as this will help you work against the resistance that is on the bike. It’ll help your form and your strength.
The resistance works wonderfully. It’s different from the bikes at the gym but it’s also been so great to use. I can make it so heavy that I can’t even push the pedals. It’s exactly what I’ve wanted because if I get stronger it still has more to give too.
The screen/device that it comes with is difficult. I can never get mine to reset! Every time I ride I have to take the batteries out to reset it. I’m sure there may be a way to do this but I’ve tried just about everything. The one thing I haven’t done is to dig out the manual and try to see if it says anything about it. Someday I will get there, but it’s pretty difficult if I require a manual!
Not coming with a full computer screen is both good and bad. It allows me to choose whatever type of program that I want. From my understanding, the brand name bikes (Peleton, Echelon, etc) are stuck with the same programming forever. With this bike I pay for an app on my phone that I can change at any time. The holder on the bike for my phone works just fine though.
As a note: If you get a bike that doesn’t come with anything that measures RPM (cadence) you will need to get a Wahoo device to connect. It’s not the end of the world but it saves a tiny bit of money. I’m linking one so you know what they are. I’m thankful they make them so people can spend less on bikes and still get quality work outs.
In Summary: Yosuda Bike Review
The final Yosuda bike review: It’s a good value for the money. It’s not the best you can buy but it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. For 30-60 minutes a few times per week it is perfect. It’s easy enough that Colin can also jump on and just ride a little bit if he wants to as well.
Do you workout at home? I’d love to know what equipment you use and what apps are your favorite! I’m always looking for more ideas to incorporate more variety and hard work into my routines.